June 2014 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- June Blogs * blogs will now only be on Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

June Fresh From the Kiln - Fused Glass Bolo Tie

June Fresh From the Kiln - Fused Glass Bolo Tie

June Fresh From the Kiln - Fused Glass Bolo Ties A few months ago, I was reading an article (Goldstone Ladies' Bolo tie) in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Art by the great Lexi Erickson. * For those who follow my blog you know that I've taken a few Metalsmithing classes from Lexi and watched …Read more.

Upcoming Events:

Nothing planned for the rest of the month except getting the sand out of all my fused glass. It was really windy during the Springs Spree and sand was everywhere.

Congratulations Samantha on Winning the Fused Glass Drawing!!

If you'd like to host a home show let me know, you can get up to 20% off on anything you buy and your guests can get up to 15%.

 

*If you would like to learn more about hosting a home show and learning about special incentives involve please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

June's Blog Highlights: *My blogs are posted NLT each Sunday of the WEEK just check Elegant Fused Glass by Karen.

June's Fused Glass Alexandrite - Birthstone

June's Fused Glass Alexandrite - Birthstone

My fused glass Alexandrite birthstone collection for June. I create three different versions the one on the left is green and red, and I'm sorry my photography doesn't do any of them justice. These are Stunning! They are also transparent so again they don't show up very well in my …Read more.

June's Fused Glass Moonstone - Birthstone

June's Fused Glass Moonstone - Birthstone

My fused glass moonstone birthstone for June. The Moonstone is also the traditional gift for the 13th wedding anniversary. As always my photography isn't that great so the picture doesn't do this fused glass moonstone pendant justice. It has a lot of shimmer and glow. According to my research including the Gem Society …Read more.

June Awareness Ribbons

June Awareness Ribbons

June Awareness Ribbons All year I’ve been writing blogs about the Awareness causes for each month. June is the month for various causes including AIDS Awareness, which is the Red Ribbon and Gay and Lesbian Pride Month which is Rainbow and then Myasthenia Gravis and Scleroderma Awareness Month …

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Fused Glass

Winner of the Spring Spree - Elegant Fused Glass Drawing

For those who follow my Fused Glass blog and receive my Elegant Fused Glass Newsletter know that I participated in the 37th Annual Springs Spree event this past weekend. It was my first outside event which was quite an experience, both good and we'll say more challenging. See what Samantha chose for her prize above.  I …Read more.

June's Fused Glass Zodiac - Cancer

June's Fused Glass Zodiac - Cancer

June's Fused Glass Zodiac - Cancer Every month I’ve been writing a blog about the Western Zodiac symbol for that month. June’s Zodiac Symbol is Cancer which is the Crab. I have various decals with the Cancer symbols and I can put them on anything from fused glass …Read more.

review june

Fused Glass Book Review - A Beginner's Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass by Brenda Griffith

Fused Glass Book Review - A Beginner's Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass BLUF – I liked A Beginner's Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass for those new to fusing, I’m in a facebook group and I think a book like this might help the newbies in an easy to understand way. A Beginner's Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass explains different …Read more.

Fused Glass Pebble Pendants

Fused Glass Pebble Pendants

For today's blog I thought I'd show you one of my new techniques, Fused Glass Pebble Pendants. I learned this technique in a class I took in Florida. It's created with little fused glass pebbles, as you can see I used dichroic pebbles in one, or  you can also make it with just …Read more.

Did you know ...

This section will be used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

Did you know that pearls are the only gems from living sea creatures?

Earlier this month I wrote blogs about two of June’s birthstones; Alexandrite and Moonstone, which I have created fused glass faux Alexandrite and Moonstone. In addition to Alexandrite and Moonstone, Pearl is also a birthstone for June. I did not create a fused glass faux pearl as I did for Alexandrite and Moonstone. However, I did want to provide some information that I came across in my research about Pearls that I wanted to share.

According to my research (Gem Society Organization) Pearls were one of the favorite gems of the Roman Empire and during Tudor England (the pearl age). Pearls “Queen of gems” have been used as beautification for centuries and possess a distinctly charm and mystique.

Natural pearls are form naturally without human interfering; cultured pearls are made when humans intentionally inserted a foreign substance into a living oyster. The first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began in the 1900s. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls. Freshwater pearls are less expensive than saltwater pearls. Hardness of a pearl based on the Mohs scale is 3.5., which is very soft.

Pearls come in various shapes including round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, etc. Perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable pearls. White or black (rarest) are the most popular saltwater pearls.

How to Care for cultured pearls

Pearls need special care.

Pearls should never be missed with other gems in a jewelry box. Pearls should be stored in a jewelry pouch (but not plastic), they need to breath. The best way to keep the pearls in good condition is to wear them because natural skin oils (not perspiration – it is acidic) help to keep them shiny. If pearls are not worn for a long time, its sheen can dull. Pearls are susceptible to scratches.

·        Only use jewelry cleaners labeled safe for pearls.

·        Never use ultrasonic cleaner or steam-clean pearls.

·        Never expose pearls to dish or laundry detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (e.g., Windex).

·        Never use toothbrushes, abrasive materials, etc., to clean pearls.

·        Do not wear pearls when the string is wet. A wet string can stretch and attract dirt, which is hard to remove. Do not hang pearls to dry.

·        Take pearls off when applying cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, or when showering or swimming.

·        Heat can turn pearls brown, dry them out, or make them crack.

Cleaning Pearls

After wearing pearls, wipe with a soft cloth (dry or damp) to prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration from eating at the pearl nacre. A drop of olive oil on the cloth can help maintain Pearls luster. If pearls are very dirty, a jeweler can clean them. If you want to clean them yourself, use a special pearl cleaner. Some liquid soaps, can damage pearls. Pay close attention to the areas around the drill holes. After washing pearls, lay them flat on a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the towel is dry, the pearls should be dry.

Pearls are believed to have special properties:

·        Bring blessing.

·        Avoid misfortune.

·        Protect women’s dignity.

·        Brings good descendant.

I hope you enjoy your pearls but treat them with care.

Let me know what your favorite length of necklace to wear!

Karen

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