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May 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- May's 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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Fresh From the Kiln:

I've had this mold for quite some time and finally used it. I really love the rainbow effect. I just think it's beautiful.  I just need to decide how to display it. In a stand or should I hang it?

 

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My visit to Alice Gebhart's Gallery

My visit to Alice Gebhart's Gallery

As many of those who follow me know my day job takes me away on business trips (or in Air Force terms - TDY) quite a bit. April was no exception, as I mentioned in my April newsletter I spent a few days in Montgomery. After Montgomery I went back to Rhode Island for a week. It was a busy …Read more.

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Glass Blowing in Rhode Island

Glass Blowing in Rhode Island

I mentioned in an earlier blog this month I went back to Rhode Island. I’ve been to Newport twice before an I wanted to go to Thames glass and do a quick glass blowing intro. The last time I did glass blowing it was in Oregon. I enjoyed it very much and wanted to do it again. In Oregon I …Read more.

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While I was TDY to Rhode Island

While I was TDY to Rhode Island

I have a bad habit of not finishing my fused glass jewelry pieces. Specifically not putting the findings on the glass.  So while I was TDY to Rhode Island I took some findings and glass cabochons with me.   I made some fused glass bookmarks, fused glass hair ornaments (bobby pins, hair bands, etc),     …Read more.

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Fused Glass in Resin

Fused Glass in Resin

I love glass and I love figuring out different ways to use my fused glass. I’ve been learning a bit about resin and I wanted to see how it works with fused glass.  Plus, since my kilns are full with my new fused glass production order I thought it would be a great time to try it. So the Resin …

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Fay Helfer an amazing artist!

Fay Helfer an amazing artist!

For those who follow my Fused Glass newsletter know I have an amazing family and on this Mother's day I'm even more thankful for my amazing family. Obviously my son, David who works for Pixar and has won several awards.  David did these back when he was 16 years old.  He's always been talented.           And …Read more.

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Sold a special fused glass bowl

Sold a special fused glass bowl

Normally I sell my fused glass arts and craft shows during the year. About 7 total through out the year however, I also have different sites including Etsy , Artfire and of course my website. I must admit I'm horrible about updating my websites because when I'm home I want to be working on glass verses my sites. Anyway, one …Read more.

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First Shipment of Fused Glass Plates

First Shipment of Fused Glass Plates

As I mentioned in my April Newsletter, I've been working on a 400 plate order for a fabulous hotel and Restaurant in Florida.   Well I shipped my first portion of the order. I can not tell you how nervous I was. This is one of the toughest custom orders I've ever made. First because making 1 piece is completely different …Read more.

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Alcohol Ink on Glass Class with Cathy Claycomb

Alcohol Ink on Glass Class with Cathy Claycomb

This month I got to take a great class with Cathy Claycomb. It wasn't a fused glass class. It was completely different. Plus the glass we used was beautiful. I've never really used it before, Kokomo glass and it's not meant to be fused, but it's so pretty it doesn't have to be fused.           Alcohol …Read more.

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Hidden Figures Class with Cathy Claycomb

Hidden Figures Class with Cathy Claycomb

In addition to the Alcohol Ink class with Cathy I also got to take Hidden Images 3-D with Cathy  Claycomb.  Like the first class this class wasn't a fused glass class either. Again we used Kokomo glass, it's so pretty, I wish it could be fused without losing it's beauty. The first time I saw Cathy's work was her Hidden …

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Fused Glass Essential Oil jewelry

Fused Glass Essential Oil jewelry

I love essential oils so I thought I'd make a few more fused glass essential oil pieces. For anyone who follows me you know, my believe is everything looks better with glass.  So I added glass to essential oil pieces. I made a couple of essential oil pendants with fused glass attached.    I also made …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.

As you know I've been working like crazy to finish my large commercial glass order. It is kicking my butt and taking much more time than I initially thought.

Because of my production order I haven't had a lot of kiln time for other projects. So for this months did you know is a little unique but I hope you'll like it.

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First, have you ever lost one earring? Well I have, so what do you do? Keep it and hope to find the other one?  Here are just a few that I've missed the matching earring.

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Maybe or you can change it into a pendant. Here are two examples of fused glass orphan earrings turned in to pendants. For one I used a jump ring and for another I used a pinch bail. Now they are perfect little pendants.

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If you don't want to make a pendant they can be made into other things like a fused glass bookmark.

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If you don't want to make a pendant or bookmark you can also make a key chain.

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Another option is to make a zipper pull. These are perfect for purses or jackets.

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Hopefully this will give you some ideas (these are just a couple ideas) for your orphan earrings even if they aren't fused glass. I'm sure you are wondering what made me think of orphan earrings for my DYK. Actually two reasons; first I was making earrings and lost a few so I wanted to make  a couple of my orphan earrings into something else (above). 

Second I was asked if I could make a matching earring for someone who lost an earring. I actually recommended changing the orphan earring into a pendant then made her a new pair of earrings.  The reason for that is it's difficult to make fused glass earrings that match from the beginning needless to say when they aren't made at the same time. In fact out of the ones below. there are probably only two I could remake.

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