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July 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- July 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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My first show is this weekend in Woodland Park. I'm really excited about showing off some of my new fused glass projects.  BTW to show my gratitude for those who come and visit me I'll be giving away a free fused glass pendant (from a selection) to everyone that gets my newsletter and tells me they get it. . 

Come and visit and as always don't forget for those who are getting my newsletter you get a 15% discount just for mentioning my blog or newsletter. I'll also do a drawing for those who don't receive my newsletter but would like to receive my newsletter.

Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park

Times: 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Ute Pass Cultural Center: 210 E. Midland Ave. Woodland Park, CO 80863
Cost: Free

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I really love this piece. It's got iridized and another specially glass with specks of blue. I like it so much I'm keeping it as an art piece. Of course if you want to purchase it but want it as a bowl I can do that as well. I can also make the tulips any color you want. My last one was purples.

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Fused Glass Christmas in July

Fused Glass Christmas in July

All year I have been focusing on the myriad of ways I learn new fused glass techniques; January's Newsletter focused on the techniques I learned from a class I took from Patty Gray, February's Newsletter focused on fused glass techniques I learned in classes I took from Tanya Veit,  March's Newsletter focused on fused glass techniques I learned from eBooks …Read more.

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Christmas in July - Castings

Christmas in July - Castings

July's focus is holiday fused glass in preparation for my glass shows. My first show is in August in Woodland Park.  If there is something you'd like me to bring to my Shows or to put on my websites please let me know. So for this blog I thought I'd show off some of my new fused glass holiday castings. …Read more.

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Christmas in July - fused glass Dogs and Cats

Christmas in July - fused glass Dogs and Cats

July's Fused Glass Newsletter's focus is in preparation for my glass shows. My first show is in August in Woodland Park.  If there is something you'd like me to bring to my Shows or to put on my websites please let me know. So for this blog I thought I'd show off some of my new fused glass Dogs and …Read more.

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Christmas in July - are they pendants or ornaments?

Christmas in July - are they pendants or ornaments?

July's fused glass newsletter focuses on holiday fused glass in preparation for my glass shows. My first show is in August in Woodland Park.  If there is something you'd like me to bring to my Shows or to put on my websites please let me know. So for this fused glass blog I thought I'd show off some more of …Read more.

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Christmas in July - snowmen

Christmas in July - snowmen

July's fused glass newsletter focuses on holiday fused glass in preparation for my glass shows.  So for this fused glass blog I thought make a couple of plates. I made a fused glass snowman face, it's perfect for Christmas candy or cookies.    I also wanted to make a full fused glass snowman plate. He is …Read more.

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Christmas in July - Candles

Christmas in July - Candles

July's fused glass newsletter focuses on holiday fused glass in preparation for my glass shows.  So for this fused glass blog I thought make a couple Christmas sconces. I made two candle sconces, ironically the design is candles.  One slumped on a smaller mold so it's a tighter curve than the standard sconce.   …

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Christmas in July - Holiday projects

Christmas in July - Holiday projects

July's focus is in preparation for my glass shows. My first show is in August in Woodland Park.  If there is something you'd like me to bring to my Shows or to put on my websites please let me know. So for this blog I thought I'd show off some more of my fused glass Christmas projects. First are my …

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Christmas in July - Standing and custom projects.

Christmas in July - Standing and custom projects.

July's focus is in preparation for my glass shows. My first show is in August in Woodland Park.  If there is something you'd like me to bring to my Shows or to put on my websites please let me know. So for this blog I thought I'd show off some of my new fused glass standing Christmas projects. The blue …

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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.

So like my blogs the month's DYK is really focused on getting some new fused glass projects finished  for my shows this season. Don't get me wrong I love my normal techniques/projects but I wanted to do some fused glass projects that I've been meaning to for quite some time.

So my DYK projects are all part of a tutorial website by the "Glasshoppa". He's funny and I really enjoy his tutorials. His tutorials are free, however recently to help cover the cost of making the glass projects he's started putting them on a site for a small price per project. Considering how much $ it cost to make fused glass projects especially when you are experimenting it can be quit expensive.

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Anyway, I like his tutorials because they are always beautiful and fun to make. The first ones are swizzle sticks & drink markers.  I've been wanting to make swizzle sticks for quite a while.   In fact when I took my class from Laurie a while back she had several in her kitchen. The first fused glass stirrer I made I didn't use his pattern and is quite large. But it's perfect for me to keep and tryout. I've been using it in my coffee and tea. It's perfect.  

I liked it so much I made several more for my shows. I like that the end shifted a bit in the kiln on some of them, because it almost makes it more like a spoon. I put dichro on the ends because he did, but I think my next group might be specialty glass since there are just so many beautiful glasses and not everyone likes dichro.  The bottom line is I think they are pretty cool and functional.

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The next tutorial I used was his flower Ring bowl.
I really like this piece, albeit I do have 2 confessions: First,  it's a lot of cutting. Each of those petals are hand cut and placed and that takes a lot of time. Secondly, it takes up a bit of kiln space both for the first firing and for the slump firing because it's 3 separate layers. Which is why I only made one. That being said it's beautiful. I used some specially art. glass.  I'd be happy to make custom ones if you want one and pretty much any color!

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Two of my favorite tutorials from Glasshoppa are his mushrooms. I've made them before and I just love them. He was pretty much the first person to make fused glass mushrooms and now there are even molds to make different shapes. They are pretty much my favorite. These are for the garden, they are amazing and so much fun to make.

He had two mushroom tutorials, one for garden art and one as a nightlight. They are so much fun to make I just love them. Here are the nightlight mushrooms. One you plug in but the others can just be art with no light or I put little fairy lights in them. Lots of fun and so versatile.

Here are a few more fused glass mushroom tops: the brown is for the garden. I haven't decided about the green and yellow one. As I mentioned there are different molds that can be used for mushrooms to give them different shapes. Also mushrooms can be made from any technique. They are just so much fun to make!

Here are two more tops. I haven't decided what I'll make with them. Do ya'll have a preference? Garden or Light.

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Another fused glass  technique I like from glasshoppa are his frit flowers.  I've made a lot of flowers, but these are light and fun and perfect for small spaces.  They are a bit tricky to get the frit just right but I like them.

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One thing Glasshoppa does is he does a technique then he modifies it and make something else totally different. That's how he came up with the crater bowl. It's a modification on the frit flower. Now I made something similar a few years ago in another class and have been wanting to do it again. It's a fun technique. It's not as easy getting the frit right as one might think. So my first one was   a bit thin, so I fused it on a blue iridized glass and made it into a bowl. The picture doesn't do it justices.

So this example had too many holes so I fused it to a piece of iridzied glass. It's really pretty and I'll probably slump it.

Ironically when I made this one only 2 holes showed up so I fused it to a clear piece of glass and it's so beautiful and rich that I haven't slumped it yet.

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Another technique he did was a bird bath. I liked it, but I don't really have a place in my yard for a bird bath so I just made it into a bowl. I like it, I probably would fire it a little less next time to keep more texture, but this piece is really nice. Also I was expecting red instead of the orange glass.  Sometimes that happens, it's cold striker glass. All that being said, it's a great bowl and fabulous technique.

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It's also fun to take a technique and change it a bit. He made a rainbow platter with various colors and here is mine.  The colors that it puts off are incredible.

As I said it's fun to change it up a bit and went with a spirit glass. I like it too. I'm not sure which one I like best. I may try a round one next time. This is a very time consuming technique but it's beautiful.

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Another one of his tutorials is a fused glass splat. This fused glass splat is large and I only made one. I like it, the uses are endless. I can make it into a fused glass dish for a candle, wall decoration, clock, or just as a beautiful piece of glass.

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These are tiny fused glass splats and are perfect for magnets.

This is the tiny fused glass splat that I slumped and can be used for rings.

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I also wanted to customize my splat so I put a picture of Madi on it. A perfect magnet.

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I really enjoyed working with the making some of Glasshoppa's techniques.  I'm not sure which I like more, but I think my favorite is the frit flowers because if there are too many holds it's perfect to fused on to another piece of glass. The piece above was so beautiful I am keeping it as a art piece. The picture does not do it justice. I'm curious if you have a favorite. I'll try to bring a couple of the techniques to my shows.

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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