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December 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- Dec 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  hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.

It's been a great year; my daughter is doing great in college, my son is giving me a grandchild (my first), my husband and I met 30 years ago this year and are still great friends, my mom is in a safe place and is still close to family, and I have an amazing job that allows me to follow my glass passion. Yes I am truly blessed.

Here is wishing all my readers the very best New Year!

Karen

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I'm sure I've mentioned it 1000 times, but my handsome and talented son works for Pixar as a Graphics designer. His most recent move was Coco. It was an amazing movie, it was so colorful but also an amazing story. Anyway my son, David, was a lead designer and did all the orange, including that amazing bridge.  To commemorate Coco I made a fused glass sugar skull candle sconce. 

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Winner of Doherty Craft Fair

Winner of Doherty Craft Fair

I've been doing the Doherty Craft Fair for several years. It's one of my favorites shows. The winner of this year's Doherty Craft Fair is Andrea. I've emailed her and even though I don't have another show this year, she still has opportunities to choose her prize.    If you have a show you'd like me …Read more.

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Fused Glass Buddha found a good home

Fused Glass Buddha found a good home

I'm not sure if most people realize this, but for me when I sell a special piece of fused glass it's like losing a tiny piece of my heart.  Several important fused glass pieces sold a the Doherty craft fair. One of pieces that meant a lot to me is my Buddha. First I tried several times to make my …Read more.

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Great Friends at Doherty

Great Friends at Doherty

As I've mentioned, I really enjoyed Doherty Craft Fair this year.  Since it was my last show of the season so many of my friends came by to see me. I even remembered to take pictures of a few of them. The first picture is of Sandy, Me, and Cheryl. We've been friends for quite some time. Ironically we met …Read more.

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One of my favorite fused glass dishes went home with a good friend

One of my favorite fused glass dishes went home with a good friend

I mentioned Julie in another blog.  She and Vicky come and see me at my shows on a regular bases and normally buy my fused glass snaps.  Both Vicky and Julie have amazing taste. Last show Vicki bought one of my favorite fused glass vases of all times and during Doherty, Julie bought one of my favorite dishes. This is …Read more.

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Fused Glass that Matches a Shirt

Fused Glass that Matches a Shirt

So not only did my old friends come by I met some new ones as well. Julie came in wanting to match the teal in her shirt with a pendant. Within 2 minutes we found 2 fused glass pendants, 1 teal which matched her shirt perfectly and a red one went well as well.    Julie ...Read more.

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Donating Fused Glass to Children

Donating Fused Glass to Children

Melanie is another one of my friends and amazing customers. She recently started a new job with foster children in El Paso county.  I love children and wanted to support both the children and Melanie.  So I donated over a 100 fused glass pendants. I included chains/cords and put them all in individual bags for the children and for the …Read more.

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Sandy has amazing taste in Fused Glass Art

Sandy has amazing taste in Fused Glass Art

I mentioned Sandy in another blog. She has amazing taste for real art. Anytime she comes she picks the most unique pieces. In my woodland park show she bought my first fused glass fish.    In the Doherty show Sandy chose several pieces. My fused glass flower, I only made one because it's a bit …Read more.

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Fused Glass follow-ups

Fused Glass follow-ups

As I was preparing for my DYK in my December's Newsletter, I came across a few other fused glass pieces that I just wasn't completely happy with and decided I'd re-slump them. I made this beautiful leaf a few months ago, but when I slumped it I didn't care for it so I re-slumped it and now I love it. …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 an interesting "Did you Know".. During one of my shows this year (I think it was Rampart) , my wonderful clumsy  husband broke 4 of my beautiful fused glass pieces. Three things I want to mention, first this isn't the first time he has broke my fused glass and not even the second time. Additionally I've broken a few pieces mostly in packing. Ironically Madi hasn't broken anything! Second, taking glass to 7 shows a year is a risk and things break. Third and most important, the best thing about glass is it's it's re-fusible and sometimes it turns out even better.

I can't find the original picture of this piece but it was a beautiful platter, made of  various colors of frit.  I was heartbroken about this piece, it was so beautiful and so colorful. Because it was a big piece I had several options. As you can see it was shattered, so I didn't have a lot of big pieces to use.  

But I was able to save 2 pieces for night lights, several pieces I made into pendants. I think I'm going to add the tree of life to them, I so love these pieces, with the tree of life decals they are going to be even more amazing!

But my favorite piece is this beautiful sculpture. I love it as a sculpture but I could easily slump it into a platter. I added some blue glass from another piece I broke a while back (that piece hurt as well because I really loved it). I also added some clear so it's a pretty thick piece.  I just love this piece. What do you think should I keep it as a sculpture or should I slump it into a dish?

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I loved this piece too, it was one of my lacy vases. I had bigger pieces but not big enough for a night light. :-( Yes I like making night lights.

Here are the two pendants I made. I fired one up and one down. I think I'm going to add gold to the clear part to jazz it up a bit.

I added some clear glass and cut up the broken pieces even more. I put the glass in a stainless steel shape then take it up to 1500 degrees and holds it for 15 mins.

After fusing it I cold work it then put it in for a fire polish and slump. it turned out beautiful. I do wish I could get the right display stand so  the light can show the red. I love it, so simple but so pretty.

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This was another piece he broke, I really liked this piece.

Anytime you put glass back into the kiln there is a possibility it has a bad reaction. Sadly when I tried to flatten it so I could fuse the corner piece on it did shrunk and other pieces came off. So I'll have to chop it up and do something else with it, but I'm not sure what. All the different colors and possible reactions.

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Ironically this piece only broke on the corner so it was an easy fix. I just trimmed it up and re-fired.

After trimming it up a bit and refired, it looks great I just need to slump it.

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This piece is my pink flower from my fountain. My cat knocked something on top of it and broke the top flower.

So I chopped it up and added clear and neo lavender and made a beautiful heart. It's right out of the kiln so you can see the spikes on the edge, but after I trim it I'll fire polish and then slump it. I may have to keep this one, it's so pretty and soft.

I flattened a piece of the broken fused glass flower and I liked how it fused, it looks like an angel to me so I've decided to keep it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, it's kind of big and heavy but I just couldn't chop it up. 

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I wrote this did you know to show there are no use crying over broken glass, sometimes something can be made out of the broken pieces that is more beautiful than the original. You gotta pick up the pieces and go on. Kind of like life..

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