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June 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- June 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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I had a great time this month focusing on some of Tanya's fused glass techniques. She has so many wonderful techniques I wasn't able to create them all.  I'm not sure which I like more revisiting old techniques or trying new ones. I guess it doesn't really matter I love fused glass and I never get tired of it.  I do want my customers to know most of these fused glass techniques involve several firings, which is why I'm a bit behind.  Then again, it doesn't really matter how long they take because I think they are worth the time. I'm curious which ones are your favorites.

BTW I took another class from Jodi, she is so much fun that I'm taking another one from her in July.

I was also able to go visit my mom, 4  sisters, a brother, 3 cousins, an aunt & uncle, 2 nieces,  1 nephew, and several grandnieces and nephews!! It was so great seeing them all.

All that being said the big event for June was my little girl turning18 this month!

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Since I was making a lot of fused glass pendants this month I thought I'd also make some fused glass snaps. They are so pretty, I never get tired of making them!

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Fused Glass Newsletter update

Fused Glass Newsletter update

Just wanted to give you a couple of updates on my past fused glass newsletters. l In May I made a couple of plant holders out of bottles.  Well I got me some succulents and now I have have some pretty window plants. I love them. I'm so glad I did that for myself.             …Read more.

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Drilling Fused glass pendants

Drilling Fused glass pendants

I love making fused glass jewelry. Typically I glue bails on my pendants but some are either transparent or are beautiful on both sides.  But I tend to break a few so I wait until I have several to drill. These 2 are casted fused glass donuts, however after coldworking I fused them again but it was a bit high …Read more.

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I'm so behind in my fusing for June

I'm so behind in my fusing for June

It seems like I'm always behind in my fused glass and June is no exception. There are reasons but no real excuse. First, most people don't realize there is a lot that goes into fused glass projects. Real artistic fused glass takes multiple steps, it is not just fusing two pieces of glass together.  And each of those steps take …Read more.

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Fused glass Class - Alice

Fused glass Class - Alice

The first week in June I took a great fused glass class with Alice Benvie Gebhart at D&L. She is a fabulous teacher.    The class was Diptych Landscape in Glass. It was a 4 day class and it was in-depth. Alice was very thorough she went over color theory and we created 3 test examples.  …Read more.

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Fused Glass Glo Plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Glo Plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

This is one of Tanya's product videos on her website.  It's several steps but I really love the look. First I made 4 part sheets. They are so pretty and the glass glo really shows on the black.      Glass glo definitely looks brighter on the black verses the white and clear.     …Read more.

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Fused Glass Mosaic Tiles plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Mosaic Tiles plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Mosaic Tiles is another of Tanya's techniques she has on her fused glass website. I've never really done mosaics but I like this one.  Tanya included 2 fused glass mosaic techniques in the one video. First I made two sets of mosaic using light blue and a rose colored glass. In reality they could stand on their own. …

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Fused Glass Painted Quilt Plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Painted Quilt Plate - Tanya / AAE Glass

This is one of Tanya's fused glass techniques that she taught years ago. It's paint on glass. When she first taught the technique it was on fused glass pendants.  I like this technique so much I think I'll make some more fused glass pendants!    The first picture is of the first firing. The second one …Read more.

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Fused Glass Illusion transfers - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Illusion transfers - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center.  So far I've covered several plates; the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosiac tile plate, and the fused glass quilt plate. For this blog I thought I'd cover her newest products Illusion transfers.  The cool thing about …Read more.

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Fused Glass Shimmer Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Shimmer Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several plates; the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosiac tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, and one jewelry techniques. I thought I'd cover another jewelry technique for this blog. It's a pretty versatile …Read more.

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Fused Glass Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several techniques including: the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosiac tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, and two jewelry techniques. I thought I'd show a couple different jewelry techniques Tanya has in her …Read more.

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Fused Glass Gold

Fused Glass Gold

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several techniques including: the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosaic tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, and several jewelry techniques. I also blogged about my class with Alice and that we added gold …Read more.

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Fused Glass Cobble-bubble dish - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Cobble-bubble dish - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several techniques including: the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosaic tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, and several jewelry techniques. I thought I'd do another dish. Plus this is related to my DYK. …Read more.

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Fused Glass Prism Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Prism Jewelry - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several techniques including: the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosaic tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, and several jewelry techniques. This is a pretty interesting technique. It's layering dichroic and clear glass and …Read more.

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Fused Glass Lithograph - Tanya / AAE Glass

Fused Glass Lithograph - Tanya / AAE Glass

For June I have been focusing my fused glass blogs on videos Tanya Veit teaches on her AAE Glass website in her Education center. I’ve blogged about several techniques including: the Glass Glo brick plate, Mosaic tile plate, the fused glass quilt plate, cobble dish, and several jewelry techniques. Ok I have to show off one of my new favorite …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 some of Tanya's fused glass techniques. In a couple of the techniques Tanya used fiber paper, so I thought it would be a great time to write my DYK on fiber paper.

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Fiber products come in different variety and are all refractory and come in different variety of forms.  Left to right is Fiber blanket, 1/8" fiber paper, 1/16" fiber paper, 1/32" fiber paper, papyrus, thin-fire, and at the bottom is 1/2" fiber board (which I use as kiln shelves or drop molds..

I use fiber blanket to make molds more organic, the thicker fiber paper I use for pockets, and the thinner fiber paper in-between glass. I also use fiber paper for kiln carving.

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This is painted 1/32" fiber paper I put it in-between glass, in-between without paint, painted and then underneath (the paint came off on the fiber paper and stuck to the glass), and the clear heart is the fiber paper with now paint just to add texture.  It worked really well. So many uses.

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Both the negative and positive can be used. The left side is thin-fire and the right side is papyrus.

This is a comparison between the Papyrus (bottom) and the 1/32" top. The Left samples have the fiber in-between the glass and the right is to show the texture. You can see for texture the 1/32" texture is much pronounced. Additionally, the 1/32" painted fiber paper held up better under the glass than the thin-fire.  The painted thin-fire sample just rubbed off.

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Thin-fire can come in different painted colors. Or you can buy it normal and then paint it yourself. The 3 bottom hearts all started out white, then as you can see I painted the bottom middle heart.

Three examples of painted thin-fire, all works well on all three colors of glass; clear, white, and black.

This is the flat normal painted thin-fire in-between glass.

This is the granite painted thin-fire in-between glass..

This is the heart I painted in-between glass.

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The key with fiber paper is to make sure you have a border of glass around it. I'm not sure if you can tell but I didn't have enough glass and the fiber paper is sticking out a bit, which makes it not usable.

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I made 3 soap dishes with the painted thin-fire. They all turned out awesome. But if you want to see more elaborate thin-fire pieces see the blog above.

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I really enjoyed working with the fiber paper, but it's a bit temperamental and you have to fire it  just right.

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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