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Aug 2015 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- Aug 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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As you can see by my blogs below. I've had a busy month. I've also got a great month coming up in Sept, I'm going back to Portland - Bullseye!!


My next show isn't until Oct. I'll include all the info in my September Fused glass Newsletter!

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fused Glass Dish - Fresh From the Kiln & Mold of the Month

Fused Glass Dish - Fresh From the Kiln & Mold of the Month

August's Fresh From the Kiln and mold of the month are small triangle dishes. They are perfect for potpourri, candles, or my favorite for rings. But they can be used for anything you want or just for decoration. The mold was had made by my good friend, Paul, whom I've blogged about numerous times.  I can make these in any …

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Fused Glass Drawing winner - Woodland Park Art Festival

Fused Glass Drawing winner - Woodland Park Art Festival

*I haven't heard from the winner, so if you signed up for my fused glass newsletter at the festival and are the first one that emails me you will win the $25 of fused glass.

I had a great time at the Woodland Park Arts Festival showing off my beautiful fused glass. I met some wonderful people both customers and fellow artist. I had several of my customers came by and got their 15% discount! I also got to meet some amazing new customers that signed up for the newsletter …Read more.

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Busy fused glass month

Wow what a busy month August will be for me. - For those that follow my newsletter I participated in the 30th Annual Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park, Colorado on August 1st & 2nd. I met some great people both customers and other artists. I've sent out my email to the drawing winner. :-) - …

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Fused Glass Link bracelets

Fused Glass bracelets

Just a quick blog on a few of my fused glass bracelets.  I have fused glass bracelets in link, cuff, and snap on my websites (Fused Elegance, Elegant Fused Glass by Karen, Etsy, and Artfire). I also have fused glass snap bracelets for large 16mm snaps and smaller 12mm snaps. …Read more.

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Fused Glass Home Show

Fused Glass Home Show

Great news. At the Woodland Park Art Festival, I had someone approach me to sell my fused glass artwork in a Denver shop. She came over last night and picked out some pieces to see if they will work in her shop. I'd love to have my fused glass in a shop so I'm hoping that it all works out. …

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My first Flameworking Class

My first Flameworking Class

I took my first ever flameworking class this month. I've been planning this for a few months and  wrote a blog about my first visit with Leslie in May 2015.  Additionally, I wrote a "did you know" in my July 2014 Fused Glass Newsletter discussing the difference between flameworking …Read more.

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Evenheat pro 41

My Big Gigantic Fused Glass Kiln

Exciting news on Wednesday, I got a new Fused Glass kiln! It's the Evenheat pro 41. It's a beautiful kiln, but it took quite a while to it hook up. The pictures for installation were so small, we had to ask our daughter to tell us what they were showing. In addition, there should have been more detailed instructions …Read more.

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My flamework beads

My flamework beads

Last week I told you about my first flamework class with the extraordinary artist and instructor Leslie from crazy woman glass in Lakewood Colorado. On Friday I was able to go and pick up my beads and I must say, they were beautiful. I even asked Leslie if they were really mine because they were …Read more.

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First Commercial Fused Glass Order

First Commercial Fused Glass Order

Some more great news. Wednesday, I finished and shipped my first commercial fused glass order!! What is a commercial order you may ask? Well it's a large quantity custom fused glass order, typically for hotels, B&B, etc.. In this particular case it was for fused glass vanity and soap dishes for an amazing hotel in …Read more.

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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.

For those that follow my newsletter, you know I love glass. I think it's is an amazing medium that has so much flexibility and versatility. I've written blogs about recycled glass, refusing glass, etc., but I thought I'd take this DYK a little further.  August's DYK is about refusing a broken fused glass piece.

When I do a Art show I always let my customers know when they purchase my fused glass artwork, especially my large fused glass artwork, if they break fused glass not to throw the glass away. The reason of course is glass can be refused. This doesn't mean we'll be fused back together. The reason is because most of the time when you try to fuse a piece back together you can still see the crack. So it's not very attractive or useful.

So how will the piece be refused? Well, it depends on what type of fused glass piece was broken, how the fused glass piece was broken, and the colors involved. 

The reason is because depending on the type of fused glass e.g., bowl or plate, it may have to be fused flat before it can be made into something else. If it is a simple break of a fused glass piece like an aspen it may be possible to cut the piece, add some more glass, and refire it so it still be beautiful and functional.

 

Same is true for a large fused glass pendant. One of my favorite shapes is the pea pod or marque. If you drop a pendant of that size it may break and depending on how it breaks it can be trimmed with a diamond blade then refired.

*Both of these pendants where broken. The top one I dropped on concrete then the second one I broke when drilling the hole for the pinch bail. For both I just cut them off and refired. Good as new!

The reason the color is important is, as I've talked about before, glass may be copper, sulfur, and lead. When fused together  there can be reactions in the glass, some beautiful and some not. Meaning, colors must be considered or you could just get mud. 

This is a screen melt and it's beautiful even with the dark browns and black.

 

I'm sure you are wondering what will be the result of the refusing. Again it depends on the three points mentioned above and the desires of the customer, but the possibilities are really unlimited.  The glass can be cut and used with other glass to create a new and different fused glass piece. Or the glass can be broken into pieces and can be fused together similar to a coral bowl.  Or if the piece is transparent it can be cut and made into night lights. The possibilities are limitless. Isn't glass amazing!!

Remember if you buy fused glass and you break it. Talk to the artist and see what they can do to create new fused glass artwork from the broken pieces.

*Neither of these bowls began life as another piece of glass but it is something that can be created from a broken piece.

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

Karen

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