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April 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- April Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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- Did you know ...

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Thank you again to all of my fabulous customers and friends that came by my last show. I am so lucky to have the best customers in all the world.

May will be a busy month for me. I'll be taking a class from Amanda Taylor in New York. It's my first time going to New York and I'm really excited. Plus I get to take the class with some amazing women. I can't wait to see them and to take this class.

 

Then I have a business trip for my day job. But I will still do my best to keep up with my blogs!  That's why this is a little late. I'm packing for two trips.

 

BTW I'm still going to do the free fused glass pendant for anyone that tells me about a unique idea for a DYK as explained in my January Newsletter (an excerpt is below).

Since it’s a new year I thought I’d open it up for recommendations. In fact, I’m going to reward those with  unique DYK recommendations with a  fused glass pendant ($20 or less).   If you have a question about glass that you want me to do a DYK article just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com There’s no limit to how many topics you can recommend, however it has to be a topic I haven’t written a DYK about already and it has to be in keeping with fused glass or jewelry.   If I use your DYK I will send you a handmade fused glass pendant ($20 or less).

(It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway,  I have the right to choose which DYK recommendations are acceptable to receive a free fused glass pendant!)

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fused Glass Daisy night lights - December Fresh from the Kiln

Fresh from the kiln

I love candles even though my husband doesn't so I enjoy making glass votives. I did a blog about votives in February. But this one is really a unique shape. It's also a bigger than the typical. Very Cool!!

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Clean my Studio or Fuse Glass - Which Did I Chose?

Clean my Studio or Fuse Glass - Which Did I Chose?

So it's the first week in April so guess what I've been up to?  That's right taxes. It took a while but I got it done. Matter of fact I even decided not do glass until I got my taxes done. I'm glad it's done, I'm very happy with myself. So now what am I up too? Cleaning my studio. …

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Fused Glass - Garden Mushrooms

Fused Glass - Garden Mushrooms

Yep you read that right this blog is about my brand new fused glass garden mushrooms. I watched this video on how to make fused glass mushrooms. Luckily for me I had several molds that would work. The artist gave really great directions and so I used a similar process for the green one. It's a tad bit rough around …

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Fused Glass Mushroom lights

Fused Glass Mushroom lights

Last week I did a blog about my fused glass garden Mushrooms. I love them they are so great. In fact  here are a few more fused glass garden mushrooms. (the bottoms aren't on because it's difficult to take a picture unless they are in the ground.           The same instructor …Read more.

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Fused Glass Cremation Jewelry

Fused Glass Cremation Jewelry

A few years ago a good friend of mine asked me if I could fused someone's ashes in glass. A childhood friend of hers had died and she wanted to create a memorial piece to keep him close. It was my first time creating such a special piece of glass.   She and I designed the piece together. She says every …

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Fused Glass for Mother's Day

Fused Glass for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is the 6th of May and will be here before you know it.  Fused glass is a perfect gift for Mother's day. It can be as a pendant, nightlight, dish, sconce, vase, and so much more.  A while back I did a youtube video of some fused glass possibilities for mother's day. So check it out if you …Read more.

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Fused Glass Show

Fused Glass Show

For my followers you know I had a show yesterday. It was a very small venue and was not just for artists and crafters. As I said it was an extremely small event, but so many of my customers had asked me to do a show and since I'll be gone most of May I decided no matter how small …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Rolled up!

Fused Glass - Rolled up!

In some of my past blogs I have written about a couple of classes I've taken. One of my more recent classes was with Patty Gray where we learned to use her molds effectively. One of the pieces I made I didn't care for a whole lot.  The glass I used only has the color on one side so when …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.

My last DYK explained the inspiration behind my fused glass art work. This DYK is about the specific process I use. I think it's important to review these steps to help  you understand what goes into each piece of jewelry or dish.

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Once I decide what I'm going to create and the technique I'm will use.  I learn from so many places; e-books, webinars, classes, tutorials provide by mold makers, and even other glass artists. There is a plethora of ways to learn about fused glass.  I love learning about fused glass, it's so  fascinating to see how many techniques that can be used with glass.

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Sometimes the fused glass technique requires a mold or ring to start with for casting glass.  When casting I use either frit (chopped up glass) or even small pieces of sheet glass.

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If I'm not using a casting mold or ring I typically use layers of sheet glass. Of course that is a very simplification of how fused glass is created.

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Then it's fired for the first time. I have 3 kilns a small one for samples and jewelry. A medium kiln for bigger pieces and then my gigantic kiln for my production work. I love all three but I want so badly is a vitrigraph kiln &/or a ceramic kiln!! As every fused glass artist know, you can never have too many kilns!!

 

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Depending on what I'm creating dictates my first firing schedule.  A full fuse (1450 degrees) not only will all the glass pieces fuse together but the edges are rounded or a tack fuse (1350 degrees) which will leave dimensions in the glass. 

The pictures to the right show what each look like; a full fused is more rounded a fire polish is crisp edges, and a tack fuse leaves dimensions.

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Once the first firing is complete one of the following situations exists:

• the fused glass piece is either finished and I add a finding or drill a hole, etc. like for jewelry, coasters, etc.

• I add a decal or something else to embellish the piece

• I slump or drape it into a mold to take another shape

• I need to cold work the piece e.g, it's a component for another project, or the edges aren't perfect, or I plan on shaping it into something else

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If the fused glass piece needs to be dropped, draped, or slumped it goes into the kiln for another firing. A slump goes into a mold, a drape goes over a mold and a drop goes through a mold.

*sorry this is a bit blurry but it wouldn't accept it as a full image.

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If the fused glass is cut with a saw or a drill press it needs to be put in the kiln again for what's called a fire polish. A fire polish is to make the edges smooth and shiny again.

The green was cut with a saw and firepolished before wire wrapping, the middle was drilled with a drill press and fire polished, the third was drilled then a channel was cut and fire polished then wirewrapping.

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One clarification each firing is actually several steps;

1st is to bring the glass from room temperature to a temperature (around 1000) to ensure the glass is all the same temperature. This needs to be done slowly so there isn't thermal shock which will break the glass.

2nd is to take the glass to the process temperature - full fuse 1450 / tack 1350 / fire polish 1325 / drape 1250 / slump 1190

3rd is to take the glass down to an annealing temperature 900 to 950, this is vital to make sure the stress in the glass is reduced. (if this step is not done correctly the piece can break)

4th is to take the glass to room temperature

What this means is each glass firing can take between 12 hours and 24 hours for a typical piece. The thicker or bigger the glass the longer the firing schedule.

This is one of my Fused Glass towers, so many firings each of the pieces were fired then it was fired together, and then it was firepolished. I love this piece so beautiful. BTW I made the stand too!!

 

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I hope this helps you understand what goes into each fused glass piece I create. Most fused glass art work I create takes up-to at least 3 firings.

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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