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September 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- Sep Blogs * blogs are only Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Last year I was asked my several of my customers to put out my show schedule. This section is doing just that, the craft shows I’m participating in for 2019 are the following:

3-4 Aug - Woodland Park’s Mountain Artist - **this weekend**

13-15 Sep - Holly Berry’s Rockledge Ranch - Coming up this month!

9 Nov - Liberty High School

23 Nov - Rampart High School

7-8 Dec - Doherty High School

As you can see I have a month before my next show so if you want me to make a custom piece now is the time to get your orders in.

I’m going to do a special prize for anyone who visits me (or my booth) during each event (no purchase necessary). I'm also going to give a discount if you come to 3 of my 5 shows. The discount is 30% off any item in my booth. You will get your discount during my last show i.e., Doherty. How exciting is that! Can you tell how much I’ve missed you?

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I have 2 questions.

I have 2 questions.

Recently I made some fused glass Rainbow trees. I just love them, they are so colorful and just make me smile. But I need your help. 1st question - is which shape do you like best the curve or the wave? I like them both for different reasons. I like the curve because I can put a candle behind it …Read more.

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D&L Glass

D&L Glass

I buy glass from various places but my "local" glass shop is D&L glass in Denver. It's a bit of a drive but they have a good selection and I like handpicking my glass. I also like the fact that they have classes and show examples from the classes. If you would like to see more of my fused glass …Read more.

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My Fused Glass in Tulips

My Fused Glass in Tulips

I stopped by Tulips in Denver today. I just love this store and not because she sells my fused glass. But because there are so many amazing artists (30 local artists) showcased in her store. I love how she intermixes my fused glass with her other art (ceramics, cards, soap, painting, jewelry, etc.,) If you would like to see more …

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Petrified Wood Glass

Petrified Wood Glass

These little fused glass dishes are made with petrified wood glass. It's a special type of glass that reacts with some blue glass. I did some tests and I think it's amazing. This is petrified wood glass before it's fired. So it looks brown before it's fired but when you fire it with a certain type of glass (blues & …Read more.

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Blue Commercial Plates

Blue Commercial Plates

I just finished another production order for a fabulous Aspen Restaurant. Normally when I do an order for him he gives me the approximate size and I do a few tests. He wanted blue so I did a transparent and a opal. This piece is an amazing mold but it’s quite large, but it’s quite a statement piece isn’t it. …Read more.

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Thank you for your support

Thank you for your support

First I want to thank my fantastic friends, I just don't know what I would have done without you. Thank you Lela and Iris, you are the best friends I could ever ask for. Second, to all my amazing customers who came out to my booth at Rockledge Ranch I truly appreciate it. I have the best customers in the …Read more.

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So where was I?

So where was I?

As you know I wasn't able to go to my Rockledge Ranch show this month because I was on a business trip.  So where was I?  That's right I was in Alabama again. I was working 10-13 hr days and didn't get much time off but I did go to Prattville. What an adorable little town. While I was in …Read more.

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Winner of Rockledge Ranch Show

Winner of Rockledge Ranch Show

As you know, I do a drawing for those who sign up for my Fused Glass newsletter during each of my shows, including the Rockledge Ranch.  Even though I wasn't at Rockledge Ranch Friday and Saturday I still had my drawing. The winner of the fused glass drawing at Rockledge Ranch show is Rosemary. I have emailed them and wrote …

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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.

For my "did you know" this month I wanted to talk about he myraid of fused glass pendants I make. However, I started with dichroic and had to stop there, because using dichroic glass is about 15 techniques right there. So This month's DYK will be on dichroic glass. Dichroic means 2 colors.Next month I'll try to talk about more of my techniques.

BTW in case you were curious:  (google is such a great invention)

• The word pendant comes from the Latin word pendere and Old French word pendr, both of which translate to "to hang down". A pendant is a single object that dangles from a chain or cord. Pendants adds a focal point to a necklace.

• A charm is similar just smaller and can be added to a necklace or bracelet.

• A cabochon is an any item (such as a stone or glass) which has been polished and is “dome” shaped.

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When people come to my booth the first thing I say is I have over 50 techniques I use in my fused glass jewelry.  As I mentioned above I thought I'd talk about the major ones but I started talking about dichroic and it deserves a DYK all on it's own. Dichroic glass shows two different colors under certain lighting conditions or when it moves.

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There are a couple kinds of dichroic glass:

• textured dichroic (the one to the left)

• solid dichroic

• pattern dichroic

• crinkle dichroic

This is a solid dichroic (black backed)  before it's fired

This is a black backed patterned dichroic glass before it's fired.

This is crinkled dichroic glass (clear backed) before it's fired.

Typically dichroic glass (optical coating) is either black backed or clear backed.  There is positives to both. This one is clear backed.

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The easiest technique when making fused glass pendants with dichroic glass is just to "cap" the dichroic glass (textured, solid, pattern, or crinkle) with clear glass. It doesn't really matter if black or clear backed dichroic. However the clear backed is very transparent.  Here is a pendant I just love, it has so much depth because it's textured dichroic (black backed) that's capped. Then I shaped it which to me adds even more to a piece.

The next technique to use dichroic in jewelry is adding a base layer of glass underneath the dichroic (with the dichroic up). Typically if it's black backed dichroic you use black glass. This is the same glass as the one pictured above however it's still got it's texture. I love this technique!

However you can make the back a bit bigger and center the dichroic so it has a little bit of a frame around it, if you do this you can use any glass but as you can see it's like having 2 frames. The one on the right is 2 pieces of dichroic one solid and the other textured. and it has quite a bit of dimension.

The other nuance to this technique is how high you fire it. If you fire it low you have a nice texture like the two above, but you can also do a full fuse (higher temp) and then it's smooth. Like this one. They are all beautiful just different and depends on what you like.

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One of the positives about using clear dichroic is you can use any type of base with it. This fused glass pendant is stunning in person because the base is black backed dichroic and clear dichroic on top. Just beautiful.

This one is both clear dichroic, the bottom is solid dichroic and the top is textured dichroic so it is just gorgeous front and back. 

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Another cool variation is to add clear glass on top of the dichroic but not covering the entire piece of dichroic. This one has a layer of dichroic then clear covering just a portion of the dichroic so some of the dichroic is on top and some is under the clear.

eally opening up numerous color variations. Another thing you can do is add another type of clear dichroic and stack the dichroic adding more brilliance and depth.

This is another variation of adding clear glass to the top of dichroic. For this one I didn't full fuse it so you can feel the clear glass on top. I wish you could see the depth of this piece.

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Another technique using dichroic is etching. I'm not comfortable talking about how to do this as I learned this from Tanya Veit. But this technique is endless and you can make practically anything.

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This is a similar technique because it uses dichroic and etching but it also includes mica (I did a DYK in May 2017). Again I don't want to go into detail about this technique but it's it amazing!! Love it!

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Another awesome technique I learned from Tanya is engraving into dichroic. I just love this technique. I typically make trees but I do love the technique. 

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Of course you can also use decals on dichroic glass. Either on top of the clear capped dichroic like this one. The flowers in the background are dichroic and the dragonfly is a decal.

This piece the owl decal is on top of the dichroic, so it has a bit of texture. Love this piece.

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A similar product to decals is Illusion transfers, I really like the tree of life one because you can put it on any non-textured dichroic without a cap. So pretty.

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Wow going through these techniques reminds me how amazing Tanya is and how much I've learned from her. 

This is called the Picasso technique, it's such a fun technique.

A variation to the Picasso is to cap some of the the dichroic with clear glass.

Another variation is to use texture dichroic and shape it like this beautiful fused glass heart.

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This is dichroic glass is fun and I make little pebbles with the dichroic and make little mini mosaics with them.

I also make dichroic dots and add them to other things like this essential oil finding.

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Another amazing technique is to layer dichroic. Either full pieces, tiny bits of dichroic, or etched then layered. Again the possibilities are endless.

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Of course another technique I learned from Tanya with dichroic is scenic pendants. This is a time consuming technique, but fantastic.

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Dichroic glass can also be layered with other interesting glass. That's what I did here and isn't it fascinating?

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Dichroic glass can also be casted. I love how this really gives even more options. Dichroic comes in frit which works well with casting.

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Ok that's at least 20 techniques and I'm not done. Plus I combine several techniques to spice things up a bit. I hope you see how versatile dichroic glass is. There are hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns of dichroic glass - which makes it even more versatile. There are a myriad of variance that can be done with dichroic that can provide even more looks.

Below are just a few more techniques with dichroic.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my fused glass dichroic pendants.

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