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March 2015 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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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

I have 3 events in April! So please come by and see me.

 

- 7th Annual Spring Craft Sale - 10 (5-8pm) & 11  (9am - 1pm) April at the Rocky Mountain Calvary Church 4285 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs

 

- Community Autism Celebration - 12 April (10am-4pm) at the Hotel Hotel Elegante 2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. - I will have several fused glass autism pieces.

 

- WOW "Wonderful Opportunities in Woodland Park" 25 April - 10am-3pm in the Woodland park Library. It's to benefit habitat for humanity.

 

I've updated my Etsy site and am working on updating my Elegant Fused Glass and Art Fire sites.

 

If you have any questions or need anything including any of the fused glass pieces from my blogs below just email me at

elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

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Fresh From the Kiln:

March - Fused Glass Fresh From the Kiln

March - Fused Glass Fresh From the Kiln

March's Fresh From the Kiln is based on this month's fused glass review.  I wrote a my fused glass review blog about one of Webinar Wednesday's club Fused Glass Artist's Cara. I enjoy her videos. The video I chose to blog about involved iridized glass. Ever since I watched Bullseye's videoRead more.

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Fused glass shaving bowl, candle trivet, and incense burner

Fused glass shaving bowl, candle trivet, and incense burner

During the craft show at the end of January I met some amazing women. For example Jen, makes handmade soaps and candles. I loved her custom made soaps and candles and she liked my fused glass. She asked me to create custom shaving bowls, candle trivets, and  incense burners for her handmade shaving soap, candles, and incense.  Needless to say …Read more.

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St Patrick's Day and Easter fused glass pendants

St Patrick's Day and Easter fused glass pendants

With both St Patrick's day (March 17th) and Easter (April 5th) coming up  I wanted to write a blog about some of the fused glass pieces I have for both Holidays. First last year for both St Patrick's day and for Easter I wrote blog regarding the meaning of each holiday. If you'd like to know the background behind St …Read more.

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Fused Glass mountain scene candle screen

Fused Glass mountain scene candle screen

Custom Fused glass mantel sconce    -    I love making fused glass mantle sconces and candle screens. I've made several including custom with a picture  created in sepia, my aspens of course, holidays (Santa and Star of David), bubble, just to name a few. I've even made more abstract candle screens. The difference between my candle screens and …Read more.

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March's Fused Glass Pendant Cast Molds

March's Fused Glass Pendant Cast Molds

In keeping with my new rule of writing a blog about my many fused glass molds I picked up 3 new fused glass casting molds this week. I talked a little about casting in January's doggy bowl blog because the doggy paw were casted and in February a part of …Read more.

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webinar

March's Fused Glass Review - Iridized Plate Video

Every month I do a review on a book, video, etc regarding fused glass or anything connected to fused glass. In November I joined the Webinar Wednesday club through Ceramic Arts.  They have a couple fused glass artists, bead artists, ceramic artists, etc.  So today I thought I'd do a review on one of the videos …Read more.

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Wow I'm so behind!

Wow I'm so behind!

First an apology. I normally post my fused glass blogs Wednesday and Saturday mornings albeit, I have been so busy - see below and I haven't finished my Fresh From the Kiln Blog for Wed. Mainly because my Fresh From The Kiln glass dish is in the kiln, so my Wed blog will be my Saturday Blog but it will …Read more.

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Fused Glass pictures

Fused Glass pictures

Fused Glass pictures I receive requests for custom fused glass pictures on a regular basis so I thought I'd explain the different types I create. There are two types of fused glass pictures to choose from: Sepia and Color. You would send me a JPEG picture and I can create either a sepia version or a color version on pretty …Read more.

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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.

March's DYK is about different ways fused glass pendants can be worn. Below are just a few, albeit there are many other ways including metal clay (for another day) and metal work (for another day)

• Pinch Bail - to use pinch bails for glass, I first use a dremel with a small diamond drill bit to drill a hole in the pendant. It's perfect when the pendant shape is unique or both sides of the fused glass pendant are beautiful

Can you tell which of the pictures is the back of the pendants and which is the front?

 

 

• Glue on bails - typically they are flat pad bails that can be affixed to the glass with glue. I use a strong epoxy and have never problem with a bail coming off, however if you ever have a problem please let me know - I will fix it. * I also use this type of bail for earrings. I have several different colors of bails including: silver plated, copper, brass, and my favorite gun metal. * I even have sterling silver for an extra charge.

 

• Wire Wrap - is another way to display fused glass pendants. I used sterling silver wire for the outside pendants and copper wire for the middle pendant.  Additionally, artist wire can be used. The wire can be wrapped around free formed like the left, just to add a bail like the middle or wrapped in a channel like the third. *again these are just some of the possibilities!

• Setting or Finding - a finding is a jeweler's term referring to a pre-manufactured component that the glass is added to e.g., bezel. Some of the findings are double plated silver or they can be copper, brass, gunmetal, etc.

• Needless to mention my snaps that can be worn with either my fused glass pendants, rings, bracelets, eyeglass holder, key chain, etc. I have the snaps in 18mm or 12 mm. They are all silver plated.

Bail-less fused glass pendants. Bail-less no matter how you spell it bail-less or bailless or bailess (I've seen it spell in all three ways). Bail-less are fused pendant where an external bail is not added.  
-- One example of a bail-less is a donut pendant, but it doesn't have to be round but can be any shape or even an organic shape. Fused Glass donut pendants can be created using a cast mold that has a hole created in the mold or it can be drilled with a drill press and a diamond drill bit.

 

-- Another example of a bail-less fused glass pendant is the channel fused glass pendant which is created with fiber paper.

 

As I mentioned these are just a few examples of the possibilities to wear fused glass pendants!.

If you have any questions about a fused glass pendant please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com  or checkout my website www.elegantfusedglassbykaren.com
Karen

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