June 2015 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- June Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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As of right now, I don't have an event for July - partly because my daughter will be at camp for the entire month and she helps me with the shows - plus I'll be gone for a week for my job.  If I do schedule an event I will send out a special notice.

I do have an event the first weekend in August at the Mountain Arts Festival on the 1st & 2nd in Woodland Park Colorado. I'm really looking forward to it.

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



Fresh From the Kiln:

Fresh From the Kiln - June

Earlier this month I wrote a review on two eBooks by Paul Tarlow "Waste Not! Fused Glass Projects Using Scrap Glass 1 & 2". As I mentioned in that review when fused glass artists create glass pieces whether it's jewelry or art pieces we have a lot of what we call "scrap" or leftover glass. Sometimes it's difficult to know …Read more.

Fusing - "non-fusible glass" (Art Glass)

Fusing - "non-fusible glass" (Art Glass)

There are two main types of COE that I use and I've blogged about coefficient of expansion (COE) of fused glass many times. As I mentioned before COE is how glass expands and contracts when it heats and cools. When glass is the same COE and is considered fusible it can be fused to other glass that's the same COE. …Read more.

Fused Glass for Father's Day

Fused Glass for Father's Day

With Father's day coming up I wanted to show a few fused glass pieces for men. When most people think about fused glass for women or for the house but it's just not true. Fused Glass is for everyone including men.  As shown in the picture there are Fused glass belt buckles,  Poker Card Guards, Fused Glass Bolo Ties, Tie …Read more.


June Fused Glass - Ebook Review

When fused glass artists create glass pieces, whether it's jewelry or art pieces, there is a lot of what we call "scrap" or leftover glass. Moreover, sometimes when we create fused glass pieces some of the pieces don't turn out quite as well as we would like. So do we just throw the leftovers …Read more.

*BTW I received a very nice Email from Paul thanking me for the review. What a Class act Guy!

Fused Glass Fish & Bubbles

Fused Glass Fish & Bubbles

There is so much to fused glass, techniques, glass, molds, etc. I enjoy all of the above. I'm constantly learning new techniques, buy various types of glass, and of course molds. Of course the best of all worlds is to combine special glass, techniques, and molds together in one special piece. I wrote a blog about a special fused glass …Read more.

My steel blue test pieces

Steel Blue and Opaline Fused Glass

Bullseye glass is so cool they have a myriad of different types of glass that are very interesting. Two very unique types of bullseye glass I want to show off tonight is steel blue and opaline glass. I love the steel blue glass because when you fuse clear glass on the steel blue whether it's stringer, vitrigraph, or frit the …Read more.

Salt Spring Island

My Fused Glass Week in Canada!

For those who follow my blogs know I took a 5 day course with Bob Leatherbarrow "Studies in Powder" or crackle last week. I've taken other classes that included crackle and I just recently bought a eBook about crackle so some have asked me why fly up to a little island in British Columbia Canada to take another class about …Read more.

My Fused Glass week in Canada part 2

My Fused Glass week in Canada part 2

In my last fused glass blog I wrote about how great the ladies were in my class with Bob Leatherbarrow (including Liesbeth). For this blog I wanted to talk about Bob and the glass itself. As I mentioned before, I will not provide any secrets. Bob teaches and will be writing some ebooks (starting in Nov covering these topics). First, …Read more.


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.

June has been a crazy month for me, hopefully I'll have a chance to blog about some of it so you'll know just how busy. Anyway I was so busy I didn't have time to work up a new a DYK for June, so I thought I'd revisit one of my first DYK articles.  It's about what makes some rings turn your finger green.  

Do you know why certain rings turn your finger green when you wear them?

A common misconception is only inexpensive jewelry causes this discoloration, however that is not necessarily true. Both copper and silver are common causes of skin discoloration from rings.

Oxidation can cause metals (except in precious metals i.e., Gold, Silver (fine), and the Platinum family) to react with acids in your skin. Additionally, stainless steel, platinum, and rhodium-plated jewelry are less likely to turn green your finger green. Sterling Silver is not pure and can oxidize and tarnish which can leave a dark ring on your finger.

Note: If you have swelling, itchiness, redness, or a more severe reaction it may be an allergic reaction (as discussed in another newsletter).

Normally when a metal ring turns your finger green it is a chemical reaction between the metal and the acids in your skin (including sweat) or lotions, etc. When the acids on your skin (or lotion) cause the copper jewelry to corrode it creates copper salts. These blue-green compounds can leave a mark on the skin. To reduce oxidation and the likelihood of a ring turning your finger green ensure you clean your ring (with a soft cloth) before and after wearing it. Moreover, do not use lotion, shampoo, dish soap, hand soaps, etc. with your rings on and remember to remove your rings before swimming (especially in saltwater). Dry your hands before putting your rings back on. What works best for me is keeping a little dish by the sinks in my studio, bathroom, and kitchen to put my rings in so it is easy to remember to take them off and put them on.

The majority of my Fused Glass ring shanks are plated (silver, gunmetal etc.) over a copper base, albeit I do have sterling silver as well that you can request for an additional fee. The only time I have had an issue with one of my fused glass rings was when I wore them while working in my studio with various chemicals, definitely not a good idea.

I’m sure you are wondering why I am focused on rings and not pendants or bracelets. The discoloration (chemical reaction) typically occurs when there is little or no air circulation between skin and metal. *I’ve noticed that if the ring is a tad bit big on my finger, the discoloration doesn’t occur or it’s very light.  This is the reason why you don’t see a discoloration for loose bracelets or pendants because normally there is air circulation between a pendant / bracelet and skin. That being said, discoloration may occur with bracelets or pendants so it is best to follow the same rules i.e., remove before swimming / taking a shower and are aware of lotions, etc.

Rest assured, the discoloration is completely harmless and will go away within a few hours or if you’d like you can use nail polish remover to remove it. To prevent the discoloration, in addition to the suggestions above, you can paint clear nail polish on the inside of the ring to keep the ring from making contact with your finger.

I hope this helps you. this information came from various internet sites.

If you have any questions you want me to answer in my DYK section please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com  or checkout my website www.elegantfusedglassbykaren.com



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