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May 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- May 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:

This heart is actually ceramic, painted then glass is fused on top. It's called ceramic fusion, if you want to know more about the process check out my DYK below.

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

My Fused Glass at the Flipping Peddler

I've had my booth at Flipping Peddler for 3 months now and I have not had a lot of sales and I had a theft of a night light. So it saddens me that if sales doesn't pick up I'm going to have to withdrawal my glass, probably NLT 15 June.  Just to let you know the charge per month is $170 and without sales I just can't continue to use that space. I so wanted a local place to show my glass. This makes me very disappointed, especially since it's such a cool place.

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Finished Fused Glass

Finished Fused Glass

I love creating fused glass, but sometimes I struggle finishing my projects especially my jewelry. So when I go on a trip I like to bring something with me to finished.  I finished the following during my channel class. I love trees and these are beautiful fused glass pendants, most are trees of life. Here are some more fused glass …Read more.

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Trip to Alabama

Trip to Alabama

For those who follow me know I travel a bit with my job. I've been to Rhode Island, Germany, London, and Alabama numerous times.  Sadly there isn't a lot of glass opportunities when I visit Alabama, but there is so much history near Montgomery; Rosa Parks, civil rights movement, etc. As you may know I'm retired Air Force. So during …Read more.

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Look what I won in Tonya's Channel Class (#3)

Look what I won in Tonya's Channel Class (#3)

In my last couple of blogs I have been talking about Tonya's channel class. Well there is something else I want to talk about regarding this class. Tonya gave away 3 pieces of her fused glass artwork. I've never seen that before and I think it's so very cool. I was the first person to win, and I won her …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Channel Class (#2)

Fused Glass - Channel Class (#2)

Earlier this week I blogged about my channel class with Tonya Nelson. I really enjoyed this class. First as I mentioned I love this technique, second Tonya is a great instructor, and I made some new glass friends.  Here is a funny picture of Tonya and me. As I mentioned this was Tonya's first official class teaching this technique and …Read more.

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Fused Glass Channel Class

Fused Glass Channel Class

In April I took a fabulous class called Channeled glass by Tonya Nelson. Here are 2 pictures that she created (also her photos). As you can see she's incredibly talented. First I'd like to give a little background. The first time I took a class with this fused glass technique was with Tanya Veit (AAE glass).  Tanya made it very …Read more.

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

I hope every mom had a great mother's day this year. I sure did. My amazing husband made two of my favorite dishes lamb and baked tomatoes (with pesto and provolone). In addition, he made me my favorite pie! Normally I'm not a card person, but my husband chose the most perfect card for me. It's an embroidered card with …Read more.

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Tulip's Gifts & Cards

Tulip's Gifts & Cards

Recently I've been blogging about my fused glass at the flipping peddler here in Colorado Springs. So I thought I should give a shout out to Tulip's in Denver. I've had my fused glass there for several years and it's a wonderful shop. Recently when I was dropping off some fused glass I took a few pictures for you. She …Read more.

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Wild Animal Sanctuary

Wild Animal Sanctuary

As most of you know I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Last month I wrote a blog about the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide Colorado, well this month I want to write about the Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver. Wow what a place! They had so many beautiful animals including Lions, Tigers, and Bears - Oh my! We …Read more.

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Fused Glass Butter Dish

Fused Glass Butter Dish

In December a lovely lady asked me to make a fused glass butter dish for her Amish Country Butter. If you've never seen this butter it's huge. She wanted a lid with a handle. I like challenges so told her I'd do my best. The first one I made took several firings to get it that deep then when I …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 DYK I want to talk about ceramic fusion. I've been wanted to do this for quite sometime. Ceramic fusion is a fusion of paint and glass on ceramics.

I don't have a big selection of ceramic paint but this was fun. I enjoyed it and it's definitely something I want to do again. Additional I don't have a ceramic kiln so that limits what I can create because I only use production ceramics.

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This was my first one and other than not painting the entire piece thick enough the glass crackled perfectly.

Even though the paint isn't perfect I love adding casted glass to it. so pretty.

I'm not sure which one I like best, the glass seahorse or the starfish. BTW I'm not sure if you can tell but there is gold luster on the seahorse and starfish

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These little dishes are perfect for ceramic fusion. I used fine frit in this one. One thing I'd do differently and make sure all the frit is gathered together.

You can see some of the frit that went a little wild. I'd make sure that doesn't happen next time. But other than that I love this piece and the glass cracked perfectly

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As you can see the little dish makes a perfect ring dish (or anything else you want to use it for other than food).

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This is a different kind of ceramic paint. You can see I used medium frit in this one. Again love these little dishes.

I love the paint, so pretty and I love the little specks. The glass on the other hand was either too thick or maybe medium is to thick.

I liked this paint so much I did another one, in the shape of a tea pot. I would use this for used teabags or a tea / coffee spoon rest.

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This is another great dish, I use these to slump into for glass as well. I used corse frit for this one.

I love the color but you can't even see the glass! Clearly coarse frit is not the right type of glass to use.

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So after practicing a bit I wanted to do something bigger. I love this ceramic box.

If you compare the picture above I used a mixture of glass (both fine and medium). I like it but I think I went a bit heavy because it didn't crack as much as I like.

For the box part I used white powder glass.

I would have liked it more if I would have used clear and probably not powder because again it didn't crack as much as I like.  That being said my paint coverage is perfect.

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I really love this ceramic gecko but it took a lot of paint. The little holes was filled with both medium and fine glass.

The glass looks great but I wasn't thick or even enough on the paint.

So because the paint wasn't even I thought I'd repaint it and see what happens. Well the good news is it didn't break, but I don't see a big difference. I think the key is to do the right # of coats to begin with.

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It's not all about what you do right but learning from mistakes too. I love this dish but when I fired it I didn't fire high enough so it's matt vs shiny. So I refired it and it still didn't shine up.

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At the same time I did this little dish and of course it didn't shine up either. So for the next firing I coated it with an overcoat and refired.  I liked the way it cracked but clearly I put too much glass in and I think I used fine vs medium.

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For this one I didn't like how the glass didn't crack enough for me so I fired a decal on it. I like it and it's nice to use my decals in different ways.

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I like to practice with different techniques so I had these little ceramic disks. So I used glass paint on the left one it doesn't shine up but it's pretty (the shiny part is just clear frit).  The middle is paint with red frit. The far right is paint and mica and frit covering it. I like this one I think it's very artistic.

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I really like ceramic fusion and intend to make some more pieces once I get more interesting paint. I hope you like them as well. I look forward to hearing what you think about my ceramic fusion pieces. 

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