September 2014 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- September Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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Fresh From the Kiln:


September Fresh From the Kiln

 Fresh From the Kiln In August I wrote a blog about a class I took in Missouri called “Fused Glass Graffiti” then I wrote another blog about my recycled tempered glass bowls this Fresh From the Kiln is related. So now I've created my first Fused Glass Graffiti Clock and I personally think it’s really …Read more.


Upcoming Events:

I don't have any Events in October but I will be participating in  2 or 3 during November. So that will be a lot of fun!

The most important part of October is I get to see my Son David and my Beautiful and talented daughter-in-law Fay. I can't wait. They mean so much to me and I'm counting the days until I see them!


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

Fused Glass Interchangeable Jewelry

Fused Glass Interchangeable Jewelry

I'm so excited! I have created a new line of Fused Glass Interchangeable Jewelry. It's Snaps into place and it's so fun and versatile!  The fused glass is small but fits into either large, medium, or small pendant findings. Not only are there pendants, the fused glass interchangeable snaps can snap into earrings, rings, earrings, bracelets, key chains, and so …

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September Fused Glass Birthstone – Sapphire

September Fused Glass Birthstone - Sapphire Sapphire is also recognized for 5 and 45 year anniversaries. The name sapphire derives from the Greek sapphirus for blue, in Latin is called sapphirus and in Persian is called yakut-i-asrak. Sapphire has been popular since the Middle Ages. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought …Read more.


Winner of the Fused Elegance / Elegant Fused Glass Drawing from the Briarfest event!

For those who follow my Fused Glass blog and receive my Elegant Fused Glass Newsletter know that I participated in the 1st Annual Briarfest event this past weekend. It was my second outside event. I did enjoy the music and got to meet some wonderful people. It was a 2 day show and there were rides …Read more.

Sept zodiac Libra

Fused Glass Zodiac Libra

Fused Glass Zodiac - Libra "The Scales" September 23 - October 22: Every month this year I’ve been writing a blog about the Western Zodiac symbol for that month. September’s Zodiac Symbol is Libra, which is the Scale. I have various decals with the Libra symbols and I can put them on anything from pendants to …Read more.

 Fused Glass Awareness Ribbons

Fused Glass September Awareness Ribbons

Fused Glass September Awareness Ribbons Every month I've been letting ya'll know what the Awareness Ribbons are for that particular month. There are several awareness causes and ribbons dedicated to the month of September and I have several Fused Glass September Awareness pieces that represents various September awareness causes / ribbons including Purple, …Read more.

joy of coldwarking

September Fused Glass Book Reviews

The Joy of Coldworking by Johnathon Schmuck I like learning about different techniques that can be used with fused glass therefore, for the most part I really liked this book (the pictures are magnificent). That being said, "The Joy of Coldworking" is more for a studio that is setting up a …Read more.

Custom Fused Glass Soap Dishes

Custom Fused Glass Soap Dishes

Custom Fused Glass Soap Dishes I have written other blogs regarding custom fused glass orders, however this one is special. My husband requested has a shop online with Organic Soap and other items and wanted custom fused glass soap dishes (I’ve made some before but he wanted 10 total one set …Read more.


Dedicated to an Amazing Fused Glass Artist and Teacher

On the 6th of September the glass art world lost a visionary artist. His name was David Alcala. I wrote a blog a while back talking about the class I took from David. His talent is beyond words and I'm so blessed that I was able to take a class with him. I've been wanting to write this blog for …

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Colorado Springs Home Show Fused Glass Winner!

For those who read my Fused Glass blog and my Elegant Fused Glass Newsletter know that I participated in the 2 day Colorado Springs home show this past weekend. It was nice because it was inside and I had a big booth so I had so many of my fused glass pieces both jewelry …

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Fused Glass Pebble Pendants

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.

Since I wrote book review on two coldworking books I thought I’d explain a little bit about coldworking. *Please note the pictures are of just some of my equipment - also they are from the sites because mine have glass dust all over them! :-)

Do you know what coldworking fused glass is? Beyond initial firing fused glass coldworking a fused glass piece is utilized to enhance the piece or to correct an issue i.e., spikes, uneven sides, etc. I hardly ever have a piece of fused glass that isn’t coldworked.

Coldworking is the collective term for several techniques to alter or decorate glass when the glass is cold. Some of the cold-working techniques include sandblasting, grinding, cutting, etc.

I use several types of items to coldwork my fused glass both Hand and Machine.

Hand coldworking

Diamond Files - are used to get into difficult to reach spots on a fused glass piece. *not pictured

Diamond Hand Pads –Range from coarse grit sizes (50 to 100) to finer grits such as 240, 400, and even 600. The hand pads are used with water to smooth the edges. Sometimes when you fire glass you want to even up the edges or there are spikes, which are taken off with the saw. I use diamond hand pads mainly for my plates and bowls. After using the hand pads, I can slump a piece without fire polishing.

Silicon Carbide Slurry – involves different sizes of silicon carbide grit combined with water and placed in a plastic container (I use a piece of float glass on the bottom). There should be a different container for each size of grit and the glass should be rinsed before moving to the next grit. Start with the lowest grit and work up. This procedure takes a little time and space but it works and it is a lot less expensive than some machines used to smooth the edges. I use the slurry for my plates and bowls. *not pictured

Machine coldworking –

Tile Saw is a table saw using a diamond-encrusted blade that has water fed to the blade. Tile saws are great for cutting straight lines and thicker glass pieces like pattern bars. A tile saw leaves a rough edge, which means you need to use some hand pads, etc.

Ring Saw is similar to the tile saw in that it uses a diamond-encrusted blade but it can cut circles, ovals, hearts etc. I use this for most of my glass but not for any piece of glass that is thicker than ½ inch. A ring saw leaves a smoother edge but typically, I will still use my hand pads for plates etc and my grinders for jewelry to ensure I have a smooth edge so I can either slump or fire polish as desired. I also like to change the shapes of my fused glass jewelry and the ring saw is what I use.

Grinder has a cylinder grinder heads again encrusted with diamonds and water feed. I use the grinder to shape the edges of my fused glass jewelry (smaller pieces) to give a sharper, smoother piece.

Flat lap grinder has a flat grinder disk again encrusted with diamonds and water feed. I use the grinder to shape the edges of my fused glass jewelry (smaller pieces) to give a sharper, smoother piece. I like the flat lap grinder to get sharper edges and it is great for beveling.

Sandblaster uses compressed air to propel abrasive particles to chip away tiny, precise bits of glass it provides a sea glass effect. There are two main types of abrasives and I’ve used both Aluminum oxide (AO) and Silicon carbide (SC). Aluminum oxide causes a lot of static electricity and the shocks were pretty annoying so I switched to Silicon carbide. To me they both are very similar but in my research, SC is a little harsh and may cause devitrification (which I have experienced). I do not recall having that problem with AO but I switched pretty quickly. I use my sandblaster A LOT, to take off decals I do not like or did not turnout well, to take off kiln wash that sticks, to take out devitrification, etc. I have found sandblasting light colors i.e., blue turn out well and gives the glass a sea glass effect and does not necessarily require fire polishing. Albeit the darker glasses require fire polishing otherwise it is just ugly. After sandblasting, I typically fire polish (1300 – 1350) and the glass will be shiny, if I want the glass to have a satin / matte finish then I fire to a slump schedule (1250). There are so many aspects to sandblasting glass I will probably do a blog as well. I love my sandblaster and cannot wait to talk more about it.

Sadly one coldworking machine I do not have (and would love) is wet belt sander.

I hope this DYK helps you understand the additional work that goes into each fused glass piece I make.

Keeping my Kiln warm,




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