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July 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- July'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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My first Art Show of the season is this Weekend August 4th and 5th in Woodland Park. This is a great art festival, it's one of my favorites and it's free to those who visit.

Since it's the first show of the season I'm giving away a free gift to everyone who gets my newsletter and comes to visit me (no purchase necessary). They are actually little fused glass charms that can be used for so many things. *Be sure to read some of the blogs below there are some specials for this show.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

This is a fused glass wall flower, it actually hangs on the wall. I like it so much I plan on making more in the future.

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Follow-up to Fused Glass Hotel Plates

I Finished my little plates for the Hotel

It's official I've finished the last of my little dishes for my hotel. It's been a long time coming and I'm still not finished with my large plates. It's been so much work but I'm so happy that I was able to finish them. They will be shipped this week.

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Buy two Fused Glass Earrings and get 1 free

Buy two Fused Glass Earrings and get 1 free

Over the last few months I've made a myriad of sets (over 50) of Fused Glass Earrings, so for my first show 4-5 August (Mountain Arts Festival, in Woodland Park), when you buy two sets of earrings you get 1 set free (of equal or lesser value). My fused glass earrings start from $5 up to $20.  I have post, …Read more.

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Upcoming Arts Festival - Fused Glass

Upcoming Arts Festival - Fused Glass

The Mountain Arts Festival is coming up, August 4-5 and I will be having a booth to show off my beautiful Fused Glass Artwork. I thought I'd show some of my fused glass. Fused glass Essential Oil pendants and car fresheners.   Fused Glass bookmarks and Bobby Pins (By 2 get 1 free). New …Read more.

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Broken - Fused Glass

Broken - Fused Glass

Guess what happens when you get cocky with creating fused glass? That's right it breaks. I've made over 100 of my big production plates. But in my last few slump firings 2 of my plates broke. The first one actually took a small bowl with it. If you know about fusing you can tell that it broke on the way …Read more.

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New Commercial Fused Glass Order

New Commercial Fused Glass Order

It's interesting I normally do 3 or 4 commercial orders a year, but this year I've had 4 within the first 6 months. I have a new fused glass commercial order for 200 soap dishes. I've made these before and I like them, They are perfect, plus soap dishes are great for hotels and personal use.         …Read more.

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New Glass Mosaic

New Glass Mosaic

For those of you who follow my newsletter you know I've taken a couple mosaic classes from a local mosaic glass instructor (below).           I just finished another mosaic class and this time the glass is on a rock. Which I think is awesome. I think I'll make an American Flag next.         …Read more.

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Fused Glass Flower Sculptures

Fused Glass Flower Sculptures

Just finished up a custom order for fused glass flower sculptures. I've made several fused glass flowers before but what makes these different is they are meant to hang them on the wall. I spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to hang them and even got advise from a good friend. She wanted Blue, Orange, and Teal …Read more.

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Social Media for Business

Social Media for Business

While I'm working in my glass studio I listen to books on tape or watch glass videos. Recently I finished a book by Greta Van Sustern "Everything you need to know about Social Media - without having to call a kid".  It was an interesting book, she covered all of the current social  media formats. …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.

Last month I went to Murano Italy. While I was there I bought some Murano murrini and millefiori glass. I've used murrini and millefiori before and even use them in my fused glass aspens. The difference between murrini and millefiori is millefiori means 1000 flowers and murrini is pretty much any other design. They are both cane and are typically cut up into tiny slices. When I was in Murano the museum showed how murrini / millefiori has been around since 61bc in Rome. It was fascinating what they could make into these tiny pieces.

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So I decided I'd make a pendant out of the murrini / millefiori I bought in Italy. It's casted, meaning I put the slices of murrini and millefiori in a mold added clear frit and fired it. Something you may not know is Murano glass including millefiori is COE 104, normally the glass I use is either 90 or 96. This is the top of the fused glass cabochon. 

This is a beautiful cabochon front and back. This is the bottom of the fused glass cabochon. I sandblasted both the top and the bottom. The interesting thing about putting it in a mold and casting it, is typically glass wants to be 6mm thick. If it's thicker than that when it's fired it spreads out to 6mm. When it's dammed it can't expand and is therefore thicker than 6mm, which I think is beautiful..

Even though I love the sea glass texture, I'm fire-polished it to bring back the shine and to make the bottom the top.  I love it and I'm going to make it a snap and yes I'm going to keep it! *sorry it's a bit blurry, sometimes my hands shake.

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I wanted to make a black and white one. It's a bit clear so I sandblasted it as well. I haven't decided it I'm going to paint the bottom so it's not transparent.  Or I could leave it transparent and drill a hole. I'll probably, keep it and think about it for a while.

When you buy a bag of millefiori / murrini there are some bits that aren't whole. I put the bits into a mold and added the clear frit on top. I sandblasted it and like it even more. Again I'm not sure if I will refire it or keep it sandblasted. I'm also not sure if I'm going to make it into a pendant or something else. 

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Here is the front of some of my fused glass millefiori / murrini pieces. So many pretty ones.

Again I like the backs more than the front. It's because of the detail.  I'm going to fire polish all but the middle one. These are going to make beautiful fused glass snaps. Again because these are flowers, they are millefiori

The one on the right is thicker because instead of cutting them into smaller slices I left them whole and the piece is almost 2 times as thick.I really like it. I don't know what I'm going to do with it but I love it.

After the first firing I didn't care for the texture so I sandblasted them and refired them. I think they look fabulous! I made them into snaps. The next group I will make into actual pendants.

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These are a mixture of murrini and millefiori. I wanted a couple more black and white pieces. This is the top of them.

This is the bottom of them. Again I like the bottoms more than the top, so these will be fire polished as well. 

I refired these as well and they look wonderful. I'm a big fan of black and white. Again I made these into snaps and will have them at my show in Woodland Park this weekend.

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I also did some reds. Ironically I like the tops of these, so I've already made snaps out of them.

This is the bottom. Again, I like the top better than the bottom this time so I've already made them into snaps.

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Just for comparison, these are the cabochons I bought while I was in Murano. Because they are blown they are much thicker. I'm going to put them on snaps too. One is for my daughter and one is for me.

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Besides making fused glass murrini / millefiori pendants I also made earrings out of the slices. All posts because they are tiny. But very pretty. I've glued the findings on but they are setting.

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Some of the murine were very thick so I just fused them and now I have cabochons for little snaps.  They turned out great!

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Here are two more but I'm not as happy with them. The yellow one is a bit transparent for snaps so I put a bit of paint on the bottom and will refuse it.  The top cabochon, I'm adding a millefiori to the top and will fire it again and see how it looks.

Here is the top of them but I didn't like either one. That's what I love about glass, if you don't like it you just change it.

As you can tell I refired these they look great. The blue one I added a little flower and it fused perfectly. I liked it so much, guess who it belongs too, Yep Me!! The yellow, I painted the back so it's not as transparent. Again, looks great.

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I'm so happy with these fused glass pieces, It was so difficult only keeping two!! I just need to make some more for actual pendants! I think I'll make some that have holes so they can be worn both sides!

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