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March 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

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

- Did you know ...

Wow, March was a busy month for me. First I had a conference at work where I was working 10 hr days. My kiln quick working - relay and of course I received 2 custom commercial orders. And now as  I'm about to publish newsletter while I'm in California. First my daughter and I  visited my son David. I just don't get to see him very much. He's so busy living his life and doing great. Then my daughter went home and I am about to take a class with Laurie Spray. Trust me I'll blog about it! 

Meanwhile my blogs are focusing on Helio's e-books this month. Helio is a studio in Texas that I've never actually taken a class at (it is on my list), but I have all of the owner's e-books. Paul is meticulous in his e-books with lots of pictures, variations, and firing schedules. Each e-book has between 4-10 fused glass projects with additional variations. Well worth the fee I paid for each e-book.  If you are a fuse glass artist I highly recommend Paul's e-books.  Yes all of them!

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So for April I can do a home show on Sunday April 19th (1pm-4pm). If you’d like to come by and do some fused glass shopping email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com   BTW I live out side the city limits so the taxes are only 2.9% vs 8.25%.   Just email me if you want to come by during my home show on 18 March between 1pm-4pm.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Earlier this month I did a blog about drop vases. When you cut off the rim of a drop vase you have a lot of glass left over. After reading Helio's e-book about puddles I thought to myself, they aren't puddles but why not - plus it's kind of a variation on Patty Gray's jaws technique. Well to say the least I'm extremely happy!!! I love this piece plus I paired the pattern bar with a beautiful lilac streaky glass! It's not slumped yet but when it is done it will be even more beautiful!!

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Follow-up to January and February Fused Glass projects

Follow-up to January and February Fused Glass projects

In January, I wrote blogs about my class with Patty Gray and I wrote about my bubble soap dishes that I couldn't find well I found them in the oddest place.  I really like this technique! The white one on the right is the jaws at the top.    In February I wrote blogs about …Read more.

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Fused glass - St Patrick's Day and Easter

Fused glass - St Patrick's Day and Easter

I thought I'd do a quick post about some of my fused glass St Patrick's day and Easter pendants. Of course any fused pendant can be be changed into a bookmark or key chain I can make a variety of fused glass pieces with various holiday decals including St. Patrick's day and Easter i.e., pendants, night lights, etc.     …Read more.

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Fused Glass Techniques from E-books - Drop vase

Fused Glass Techniques from E-books - Drop vase

For those of you who follow my fused glass blogs you know that this year I'm focusing on fused glass techniques I've learned over the years. One of my favorite ways to learn new fused glass techniques, other than classes of course, is e-books. The reason is because it cost a lot of money to go to these amazing classes. …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-books - bubbles

Fused Glass e-books - bubbles

For March, I'm focusing on fused glass e-books from Helios studios.  As I mentioned in my last blog, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 e-books that I've purchased and love.  The second fused glass e-book I want to talk about is his fused glass bubbles e-book.    I've always been fond of Read more.

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Fused Glass e-books - kiln carving

Fused Glass e-books - kiln carving

For March, I'm focusing on fused glass e-books from Helios studios. As I mentioned in my last blog, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 e-books that I've purchased and love. Not that I didn't buy the other 5! The third fused glass e-book I want to talk about is his fused glass kiln carving e-book. I wrote …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-book - Terrazzo bowl

Fused Glass e-book - Terrazzo bowl

For March, I'm focusing on fused glass e-books from Helios studios.   As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I'll be focusing on 12 of my favorite e-books that I've purchased and love from them. The fourth e-book I want to talk about is the fused glass his beautiful bowl backs e-book. Of course I changed it up quite a bit, …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-books - "art of the line"

Fused Glass e-books - "art of the line"

For March, I'm focusing on fused glass e-books from Helios studios.  As I mentioned in my previous blogs, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 of my favorite e-books that I've purchased from Helios. The fifth fused glass e-book I want to talk about is Paul's fused glass "art of the line:"e-book. There are several techniques I like …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-books - puddles

Fused Glass e-books - puddles

For March I'm focusing on fused glass e-books from Helios studios. As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I'll be discussing 12 of their e-books that I've purchased and love. The sixth fused glass e-book I want to talk about is his fused glass puddles e-book.   I've created fused glass puddles for quite a while now, …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-book - Transparency

Fused Glass e-book - Transparency

For March I'm focusing on fused glass e-book studios is Helios. As I mentioned in my last blog, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 e-books that I've purchased and love. The seventh fused glass e-book I want to talk about is his fused glass "transparency"e-book. Normally I change up fused glass techniques but this one I …Read more.

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Fused Glass e-book - Design Sheets

Fused Glass e-book - Design Sheets

For March I'm focusing on fused glass e-book studios is Helios. As I mentioned in my last blog, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 e-books that I've purchased and love. The 8th & 9th fused glass e-book I want to talk about is Paul's fused glass design sheets e-books. Designer sheets or part sheets are kind …Read more.

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Fused glass e-book - Waste not

Fused glass e-book - Waste not

For March I'm focusing on fused glass e-book studios is Helios. As I mentioned in my last blog, they have 17 e-books albeit, I'll be focusing on 12 e-books that I've purchased and love. The 10th, 11th, and 12th fused glass e-books I want to talk about is Paul's fused glass Waste Not e-books. There are 3 waste not e-books …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.

Last month and several blogs from this month showed various pattern bars. I received questions about the pattern bars so I thought I'd go into more detail with the pattern bars in this month's DYK.  

First a pattern bar is a bar of glass that is made several different ways and then is sliced up and made into something else. The picture below is a good example the top 2 square pieces is cut in half. the next too are a butterfly piece. You can see various slices of the bar cut off, you can see the various looks from one bar! That's why pattern bars are so very cool!!

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This pattern bar set up is one of my favorites. The glass is sitting on top of the stainless steel rods. When the glass gets to the right temperature it will drip down and make the cool designs.

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Here's the view from the top.

Here's the view from the side. you can also see how the rods are stuck through a stainless steel box.

Here is the final fused glass bar. I love the designs and that's why the slices are so cool!

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This is fused glass pattern bar mold that is an obtuse triangle made from stainless steel. To keep the glass from sticking I used fiber paper. The glass is going to rest on top of the stainless steel bars! .

For this one I stuck to reds, oranges, and whites.

When you use stainless steel to make a pattern bar it's a bit messy!  And as you can see I had a bit too much glass but it worked out fine.

Here is the final pattern bar. It doesn't look much like an obtuse triangle does it!

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Another way to make a pattern bar is do a pot melt.

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Beautiful blues and greens!

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Here is another pattern bar set up. My mistake was I put it on a fiber board verses kiln shelf.

It broke in 1/2. Which was sad because I love this texture sheet! :-(

It broke and made a mess. Most people would think it's all wasted!

But the pieces I got out of this piece are amazing!!! So many of them are pretty enough to be pendants, but I haven't decided what to make yet.

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This fused glass pattern bar is made with a triangle mold.

You can see the triangles turned out great!

This is the first piece I'm making with the triangle pattern bar. I have to sandblast it and fire it again but It's beautiful.

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This is a jaw's pattern bar.

I cut slices from 2 different sides and the are both awesome!

This is a full fused piece with one of the pieces. Normally I fuse it as a part, but with this one I put it on top. I like it because of the way it spread out. I can't wait to slump this piece.

Here is the other slice of the jaws pattern bar, very cool! It's going to be a beautiful fused glass dish.

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I hope you like fused glass pattern bars. I think they are so much fun and so versatile. I haven't been able to slump them yet but I did slump a couple from last months pieces.

If you have any questions please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com and I will see what I can do for you.

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I have so many different possibilities for April's blogs and newsletters, albeit no matter I chose It's going to be great!

Let me know if you would like a  custom fused glass via email (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com)

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

 

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