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2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

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

- Did you know ...

My show at the Creative Crafters in Monument went well. I love meeting new people. The Winner of the Creative Crafters Show was Heather! Congratulations. Heather Please contact me or I'll have to give the prize to someone else!!

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This month I have 3 shows in November, I hope to see you all at one of these shows. I have new Aspens, Snaps, and some new pieces. Don't forget to tell me you get my newsletter to get your 15% discount.

Mountain Post Spouses Club Holiday Bazaar

*It's open to the public

5-6th Nov (10am to 4pm)

Carson Middle School

6200 Prussman Blvd

Ft Carson, CO

* They are collecting nonperishable food items for the Warrior's Warehouse.

 

Liberty High School Craft and Gift Fair

12 Nov (9am-4pm)

8720 Scarborough Dr

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Rampart  Christmas Craft Bazaar

19 Nov (9am - 4pm)

8250 Lexington Dr.

Colorado Springs, CO

 

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Fresh From the Kiln:

So this is a double in more than one way; Fresh from the kill and mold of the month. Two textured molds, I really like them, I must admit the pictures don't do them justice. First I'm from Florida so I love the water. When I was in Hawaii I actually got to swim with the dolphins and when I was stationed in S. Carolina I got to sail on a sail boat, but I think it was bigger than this one!  I did something a little different with the dolphin and the sail boat, instead of the sconce shape I made them into a wave shape. I hope you like them as much as I do! I may paint them, but we'll see how they go over at my next show. I like them they are calming!

 

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Fused Glass Bees

Fused Glass Bees

I've always like bees and recently I learned how they're population is being decimated across the world. It's horrible, most people see them as a pain (no pun intended) but we need Bees. Bee's do so much for our ecosystem, including helping feed the human race. Anyway, as a reminder of the importance of Bees I made three fused glass …Read more.

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Happy Halloween - Fused Glass Style

Happy Halloween - Fused Glass Style

These are some really cool sugar skulls. They are relatively large in size around 2 1/2 inches each. They can be made into poker guards, magnet, brooch, key chain, etc. I wish you all a very Happy Halloween! If you would like to see more of my fused glass work please refer to my website Elegant …Read more.

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Finished my Fused Glass from New York

Finished my Fused Glass from New York

Last year I took a class in New York and blogged about it.  I didn't finish one of my fused glass bowls. I finally finished it and thought I'd post the final picture. When I left class I left it as a shallow dish. But the next step would make it much deeper.      So after …Read more.

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Custom Fused Glass Ornaments

Custom Fused Glass Ornaments

With Christmas right a round the corner I thought I'd make some custom fused glass ornaments. One is for me of course, one is for a good friend and one is for my mom.  The Pictures are of my beautiful daughter. It's sepia and is fused into the glass so they won't scratch off. I also fused the hanger into …Read more.

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Fused Glass Art with Hand-painted Stands

Fused Glass Art with Hand-painted Stands

I love making fused glass jewelry, night lights, and other functional fused glass pieces. However, I also love making fused glass art pieces as well. Art is basically something that is beautiful but doesn't necessarily have a functional use other than esthetics. Sometimes when I create a fused glass piece instead of  turning it into a bowl or plate or …Read more.

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Fused glass - Confetti Art

Fused glass - Confetti Art

I love fused glass one of the fun ways to actually create unique glass is to create confetti glass. I put clear and colored glass, along with stringer, frit, etc. in a shape and fire it until it's fully fused. I love confetti glass because it's truly one of a kind and even I couldn't re-create the glass.     …Read more.

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Fused Glass "Slurry" bowls

Fused Glass "Slurry" bowls

There are so many ways to create fused glass bowls. A new way I recently learned is called slurry's because you create it using wet glass powder. I also added frit and vitrigraph. It's great because you can add various colors and make various designs. These are 4 that I created as you can see I like blue. The vitrigraph …Read more.

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Fused Glass Eye Glass Holder

Fused Glass Eye Glass Holder

Those who know me know that my eyesight for reading is pretty much non existent. So I am constantly looking for my glasses, once I was searching for my glasses and found 3 - on my head! So I made fused glass eyeglass holders. I wrote a blog about them a while back. I have standard ones with one fused …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Texture

Fused Glass - Texture

I love fused glass and one of the things I enjoy about glass is you can make it into so many things. One of my favorite techniques is called kiln carving or bas relief. One way to do that is to put the glass on a textured mold and it will pick up that texture. I like using iridized glass …Read more.

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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 casting.  Casting glass can be done several ways. The easiest way is in premade molds either ceramic or stainless steel. After applying a glass separator (keeps the glass from sticking to the mold). Depending on the mold depends on what glass separator I use and what glass I use.

This is a small pendant mold. The upper far left is just clear powder glass and I added a couple of pieces of dichroic, the net one down is just fine frit and the dichroic, and the bottom one is medium frit with the dichroic, the top one next to the powder one is coarse frit and dichroic.  The rest are combination of clear fine, med, coarse, and chopped up glass, with other colored glass and dichroic.

So here is the picture of the glass full fused. You can see how the glass shrinks. You can also see the difference between the powder, fine, medium, and coarse frit. The powder is more opaque and fine has the most bubbles.

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This piece was made with clear glass frit and murine (the little skulls). The Mold actually has a knob that the glass goes around and I don't have to drill a hole in.

Here is the mold used to create the skull pendant. You can't see the mold separator on this one because it's a white spray.

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fused glass blogs

I've talked about texture molds earlier this month and I even did a blog about my koi, however this textured plate is something special because it's both a texture and a casting plate. So the koi rise above the plate bottom.

I used mostly powder and fine glass for the casted part on top of a screen melted base glass.

Here is the plate again. It's one of my favorite pieces I've made, it's so unique and special. Truly one of a kind pieces.

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As I mentioned castings can be in either Stainless Steel rings like this heart casting ring. You can see the white rim inside the ring that is the fiber paper (a glass separator). The glass inside of it is chopped up pieces of glass I didn't like. Like a great fused glass pioneer always said "never refuse to refuse"

This one is a ceramic casting mold. The orange color on the mold is another mold separator called kiln wash. Again I chopped up some glass and filled it. So fun to see how it will turn out.

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Fused glass websites

What I love about the molds is they can be anything from jewelry like these Fused Glass Beautiful pendants.

Embellishments like these adorable fused glass bees.

Casting can also be as elaborate as this amazing fused glass sunflower bowl.

Here is my entire kiln filled with fused glass castings. Mainly I filled it with frit but I did fill one with just cut up glass (confetti - which I talked about in another blog this month.

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I have a lot of great molds. Hopefully one of these days I'll just do nothing but making glass from all my molds.

This is mold I've been wanting to use. Hopefully I'll have a chance to use it before spring!

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Of course you can always make a mold and I have taken classes where I did that but it is a lot of extra work.  Plus these premade molds last a while and so easy to use.

I really need to spend an entire month of doing nothing but molds.

If you'd like a fused glass casted pendant, bowl, etc., custom made for you just email me (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com)

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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