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July 2014 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- July 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:

July Fresh out of the Kiln - Fused Glass Bowl

July Fresh out of the Kiln - Fused Glass Bowl

This one of my newest Fused Glass Bowls.  I love how the pink, white, green, and purple swirl together. I also like the groves that the mold had that transferred to the Bowl when I slumped it. It's simple yet elegant Fused Glass Bowl. I also made soap dishes and votive out of this glass. It's …Read more.

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Upcoming Events:

Nothing planned for the rest of the month because I'm going on a business trip for a couple of weeks, which is why this is a couple of days late! :-) Dan and Madi will be home so if you need something they will try to help out.

I am going to be a part of several shows this season but not until September so 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

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

Fused Glass 4th of July

Fused Glass 4th of July

Happy Fused Glass 4th of July. The Fourth of July or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 from Great Britain. To celebrate the 4th of July I have several patriotic fused glass artwork pieces including pendants, broaches, and even a …Read more.

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July's Birthstone - Ruby

July's Fused Glass Birthstone - Ruby

My Fused Glass Birthstone - Ruby. Ruby is also the gemstone for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. It’s similar to my garnet, albeit I made my fused glass Ruby more transparent red. According to my research including American Gem Society, the name (Ruby) comes from the Latin word ruber, for red. Rubies …Read more.

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Fused Glass Purse Hangers & Security Chains

During my shows and even on my websites I receive questions regarding my Fused Glass Purse Hangers and Security Chains so I thought I'd make a youtube video to show some off and explain how they work. I create three times of fused glass purse hangers. The first wraps around it's self and stores easily in the bag that it …Read more.

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July - Fused Glass Eye Awareness

July - Fused Glass Eye Awareness

July - Fused Glass Eye Awareness All year I’ve been writing blogs regarding the Awareness causes for each month. July doesn’t have a whole lot of causes that I can create fused glass for. However, I do have some cool fused glass eye artwork that can represent eye injury. I also have several …Read more.

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Fused Glass Zodiac Leo

Fused Glass Zodiac Leo - July 23 Every month this year I’ve been writing a blog about the Western Zodiac symbol for that month. July’s Zodiac Symbol is Leo which is the Lion. I have various decals with the Leo symbols and I can put them on anything from pendants to wine stoppers. As you …Read more.

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July Book Review - Innovations adornments – an introduction to fused glass and wire jewelry

July Book Review - Innovations adornments – an introduction to fused glass and wire jewelry

July Book Review - Innovations adornments – an introduction to fused glass and wire jewelry by Jayne Persico I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes, eBooks, or actual books. I also like trying new products therefore, I thought I would write a few product and book reviews …Read more.

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Wire Wrapped Fused Glass

Wire Wrapped Fused Glass

After rereading Innovations adornments I thought I'd show you some of the wire wrapped fused glass pendants that I've made. The one in the middle was inspired by one in the book, albeit I modified it a little bit. There are several great aspects regarding wire wrapping fused glass pendants. One is …Read more.

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Fused Glass British Flag

Yes, I ship Fused Glass internationally

I thought I'd write a blog about a request I received just last week, Yes I do ship Fused Glass internationally. I received a question through my site last week asking if I would ship a fused glass pendant to England. The answer is yes, the only issue is the cost of …Read more.

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Fused Glass Pebble Pendants

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.

Do you know the difference between Lampworking and Glass Blowing?

I'm asked a lot if I do lampworking or glass blowing so I thought I'd let ya'll know what the difference is between Lampworking and Glass Blowing.

According to my research the primary difference between lampwork and glass blowing is glass blowing involves a blowpipe to inflate glass and Lampwork directly manipulates the glass with heat, tools, or gravity.
Lampworking (Torchworking or Flameworking), is a technique that uses glass rods, frit, murrine, etc., that are melted in the flame of a gas fueled torch until the glass becomes soft and can be manipulated into objects i.e. beads, marbles, figurines, small vessels, etc. Lampwork art has been practiced this since 5th century B.C. during the ancient Syrian times. Initial lampworking was accomplished in the flame of an oil lamp, with the artist blowing air into the flame through a pipe. During the 14th century, Lampwork was extremely popular in Murano, Italy. Today artists use torches (propane or natural gas, mixed with air or pure oxygen.

While I was taking a fused glass class in Florida (AAE) I was lucky enough to see Torchwork in action. It seemed very complicated; twisting, and adding glass to the rod while moving the glass inside the flame. John even added dichroic glass to the glass and made me a beautiful large marble. It was extremely fascinating to watch. That was the only time I actually saw Flamework in action. But I've seen the results many times. My beautiful torchwork marble.

Glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob (a gob) by blowing air into the blowpipe. Glassblowing uses small furnace, fired by wood, and the glass was worked on the end of an iron tube called a 'blowpipe'.

I have seen glass blowing several times and I always found it captivating. My favorite time that I ever saw glass blowing was in the Black Forest in Germany. They used a large furnace, a long blowpipe and several colors of frit and blew into the pipe. It was really something to see. I have also seen glass blowing in Williamsburg in Virginia.

If you ever get a chance to see either glassblowing or torchwork in person, definitely take it. 

Glass Fusing is different in the sense that the glass is put into a kiln not into an open flame like lampworking or glass blowing. I like fusing glass because you can make larger items including plates and bowls in addition to smaller items like jewelry. Additionally, I'll confess I'm a little bit scared of open fire.

I have collected glass from all over the world including the United States, Japan, Ireland, Israel, and of course Venice to name a few! Bottom-line is I love glass whether it is kiln fused, flame worked or blown. It's a beautiful medium!

Karen

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