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31  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass Challenge -- sweets4ever update SEPT 2010, please vote! on: September 14, 2010 09:57:28 AM
Love any and all of the ideas.


Here's my suggestion....how about, something within your piece must be of recycled material, either the whole piece, or a component?

Keepin' it green!  Smiley
32  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fused Glass Drop Ring Bowl with Ruffled Edge! on: September 06, 2010 03:36:24 PM
I haven't posted here in AGES!  But, I'm still fusing like crazy...life is so busy!  But, I wanted to share this bowl with my Craftster buddies!

33  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hi EVERYONE! ::: waves ::: I wanna show you some new kiln candy!!! on: January 21, 2009 09:07:50 AM
Thank you SOOO much!  ((( Craftster Buddies ))) you all rock!
34  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Swirls. A pretty little pendant on: January 21, 2009 09:05:44 AM


Time to start thinking SPRING!  I love to create with happy, bright, springtime colors.  It's sooo cold and cloudy in Michigan lately, but this brightened my day, and I hope it brightens yours, too!

<3 <3 <3
35  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I am going to pass on the very best advice I've ever been given... on: January 10, 2009 09:42:41 AM
My "GG" (grandma), was a gifted glass artist.  I learned many things from her, more than anyone can imagine.

She is a free Spirit now, but with me always, especially in my studio.

Playing with glass was my favorite pasttime with her, and she'd been fusing glass WAYYYYYYYYYY back in the day, before there were "rules".

Anyhow...whenever I had a great idea that I wasn't *quite* sure about, I'd run it past her.  And do you know what she would tell me?

"It's your glass. It's your kiln.  You won't hurt either of them.  Go ahead and try it and we'll see what happens"

SO...don't be chicken.  Experiment.  Try it out.  Take a chance.  Waste some time.  Get creative.  Play.  Don't ask first, because someone will just say "OMG NO, you can't DO that!"   All of these *rules* cause everything to look exactly like everything else.  Fusing is MUCH more than sandwiching a piece of dicro between 2 pieces of glass.  Smiley  Don't listen to the nay-sayers.

Do it anyhow, and see.  I hear my GG's words every time I go to my studio.

If you have followed this advice, I'd love to see some of your unique, crazy stuff.

K
36  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled Wine Bottle Cheese Trays! GO GREEN! ( 3 pics ) on: January 10, 2009 09:29:04 AM

Are you freaking KIDDING ME??!?!?!?!

OMG!   

::: backflip::::

Thank you so so so so so sososososososo MUCH!

xoxo

Karen
37  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: My first glass fusion pendant on: January 10, 2009 09:27:15 AM
It's lovely!  That's a tack fuse, a verrrrrrrry short tack fuse that you have, there.  Had you fused it just a TEENY bit longer, your edges would have softened up.

Also, I highly recommend AGAINST the microwave kiln for a couple of reasons.

1.  I can't imagine how on earth you could possibly correctly anneal anything in this type of kiln, resulting in poor quality glass, and

2.  The workspace per fusing is sooo tiny, that you would outgrow it in a week.  Serious. 

My advice?  Get a tabletop kiln, like a little Hotbox, check ebay or Delphiglass.com.  They don't require a special outlet.  See how you like fusing from home, ( you'll also need a small grinder, and glass cutter, and safety gear, along with other miscellaneous stuff)...but omg don't buy a microwave kiln.

Hope that helps!

Karen
38  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Have a heart! (or 8) Little Fused Glass Heart Pendants! on: January 10, 2009 09:22:27 AM
Those are beautiful!

What are you going to use them for?  They would almost be a great bracelet all together like that.  Nice work!

They're a leeeeeeeetlie too big for bracelet charms, these are pendants.  I also have one hanging from the rearview in my car.  Looks cute.

Cheesy
39  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Have a heart! (or 8) Little Fused Glass Heart Pendants! on: January 08, 2009 12:14:49 PM
Here's the whole gang...I got a little carried away:



And here's my VERY favorite one ( it has a purple hue to it, a Purple Heart for a Courageous Girl )


...but I really like this one, too:


I have this "thing" about transparent glass...love it.

Whatcha think?

Karen

40  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Here's something NEW! Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase on: December 17, 2008 09:19:42 AM
Questions answered:

Photojen:  it was about 8 inches tall.  *sob*....I kind of wish I hadn't taken it to the gallery.

Kappy:  It's not a super difficult process, IF you do it correctly.  The stars must align properly for all of the different things to happen in order, and, because you are a fuser...you know what I mean!

I've made a couple dozen of these now, and I'll pass some tips on to you...

I always fuse 2 circles together, full fuse, with the design on top, so, basically, it's like 2.5 layers.  There's a big hullabaloo in the fusing community that you don't *have* to go with this step, but I prefer to, as I don't like having sharp edges to my work.  I like it fluid.

Then...( and this is key )...suspend in your kiln using a drop ring mold and stilts, always have your kiln shelf washed very well, or use thinfire, and GOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW.  slow slow slow.  Peek, don't GAWK, frequently.

Soon, you'll notice a little "dip" in the middle, and, (no kidding)..within a very short time, it'll drop.  Stop the fusing wherever you want it to stop, by flashing your kiln.  Go directly to anneal, and wait patiently.  (that's kinda hard )

Some like to have these suspended, I prefer to drop them to the bottom of my kiln, they are quite sturdy, and will stand freely without being very wobbly. 

They also look absolutely darling on their side!

Make one, Kappy!  I love your color choices...give it a try!

OH..yes, one thing.  Remember this: (this is key )...the longer the drop, the MORE GLASS you need to use.  Otherwise your drop will "rip"...the glass will be sooooooo thin that your piece will not be functional.

Let me know if you have more questions...hope I didn't bore you to death!

Karen
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