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2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- November 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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For December, I only have 1 show because I have a business trip the 2nd week. . The December show is Doherty High School 3-4 December.

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In November, I had 3 shows, they were also wonderful. I love meeting new friends and seeing old friends. I also sold one of my favorite pieces while at Rampart. It was difficult to watch it go. But I know it went to a good home!

Mountain Post Spouses Club Holiday Bazaar

*The winner of the drawing was Carolyn.

 

Liberty High School Craft and Gift Fair

*The winner of the drawing was Lauren - She came in during Rampart and got a small snap pendant!

 

Rampart  Christmas Craft Bazaar

*The winner of the drawing was Charleen. I haven't heard from her I hope I do soon!

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I made these pretty panels for my lantern but sadly they don't fit. So I need to figure out how to use them. Maybe frame them or drill holes and make garden art. Plus I could paint them. Lots of options!

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Another type of fused glass lantern

Another type of fused glass lantern

Last week I showed you a lantern with several tiny fused glass panels. This week I thought I'd show you a bigger lantern with larger fused glass panels. This one I put some dolphin fused glass pieces and then I put some confetti glass in.  Glass likes to shrink when fired so it's difficult to get them perfect but I …Read more.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. My husband, daughter, and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We drove over the Colorado mountains to the western slope, specifically Delta to see his family.  It was a great weekend. We had Thanksgiving at his sister Nancy and stayed with his sister Lisa. Great food and great family!       …Read more.

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Fused Glass Lanterns

Fused Glass Lanterns

I have been working on something I think is really really cool. I am taking lanterns and changing out the old boring glass for Beautiful Art Glass! I have 3 types of lanterns. The first one that I have been working on is a 6 sided lantern. To see if it would work I made the first pane with a …Read more.

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Glaskolbens

Glaskolbens

In October I took a pretty cool class at D&L called Glaskolbens. A Glaskolben is a tube of glass that you put frit in and then heat it and then blow into Christmas ornaments - basically round shapes!  We used a tank and it's a little like flameworking just less intense. It was a lot of fun but mine where …Read more.

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My Painting on Glass Class with Shelley Long

My Painting on Glass Class with Shelley Long

I just took a great class with Shelley Long. This was my 2nd painting on glass class with Shelley. She is a fabulous teacher. I also really enjoyed the other ladies in my class. Wonderful and talented women. The technique that Shelley taught us this time was several layers of painted pieces that will eventually fused together.       …Read more.

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Fused Glass Candle Shields

Fused Glass Candle Shields

My fused glass mantle sconces are very popular so I thought I'd make some that are a little simpler and smaller. They are both made with special textured glass. I also sandblasted the back of each candle shield.  They come with a small candle and light up any space! The first one is a cute pare of bears in a …Read more.

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Ft Carson Holiday show

Ft Carson Holiday show

This weekend I had a show at the Ft Carson Army Base.  Yes I'm Air Force but all of the military is kind of family.  It was a small event, albeit I had some great customers come by. I love meeting new customers but I really love it when my newsletter customers come by and see me. Thank you again …Read more.

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Getting Ready for My Fused Glass Shows

Getting Ready for My Fused Glass Shows

I'm getting ready for my 4 up coming art shows and for my store in Denver. One of the fused glass Items I'm working on is my night lights. You can see I have a whole little forest of fused glass night lights.  Every color and combination of trees.Of course my fused glass …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.

This month's DYK is about powder printing. Glass comes in different forms, sheet glass but another form is little bits called frit. Frit comes in different forms as well including mosaic (big chunks size of a dime or smaller), coarse (like a small pebble), medium, fine (like salt), and powder. Glass powder printing uses glass in the powder form and a screen (like a silk screen - just a bigger mesh).

I love powder printing. It's a great way to get clear crisp designs without decals. I've taken several classes with powder printing. Making the screen is kind of a pain, it requires a lot of equipment but once they are made you can use them over and over again. Then you put powder and use a piece of cardboard (nice and firm) and drag it across several times (5-6) then check to see how it looks but don't move the glass or the screen in case you need to add more powder.

Below is what I made with the screen above. Looks great right?  Problem is, white is not a strong enough color to hold up during the firing to show up on the blue aventurine. In other words it totally disappeared after I fired it. I even tried again, no joy.

So I have to make another one on a lighter colored glass with a darker powder! 

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I've taking powder printing classes numerous times. My first time was with Tanya from AAE glass as part of a boot camp class. This was my first introduction to powder printing and it was great.


She showed us the process but we didn't get to make a screen or keep the screen. But I fell in love with the process. Of course Tanya didn't just do the powder she had us adding different things to our pieces and I just love how versatile powder printing is.

This is the 2nd powder printing I made in Tanya's class! So much fun!!

It was a wonderful class, Tanya is a great teacher!

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My second class was with Lisa from Art Glass Array. I really enjoyed this class because she let us make and keep the screen; she even let me make an extra screen.

Lisa used wooden framed screens, which isn't as durable as the metal frames screens and they were a bit smaller. but we still fit a lot on them.

Lisa also showed us some other powder techniques so I'll probably include that in my next DYK about powder.

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I took my 3rd powder screening class at Bullesye in Portland and it was a great class, where we got to make a big screen and keep it as well. This was probably the overall best powder printing class because we dedicated a full day to it. We got to burn the screens one for powder and one for ink. Then they showed us the different schedule options.

They had us do the same picture at different firing schedules, which was very educational. I like the lower schedule better because I like the texture. We also got to stack our pieces to get layered effects. For example this one has a top temp of 1275.

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This one is the front of the powder print at 1325 as top temp. Still has some great texture.

This one is 1400 and you can see the color changed a bit

Lastly this powder print is fired at 1490.

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I like this one because I like layering the powders. The one on top has a lot of texture.

This is screen printing with ink. It's really messy but I do like how clean the print is!!

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With all that experience you'd think I wouldn't take any more powder printing classes, but I really enjoy working with glass powder and I love making screens.

My most recent powder screening class was in Denver at D&L, Meredith was wonderful and showed us several methods, all of which I've done before but it was a great refresher of some fun techniques. I won't include those techniques in this DYK but powder is so versatile I may do another DYK about other powder techniques later.

One of the main reasons I took the class is because once we took the class we could either have her burn us screens or we could (right now they are having Meredith burn the screens, but maybe in
the future we can).

All of the ones I did in Meredith's class were a single sheet at a low schedule. It will be fun because I can do other things with them. Like this peacock, I'm going to paint and refire.

This one I think I will layer it on another background and contour fuse it.

This one I'm not sure of, I really like the leopard and I don't want to mess it up, so I'll probably think about it some more before I decide what to do with it.

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I hope you enjoy powder printing as much as I do. I can use dark powders on lighter colors of glass. Let me know if you would like a  custom fused glass powder print via email (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com)

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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