September 2015 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- Sept Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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- Did you know ...

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Crazy month, but what a blast I had in Portland - the mecca for glass artists. I had so much fun it will take 7 blogs to cover my activities in Portland. I loved the workshop at bullseye and I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones.


I Love, Love, Love Glass!


My next show will be at the Sugar Plum Gift Mart 17 & 18 Oct 2015 at the Colorado Springs Event center 3960 Palmer Park Blvd at Academy! It's a big 10x10 booth so I'll have a lot of my fused glass jewelry (including snaps), 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. 



Fresh From the Kiln:

Fresh from the Kiln - September

Fresh from the Kiln - September

 I received a request for another commercial fused glass order and they wanted industrial looking these are a couple examples that I chose. I like it when I'm asked to create different types of fused glass for commercial orders. It makes it a little more challenging and fun for me.  I've already done 2 …Read more.

Portland - A mecca for Glass Artist's

Portland - A mecca for Glass Artist's

I'm so excited on the 11th of September, I am going to the mecca of Fused Glass - Portland Oregon! I am going to take a week-long class at the bullseye. But more than the class it's self is that it's not just me but 7 other amazing  fused glass classmates, all from Tanya …Read more.

September's Fused Glass Mold

September's Fused Glass Mold

So September's mold of the month isn't just one mold but a concept. Typically when slumping into a mold one cuts the glass to match the mold but that's not always the case. First with the green and red fused glass dish, you can tell the mold was much bigger than the glass, but it worked perfectly and created a …Read more.

Fused Glass hair accessory

Fused Glass hair accessory

Just a quick blog on a few of my fused glass hair accessories.  I have fused glass hair accessories in hair bands, bobby pins, alligator clips. barrettes, snaps, and more. I also have fused glass snap barrettes for large 16mm snaps.  My fused glass snap barrettes come with 2 …Read more.

Fused Glass Mud experiment

Fused Glass Mud experiment

Over the Labor Day I spent the weekend in Denver with my daughter. She went to desu kan anime conference. While she was at the conference I had planned on going to some of the glass shops in Denver, albeit they were closed due to the holiday. Since I had some free time I spent sometime looking at old Tanya …Read more.

Fused Glass dichroic Symbols

Fused Glass dichroic Symbols

 Just wanted to show off some of my fused glass dichroic 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 they are …Read more.

Bullseye Resource Center, Portland Oregon

My Bullseye Fused Glass Workshop

 What a fabulous 9 days I had in Oregon!! I did so much there is no way I can only write 1 blog, not even 3 blogs will be enough, but I'll try to keep it to 7 blogs but they may be long! I'll also be writing about the places I visited …Read more.

My Bullseye Workshop techniques

My Bullseye Workshop techniques

On Monday I started blogging about my bullseye trip, so today's blog is going to talk about the techniques we used in the workshop. Our class was a special class created for bullseye glass distributors students "Explore Bullseye Workshop". Our class was with Tanya Viet because we are all students of Tanya. She put out a call about a year …Read more.


Additional bullseye tours

While we were at bullseye we also got to tour the bullseye owner's house. One thing I loved was the owner was one of the original partners from 1974! That is so cool to me. They like to do tours so people can see how to live with glass. Since I love glass and have glass …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.

This DYK is about float glass. A while back,  I wrote a blog about a fellow fused glass artist, Paul, that was going out of business after over 20 years. He also made the beautiful molds, which I've also blogged about.  In addition to the molds, I also bought a lot of his float glass. I've only worked with float glass a few times, so it's been a real education just learning how to fuse it and learning which side is the correct side to use. 

First float glass is commonly referred to as window glass.  There are different manufacturers who make float glass so it may not have the same COE.  Normally float glass is around a 82 COE however, can vary between about 80 and the mid 90's.

Float glass is created by floating molten glass on a bed of tin. This produces flat sheet glass that is a uniform thickness.  However, one side of the glass will have tin (tin side) and the other side (air side) will not.

One way to determine which side of the glass is the tin side is to use an ultraviolet lamp. Of course I had 2 so I'm thinking I'm good to go, but after trying with several pieces of float glass in the dark I realize I had to have a shortwave UV light, which neither of my lights were.

Once I received my shortwave UV light I took a black base (i.e., construction paper, material, etc) put the light on the black base turned it on then then placed the float glass on top at a 45 degree angle.

At a 45 degree angle the Tin side of the float glass has a glow / haze (pictured left) when the UV light is shown on it.



When the UV light is used on the air side there is no glow / haze (pictured right)

* I had my UV glasses on to protect my eyes.

*BTW I tried the water drop test and the feeling of the glass - I was wrong the majority of the time so the UV test was definitely the right test for me.

In my research some of the information was conflicting. One would say have the Tin side up when firing and another would say to have the Air side up. So I did tests to determine how my glass reacted to firing.

I fired three pieces of float glass and here are the results: 1= with the tin side up - and it was very clear. 

*I didn't like the top two so I sandblasted them!

2= with the tin side down and the air side up, I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture but there is a dullness on the one on the right.  Float glass tends to devitrify (hazy look) - which is not very attractive.



 3 = with the tin side down with Super spray on top. It's shiny but there seems to be some time of effect that I don't care fore. So I'll probably fire with the tin side up.

Another aspect of float glass that must be considered is the firing schedule. In my kiln, a COE of 90 can full fuse anywhere between 1425-1480, slump between 1190-1225, fire polish 1318-1350 and COE of 96 can full fuse anywhere between 1400-1450, slump between 1190-1210, fire polish 1318-1330. Based on this a COE of 82 (float glass) is a stiffer glass. As the COE # gets lower the glass gets stiffer as the COE # gets higher the glass gets softer, therefore the lower the COE # the higher temperatures are needed to effect the glass.  To say the least it took several attempts to get the float glass to do what I wanted. 

The full fuse was 1500 and the slump was 1300 for these little float pieces.

*BTW because its thicker it's a little tougher to cut as well.

As you can see using float glass can be a little difficult to use so you may wonder why use it. 

- Float glass opens up other color choices. I got some beautiful grey, blue, green, peach, etc., float glass from Paul.

- The Float glass I got from Paul was also thicker so I only have to use 1 piece vs 2.  Even though I'm only using 1 piece because it's thicker.

- Float Glass is typically transparent so it's perfect for the textured molds to view the texture from the top. 

- Float glass can still be used with Decals, paint, etc

I'm sure you are all wondering why I wrote such a technical DYK. I did it for three reasons, I wanted to:

-  introduce ya'll to fusing float glass (including all my new beautiful colors)

- explain how different glass is and how much thought and effort goes into each piece

- document the float glass process for others to learn from

- There is a learning curve with float glass so it takes a bit of time to get it right.

BTW for those fusers out there (especially in Colorado) if you'd like to buy some of this beautiful float glass please email me (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com).

I hope you enjoy this DYK. If you have any questions or would like to buy one of the pieces shown please email me (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com).



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