Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another way to showcase your dichroic glass jewelry


We wanted to give you another avenue to showcase your glass pendants, earrings, bracelets and whatever else you create with glass or dichroic glass. As we all know, there is tremendous competition in our line of work. Our goal is to help you sell more jewelry at a higher profit margin. Sound good? We thought so. How can you accomplish this? Simple, get more people to view your glass jewelry. This blog alone has 70 followers who are very active and helpful. The feedback we receive is excellent. Since this blog has taken the shape of tips and supplies, we wanted to create a blog that is only focused on finished jewelry. Now we have a new blog dedicated to this and we want you to share your jewelry with everyone.

We post a new piece of glass jewelry daily or bi-daily on this new blog. How can this new blog help you? Simple!

1-Just click on the link above
2-"Follow" the new blog
3-Email info@aaeglass.com the pictures you would like posted along with a link to your shop and anything else you would like to say.

We at AAEGlass use several outlets to promote our site and the sites of others. It is very time consuming to do this, but yields results. We understand that the average glass artist does not have the time to do this. We do!

So if you participate with us on our new blog (or this one) your work will automatically be part of our marketing campaign. It is a win-win situation for you. We will do the time consuming part for you. All you have to do is post a comment as often as you want. We just ask to keep it tasteful. Other than that, you can post anything you wish.

If you have any questions, email us at info@aaeglass.com


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dichroic Glass Artist of the Week - Sheryl Brink

I am a self taught glass artist. It all started in the year 2000 when I retired from being a optician for many years. My husband bought me my first kiln and we went to the local stained glass store and purchased my first glass pack and a book and everything else I needed to get started. At that point I had never even cut glass Off we went home and set everything up and I started reading, cutting, fusing and never looked back. Glass is truly amazing. I have learned so much from trial and error. There is nothing like the joy of opening the kiln and having all that gorgeous glass looking up at you, or the lessons learned when you open up the kiln and have a big flop stare up at you.
I love working with your decals, they are a wonderful enhancement to the glass. I have been working with decals for quite some time but yours are truly unique and wonderful to work with. When you are working with glass everything is magical, it is truly a passion for me. I am constantly reading and learning every day. My goals for the future are to keep expanding my knowledge of glass and to keep having fun.
Thank you for your submission Sheryl. Your pieces are lovely. Be sure to visit Sheryl's store at

These glass fusing decals can be found at www.aaeglass.com We have several original and unique designs available. Stock up for Christmas today!

AAE Glass

Friday, September 18, 2009

White Tree of Life Fusing Decal is now Available

We wanted to let our blog followers know that the new white tree of life fusing decal is now available. Only at www.aaeglass.com

We have also introduced a 5 pack of our best selling, original tree of life collection. You now have 2 choices when purchasing your tree of life glass fusing decals.

We are in the process of stocking our store to the gills for the upcoming holiday season. We anticipate a frenzy.

Don't forget to submit your email for artist of the week. info@aaeglass.com

Have a great weekend

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New White Tree of Life Glass Fusing Decal

Our new white tree of life, glass fusing decal will be released to the public on Saturday. This decal will only be available at www.aaeglass.com We have started producing jewelry this past week with this new glass decal and it is stunning.

This white tree of life will compliment your dark colored glass perfectly for autumn, winter and most importantly Christmas. So get your glass ready artists. This is going to be fun.

Take advantage of our 15% off first time buyer incentive.

Please direct all questions to info@aaeglass.com


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dichroic Glass Jewelry Artist of the Week, Leah from Luv2have


I have been fascinated with making things with my hands since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors and a piece of paper. I have dabbled in just about every craft out there, including sculpting with polymer clay, sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry, beaded jewelry, quilling, card making, cake decorating, rubber stamping, and painting.

I fell in love with fused glass two years ago when I decided to take a class at a nearby studio to make a few pieces for Christmas gifts. My instructor showed me the basics of cutting and breaking the glass, and I happily sat for two hours cutting little pieces of glass and made about 15 pendants! I started out by buying a small amount of glass and renting kiln time at the studio until I was so obsessed I finally had to break down and purchase my own kiln. I am almost completely self taught, I spend a lot of hours reading and I find trial and error to be the best teacher of all. My house is now overflowing with sheets of glass and containers of dichroic glass, along with all the fun accessories I can find! I hope to add a proper studio when we build a new house in a year or so, and that will allow me some more space to add some new equipment. I have a long list of things I would love to buy!

Working with glass has brought me more joy than anything else I have ever tried. I love the tedious work of putting the glass pieces together like a puzzle, and then the excitement of opening the kiln to see what they turned into. I hope to expand my glass work by combining some of it with Precious Metal Clay, silver smithing, and lamp working in the future. There is always something new to learn!
Thanks Leah! I'm sure these pieces will be flying out the door in no time.

Be sure to click on this link to view the Luv2hav studio.

If you need to stock up for the Christmas rush, visit www.aaeglass.com today. We have limited bottle stopper blanks, both round and hard to find square. Cords, high fire and low fire fusing decals and bails. If you need something that you don't see on the site, just ask and we will find it for you.


Monday, September 14, 2009

New dichroic glass jewelry blog


We have developed another blog, strictly devoted to finished, dichroic glass jewelry. If you would like to leave a comment with pictures of your glass jewelry, please do. If you have any questions about how to do something or if you have experience with similar glass jewelry, please share with us. Simply click on the link above.

We always love seeing your new creations.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Glass Fusing Decals

We wanted to get your feedback on your experience with our glass fusing decals. If you have had success or trouble using them, please share with us. If you ever have any questions at all, you can email us at info@aaeglass.com. We will be releasing a new, must have, fusing decal very shortly. This fusing decal will be sure to increase your Christmas sales.

Visit www.aaeglass.com for our full assortment of glass fusing decals and supplies.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dichroic Glass Jewelry Artist of the Week Cynthia Valenzo

Cynthia's Etsy shop: http://ccvalenzo.etsy.com

I have been in love with glass nearly all of my life. About 20 years ago I decided I wanted to make stained glass panels for my Kitchen Cabinets so I went and took lessons at a local shop. After making lamps and many commissions later I decided I wanted to do a contemporary piece with fused glass pieces for my foyer Transom and side windows so I went and took a class in fusing.

There wasn’t a lot of information available. They primarily explained the chemicals, glass and rough fusing cycles and the rest was experimenting on your own. This was about 12 years ago. Since that time I have designed Glass Tiles, started playing with making jewelry with all of the scraps and working a full time job. In 2002 the company I worked for was bought out in a merger so with my severance package I ended a 30 year corporate career and went into the glass business.

A few years ago I had a B&M shop where I taught and sold fusing supplies. It was great fun and I met many wonderful people, but I spent more time teaching and managing the business and had little time left for creating. I closed the store and moved the studio to my home and since have had more time devoted to creating and working not only with glass but precious metals and semi precious stones. I work more hours than I did in the corporate world but the fulfillment in being able to work with glass and the challenges of continually creating new things is a constant joy. My husband is a retired electrician and serves as my quality control, maintenance and shipping department. I don’t know what I would do without him.

Working with glass is such a joy and challenge and every time I open the kiln and see what comes out it’s a roller coaster ride. There are a lot of disappointing moments when the kiln Gods have decided to laugh at you, but the joy of a beautiful piece really outweighs the disappointing moments. Being able to enhance the glass with Decals, Etching and Sand Blasting just to name a few makes it even more rewarding and keeps me pushing the envelope looking for the next plateau. Best of all are all of the people I have met all over the world with my internet business.


Thank you Cynthia for sharing. If you would like to submit yourself as "Artist of the Week" please send us an email at info@aaeglass.com Include 2 pictures of your jewelry as well as a blurb about you and your company. We look forward to hearing from everyone. \

Also, we have a new decal coming that will knock your socks off. Hang tight!


Monday, September 7, 2009

Tip #5 - Craft Show Season

With Christmas just a few months away, craft show season is upon us. Labor Day typically kicks off a long stretch of craft shows across the country, which culminate with Christmas. We have done many craft shows and fairs in our day, but haven't done any in a few years.

We get questions every week about tips on how to best prepare for a craft show. To be honest, we are not the best source of information, because we don't participate in craft shows as often as other artist friends.

So for this weeks tip, we are asking for your help. If you have any tips or suggestions on how to run a smooth booth at a craft fair, please click on the comment button directly below and share with us. I understand artist don't want to give away any secrets and we understand. We are just looking for suggestions on organization, display techniques and other general information.

If you are in an upcoming craft show, click the comment button below and tell us when and where. We have a diverse group of artists on our blog and I'm sure they would love to see local artists if at all possible. So take advantage of the FREE promotion.

Be sure to stock up on your dichroic glass fusing supplies and decals for Christmas season. www.aaeglass.com It will be here before you know it.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Glass Fusing Decals Released - Limited Quantities

We have released two new floral, glass fusing decals today, only at www.aaeglass.com. These fusing decals are available in different colors (turquoise, purple) and sizes.

These are limited editions and limited in numbers. Once these sell out, they are gone. They CAN NOT be reprinted. Set your dichroic glass jewelry apart with these unique decals.

If you are looking for finished dichroic glass pendants, earrings or bracelets, visit our artfire store to take advantage of coupon code 5OFF. You will receive $5 off EACH item you order from http://www.artfire.com/users/AAE-artglass

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Glass Fusing Artist of the Week, Russ Colwell of Helix Elemental Studio

I’ve dabbled in creative endeavors most of my life. Trying my hand at photography and writing and eventually digital art. I did alot of 3d modeling in programs such as Bryce and Cinema 4D, creating very detailed spacecraft and sci fi scenes which I posted in several internet galleries. I don’t have much time for this time intensive hobby anymore so I’ve preserved much of my sci fi work in one of my blogs (helix3d.blogspot.com). For a while I made metal furniture, incorporating mosaics into the tabletops, mirror borders, etc. Christina, my folk artist wife and Helix Elemental Studio partner would help me with the designs and work on these projects. Then one day I took a stained glass class and then followed it up with a glass fusing class. I became hooked on glass immediately. I did some lamps and mirrors and slumped some plates and bowls but resisted the idea of making fused glass jewelry because the market is so saturated.

Eventually I gave in to the temptation and started putting together some dichroic glass jewelry. I then realized why so many folks are making jewelry. It’s a fantastic creative outlet. There’s seemingly unlimited mediums and design ideas that one can incorporate into this wearable art form. Along the way I’ve allowed my designs to evolve, incorporating gems into glass and using fusible decals to embellish my pieces. I hope to eventually find time to try my hand at precious metal clay, silver work beading and wire wrapping. But it’s so easy to get stretched too thin when you’re trying to promote an Etsy shop and be active at craft fairs. So it’s best to take it easy and have fun. Christina and I spend nearly every waking moment on our creative adventures and we have no intention of looking back. We have many new ideas to start work on and I have some new directions I plan to take in my jewelry designs very soon. It’s time to move out the old and make room for the new!

-Russ Colwell


Thanks Mr. Colwell. Your jewelry is fantastic. Be sure to click on the links above to view Helix Elemental Studio.

Email us for your chance to be artist of the week: info@aaeglass.com.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the release of our 2 new, limited edition glass fusing decals. They will only be available at www.aaeglass.com

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Glass Fusing Decal - Peacock

We have a new glass fusing peacock decal available on our website. www.aaeglass.com. This white peacock, outlined in 22 kt gold can be used on dark colored glass. A surrounding butterfly and floral scene accents the peacock. Don't forget to combine your decals to create unique wearable art and jewelry.

We are featuring a new artist of the week tomorrow, Russ of Helix Elemental.

Saturday, we are releasing 2 NEW glass fusing decals. These purple and turquoise floral decals CAN NOT be found anywhere else. We only have a limited number in stock. When they are gone, they are gone. These decals will be available through our website only. www.aaeglass.com

We hope you and yours have a great weekend.