Archive for August, 2010

Jewelry Blanks

08/30/10 – Jewelry Blanks – Aaeglass.com has come out with some elegant jewelry blanks. There are two bracelets and one pendant blank. I purchased one of each for my daughter’s birthday. After bringing my glass to a full fuse, I did some cold work on the pieces and then fired them again to polish the edges. They came out great! For more information, be sure to check out the site!

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Selling Your Jewelry Crafts

08/29/10 – Selling Your Jewelry Crafts – Once you have quite a supply of fused glass and you have given as much as you can to all of your friends, you might want to consider selling your jewelry crafts.

This feat can send you down another avenue with exits to various creative ways to display and sell your artwork. Some of these areas could involve face-to-face selling, while others involve using the internet to have the items showcased.

This page will give you a few samples of these venues as well as preparing your items to display them on the internet or at your chosen setting. As more pages are listed, they will be included on this page.

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Submit Your Article

08/28/10 – Submit Your Article – Now you can submit your unique article to the Glass Fusing Made Easy website. If you have an original idea or article that you would like to have published on the site, just fill out the form. This will give you a permanent back link to your website or blog from the site. We just ask that the material be written in your own words and that you submit pictures for our visual visitors.

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Hawaiian Surf Board Pattern

08/26/10 – Hawaiian Surf Board Pattern – We say “Aloha” to our Hawaiian influences with this surf board pattern. It is hard to believe that it has been two months since we visited the island of Kona and all of that creative stimulation was surrounding our every waking moment. Watching the surfers in the foamy ocean waves was a common and peaceful sight.

This simple surf board pattern is perfect for that young surfer in your life. He will be “catching a wave” every time he wears this pendant. When I see this design that old Beach Boy’s song starts playing in my head…”catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world”.

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Programming a Glass Kiln

08/24/10 – Programming a Glass Kiln – Programming a glass kiln can have you scratching your head and wondering if you have entered the information correctly. Before beginning the feat, first and utmost it is important that you write it down in sequence. Having it written down so that you can refer to it will definitely assist you in entering the numbers in the correct place and order.

  • First you will be entering how many segments there are in the firing. This will be determined by your written schedule.

  • You are going to want your ramp temperature. How fast do you want the kiln to heat up per hour.

  • The goal temperature. What temperature in each step you want the kiln to reach before it goes on to the next step.

  • Whether or not you want to hold the temperature and for how long.
  • For more information and to watch some fantastic videos provided by Delphi Glass – Art Glass Tools & Supplies be sure to visit the site.

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    Hawaiian Pineapple

    08/21/10 – Hawaiian Pineapple – Going back to Kona this month with a couple of more Hawaiian designs. This is an extremely simplistic pattern that can be created out of just a couple of colors of glass. It can be created using some wire mesh. Read the site page for more information on using this technique.

    Plain green glass was used to create the leaves. Use a glass saw to cut out all the details. A textured Dichroic glass was utilized to create a textured yellow bottom of the fruit.

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    Needle Points

    08/18/10 – Needle Points – Needle points are sharp spiky spots on the edges of a fired piece of glass. These can be caused by taking the glass too high and holding it at this temperature, firing one layer of glass on a kiln washed shelf or by fusing too little frit inside a mold. They can be prevented, but if they do appear on a finished piece they can be removed. Using a grinder or some polishing pads the edge can be smoothed out and re-fired to achieve a polished edge.

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