July 2015 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- July Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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**I'm sending my newsletter out early because I also have a special event this weekend!!


Special Fused Glass Event(s)

Great news! I will have a booth at 30th Annual Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park on Aug 1st & 2nd - Sat 10-5 and Sun 10-4!! 


Come out and see my fused glass artwork in person i.e., mantel sconces, mirror aspen, trivet, and so  much more!  For those who receive my newsletters and come out to visit me will receive a 15% discount on their entire order when they mention my newsletter or blog!


30th Annual Mountain Arts Festival at UTE Pass Cultural Center,


I'm so excited because this is a Juried event which means they other vendors will all be artists! 


I will have my 10x10 tent with everything fused glass including jewelry, artwork, functional pieces (night light, plates, bowls, clocks, wine stoppers, etc), and so much more.  


I hope you can come out and visit. Don't forget for those who are getting my newsletter you get a 15% discount just for mentioning my blog or newsletter. I'll also do a drawing for those who don't receive my newsletter but would like too. 

Please come out and enjoy the artwork of over 80 artists. BTW I won't have another show for a couple months so I hope to see you at the 30th Annual Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park on August 1st & 2nd.




Fresh From the Kiln:

July's Fresh From the Kiln - Fusing with Rods

July's Fresh From the Kiln - Fusing with Rods

 My Fresh From the Kiln for July is based on the review I wrote regarding Bullseye's "Kilnforming With Rods" video. I'm not one to just like strips so I used a combination of some of the variations the video showed. I also like a more organic edge so I didn't dam it …Read more.

July's Fused Glass Mold - Sun

Fused Glass Mold - Sun

I love my molds - I'm pretty addicted to them.  Which is why I'm using a mold each month, that I haven't used before, and posting a blog to show it off. I especially love the textures. One place I get my molds/textures from is BK pottery. Laurie (like Paul) makes her … Read more.

*BTW I had a fellow artist make a stand just for this piece it's fabulous and I can't wait to show it off!!

Happy 4th of July - Time to reaffirm my Fused Glass Resolutions

Happy 4th of July - Time to reaffirm my Fused Glass Resolutions

OK, I must be losing my mind! In January I wrote a New Year's fused glass resolution blog, or so I thought. Since it's July ( I hope everyone has a great 4th of July), and the year is 1/2 over, I thought I'd review it and see how I'm doing on my fused glass …Read more.


A Inspirational book for all those who want to add creativity to their lives - including a fused glass artist like me

 While I was in Canada at the "Studies in Powder" class. One of my favorite topics when we all talked was about our favorite fused glass books. Bob recommended the book "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. It's a tiny little book in size, albeit huge in its content. "Steal Like an …Read more.

bullseye rod video

Fused Glass Bullseye Video Review

For July's Fused Glass review I thought I'd review one of Bullseye's Glass videos. I wrote a "DYK - Did You Know" about Bullseye's Glass education site in January and so I thought I'd do a review on one of the videos I watched. Just a little background Bullseye has educational videos (some …Read more.

July's Mold - fused glass beads

July's Mold - fused glass beads

July's mold - Fused glass beads. One thing I enjoy every month is my newsletter from "Glass with a Past" by Jodi. First let me say Jodi is always helpful when I email her and ask her questions. She has also started selling various fusing items along with her tutorials, templates, etc. First a little background, the only part about …Read more.

Fused Glass Earrings

Fused Glass Earrings

Just a quick blog on a few of my fused glass earrings.  I have fused glass earrings that are post, lever, and wire. Most of my wire and post are surgical steal. If they aren't they can be changed into surgical steel. I also have fused glass snap earrings in both post and dangle and for large 16mm snaps and …Read more.

Getting ready for my upcoming show!

Getting ready for my upcoming show!

 On Aug 1st & 2nd (Sat 10-5 and Sun 10-4) I will have a booth at 30th Annual Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park (at the UTE Pass Cultural Center. I'm really excited about it and am working hard to get ready for it. I'll have my Aspens, Jewelry, night lights …Read more.

**Remember those who receive my newsletter (and remind me at the show) receives 15% off their order!!

Fused Glass Butterfly wing pendants

Fused Glass Butterfly wing pendants

Just wanted to show off my new stunning fused glass dichroic butterfly wing pendants. These are all handmade fused glass dichroic pieces. The can be worn as pendants or if you don't like jewelry they can be changed into either a key chain or a bookmark. I think …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.

July's DYK is about glass compatibility.

I've have talked about my friend Paul a couple of times now. It's funny how much one person can affect another person.  Anyway, Paul is an amazing glass artist and he makes beautiful molds as well. Recently he had to close his studio after over 30 years in the fused glass industry.  

I bought the majority of his handmade mold inventory along with his float glass (more info coming on both those topic later), and the majority of his other glass. He had 90, 96, art glass, etc., anyway I got quite a bit of glass.

The problem is I wasn't sure which glass was which i.e., co-efficiency of expansion (COE) and you can't always tell by looking.  So I researched how to test glass compatibility.  To put it simply to be compatible glass should not crack or shows internal stress when fused together. COE is basically how much the glass expands as it's heated and contracts as it cools. Glass with a high COE will expand and contract more than glass with a low COE. Glass with different COEs will have internal stress and can cause the glass to break to ease the stress.

I put the ones I thought that were COE 90 on the bullseye clear and fired the samples in the kiln.

To test the compatibility of all the various types’ glass I bought, I tested them with both bullseye (COE 90) clear and spectrum (COE 96) clear. 

But then I started turning the top piece of polarizing film and voilà! Some of the glass had halos and some did not.

The glass that had halos is the glass that is incompatible, because the halos indicate stress. Also on the blue green glass in the upper right hand corner you can see the cracks which reduced the threat but you can still see a little bit of a halo - very incompatible. So I marked them as compatible or not.

I did the same test with the glass that I thought was COE 96 except I use spectrum clear sheet of glass as the base. It was interesting how several of the pieces I believed were 96 were not!

In between the polarizing film.

So then I took the glass that was incompatible with 90 and tried them on a sheet of 96. You can see by the halos only 1 was compatible with 96.

I took the glass that was incompatible with 96 and tried them on a sheet of 90. Again, these are all on a 90 base and only 1 was compatible.

As my 90 and 96 test showed I had some that weren't either 90 or 96 COE so I fired them together and found some compatible and some not. For example the red isn't compatible with anything but itself.

Then I remembered, I bought this murine a while back and couldn't remember if it was 90 or 96? Now I know it's compatible with 96.

I'm sure ya'll are wondering why did I do a DYK on glass compatibility testing. I wrote it for several reasons:
- first I love learning and even though I've known about COE since my first fusing class and I've talked about it before, a picture is work a 1000 words so I wanted to show you what incompatible glass looks like 
- I want to be able to use the glass with other glass I have and not just with itself, the only way to safely do that is to test it

- I have other art glass that I bought over the years and now I'll be able to test it to see if it is compatible with another glass I have in my studio

I hope you enjoy learning about glass as much as I do and understand by testing  compatibility opens up whole new possibilities of fusing. Clearly there is much more to fusing than just fusing two pieces of glass together.

This was facinating for me and I hope you enjoyed it. It makes me want to test everything, so I think I'm going a little nuts!!

BTW if you want to know the science behind this click here.

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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