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August 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- August 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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My first show was in Woodland Park. It was a great show, so many amazing customers came by to see me.  Thank you all for your support. I can't tell you how much it means to me.

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My next show will be at the Rock Ledge Ranch on the 15-17th of Sept. Ya'll know how I feel I hate that my customers have to pay to come and see me so I'll have free pendants for everyone that comes to see me. No purchase is necessary, it's just my way of saying Thank You.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

In my fused glass painting class with Mark Hufford he not only taught us how to paint glass with Colors for Earth (CFE) enamels. We used the concentrates created by CFE to paint the rock base. I think it goes so well with the fused glass koi  piece we made. I love them both and it will be sitting in my living room so I can see it every day.

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Follow-up Fused Glass July Projects

Follow-up Fused Glass July Projects

Last month I created a myriad of fused glass projects for the holiday seasons. Two that I finished recently are beautiful so I want to show them off. The first one is a very larch casted fused glass cross. It's large and thick glass. I fused a wire loop in so it's self hanging as well.         …Read more.

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Winner of the Fused Glass prize from Woodland Park

Winner of the Fused Glass prize from Woodland Park

As I mentioned in my last newsletter I had a show in Woodland Park. I had a lot of customers come by and I had several people sign up for my newsletters. When people sign up for my newsletter during a show they enter a drawing to win $25 worth of Fused glass. For Woodland …Read more.

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New Fused Glass Projects - Went to a good home!

New Fused Glass Projects - Went to a good home!

During my show at Woodland Park two of my new fused glass pieces went to good homes. Both pieces we're techniques I learned from Jodi "Glass with a Past". I covered her projects in May's Fused Glass Newsletter. My first fused glass piece was my spinner fish. I'm sure you are wondering what happened to my other two fish. One …Read more.

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My Daughter and Son!

My Daughter and Son!

OMG I have had a crazy emotional month. First, my daughter moved into her college dorm. It's difficult for me I miss her terribly.  I'm so happy for her, this is an exciting time of her life. Since I miss her so much I thought I'd put her picture on some glass. I had made …

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Fused Glass Crosses

Fused Glass Crosses

Fused Glass Crosses, I've made some new fused glass crosses for the holiday season. I thought the green one was a bit simple so I added a dichroic dot.  I've also fused in high fire wire so the crosses can be hung. I have even more fused glass cross molds and hope to have a …Read more.

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Fused Glass Ghost

Fused Glass Ghost

 I've been making some more fused glass stand-ups. This time I made some fused glass ghosts. The are so cute. I'm going to try to make a pumpkin and maybe a bat too. I must admit, I really like the stand-ups. If you would like to see more of my fused glass work please refer ....Read more.

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Fused Glass Painting Class - Mark Hufford

Fused Glass Painting Class - Mark Hufford

I've blogged about Mark Hufford many times. Mark is an outstanding painter, over the years I've even bought 3 of his fused glass pieces. I have all his videos, but until this past weekend I've never painted one of his designs. Mark taught at Bella studios in Denver, it was a great location and the staff very helpful.       …Read more.

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Custom fused glass - for my good friend

Custom fused glass - for my good friend

I've blogged about my good friend Marilyn several times. She is a teacher and she loves the minions so I made her a sign for her students and some minion stand-ups and magnets. I must admit the little standups are so cute, and I can put any picture on them and make them any color.     …Read more.

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Fused Glass modifications

Fused Glass modifications

During my August show, one of my long time customers had a request. She wanted some of my fused glass earrings changed from posts and dangles to clip-on earrings.  So I did it. I based it on whether the earrings were posts or dangles. If they were posts I put them on a finding that had a pad. If they …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.

l have a confession, I am a glass hoarder. I buy beautiful glass then I want to save it for something special. It's kind of like the China dishes you buy for special occasions.  Well I'm trying to use some of my glass I've been saving and write this DYK showing my off the glass I've been hoarding and discuss them a bet.  The Glass I'm going to discuss this month is 96 COE (Spectrum).  Of course for those who follow my newsletters know that Spectrum Glass went out of business last year so some of this glass is no longer available, which is so sad.

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This is one of my favorite spirit glasses. I fused it on a textured mold. This is the back of the fused glass dish, the texture is still showing.

This is the top of the fused glass dish. It's a shallow dish but it has a lot of character.

Here is another spirit glass That I like it had iridize on the bottom so it picked up a bit of the texture.  This is the glass before firing the first time.

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I love transparent iridized glass it has a sparkle and rainbow effect and can be put on the bottom like this piece. The fused glass bowl I slumped this in was textured so the glass picked up a bit of it that you can see through the glass.

This is a fused glass shallow heart dish and the transparent iridized glass is in the center. It's a beautiful piece because it has texture and sparkle

There is also opaque iridized glass. This is the first firing and I fused the iridized face down. It can be slumped with the iridzed up, but to be honest I like to fuse it on a textured plate before slumping it. I just didn't have the time to do that this month, plus I'm not sure which texture I'll do, fish, light house, dragonfly, butterfly, etc.

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One of my favorite types of glass is aventurine glass. Spectrum has 3 colors of aventurine glass. This is the Black aventurine glass. It almost has a green tint. I put clear glass on top so it has a lot of sparkle.

This is the blue aventurine glass and again I put the clear on top. The clear magnifies the sparkle and really makes it beautiful.

This fused glass dish is a stunning, I fused iridized face down on green aventurine glass so it has double sparkle and is a rainbow effect.

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Another of my favorite spectrum glass is confetti glass. This first one is amazing, this one has blue, green, and pink confetti. I just wish the camera would pick up the depth of  this fused glass piece. I put iridzed in the middle so it's a beautiful piece. Confetti is very thin pieces of glass and stringer.

This is another fused glass confetti piece but the iridized is on the bottom, so it gives the piece some depth.

This is similar to the confetti pieces except it's just stringer. I put the iridized on top and face up. With the iridized face up it doesn't give depth, albeit there is a bit of texture.

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Another type of glass that spectrum produces is opal art. The interesting thing about the opal art glass is both sides of the glass has a design, the bottom is just more subtle. This is the bottom of piece, but still beautiful.

This is the top of the piece, this is after firing. I really love this piece. So much depth for a shallow fused glass dish.

This is another piece of the opal art, it's called wispy. The iridized is on the top of this fused glass dish. It's a slight curve, meant for candles.

This is a pretty piece, it's almost translucent. It's a shallow dish but can be used for a variety of things.

Spectrum has several colors of the opal art, green, red, black, etc. This is considered a sushi dish. This fused glass dish can be used for various things including: candy, candles, potpourri, etc.

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I used several molds I haven't used before, so I thought show you a picture of the glass in the kiln ready for it's slump firing. There are a few pieces in this shot that I didn't discuss so maybe I'll discuss them next month.

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