March 2014 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 ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I will be doing a blog regarding Easter in April, albeit I wanted to show you some Easter cabochons I just took out of the kiln. I have not put any findings on the cabochons yet so technically they can be bookmarks, magnets, key chains, pendants, brooches, etc. There are angels with bunnies, just bunnies, etc.

If you would like one, please email me, as they are not on my Elegant Fused Glass by Karen site yet. These are adorable pieces perfect for children or adults and very reasonably priced from $10 to $15.

For more info read the blog Fresh from the Kiln.

Upcoming Events:

As I mentioned last week in my Elegant Fused Glass blog, my fused glass is now in three local locations:

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen is showcased at the Boulder Street Gallery

This video is focused on Boulder Street Gallery in downtown Colorado Springs. Boulder Street Gallery and Framing has a variety of locally made arts and crafts including my fused glass bowls, aspens, plates, wine …Read more.

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen is displayed at the GreenSoul

The three stores that I have some of my fused glass artwork in are all run by amazing people and I wanted to show a short video of each of the stores. This one is for the GreenSoul. Read more.

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen is in the Chapel Hills mall in the SMC Designs

This video is focused on SMC Designs in the Chapel Hills mall (by the new movie theater) in Colorado Springs. SMC Designs has a variety …Read more.

March's Blog Highlights: *My blogs are posted NLT each Sunday of the WEEK just check Elegant Fused Glass by Karen.

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen - has a new symbol!

Elegant Fused Glass by Karen has a new Symbol created by my wonderful and talented daughter-in-law Fay. Read online.

Fused Glass - Bloodstone birthstone

Fused Glass Birthstone - Bloodstone

March's birthstones are Bloodstone and Aquamarine, so I have created Fused Glass Bloodstone and Aquamarine pendants. Read online.

Fused Glass March Birthstone Aquamarine

Fused Glass Aquamarine Birthstone

March’s birthstones are Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Last week I showed you my Fused Glass Bloodstone version so this week I will show you my Fused Glass Aquamarine. It is more of a blue green, however it is still transparent hence the pinch bail. Read online.

march ribbons

March's Fused Glass Awareness Ribbons

March Awareness is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are my Green, Orange, and Dark blue fused glass ribbons, however I also can make other colors. Any of the fused glass ribbon can be warn as apendant or turned into key chains. Read online.

St Patrick's Day Fused Glass

St Patrick's Day - Fused Glass

Since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner (March 17th), I thought I would let you know Saint Patrick’s Day came about and show you some of my Saint Patrick’s Day fused glass pieces. I have fused glass pendants, tie tacks, earrings, poker guard, etc. Read online.

Fused Glass Aries Pendants

Fused Glass Aries (Zodiac)

March’s zodiac sign is Aries (Ram). Awhile back, I wrote a blog about Western Zodiac so I thought I’d highlight ...Read online.

Fused Glass Women Pendants

Fused Glass Pendants for Women's History Month

 A Reminder March is Women’s History Month. One of my favorite fused glass pendants to represent strong women is the tree in the shape of a woman. To me this decal stands for the strength that women have day in and day out.  Since the theme for women’s history month this year is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment” it’s a perfect symbol. Read online.

Book Review - Time for Glass

Fused Glass Book Reviews - Time for Glass and Contemporary Mood Lamps

I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes, eBooks, or actual books. I also like trying new products therefore, I …Read more.

Elegant Chainmaille weave with Red and White Dichroic Fused Glass

Fused Glass and Chainmaille necklaces

Chainmaille and Fused Glass, for those that follow my fused glass blogs and newsletters know I’ve been touting the amazing chainmaille created by Stephanie, in fact my daughter and I bought two pairs last weekend.

First a little background. Chainmaille (i.e., chainmail …Read more.

Did you know ...

This section will be 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.

Can you tell which pendant in the picture is/are gemstone(s) or which is/are fused glass? Email me and let me know.

In my Fused Glass Faux Gemstone blogs I discuss each of the birthstones and my version (faux) of the gemstones. So I thought I'd let you know the difference between natural, genuine, synthetic, simulated, composite, gemstones?

      Natural gemstones are from nature without modification other than being been cut and/or polished.

      Genuine gemstones are the real thing, but not natural anymore. In other words, the gemstones are treated to enhance its appearance. Some treatments are permanent, but others are not.

      Synthetic gemstone shares a natural stone's physical, chemical, and optical qualities, but it is created in a laboratory e.g., Alexandrite, Amethyst, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Coral, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Turquoise, and Opal. A synthetic gemstone is created in a laboratory and appears flawless. A synthetic material is something that is created by man gems have through chemical-physical processes. Synthetic gemstones have made since the late 1800s i.e., ruby. Good synthetics should cost less than natural stones of similar size and quality, albeit are not always inexpensive.

      Simulated, simulants, faux, or imitations gemstones are meant to represent the real gemstone, but do not have any of the physical characteristics of the natural or synthetic gemstone. Imitation gemstones imitate the color or look of a natural stone e.g., coral, cubic zirconia, lapis lazuli, or malachite.

      Composite gemstones are made from a small piece of a genuine stone then combined with an inexpensive or imitation gemstone to make it appear larger or to enhance its appearance.

     Opal jewelry is often composites. Doublets are composite made by sandwiching a colored bonding agent between two clear, inexpensive stones. Triplets are composites that have three parts.

      Stabilized Gems is accomplished by using pressure to force a bonding-type of product into the gemstone e.g., turquoise that would otherwise be too soft and chalky to use.

      Reconstituted Gemstones are made by mixing powders of the real thing with a binding agent. Stones are formed from a thin mix, which is often made from other ingredients -- not just the gem.

In fact, most gemstones used in jewelry have been treated to improve their appearance. If naturally "perfect” stones were the only gems available, most of us couldn't afford them. Gemstones that aren't usually treated include garnets, peridot, hematite, alexandrite, and moonstone.

The Federal Trade Commission requires any gem material produced in a laboratory be described in a way that leaves no doubt it is not produced naturally. So ask the question a reputable jewelry will tell you what type of gem it is e.g., natural, genuine, synthetic, simulated, composite,

Let me know if you have any questions. * The majority of my information was obtained from either Gemological Institute of America or Gemology Online.

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