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April 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- March Blogs * blogs will now only be on Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

For this year I have revisited several fused glass classes (Patty Gray, Tanya Veit) I've taken, glass e-books (Helios) and for April I will be focusing on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) molds.  The owner Stephanie designs her molds and makes them here in the United States. But there are more to CPI fused glass molds than just the molds. Stephanie writes tutorials on how to use the molds and even does videos. Sometimes as a fused glass artist I have purchased a mold and then have no idea how to use it. That's why I love her molds she explains how to use them, plus she has such a myriad of molds it's difficult to decide which ones I want. What I have included in this newsletter is just a few of her amazing molds.

One other thing I wanted to share with you is earlier this week Stephanie, the owner of CPI, did a little molds on parade live YouTube broadcast.  I love that she does these little videos, in addition this time she didn't just show off her amazing molds she introduced us to one of her sculpturers. I find it amazing that CPI not only makes the molds here in the US but have true artists sculpting each piece, then making the prototype mold, then making production molds.  As an artist that's very important to me especially in this day and age. Lastly, Stephanie listens to artists requests for other molds, how great is that when a manufacturer gives you what you want and need and not just what they want!!

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Fresh From the Kiln:

So this month I've focused on various CPI molds. This is a special one it's a texture and slump in one. It's a fused glass platter perfect for cheese and crackers or anything else you like. This is the first time I've ever used this mold in the way it was meant to be used (with frit). I wish there was more like it!!

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Murrini / Cane / Vitrigraph Class in California

Murrini / Cane / Vitrigraph Class in California

In my March newsletter I mentioned that I was taking a Murrini / Cane / Vitrigraph Class in California. I took the class with Laurie Spray.  I've made vitrigraph in other fused glass classes, but it just touched on the technique.     Vitrigraph (Latin for Glass Writing) is pulling glass from a …Read more.

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Kiln repair

Kiln repair

This is a little bit of a different blog. Normally I blog about the beautiful glass I make. Well I had a had a rough couple of issues with my kilns recently.  My little kiln's relay went out, right when I was working some some key pieces. The relay is what makes the kiln work and there is no warning …Read more.  *oh btw my other 2 relays went out too so hopefully my big kiln will be ok for another year!

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Fused Glass - CPI jewelry molds

Fused Glass - CPI jewelry molds

This month I am focusing my blogs on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) Molds. I've written about molds various times over the years, albeit this month I want to showcase CPI molds.  There are several mold companies and I love several and I'm sure I will highlight them another time. There are various reasons I enjoy CPI molds and Stephanie is …Read more.

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More Fused Glass - CPI jewelry molds

More Fused Glass - CPI jewelry molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) Molds. I wrote my first blog on jewelry molds including simple cast molds, holey molds, and hollow holey molds. CPI has so many different fused glass jewelry molds. One of my new CPI fused glass molds is this cool ones is this dog tag mold with …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI button molds

Fused Glass - CPI button molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) Molds. I wrote my two blog on CPI's fused glass jewelry molds. However, they make so much more than jewelry molds, including fused glass button molds. They make square and round molds.    The back of the buttons are flat and …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI textured molds

Fused Glass - CPI textured molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) Molds. I wrote my first two blogs were on CPI fused glass jewelry molds and my 3rd blog was was on CPI fused glass button molds. For this blog I'm going to focus on textured molds by CPI.  First let me freely admit I love CPI …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI large casting molds

Fused Glass - CPI large casting molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) fused glass molds. I wrote my first two blogs were on CPI fused glass jewelry molds and my 3rd blog was was on CPI fused glass button molds, my 4th was textured molds. For this blog I'm going to focus on large casting molds by CPI.  …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI accent cast molds

Fused Glass - CPI accent cast molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) fused glass molds. I wrote my first two blogs were on CPI fused glass jewelry molds, my 3rd blog was was on CPI fused glass button molds, my 4th was textured molds, and my 5th was large casting.  For this blog I'm going to focus on …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI drape molds

Fused Glass - CPI drape molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) fussed glass Molds. So far I've written mostly about CPI fussed glass molds casting and textures. I written my blogs on CPI fused glass jewelry molds, button molds, textured molds, and casting molds all by CPI.  For this blog I'd like to focus on CPI fused …Read more.

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Fused Glass - CPI slump molds

Fused Glass - CPI slump molds

As I mentioned, this month my blogs will focus on Creative Paradise Inc (CPI) fused glass Molds. So far I've written mostly about CPI fused glass molds casting and textures. I written my blogs on CPI fused glass jewelry molds, button molds, textured molds, and casting molds all by CPI.  For my last blog I discussed CPI fussed glass draping …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 is a unique DYK. Last month I took a webinar with Stephanie the owner of CPI and the artist behind all the molds I blogged about all month.  The webinar was about fused glass water fountains. They take a lot of work and she used various molds; so I thought I'd make a fused glass fountain for my DYK. I won't show her techniques but I will show the different pieces I made to make my very own fused glass fountain!  This is something I've always wanted to create and I thought this would be a perfect time to make it.   I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed making these amazing pieces and using CPI molds to do it. 

First I made a fused glass lily pad, is was made in a CPI casting mold with frit. I love this mold it's so versatile and would be beautiful no matter what you put on it!

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In the tutorial there are 2 water lilies one sits on the lily pad then one sits inside. So I made 2 lilies.

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Here is the first one, again it's made with all frit in a casting mold.

Here is the second Water Lily. Because each one is handmade the colors are different each water lily is completely different. I also made another one for the bottom of the lily and had to reslump it to fit the fountain.

However, when I draped the first one it showed a crack, so I draped the 2nd one and it looked like there was a crack too. But because I was running out of time I drilled them anyway and they didn't finish cracking. Since this fused glass water fountain is for me I'm ok with them. Plus, it will be interesting to see if the crack finishes.

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So this is my finished Fused Glass Water Lily water fountain! Isn't it beautiful! Even my daughter liked it!

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It's lovely and so tranquil! I love it, however let me point out some lessons learned.

1. I put the dragonflies up to far on the lily pad so I had to off center the bottom part of my water lilies so my dragonflies would show. Next time I'll wait to tack fuse the dragonflies until all the pieces are fused and drilled!

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2. I kept over draping my water lilies. Next time I will lower my temp and time. This fountain takes 2 water lilies so I think I will automatically make 3 just in case one breaks in draping &/or slumping & drilling. Lots of risks in this piece!

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3. I had this awesome square bowl that is beautiful and textured and I thought the lily pad looked great on it but because of a low spot on the bowl (it's very organic) water leaked. How I'd fix this is to try the base of the fountain (the lily pad) on several bowls before committing to it.

Additionally,  I cut my tubing to fit this bowl now my tubing is a bit short. 

* In case you were curious the bowl in the tutorial required an extra lily pad and I didn't want to make an extra lily pad.  Stubborn huh.

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4. I ran out of white washers so the other thing I would do is buy extra washers and nuts to ensure the fountain is secure but not too tight. If you over tighten the glass with the vibration from the water pump it could break.

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In search to find the right bowl for my lily pad without making the extra lily pad, I tried every fused glass bowl in my house, too short, too tall, too small, and too big!

So frustrating, then I think I found the perfect size bowl! No leaking and the pump is great and it holds enough water to really make it bubble!

See it's perfect except for the color! With this view you can see how I off centered everything because of my dragonflies! When I redo the bowl I'll take another picture!

I love it and I sat it in my family room so I can see it all the time! I love it!!

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I hope you enjoyed my journey of making my first ever fused glass water fountain. Rest assured It won't be my last one. Even though I made a lot of mistakes I'm a firm believer in that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes and I won't make the same mistakes in my next fused glass fountain.

Speaking of my next fused glass water fountain, I think my next fountain will involve koi. I'm not sure if I will just place koi in the bottom bowl or if I will use my koi texture mold. Clearly I will include my lily pad. Maybe with a frog or a bee or a butterfly. So many options. I love fused glass and this water fountain is just 1 reason!!!

This stunning fused glass koi bowl is too short for a fountain, but I love it!

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Wait until you see what I do for May. I'll be making some fun and amazing fused glass pieces inspired my webinars with Jodi from Glass with a Past.  I just love her!  I'm so excited I have already started making some pieces! They will be perfect for spring and summer!!

Let me know if you would like custom fused glass for your home, just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

If you have any questions you can also email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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