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August 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 next show is coming up in September, a the folk art festival at Rockledge Ranch, 14-16 Sept.  If you are in Colorado Springs you don't want to miss this show. First it's in a beautiful location and second there is a lot of beautiful art work.

There is a cost of $6 or $7 depending on when you want to come.  This means if you do come for a visit then remind me that you receive my newsletter and I'll give you free fused glass pendant with no purchase necessary.

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Fresh From the Kiln:

My newest Fused Glass Mantel Sconce, lady in the woods. Isn't she beautiful?

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Winner of $25 Free Fused Glass

Winner of $25 Free Fused Glass

I would like to thank all of those who came out to visit me at the Woodland Park's Mountain Arts. This was the first one of my season and I just really enjoy seeing my customers. It's been since December and I really enjoy catching up with them. For those who follow my blog you know I do a drawing …Read more.

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Sad news at Woodland Park Art Show

Sad news at Woodland Park Art Show

I’m asked occasionally do you hate selling your fused glass. The answer is yes sometimes I do. A few years ago I had a really difficult time selling my fused glass wolf sconce. I thought it was a beautiful, and it made me sad to sell it.         A while back I made a fused glass koi …Read more.

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Fused Glass Wine Charms

Fused Glass Wine Charms

In the past I have made fused glass wine charms, albeit I haven't brought them to a show in a while. I have holiday ones including Christmas, Halloween and New Years.               However, during the woodland park show two lovely ladies walked into my booth and asked me do you have wine charms and …Read more.

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Fused Glass cuff links and tie tacks

Fused Glass cuff links and tie tacks

While I was at the Woodland Park show I had a great guy and customer came in and asked if I had cuff links that would match his teal jacket.  This was not the first time he has visited me, last time he purchased the fused glass cuff link snaps. Since he already had the snap findings all he had …Read more.

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My Fused Glass trip with Craig Mitchel Smith

My Fused Glass trip with Craig Mitchel Smith

I just finished a class with one of the most amazing Kiln-formed Glass instructors, Craig Mitchell Smith. He is incredibly talented and the way his brain works just blew my mind over and over again! I’m sure I will write about how fabulous Craig's class was several times in the next few blogs, but let me start from the beginning. …

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Fused Glass Class with Friends

Fused Glass Class with Friends

        As I mentioned in my recent blog my friends; Julie, Melinda, and Pam took the Craig’s kiln formed Iris class together. I’ve talked about them in other blogs. Our last group class together was in New York. But I’ve also taken two Bob Leatherbarrow classes with Melinda and another class with Julie (in Missouri). And a …Read more.

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A little Piece of Craig - Orchid

A little Piece of Craig - Orchid

In my glass last few blogs I talked about my class with Craig Mitchell Smith. I thought I’d show you just how talented he is. First if you want to really check out his amazing talent, click here to see his website. Craig has done several famous shows like Disney’s Fight of the monarch in 2016, Missouri’s Botanical Garden “Garden …Read more.

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Trip to Delphi

Trip to Delphi

As those who follow my fused glass newsletters and blogs know when I go on trips I do my best to find other glass shops or really anything glass. While we were in Lancing, Michigan; I went to Delphi. Delphi is a glass retailer. It was a nice setup and I liked the displays and helpful staff. But it was …Read more.

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I had another business trip in August, which is why I'm a bit late in emailing this out. Can you guess where where I went? It was a busy trip and I didn't do much but work. But it was an important trip.

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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 can see I've had a busy month, just got back from Alaska, had a show in Woodland Park, went to Michigan for a Glass Class, and by the time you read this just went to the Pentagon for the first time. Sept is no different; busy and crazy.

Anyway so for this month's did you know I want to ask for advise. I have some of my favorites fused glass techniques and I want to know what your favorite techniques. Ok in search of photos of my different techniques I've decided not to include art pieces but just to focus on techniques. Maybe next month's DYK will be on favorite types of fused glass art.

I really want to know so anyone who emails elegantfusedglass@gmail.com me with your top 3 favorite fused glass techniques and why I'll send you a surprise.

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First as I tell all my customers that come to visit me my shows. I don't make anything I don't like. Which is why you don't see a lot of orange in my work. I just don't like orange and I can't even tell you why.  Sorry, I digress. Anyway when someone comes to one of my shows and asks me about a piece I'm always like oh I love this piece or this is one of my favorites, because again I don't make anything I don't like.

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That being said since I'm making you chose which technique you like the most, I have to chose too. The 1st fused glass artwork I love to make is custom fused glass pieces with pictures both sepia and color.

One of the reasons I like the photos is because they can be small magnets, medium artwork, or large statement pieces.

Plus to be honest I love my Husband, son, daughter, and granddaughter and can't have enough pictures of them around.

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My next favorite technique is my fused glass aspens. When I say aspens it can be any tree. Plus again it can be small night lights.

I can make flat fused glass panel aspens for stands or I can make them hang. I also can make them any season or color.

Yes I definitely never get tired of looking at my fused glass aspens or making them.

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I'm not going to lie to you as I was trying to decide my top 3 favorites I went back and forth numerous times. Obviously photos were first because I love my family and I love making glass pieces personal for people (not just me). Again my Aspens were easy because I just so enjoy them making them and looking at them.

But I'm struggling with my 3rd favorite. I like so many techniques. If I must chose I'd chose texture. Again several reasons.

1st there are so many amazing texture molds out there. But I'm also learning (thanks Craig) you can make your own texture molds which is something I plan on doing. 

This one is the tree of life and I just love this mold and never get tired of the tree of life.

2nd you can use a beautiful piece of glass like I did above or you can do a technique (this is crackle - a personal favorite) and paint the texture. You can also keep the piece a flat panel - like the tree of life above or curved like my butterflies.

3rd some textured molds allow you not just to use pretty glass or paint the texture but to add frit. I will admit, very time consuming but to me it's worth it. so pretty. Again this piece is actually a fused glass dish. Perfect for fall or anytime of year.

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4th, this piece is all frit so it's almost like casting, but I added sheet  glass too so I don't consider it casting. But again textured molds can provide such variation and variety in how you use them.

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Ok now it's your turn. You can either look through my website or you can pick your top 3 from the below (BTW I put them in alphabetical order). I will tell you that this is not all my fused glass techniques and I limited the pictures and techniques to bigger pieces. My fused glass Jewelry is just crazy, maybe one day when I actually update my site.

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Recycled bottle glass. I like recycled glass because again you can do so much with it; night lights, pocket vases, spoon rests. Not to mention jewelry, bowls, plant dishes, etc.

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These are my bubble pieces. Again bubbles can be so versatile in glass. Anytime you fuse 2 pieces of glass you almost always get bubbles and most people work hard to take them out. Not me, I love them. I like them so much I put them in pieces. This fused glass sconce is beautiful and I actually drew the bubbles in a design.

This fused glass piece Is all bubbles. It would make a great sushi dish since it's a fish.

This fused glass dish is more of a geometric design and the bubbles are strategically placed in a grid format. Again, that's what's cool about bubbles so versatile.

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Casting is another fused glass technique I really like. This fused glass cross is made with a mold and big pieces of glass in the shape of a cross.

This is fused glass piece is actually made with 2 casting rings, which makes the possibilities endless I like that it's an inlaid effect.

This is a fused glass casting made with powder, fine, medium, and corse frit and also larger mosaic glass. I love my flower casting pieces.

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This is a combination of casting and the confetti technique. Actually there is a sheet glass called confetti and it's made with thin pieces of glass (confetti) and stringer. However, I made this piece myself with bit's of glass. I like it because no 2 pieces are ever the same and it gives such variety.


Again confetti technique combined with casting hearts. Just love these pieces.

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Ok Full disclosure if I had a 4th choice this would be it. It's called crackle and I learned it from Bob Leatherbarrow. He is an amazing teacher. I took 2 classes with him in his studio, bought all his e-books, and just bought his video. Does that tell you how much I love Bob's technique?  I'm also dividing this technique into 2 categories: traditional crackle (the first 3) and the last 3 which is pebble crackle. You may be thinking it's kind of one dimensional; you'd be wrong. First you can make it with a bit of texture and organic edge like my small purple dish.

Or you can have a smooth piece like this one. You can have it two toned like the purple (the top is different than the bottom). Or you can make it various colors like this beautiful dish.

These two fused glass pieces are beautiful. They are 2 toned (top different than the bottom) plus I added design on the top. I just love this technique. Plus the butterflies above are the crackle technique, showing it can be used various ways.

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This fused glass piece is more of a dot or pebble version and I just love it. It's so elegant and fun at the same time, so I feel it deserves a category on it's own. Again the top is a different color than the bottom. Obviously the pebble technique is beautiful in various forms.

This piece is one of my favorites, I based it off the pebble technique I learned from Bob, but I changed it up a bit.

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Some may think decals are not a technique but I disagree, sometimes the right decals can really add to a piece. Plus they can make the glass a bit more fun or meaningful. This is a great piece of glass but the decals really spice it up. I have colored decals and black decals so they can be mixed.

See I told you I liked crackle. I just love the tree of life decals. They make any piece of glass beautiful and perfect nighlights.

See such a fun little fused glass candle shield with teddy bears for Christmas.

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I'm calling this technique "design" but in reality it's 4 different techniques, albeit they all use frit. This fused glass panel is a frit design; fun to make and again the possibilities are endless depending on what you want to design; this one is flowers of course but it could be anything.

This fused glass sconce is another frit design but more detailed and specific design. The glass itself is sheet glass but it can be done on anytime of glass.

This fused glass "paint" bowl is made out of frit and was fun to make. The design was hand created based on an e book I bought a while back. Pretty cool!

This fused glass scone is made from powder and frit glass. BTW this is one of my favorite pieces. Just loved it.

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These 3 fused glass dishes are actually 3 different techniques as well but I'm grouping them together and calling them geometric. This particular fused glass technique is painted quilt.

This fused glass dish is actually made with glass glo and it's just so pretty and colorful. So much fun and beautiful.

This fused glass dish is a mosaic. There is so much going on with this piece it's difficult to explain but it's a lot of fun to make and I like the two different types of glass.

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It's funny when I decided to do this DYK I thought it would be pretty simple but it's so not. For example I consider this technique inclusions but there are so many things you can fuse in between glass. This one is thinfire, the next one is considered lithograph and is painted, then mica, sand, steel, and copper. And by the way that's just a few things that can be included in glass.

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This fused glass piece is hand painted. I'm just getting into this technique and I think it's going to be so much fun. One of the many reasons I like this technique is it's pretty both sides.

The paint can be used in various ways.

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This fused glass technique is called pattern bar. It's a lot of prep work but I like it because the top looks different then the bottom. BTW this piece is stunning front and back. I liked it so much I had the stand custom made for it.

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Screenmelts are another favorite of mine. I love it because it all depends on the screen or pot whichever you use. So fun and the best part is you really never know what you are going to get.

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Screen-printing is another of my favorites. It can be done with powder or enamel. All of these are powders. I'm going to be doing an enamel soon. I did a lot of enamel screen printing in Laurie's class.

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This fused glass technique is the slurry technique. It's a lot of fun and I'm just getting into this technique. I've mainly made dishes and flowers.

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I love this next technique, strip construction. But it's a lot of work and the pieces are very heavy. So much depth and just really beautiful. This piece is one of my favorites. It's more than just a strip construction. Obviously it's easiest to to make them into squares or rectangle but it can be made into a circle as well. It's also great to combine with pattern bars.

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I have several other fused glass techniques. This piece is tapestry, I learned it from the creator David Alcala. He was amazing, I'm so lucky I got to take his class. To watch him work was mesmerizing.

This fused glass technique is paint but there is so much more going on than just paint. I learned this technique from Patty Gray.

This fused glass technique is airbrushed. I love the technique but I've struggled with getting it just right. I think I'll be trying it again soon.

This fused glass technique is called terrazzo. I think it's pretty cool. So much prettier in person.

 

This fused glass technique is actually tempered glass. I plan on revisiting this technique soon.

I'm getting more involved with vitrigraph. There is more options than just stringers. I'll probably do an entire DYK on Vitrigraph eventually.

Murrine is another technique I'm planning on playing with more. So may options.

Kiln carving is another fused glass technique. It's a lot of fun especially with iridized glass.

Coral bowls are another one of my favorite techniques. I hope to do more of them soon.

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These are not my only fused glass techniques, I love them all. Let me know which are your top 3. Please let me know what your favorites fused glass technique are and why. I'll give anyone that gets my newsletter a free pendant if they let me know which fused glass techniques are the top 3 favorites.  elegantfusedglass@gmail.com

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