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March 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- March Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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GREAT news for all of my fabulous customers / friends that have asked me when my next show will be.  It's the 23rd of April at the Spring Craft Fair 2883 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs CO - 9am to 2pm!  This is a fun event for a very good cause - the School's food pantry! 

 

For anyone of my amazing customers that come to visit me and mention my newsletter will receive their 15% off (all you have to say is - Karen I get your newsletter!)  In addition, I've been working like crazing on my snaps - I have new findings and a lot more fused glass snaps (both 12mm & 18mm) so anyone who has bought a snap finding from me - come on by and get a free fused glass snap!!


You will love my new snaps and my new fused glass pieces check out my blogs below for some of the fun things I've been working on. If you see something you want specifically please email me so I make sure to bring it!!

 

BTW I'm still going to do the free fused glass pendant for anyone that tells me about a unique idea for a DYK as explained in my January Newsletter (an excerpt is below).

Since it’s a new year I thought I’d open it up for recommendations. In fact, I’m going to reward those with  unique DYK recommendations with a  fused glass pendant ($20 or less).   If you have a question about glass that you want me to do a DYK article just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com There’s no limit to how many topics you can recommend, however it has to be a topic I haven’t written a DYK about already and it has to be in keeping with fused glass or jewelry.   If I use your DYK I will send you a handmade fused glass pendant ($20 or less).

(It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway,  I have the right to choose which DYK recommendations are acceptable to receive a free fused glass pendant!)

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fused Glass Daisy night lights - December Fresh from the Kiln

Fresh from the kiln

This beautiful fused glass platter (12 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch)  has so much going on you have to see it in person to get the full effect. It's got texture, both the pebbles and glass, as well as iridized texture. Oh and did I mention it's more of a bowl then a platter? There is a dip in the middle. Albeit, I have to admit this is more of an Fused glass art piece than functional.  It's just so pretty, it's difficult not to pick it up and look at it, touch it, and just enjoy it!

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Which Fused Glass Bowl Did They Choose?

Which Fused Glass Bowl Did They Choose?

In January and February. I blogged about one of my fabulous customers who bought one of my handcrafted fused glass aspens and broke it. I've always told my customers if they break a fused glass piece that they buy from me to bring me the pieces and I'll make them something from the remains. Well she took me up on …

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"Further Studies in Powder" with Bob Leatherbarrow

"Further Studies in Powder" with Bob Leatherbarrow

Wow I've been busy. I just got back from an amazing fused glass class with Bob Leatherbarrow. I had so much fun that I didn't do any blogs while I was there. So I'll do several back to back documenting my journey while at Salt Springs Island, British Columbia.  For those who follow my blog know this is not my …

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Fused Glass with Bob Leatherbarrow

Fused Glass with Bob Leatherbarrow

Yesterday I blogged about some of my time on Salt Springs Island.  I really love the island and the people of course, the reason why I went to the island is to take a class with Bob Leatherbarrow or should I say the King of Crackle.  But there is so much more to the fused glass Bob creates.  I enjoyed …Read more.

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Fused Glass on Salt Springs Island

Fused Glass on Salt Springs Island

So my class with Bob and Liesbeth Leatherbarrow is over and my time on Salt Springs Island has ended, such a sad time. I enjoyed Bob's class and trip for so many reasons; obviously the fused glass, but also I got to spend time with one of my good friends, Melinda. She's not only a wonderful artist but a kind, …Read more.

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Easter is just around the corner

Easter is just around the corner

Easter is just around the corner so I thought I'd show some options for Easter Fused Glass Pendants. I like these because some are little Easter angels, some are bunnies. I also have some beautiful Fused Glass Religious pendants.  And of course since with …

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Flameworking with Borosilicate

Flameworking with Borosilicate

I love creating fused glass, but I also love any type of glass. So I have taken a couple of flameworking classes (see my past blogs). However the borosilicate class I took wasn't too in-depth so I thought I'd take another one.  Leslie recommended I take one with Glasscraft. So last Sunday I took flameworking 101 with Borosilicate with Chris …

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Busy Fusing Beautiful Functional Art

Busy Fusing Beautiful Functional Art

I've had a fun fusing month, not only am I doing another commercial order, I've also been busy making some fused glass functional art.  I like to create fused glass pieces that are both beautiful and functional. This first fused glass platter is quite large 13" x 6".  I really like it because it reminds me of clouds. It's has …

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Fused Glass - What to do next?

Fused Glass - What to do next?

Since this month's DYK is about how I start a fused glass I thought I'd show you a fused glass piece that isn't close to being finished yet but has so much potential.  As I create pieces whether it's a dish or pendant there are left over pieces so I put them in a dish and refused all the pieces …

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Did you know ...

This section is 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.

This DYK is about the process I use to create my fused glass artwork. The reason I wanted to write this DYK is I'm asked all the time about how I make fused glass artwork. When most people ask me that they are referring to the technique I used. When I'm asked during one of my shows about my technique I will give a basic explanation of how I make a piece, albeit I don't go into a lot of detail because all the steps will make your eyes glaze over unless of course you are like me and I love all those steps. But there is more to creating fused glass than the technique. It's also the inspiration behind the piece. 

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For instance, this piece was for a dear friend of mine. She asked me to create a fused glass piece for her beautiful garden. Marilyn is a free spirit and fun person. So this piece was created to represent her wonderful spirit; including the dragonflies and colors. Also if you look at the bottom there are 2 doggy prints they were in honor of her special dog Guinness that had died a few months before.  BTW she loved the piece so much she hung it in her house instead of the garden! I love creating custom fused glass artwork because sometimes it really takes me out of my comfort zone. This fused glass artwork was my first fused glass garden art so it's special to me on several levels. Plus, it was the first time I used copper. I'm not sure if you can tell but there is a channel at the top so I thread the copper so it could be hung.

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Sometimes I create pieces because I bought a new product e.g., glass, paint, mold, etc.

This Fused Glass Heart dish was created because I got a new mold and I wanted to just play with the mold. Matter of fact someone asked me if I could make another one and I said not really. I just put some colors in that I liked, tried some enamels, frit, confetti, and glass. When it came out of the kiln it was so thick - like a half and inch so I flatten it out a little, coldworked it, and this is how it turned out. It's funny some of my favorite pieces are ones that I put together for fun - oh let me see what this will look like!

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I love learning and writing about the various classes I take, the e-books I read, and the webinars I watch. So obviously another reason why I create some of my fused glass artwork is after I take a class is to practice the fused glass technique.

This fused glass piece was created after I learned the technique from Patty Gray. This reason creating is fun and challenging because typically it's something new and I'm trying to remember the technique while trying to change it up a bit. I which you could see the depth of this fused glass dish. There is so much shimmer in it because the different types of iridized glass.

 

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The flip side of learning a new fused glass technique is combining it with other fused glass techniques that I've learned. I just love learning and I love taking those techniques and adjusting them. When I got home from Bob's class I thought to myself "if we did this with the technique I wonder if I could do this". I did and I have to say I love it and will expand on it in future projects - this is a beautiful piece - I haven't decided what to make with it, but it doesn't matter it's so pretty!!

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Not all fused glass pieces turn out the way I want or it's glass sometimes they get broken. This fused glass piece was created with the concept of making lemonade out of lemons. I know I've shown this what a couple of times, but it's my favorite and it's just so beautiful! This fused glass bowl, just doesn't look anything like the aspen it started out as due to the screenmelt process.

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Another reason for creating fused glass pieces is for commercial customers. My commercial fused glass artwork is created for a specific purpose and not too much creativity goes into most commercial pieces. Basically I create what they want e.g., color, shape, and size. This one is a beautiful piece and again quite a challenge because I had to use float glass which is not that easy to use and I had to texture it before slumping.

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I also create because I have several tried and true fused glass art pieces that people love. My fused glass Aspens are my favorite in this category. I make them big or small, and change the colors and add extras. Bottom-line they are beautiful & my customers love them and so do I.

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Sometimes what I create is based on what I need, for example; fused glass night lights. I love them and my customers love them. So I like to make different types of nightlights in various shapes and types. Here is just a sample of new fused glass night lights that I'm working on.

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Last but not least sometimes I create fused glass pieces to fit a display or finding and what is my favorite finding?  My snaps of course. I just love my fused glass snaps and I love coming up with different styles of fused glass to fit into them. Now I have 3 sizes of fused glass snaps (12mm, 18mm, & 30mm). This picture shows pendants but I also have bracelets, rings, and so much more.

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It's funny when I started this DYK, it was supposed to be my entire process. But as I got started I realized why I create what I do is a huge part of my process - What to make!

To be honest this is just a portion of the process. Next month I'll finish the process hopefully. :-)

They are also a lot of fun to make. I'll continue to show some of my favorites. 

I hope you enjoyed this DYK!

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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