August 2013 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- August Blogs

- Did you know

- Upcoming Events

Fresh From the Kiln:

I just finished a cool fused glass project. It is fused glass lawn art. A little background first: I was at Diane's house (a good friend and fellow glass artist) and I was looking into her backyard. She had a stunning fused glass yard art piece in her backyard. Diane and I discussed how she made it and that I was going to make one too.
I was talking to another good friend and she was telling me how much work she was doing in her yard and how pretty it was going to be. When I told her about the fused glass lawn art Diane had made and mentioned how I wanted to make one too. She said I could make one for her. We discussed colors and that she wanted dragonflies.  I'm also going to add copper wire wrapping so it will hang beautifully from a yard flag pole. I'll add it to my blog when it's totally complete. 
I love making custom fused glass artwork.  The next one will be mine!
I'm also putting past Elegant Fused Glass Newsletters on my site in case you would like to review them as well.

August Blog Highlights:

Love of Learning

My Love of Learning

I have always enjoyed learning, whether it is for my day job as a systems test engineer, project manager, or for my fused glass passion. As far as fused glass, I love...Read online.

Washi covered eggs

My First Fused Glass Instructor

I have learned to create many different crafts in my life.  Additionally, I have always loved glass and everywhere I’ve been in my life I’ve bought glass – functional or jewelry – both beautiful. So I learned about Fused Glass in Colorado Springs...Read online.

5-6 layered fused glass Tree of Life Decal

My Extreme Fused Glass Jewelry Class!

Here is the first of three of the blogs regarding my Fused Glass Classes with Tanya Veit from AAE Glass. I’ve taken Extreme Fused Glass Jewelry 1, Extreme fusing 2, boot camp and a webinar. Read online.

Fused Glass Tapestry Technique Wine Stopper

My Class with the Tapestry Master

My blog about my Fused Glass tapestry class with David Alcala - the Tapestry Master. I took this class in Denver  with my good friend Diane.  Read online.

Fused Glass Cloud

Fused Glass Frit Painting

My blog about my Fused Glass frit painting class with Anne Nye. I took this class in Ft Collins as a private class with my good friend DianeRead online.

Did you know ...

This section will be 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.

Do you know why your finger turns green when you wear certain rings?

Although the common misconception is only inexpensive jewelry causes discoloration, that is not necessarily true. Both copper and silver are common causes of skin discoloration from rings.

Oxidation can cause metals (except precious metals i.e., Gold, Silver (fine) and the Platinum family) to react with acids in your skin. Sterling Silver is not pure and can oxidize and tarnish which can leave a dark ring on your finger. Additionally, stainless steel, platinum, and rhodium-plated jewelry are less likely to turn green your finger green.

Note: If you have itchiness, redness or a more severe reaction it may be an allergic reaction (as discussed in July’s newsletter).

When a metal ring turns your finger green normally it is a chemical reaction between the metal and the acids in your skin (including sweat) or lotions, etc. To reduce oxidation and the likelihood of a ring turning your finger green ensure you clean your ring (with a soft cloth) before and after wearing it. Moreover, do not use lotion, shampoo, dish soap, hand soaps, etc. with your rings on and remember to remove your rings before swimming (especially in saltwater). Dry your hands before putting your rings back on. If you do have discoloration, it is typically innocuous and cleans off with just soap and water.

The majority of my Fused Glass ring shanks are plated (silver, gunmetal etc.) over a copper base, albeit I do have sterling silver and stainless steel ring shanks as well that you can request for an additional fee. The only time I have had an issue with one of my fused glass rings was when I wore them while working in my studio with various chemicals, definitely not a good idea.

What works best for me is keeping a little dish by the sinks in my studio, bathroom, and kitchen to put my rings in so it is easy to remember to take them off and put them on.

I'm sure you are wondering why I am focused on rings and not pendants or bracelets. The discoloration (chemical reaction) typically occurs when there is little or no air circulation between skin and metal. Normally there is air circulation between a pendant / bracelet and skin. That being said, discoloration may occur so it is best to follow the same rules i.e., remove before swimming / taking a shower and be aware of lotions, etc.

This information came from various internet sites but the majority came from Anne Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Upcoming Events:

September - Buy 2 pairs of Fused Glass Earrings and get the 3rd for FREE! From any of my sites Fused Elegance / Elegant Fused Glass by Karen / Etsy, or Artfire. You can even mix sites, just email me for more information or check out my blog. *Sale only lasts until Sept 15th

November 23, 2013 Rampart Christmas Craft Bazaar (confirmed)

December 7th and 8th  2013 Doherty craft fair (confirmed)

December 14th and 15th 2013 Palmer Band "Last Hurrah" Craft Fair (confirmed)

*I'll include more information for the craft bazaars as it becomes available.

BTW: On the 27th of July, I participated in a local event with other crafters and vendors. After the event I used http://www.random.org/integers to generate a random integer to determine the winner - Lillian. She won her choice of  my Fused Glass Artwork ($25).

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