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2017 February Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- February 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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So for March I can do a home show on Sunday March 18th (1pm-4pm). If you’d like to come by and do some fused glass shopping email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com   BTW I live out side the city limits so the taxes are only 2.9% vs 8.25%.   Just email me if you want to come by during my home show on 18 March between 1pm-4pm.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Since I wrote my DYK about decals I thought I'd show you my big decal piece. It's actually an art piece and it has iridized glass so it has a lot of depth and sparkle. I picked this decal because I think it's time we remember what America was founded on. I'm so tired of all the hate and division, this piece of glass is my way of speaking out to say let's remember we are all Americans .

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Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Valentine's day is just around the corner and I thought I'd post a few pictures of some fused glass options for Valentines 'day.     As I was looking for pictures of some appropriate fused glass Fused Glass jewelry I ran across an old YouTube video I made for Valentines day. I liked it …Read more.

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Fused Glass Focus Technique - Kiln Carve

Fused Glass Focus Technique - Kiln Carve

Last month I focused on fused glass techniques I learned from a Patty Gray class I took. For this month I'm going to focus on some fused glass techniques I learned from Tanya Veit from AAE Glass. I've written about Tanya many many times. The first time I met Tanya was in Denver and it was a fused glass jewelry …Read more.

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Fused glass - strip construction

Fused glass - strip construction

As I mentioned in my last blog I am focusing on the fused glass techniques I learned in two of Tanya's big Bootcamps.  In this blog I thought I'd write about fused glass strip construction, I learned it in the first large project bootcamp. Typically when creating fused glass you lay glass flat and stack it. Strip construction or on …Read more.

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New Fused Glass Votives

New Fused Glass Votives

I have been busy this month revisiting old fused glass techniques.  However, I had some fused glass bowls I didn't like all that much.  For anyone who comes to my shows or reads my blogs know that if I don't like a fused glass piece that I made then I remake it.           They turned out …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Flash glass and Sandblast

Fused Glass - Flash glass and Sandblast

In the first big fused glass boot camp I took with Tanya she taught us sandblasting.  The owl is still one of my favorite pieces that I made. She made us do it as homework and it took us all week, but I love it!! I keep it in my curio cabinet to keep it safe. She also had us …Read more.

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Fused Glass - 1st Crackle dish

Fused Glass - 1st Crackle dish

I've been focusing on fused glass techniques I learned from Tanya. One technique I learned from her was the crackle technique. As you know the father of crackle is Bob Leatherbarrow, however the first time I tried it was with Tanya, she taught it with jewelry then she taught it in the big fused glass bootcamp. It's one of my …Read more.

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New Fused Glass Pendants

New Fused Glass Pendants

For February I've focused on larger functional fused glass artwork, but I also wanted ya'll to see some of the pendants I've been working on.   In case you were curious yes I've made so many new fused glass snaps as well!! All sizes!!    If you would like to see more of …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Pattern bars

Fused Glass - Pattern bars

Another fused glass technique I first learned from Tanya is pattern bars. Actually she taught several types of pattern bars. The original fused glass piece we made in class has several techniques including: pattern bars, flash glass, and powder printing.  This blog I'm only going to focus on fused glass pattern bars. Here are some of the pattern bars I …Read more.

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Other Fused Glass Techniques

Other Fused Glass Techniques

There were other fused glass techniques I learned from Tanya that I won't be doing blogs about this month. The first time I did fused glass tapestry was with Tanya, as art. The one on the left is the one I learned at Tanya's and the second one I learn with David Alcala (the original artist). When I took the …

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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 Decals. I thought decals would be a great DYK is since Tanya has created so many amazing decals I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the various types of decals.

My favorite decal that Tanya makes is the tree of life. It comes in so many colors: white, black, gold and black, and gold and white. Below are just a few new fused glass pendants I made with the tree of life decal this month.

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This isn't the first time I've blogged about decals, in fact a few years a go I did a youtube video about decals. I thought I'd include it here as well. 

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There are several types of decals. In fact Tanya makes a variety herself: white, black, gold/silver, and color.  Each type requires a different firing schedule.  Basically what I mean by that is the top temperature for the decals. Is Tanya's white and black the top temp I use is 1100, for the color is 1200, and her gold decals i use 1350.

Tanya also makes colored decals, I like them because you can put them on dark glass and they still retain their colors.

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There are other decals that are used mainly for ceramic but can also be use on glass as well. I really thought this one was a cute picture and perfect. I use 1350 as my top temp.

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There are also other companies that make decals. Most are black and white.  Again they are a different firing schedule and I must warn you the schedules aren't as consistent, but typically I use 1250.

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There are also gold and white decals which I love. The top temp I use for them is 1250.

There are also just gold decals and I use 1250 for them as well.

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Of course I can also create custom sepia decals. I can make sepia decals out of any photo that you want. This one is one of my favorites but I can make them almost any size.

I can also make custom color decals out of any photo you wish. Obviously this is my beautiful little girl, who is going off to college this year!! I'm so very proud of her!!

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These are gold and platinum. These decals are new to me and I've struggled a bit with firing them but I think 1100 worked the best.

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I didn't want you to think all my decals fire perfectly. The two above did not. Both were over fired. Sometimes it's just difficult to get a decal to fire properly.  Typically if you under-fire a decal it's no problem and you just refire it. Of course that's how the horse decal got overfired.

However if you over-fire, you have to take the decal off  - to do that I use my sandblaster then I just go through the process again and add a new decal.

I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about decals. If there is a decal that you would like on a  fused glass piece please email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com and I will see what I can do for you.

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Here is a picture of Tanya and me in one of the boot camps. I think the world of Tanya, she's an amazing artist and an even better instructor. Can't wait for my next class with her, until then I watch her videos!

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I don't want you to think the only way I learn about various fused glass techniques in classes. There are a myriad of ways to learn about fused glass techniques. One way is e-books and some of the best e-books around are by Helios (Paul Tarlow) in Texas. So in March I'm going to focus on some of my favorite fused glass e-book techniques from Helios.

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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