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Issue #78 - Wearable Glass Art
January 30, 2015
Hot Out of the Kiln
The first webinar was a success, and some extremely helpful suggestions will be implemented in future webinars.
I would like to express my thanks to everyone who attended and supplied wonderful questions and very useful recommendations.
I am considering doing another live webinar in March.
If there are any subjects you would like to see, please email me with your ideas.
My latest book, "Wear Your Fused Glass Art", is finally finished and is live on the website.
I love large necklaces and since that has been a hot trend for the last few years, I decided to put together some projects to assist others in achieving this stylish expression.
The book has 20 different projects and one chapter filled with patterns for designing these pieces.
Chapter 1 - Part Sheet Bib
Chapter 2 - Woven Crisscross
Chapter 3 - Etched Dichroic
Chapter 4 - Lacy Collar
Chapter 5 - Broken Glass
Chapter 6 - Symmetric Collar
Chapter 7 - Mica and Dichroic
Chapter 8 - Large Bailed Bib
Chapter 9 - Get A Reaction
Chapter 10 - Stringer Mosaic
Chapter 11 - Embossed Embellishment
Chapter 12 - Dichroic Overlap
Chapter 13 - MUD Collar
Chapter 14 - Silk Screen Butterfly
Chapter 15 - Freeze 'N Fuse Roses
Chapter 16 - Mosaic Design
Chapter 17 - Glass Powder Tapestry
Chapter 18 - Crackled Technique
Chapter 19 - Reactive Combed Bib
Chapter 20 - Etched Memories
Chapter 21 - Patterns
To read more about the book, and the various formats that can be purchased, check out the website.
The Spring 2015 issue of the e-magazine, is ready for proofreading, and should be available at the end of next month.
If you want to purchase the Winter 2014 e-magazine it is still available on CD or downloadable from the website.
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Question
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Wearable Glass Art
Wearable glass art not only brings attention to a particular piece, but also draws attention to the art of glass fusing.
In the past, I made pins as wearable art, but when created out of glass, the flimsy pin backs did not hold that well.
Since the recent trend has been large collars or bibs that make a bold statement, I decided that I would start making glass art that would be stylish and make a fashionable statement.
I make it a point of wearing a new piece each time I leave the house.
You would not believe how many times I receive comments and compliments on each one of the pieces.
When you wear fused glass not only is the piece attractive and trendy, but it also draws attention to the craft of glass fusing.
I always inform individuals that this piece is handmade, and then the conversation turns toward the process and techniques of fused glass.
The key to finishing off these pieces is to add a complimentary chain that accents the glass and flatters the fused glass.
You want something outstanding, and a standard glued on bail just doesn’t do the artwork justice.
The bail needs to be sturdy enough to hold any weight and adorns the fused glass.
I have found that there are several ways this can be accomplished.
Of course, the attachments need to be placed on each side of the necklace.
Picking out the chain is another great way of bringing attention to the glass.
Chains can be purchased very inexpensively at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, JoAnn’s, and on line.
Have several on hand for future projects.
Get creative and inspired!
Mix and match the chains, or weave a thin chain through larger links to create one-of-a-kind embellishments.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou
Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?
Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.
If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.
I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.
To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.
TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.
If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.
It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.
It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.
I need to re-fuse some projects after adding additional frit and small pieces of glass. Can I use the same fusing schedule that I always use with good success or do I need to modify the schedule in some way to allow for additions?
What would you suggest to Cynthia? How many times can you re-fire glass?
Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thank you!
TIPS AND TRICKS:
When cutting glass, cut the bases for as many pieces as possible at the same time.
SHARE THE SITE:
Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.
Please help share the site with others!
Do you have an upcoming event or new product that you would like others to know about? Drop us a quick e-mail and once approved, it will be place in the next e-zine.
Coatings by Sandberg
One of the products I used in the Freeze and Fuse webinar was the easy mold.
This is a very easy and quick way to make a strong, reusable and flexible mold for the freeze and fuse technique.
This silicone material has a three minute working time and takes about 25 minutes to cure and set.
You can receive excellent details from the original artwork.
It is self-releasing so there is no need for a mold release agent for most applications.
The material is odorless and non-toxic.
As demonstrated in the webinar, I mixed equal amounts of each of the containers.
The mixture was then rolled into a ball and placed on my work space.
A button was then pressed into the purple substance, and after just a few minutes, I was able to remove the button and the mold is ready for use.
It can be purchased at Michael’s or on line for about $20.00.
For further information, check out this PDF file.
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See you next month…
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