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May 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- May 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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Well this May is a bitter sweet month for me. My beautiful, intelligent, talented, and sensitive daughter graduated high school this month. I can't believe my little girl is starting a new phase of her life. I'm so proud of her and scared for her, and to be honest sad for me. 

 

It seems like yesterday she was born and this month she graduated high school, next month she turns 18 years old, and in August she starts college - it's just crazy.  She will be living in the dorm and knowing her we will be lucky to see her a couple times a month. Albeit as any mom knows just because they grow up doesn't mean we don't worry about them and keep them in our hearts. 

I love you Madi and I'm so very proud of my little girl!!

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Wow that was tough to write, but I write my newsletters not only to talk about glass but to also let my customers know me as a person. My children David and Madi (pictured above) are one of the ways I define myself - a mom!

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Ok now on to Glass! 

This month I am going to be focusing on fused glass inspired by Jodi McRaney Rusho. She is a recycled glass artist that owns and operates glass with a past. She sells her own artwork but also creates molds, tutorials, glass components, and now does webinars to share her art with others.  I've received her newsletters and tutorials for several years and I have purchased several molds from Jodi. She's extremely talented and never once have I ask for assistance with one of her tutorials or molds that she didn't quickly provide that assistance. 

Over the last few months I have been taking these fabulous webinars by Curious Mondo featuring Jodi.  As I mentioned, I've "know" Jodi quite a while she has a great website teaching people about using bottle glass and other glass that would normally go to landfills. She's a pretty special person and after watching her webinars I respect what she does even more. Anyway, Jodi had 4 webinars and with each one I'm like ok I understand and I won't buy the next webinar (curious mondo lets you watch for free the day of the broadcast then to be able to have unlimited access you have to buy the webinar), but Jodi's classes are so fabulous I've purchased all 4. This last one Recycled Garden Art was one of my absolute favorite and I had to make some fused glass projects from it and the other 3 webinars too. Oh BTW don't misunderstand all 4 webinars are awesome I just really enjoyed the garden webinar, maybe because I live in Colorado and am so ready for some nice weather!!

 

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Fresh From the Kiln:

In April's DYK I walked you though my first fused glass fountain but I didn't care for the bowl that I used for it. So I made my new bowl and I love my fountain now. I think it's beautiful. I still need to remember to drill holes before I put my dragonflies on!

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Fused Glass for Mother's Day

Fused Glass for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's day! Mother's day is Sunday and I wanted to remind everyone what a great gift fused glass makes for mom's any day of the year. One of my first youtube videos was showing off great gifts for mom's. A few more beautiful fused glass pieces I'd like to show you.    …Read more.

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Fused Glass at Tulip Gifts and Cards in Denver

Fused Glass at Tulip Gifts and Cards in Denver

As most of you know I have my websites where I sell my fused glass jewelry and I also do shows (my next one isn't until August or Sept). But I also have my fused glass in Tulip Gifts and Cards in Denver, Colorado.      Last month Sharon the owner of Tulip came by and …Read more.

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Basic Bottle Glass Fusing - part 1

Basic Bottle Glass Fusing - part 1

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  The first webinar I took from Jodi was her basic bottle glass fusing. Now I've done bottles several times in the past. Matter of fact it was the first thing I fused in …Read more.

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Basic Bottle Glass Fusing - part 2

Basic Bottle Glass Fusing - part 2

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  The first webinar I took from Jodi was her basic bottle glass fusing. I just love these webinars both the format with curious mondo and Jodi's webinars. If you get a chance to …Read more.

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Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing webinar projects - part 1

Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing webinar projects - part 1

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass (Recycled glass) webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  My first and second blogs I discussed some of the fused glass projects Jodi taught in her first webinar basic bottle glass fusing, and for my third and fourth blogs I …Read more.

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Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing webinar projects - part 2

Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing webinar projects - part 2

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass (Recycled glass) webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  My first and second blogs I discussed some of the fused glass projects Jodi taught in her first webinar basic bottle glass fusing, and for my third and fourth blogs I …Read more.

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Recycled Glass Jewelry

Recycled Glass Jewelry

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass webinars (Recycled Glass) by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  I just love these webinars both the format with curious mondo and Jodi's classes. If you get a chance to buy 1 or 2 (or more) they are well worth it. …Read more.

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Recycled Glass Garden Art part 1

Recycled Glass Garden Art part 1

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass (Recycled glass) webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  I've blogged about her basic bottle glass fusing webinar and  Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing webinar so the next two will focus on Jodi's garden art webinar. It's so difficult to say …Read more.

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Recycled Glass Garden Art part 2

Recycled Glass Garden Art part 2

As I mentioned this month I'm going to focus my blogs on fused glass webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo).  First I  blogged about the fused glass projects Jodi taught in her basic bottle glass webinar, then I blogged about her second webinar (Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing), my last blog was about Jodi's …Read more.

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Fused glass projects based on Recycled glass webinars

This is the last of my blogs this month focusing on fused glass techniques from Jodi's webinars with curious mondo. The blogs I posted this month are just a fraction of what Jodi taught in her fused glass webinars. In fact I didn't really talk about the Recycled Jewelry webinar at all. Maybe next time. I'm sure I'll be talking …Read more.

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Father's Day is coming - possible fused glass presents

Father's Day is coming - possible fused glass presents

Fused Glass is a great gift for Father's Day                           Father’s day is coming so I thought I’d let ya’ll know what types of fused glass that would be perfect for men. A few years ago I posted a YouTube video for men. I rewatched it and thought …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.

So this month I focused on Jodi's fused glass techniques, I mentioned several times that I added mica to pretty much everything. Well the reason is because Jodi talked a lot about mica and I wanted to try it again.

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First mica is a mineral and actually comes in a rock form. Mica is used in cosmetics and electrical components. Mainly for fusing mica comes in powder, however most mica isn't meant for high temperatures so you have to test.  Jodi is very big on testing. I typically test as well because you don't want to ruin a big piece and it not turn out then wasting all the glass and time. I did a lot of testing of my mica's. Some worked better than others. I do like it and plan on using it more often.

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The first thing I learned with my research is you can add various mediums to mica to make it stick to the glass. Putting dry mica on is extremely messy.

This was my first mica test and I added various mediums to the different mica's I have from several companies.

The one I liked the least was A1 because it took days to dry. In fact I waited 2 days and capped it and fired it anyway.

You can see that half of my mica stripes are ruined. That's the A1 medium that didn't dry.  The rest of the mediums worked well. The Kanji (pink)  didn't work very well. I'm not sure if it's because I capped it or the mica itself.

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This is another pink mica stamp. It looked awesome before firing!

This is the same piece fired at 1425, I can feel the heart but it's barely visible. It's possible that it's the pink mica or the temperature. Looking at by test above with the A1 uncapped it looks great, so maybe it's just the temp.

I tried a green mica from the same company and only took it to a 1400. It's light but looks much better. Maybe even 1380 would be better.

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This is mica sheet. It's fascinating, because it's actually layers of mica that I separated with a razor blade.

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This is a mica sheet sample. I did have a couple of bubbles so I should have separated the mica a bit more.

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This picture shows my channel beads with mica on the inside and outside of the glass.

This is the front of the same group, I'm not sure  if you can tell but I put the powder on the inside and out on some of them and the sheet inside of a couple. They are so much prettier in person! BTW do you see the little butterfly, it's the mica sheet!

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This is one of my tests. I put dichroic and then mica powder. Mica powder doesn't stick to dichroic, so I sandblasted around the dichroic. I didn't put a good enough layer of mica on the sandblasted parts, but it's still interesting. Maybe because I did a full fuse. I did another one with out sandblasting and all the mica went disappeared, because as I said mica doesn't fuse to dichroic.

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This is one of my group of tests prior to firing, all uncapped. The big one is the mica airbrushed on. the two to the right are mica stenciled on both black and white.  The bottom right is dichroic with mica again. The black (bottom middle), is mica stamped on.  The left bottom piece is a mixture of mica and powder.

This is one of my group of tests all fired at 1380, all uncapped. The black one is just an extra blank cab.  The bottom right is the mica and dichroic that lost all the mica.

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I thought I'd show the difference between the capped and uncapped firings.  The capped samples are all fused to 1400.

The large one is the uncapped and the small one is the capped airbrushed piece.  Really like this technique. I just need to not over spray to keep sharp.

These are mica stenciled on, the right is uncapped and the one on the left is capped. Again I like the uncapped better, even though the mottling on the capped one doesn't bother me.

The one of the right is uncapped and the one on the left is capped. Again I like the uncapped better, even though I like the color of the capped one. Each technique has it's pros and cons.

This one there is a huge difference, the uncapped is not usable, The capped is better, but the clear needs to be larger to help contain the mica. I think I'll do this one again but I'll put it on plain glass verses iridized glass.

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I've really enjoyed working with mica on and in fused glass and even have a couple more tests I want to try. I hope you find mica as fascinating as I do. I'm really glad I found the mica sheet. Until Jodi I didn't know there was such a thing.  What a fabulous month it's been. I hope you all have enjoyed this months fused glass projects and "did you know" as much as I have. I learned so much from each piece I made.

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In case you can't tell I really enjoyed Jodi's techniques and curious mondo's webinar format. I love the fact that they let you try it for free before buying  it.

For June I'll be visiting with some more of Tanya's techniques. She has so many that I've never tried and I just want to try them out.  It will be a mixture of  jewelry and larger projects. 

Let me know if you would like custom fused glass for your home, just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

If you have any questions you can also email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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