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July 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- July Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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- Did you know ...

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Great news, I have a show in August!!  It's in Woodland Park on 6-7 August!

Remember anyone that gets my newsletter and visits me during my show receives 15% off their order.

If you see something in my monthly fused glass newsletters let me know and I'll make sure I bring it. I really hope to see you soon. BTW for those who love my snaps, I have created more!

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:

July's Fresh From the Kiln, I’ve spoken many times about my good friend, Marilyn. She is a grade school teacher and asked me to make her some glass pieces the reading corner of her room. She wanted, images of things the kids would recognize. So I made some simple round glass bases and made my own colored decals (baked on not fused) of some common kids shows and books characters. I also added the primary colors, texture pieces, her and a few more. I even made some magnets for her board. I think they are pretty cool and I love supporting my friend and a fabulous teacher!  (*These are not for sale, they are for the kids.)

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Fused Glass Vases

Fused Glass Vases

There are many ways to create a fused glass vases, most of which I've blogged about before. Fused glass Handkerchief vases. They can be made with round glass or square glass, big or small.   This is a fused glass handkerchief vase with handmade glass and clear glass on the edge.         This is a double layered …

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Make Fused Glass new again!!

Make Fused Glass new again!!

I know I've blogged about this before but, one of the the aspects of fused glass that I love is if you don't like it you can refuse it.  When I took the glass class with Amanda in New York I mentioned that I broke one of my fused glass bowls (the mold was uneven and it caused a fulcrum …

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Fused Glass Night lights

Fused Glass Night lights

I love my fused glass night lights and one of my favorite of course is the tree of life. I have several types of the Tree of Life decal, some gold and black, gold and white, only white, only black.  I put them on pendants and I also love putting them on my night lights. The tree of life symbol …Read more.

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Fused Glass Wine Rack - July mold

Fused Glass Wine Rack - July mold

My mold for August is a Fused Glass wine rack mold. I chose a beautiful piece of glass so I didn't change it a lot other than fused it with apiece of iridized glass which gives it depth.  The glass as aventurine green, white, purple and really amazing.  It's …Read more.

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Fused Glass Photo Stand

Fused Glass Photo Stand

I've been busy making fused glass photo stands. I love these matter of fact I'm keeping one. It's light purple and dichroic (both expensive glass) so instead of trying to explain why it's twice as expensive as the others. I really love it. I have 7 half circle fused glass photo stands …Read more.

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My first hands on Fused Glass Painting Class

My first hands on Fused Glass Painting Class

I've always found glass painting fascinating and I've watched countless videos but I have always wanted to take a class. I just learn better with hands on. Next year I am taking a class with Mark Hufford (a great glass painter). During one of my many conversations with Mark he mentioned Shelley Long (another fabulous painter) who lives in Colorado. …Read more.

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Fused Glass mold - August - Lady of the Woods

Fused Glass mold - August - Lady of the Woods

I love textured molds, whether it's an image like the Tree of life or just a design texture. July's mold of the month is a texture mold called Lady in the Woods and she's beautiful. Similar to green man, but it's a woman with flowers. The interesting thing about textured molds especially the image ones is you need to be …

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July's Review - Fused Glass Downloads

First full disclosure, I’ve “talked” to Mark Hufford (Fused Glass Artist / Painter) many times via Facebook, email, and messaging. In fact, I begged him to teach here in Colorado and I’m ecstatic that he will be teaching in Denver next year (yes, that’s how booked he is)!! Obviously, I’ll be taking that class!! I consider us friends and I …

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Fused Glass Magnets

Fused Glass Magnets

In my Fresh From the Kiln this month, I showed a few of the plates (for the wall) with hand printed decals. These decals are full color verses the sepia decals I can make. One draw back is that the hand-printed colored decals are baked onto the glass instead of fused into the glass. Which means they aren't as durable, …

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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.

Did you know it's not only OK to mix jewelry metals?

I'm sure you have all heard the old "rules" about not wearing white shoes after Labor Day, women over 40 can't wear short skirts, don't mix jewelry metals, etc.

During my shows I hear it a lot, oh you can't mix metals when wearing jewelry, but it's just not accurate anymore. In my research, I read website after website talking about how mixing metals when wearing jewelry is not only ok it's very stylish and trendy!  So hopefully this DYK will help bury that OLD mind set once and all.

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A few of the sites gave some recommendations on how to mix jewelry metals in a fashionable way.

-    Stacking bangles / stacking rings
-    Layering necklace chains
-    Mixing metals in the same piece of jewelry (combination piece of jewelry)
-    Watch the ratio, instead of 50/50 try 25/75 (a few pieces of silver or gold and one piece of the opposite)
-    Layer with purpose, not thrown together * I actually just where what I like!
-    Chose pieces that look good together / complement each other
-    Add a 3rd colored metal that connects the other 2 metals

** You can see this pendant is gold and silver with a fused glass cabochon attached!

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I'm not only taking about gold and silver, but try some copper, gunmetal, bronze, etc. jewelry. These are wonderful metals, give them a try and don't forget to mix them up a bit!

*These are just some of the colors of chains available!

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Play around with your jewelry and have fun.  If you like it and it makes you feel good that's what really matters. 

Remember, some rules are made to be broken!

**These pendants and chains are all different: copper with gunmetal, gunmetal with silver, and silver with copper - of course the most important part is the handcrafted fused glass!

I'm sorry I'm not sure why these aren't rotating properly!

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**This is a gunmetal bail but you can see the pendant has a little of all the colors so it would go well with any of the chains.

I hope you try mixing your jewelry metals.   Something to always remember is I love making custom work as well. If you need something custom made, just email me (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com)

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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