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2017 January Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- January 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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I will be having a home show on Sunday, February 11th (1pm – 4pm)  in time for Valentine’s Day.  If you’d like to come by and do some fused glass shopping email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com   For more information please refer to my blog below.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I'm not sure why some of my pictures won't rotate properly, anyways these are some of my finished fused glass pieces. This picture doesn't come close to showing how beautiful they are.

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Happy New Years! - 2017 is going to be a great year for fused glass!

Happy New Years! - 2017 is going to be a great year for fused glass!

Happy New Years! Every year I try to set goals for my fused glass. I also review my goals from last year to see how I did. I’m looking forward to this year and learning new techniques.     2016 was a great year for me professionally. I still love my job that I started last …Read more.

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Fused Glass Snaps not just jewelry anymore!

Fused Glass Snaps not just jewelry anymore!

During one of my shows two of my friends (that love my fused glass snaps) said it would be nice if I could add snaps to hats. They had seen them before and thought it would be nice to add the snaps to other things besides jewelry. So I bought a grommet machine and the bases.     To say …Read more.

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Monthly Fused glass Home Shows

Monthly Fused glass Home Shows

So last week I got an email from Teresa the winner of the Rockledge ranch arts show. She wanted to chose snaps for her prize, which as you know I don't have on my websites. So she came by today to chose her prize and she got some additional fused glass snaps / pendants for presents as well. The same …Read more.

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Fused Glass Flowers Technique

Fused Glass Flowers Technique

One of my New Years goals for my fused glass is I have decided to revisit some of my favorite techniques from some of the classes I've taken. In Nov 2015, I took a 3 day fusing class with Patty Gray in Denver, Colorado with my good friend Pam. I wrote a blog about it at the time but then …Read more.

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Fused Glass Chinese Zodiac of 2017

Fused Glass Chinese Zodiac of 2017

2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Rooster will start from Jan. 28, 2017 (Chinese New Year) and last to Feb. 15, 2018. Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. In Chinese …Read more.

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Fused Glass Jaws

Fused Glass Jaws

As you know my blogs for January are focusing on my fused glass class with Patty Gray. As with the other fused glass technique I've written about this month I love this technique. Patty calls it jaws and I really like it. It's fun and easy and I think it's beautiful. This is my original jaws piece and you can …

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Fused Glass Windows

Fused Glass Windows

This month I am focusing on a  class  I took with Patty Gray. I really enjoyed the class and one of my favor  fused glass techniques she taught us is what I like to refer to as windows.   When my son was around 16 he was in an AP art class and one of my favorite drawings he made …

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Fused glass - painted dots

Fused glass - painted dots

I've been revisiting fused glass techniques from my class with Patty Gray.  First I want to tell you a kind of funny story. This was one of my favorite fused glass techniques Patty taught us so it was one of the first ones I redid. I made 2 soap dishes. One didn't slump right so I was going to reslump …

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Other Patty Fused Glass Techniques

Other Patty Fused Glass Techniques

There were other fused glass techniques we did in Patty's class that I didn't do an individual blog on and I thought I'd mention why.   The castings I do on a relatively consistent basis and I'll probably be doing a whole month on castings I just didn't see the point. The strip construction I actually learned in Tanya's class …

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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 the 6 mm glass rule.

When fired glass wants to be 6mm thick.  Typically when I make a fused glass piece I use two pieces of glass, but sometimes I use more or sometimes I use one piece.  For example most of my pieces this month I had to cold work because they spread out. I hope to explain it in this DYK.

To illustrate how the glass changes when it's fired. I made a chart with the glass before it was fired.

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So I did a single layer of glass. I kept 1 piece not fired, the 2nd piece was fired at 1380 degrees and held at that temperature for 15 mins. you can see it shrank a little, the 3rd piece shrank even more (if the thickens was measured it would be 6mm thick)

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Using the 6mm rule is very helpful when fusing glass. The squares are all 1/2 inch, I also chopped up some scraps.  Then I fired them to 1500 degrees and held for 20 mins.

Fused glass websites

See how they ball up and turn into pebbles? This is how I make my snaps and other things like eyes, dots for clocks, etc.

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I can do the same thing with stringers and noodles. The left is before it's fired.

This one is after it's fired to 1500 degrees for 20 mins.

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The picture on the right is frit (tiny pieces of glass). From the left to the right it's coarse, medium, fine, and powder. The top is a transparent glass (sky blue) and the bottom is the same size but is an opal glass (teal).

After fired the surface will ball up.

 

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I've been asked what I do with the tiny fused glass dots that I make. Besides snaps, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc.  I can add them as embellishments to anything that needs a bit of piazzas.

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I can also add them to functional fused glass pieces like clocks, spa bars, and dishes.

 

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Or I can make something out of them. This is a fun piece. This one I put on a piece of base glass.

The first time I did one I didn't put another piece of glass underneath. I liked it so much I kept it.

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I have so many little fused glass dots. The possibilities are endless!!

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Some of my fused glass snaps. The Large ones are not made with the 6mm rule - they are drilled.

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This is one of my favorite ways to use my fused glass dots. Isn't the 6mm rule fabulous!!

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So in February I'm going to revisit Tanya's classes, I've taken so many classes from Tanya I'm going to have to do them in 3 separate classes. 

Let me know if you would like a  custom fused glass via email (elegantfusedglass@gmail.com)

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

 

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