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April 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- April Blogs * blogs are only Elegant fused glass not Fused Elegance for more information read this blog.

- Did you know ...

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Fresh From the Kiln:

I love making jewelry and I make all colors of glass pendants. I decided I should make some black and white pendants. I think these are so elegant and beautiful. I hope you like them as much as I do. I'm sure you know I'll make some into snaps as well.

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Here is your coupon to use at the flipping peddler. Thank you again for your support.

My Fused Glass at the Flipping Peddler

My Fused Glass at the Flipping Peddler

Last month I put some of my fused glass artwork in a local shop - The Flipping Peddler. Here is my first piece I sold at the flipping peddler. I also replaced it with another night light. (sorry the picture is so blurry). I went to The Flipping Peddler recently, they have over 33 vendors. If you want to to …Read more.

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Fused Glass Succulents

Fused Glass Succulents

I made some beautiful fused glass succulents this month. I'm really happy with them. This is the first time I used all of my succulent molds, so this blog also counts as my new molds for the month. I love this type. The one on the left is a periwinkle. I slumped it so it's like a tiny bowl. The …

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

For Easter I thought I'd make couple of fused glass Easter treats. Here is my little fused glass chick. It's made from frit in a fiber mold. Here is my little fused glass rabbit. I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do with them but I think they are cute. Again, I cut them out of fiber paper. I …Read more.

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Wolves in Colorado

Wolves in Colorado

I love animals and I've always been amazed by wolves, foxes, and coyotes. It saddens me to say there aren't wild wolves in Colorado but there are two sanctuaries for wolves relatively close to me. This month my husband and I went to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide Colorado. The 3 pictures below are from their website. …Read more.

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My first Welding Class

My first Welding Class

I love learning, all kinds of learning. After watching Craig make stands for our fused glass Irises I decided to take a class in welding. So this month, I took an Artisan welding class, with my good friend Lela from General Air here in Colorado Springs. First I want to give a compliment to our instructor Mike and his daughter/assistant …Read more.

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Fused Glass Wine holder

Fused Glass Wine holder

I've been wanting to make fused glass wine holders for quite sometime. Last time I tried it, it didn't work. Recently one of my favorite instructors put out a video on how to make fused glass wine holders and so here are my first few. The first wine bottle holder is aqua streaky. The wine bottle sits a bit low …Read more.

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Fused Glass with my friend

Fused Glass with my friend

Normally I don’t teach (my studio is always messy) but occasionally I will have a friend over and we will make a fused glass piece together. Lela - One of my good friends came over the other day to make a gift for someone very special to her. We made fused glass flower waves together. I really enjoyed having Lela …Read more.

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Luminescent Glass

Luminescent Glass

I've been wanting to take Craig's poppy class so much that I thought I'd try it on my own. It's not a poppy but I think it looks pretty nice. I used Honey Luminescent glass. It's such beautiful glass. I used a cabochon for the center of my flower. I also put a hanger on the back of it. I …Read more.

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Fused Glass Hand mirror

Fused Glass Hand mirror

I love making fused glass mirrors. Normally I use a mirror and small fused glass cabochons. Here are two mirrors I made recently, the first one can be either vertical or horizontal and has the glass on the inside of the bevel. The second one is round and the glass hangs over the edge of the mirror, a very cool …Read more.

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Fused Glass Ikebana Vases

Fused Glass Ikebana Vases

In February, I made a fused glass Ikebana vase in the shape of a lily pad. As I mentioned in my previous post Ikebana is a Japanese flower arranging art. It involves 3 flowers at 3 different levels; heaven, man, and earth. It was so beautiful, a good customer told me I should make some with flower vases. At the …Read more.

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A reminder for my local customers I don't have a scheduled Arts and Craft Show until July or August. However, I can still do home shows. The home shows can be tailored to what fused glass artwork you would like to see including, jewelry, snap jewelry, artwork, etc. 

Just for hosting a fused glass party at your house you'll earn free fused glass. For every 3 people (not counting me) at the party you earn $10 in free fused glass. Additionally you and all the people at the party will receive 15% off all purchases.

Just email elegantfusedglass@gmail.com and let me know you'd like to host a fused glass party. Let me know how many people you can accommodate and what type of fused glass artwork you'd like me to display.

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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.

For this month's did you know I wanted to focus on my vitrigraph, that I've been creating.  I love vitrigraph, there is just so much you can do with it.

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This is what the kiln looks like when the vitrigraph is starting to come out.  Can you see the glass inside the hole?

Now you can start to see the vitrigraph or cane come out of the kiln. See the cane coming out of the bottom of the kiln?

This is me pulling the vitrigraph. When you pull it fast it's thinner and what's known as vitrigraph (vitri (glass) and graph (write). If you let it thicken then it's cane.

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I use two types of pots. Bottomless Stainless steel pots (from Laurie Spray).  For the bottom I used fiber board and cut a hole in the bottom. 

I also use Terra Cotta pots. But I only trust them for one firing. I'm not willing to risk my kiln to fire the pot again.

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In case you are curious my favorite pots to use are the bottomless stainless steel pots. The reason is what's left in the bottom can come out and I can use the glass for other things.

They come out really great. I clean them up and then decide what to do with them.

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First and easiest is making cabochons which can be used as pendants, etc.

Or like I did with this one is I put them in a mold and fire them to a full fuse and see what happens. I loved this piece so much that I made it into a mushroom light

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As I mentioned if you pull them quickly you can make them thinner. Green is perfect for grass.

This is a beautiful batch. Plus if you look closely I have some coil. These are fun, I use a metal rod and twist the glass around it.

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There are several things you can make. Left to right - an example of the coil, I cut one loose too. The next piece was hollow and I squished it flat. The two little dots are murrine - cut from cane. Then just a thin vitrigraph. The thick curl is what's called a bulb. The bottom piece is just a piece of the first part that comes out of the kiln. It's very thick.

I fired then so now they are flat. By doing this you remove any down of how they will fire.

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Here is a piece I made with frit and the coils. I had it at the flipping peddler and it already sold.

These pieces have the bulb, vitrigraph, and murrine.

This is an interesting piece. I made a bowl out of a pile of vitrigraph.

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As I mentioned I make both vitrigraph and cane. Here are some of my cane. I'll be honest, I'm not patient enough to make my cane perfect shape so they vary from thin, to thick, to kind of chunky in the middle.

So this piece I used my cane and laid it flat. I also varied the links so it's a very organic shape. This one is opaque.

I did the same with these but they are more transparent. I like this style, very cool.

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The other thing I do with cane is cut it into little pieces then put it into a shape and fuse it. I like this heart but I need to make a stand for it.

This floral wave is actually made up from cane (mine and some I bought), vitrigraph and other glass.

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I have also made jewelry from my vitrigraph and cane. These fused glass pendants are made with my cane/murrine.

These fused glass pendants are made with cane but laying any which way.

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Can you tell I love my vitrigraph kiln. I love all the things I can make out of the glass and how different it is. Let me know what y'all think of my vitrigraph. This is my newest piece. I think it's pretty.

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