Friday, September 28, 2012

Fused Glass Project Ideas for Coldworking Scrap & Cut Off

There are many of you who have been following this blog for a long, long time...and AAE Glass thanks you for that. For those of you who have been loyal readers, you know how eloquently Mark writes this blog. He is the writer of the family and alas, I have no writing skills what-so-ever. I am the fused glass artist and instructor and writing is not my game. I am not even sure I have ever written in this blog! That being said, stay tuned for some "reader's shock" followed by missed words and probably a lot of run on this is how I talk. I DO however, have some really creative ideas on how to use the scrap glass cut offs from your tile saw with the methods I have taught many of you! I feel it is best and less confusing if I just list the projects and then steps. If you have any ideas please contribute them here! (Check back often as I will be updating this with pictures and more ideas.)


1. Gather all of your fused glass cut offs that you sliced with your tile or ring saw. We put all of ours in a bowl as we cut them.

2. Place the scraps in a pot of water on the stove. *I'm not kidding*

3. Drop 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in the water and bring it to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes.

4. Drink the water *NOW I'm kidding!* -Dont drink the water....

5. Drain the pot into a strainer outside in the lawn.

6. Place your freshly boiled and now VERY cleaned scraps into a freezer bag. Start nipping away with your mosaic nippers and create small pieces of fused glass cut offs.

7. Cut a piece of Bullseye Glass 2mm thin clear (or play with other transparent colors for bases) to the size of your tile choice. Let's say 4 x 4" for a coaster. Build this coaster directly onto your kiln shelf.

8. Dam the glass with kiln furniture, fire bricks, cut up kiln shefs or damz. Make sure you have kiln washed your damns or use fiber paper to line the the inside of the dam. Place additional kiln furniture around the outside of your dams so the glass does not push away your dam. You dam is to contain the flow of your glass. So, your coaster will be about 1/4-3/8" depending on how thick your jewelry was.

8. Using Bullseye Glasstac glue and a pair of bead tweezers, start placing your cleaned bits that you boiled in a randow pattern on your 2mm thin clear glass base. Push the pieces tightly together, but you do want tiny gaps between the bits as they will not fit together obviously.

9. Let this dry overnight.

10. The next day, choose one or several colors of Medium glass frit. Take a dixie cup or frit scoop and literally "grout" the tile and let the colored frit fall between the gaps. You are not going to clear cap this piece. Full fuse at the following schedule (the larger the piece, the slower you go and longer anneal!) The following schedule is my RECCOMMENDED schedule. Start here and adjust according to your kiln. This schedule is for Bullseye Glass.:

1. 300 DPH 1000 HOLD 60 MIN.
2. 100 DPH 1220 HOLD 60 MIN.
3. FULL 1515 HOLD 22 MIN.
4. FULL 900 HOLD 120 MIN.
5. 100 DPH 750 HOLD 6O MIN.
6. 150 DPH 75 -NO HOLD


Throw all your scraps into a potmelt and fire to the following schedule: The following schedule is my RECCOMMENDED schedule. Start here and adjust according to your kiln. This schedule is for Bullseye Glass.

1. 1000 DPH 1000 hold 30 min.
2. 200 DPH 1180 hold 30 min.
3. 1000DPH TO 1650-1700 Hold 90-110 min.
4. Full to 1505 hold 60 min.
5. Full to 900 hold 60 min.
6.150 DPH to 750
7. Turn firebrick kiln off.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Special Offer for Webinar Guests

Now that we have two live webinars under our belts and a million creative ideas running through our heads, AAE Glass wants to thank you for your participation with a continuation of our 20% off sale with coupon code: AUTUMN
AAE Glass also has some new products available that were inspired by this very webinar HERE.
A special thank you to Maureen James of Glass Patters Quarterly Magazine and Marcie Davis of for guiding me along the process.  I never knew how much back end work was involved in a live webinar.  Thank you ladies, you are great. 

I hope everyone learned something this week and this won't be my last webinar, so be sure to sign up early next time to avoid the dreaded waiting list. Lets get fusing!

Friday, September 21, 2012

PH Dezigns at Lincoln Arts Festival, Nebraska

 Thank you to our friend Pamela Honken of PH Dezigns for alerting us to the Lincoln Arts Festival this weekend at South Pointe Pavilions (2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska).  This festival boasts some of the best artists the midwest has to offer.  Pam makes beautiful fused glass jewelry and will be selling it at the festival.  Pam has offered anyone who mentions this AAE Glass blog 20% off your entire purchase at the show!  Good luck Pam, keep up the good work.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20% Off Glass Fusing Supplies this Weekend

AAE Glass has been very busy these past several months and it was topped off with Tanya's trip to Europe.  She spent the last month teaching at several locations including the International Festival of Glass, Warm Glass UK and with Geir Morten Karlsen in Norway.  In Tanya's words, "The enthusiasm for glass is through the roof."
Thank you to everyone who hosted Tanya and her husband John on their trip through Europe and a special thank you to all of the eager students who fed the love of glass at each stop. If you have met Tanya you know she runs on enthusiasm.  The more you bring it, the more she gives it back.  This trip has inspired her and the list of projects she has returned with is out the door.  In turn, this equals new and unique products and classes for you.
AAE Glass is offering 20% OFF this weekend with coupon code: AUTUMN
New color decals, new silver settings, dichroic scrap packs, bails, chains and more.

We feel the momentum building in the art glass world and we want to do what we can to keep it going.  Tanya will be live in your home via an online webinar next week with Glass Patterns Quarterly.  Patty Gray will be teaching two sold out workshops at the AAE Glass studio in a couple weeks.  Flameworking artist Joshua Mazet will be teaching 3 classes in November (limited seating available).  "Season" will be here shortly in Cape Coral, Florida and we will be reunited with so many great friends who spend their winters down here.  Classes and workshops will be heating up in October, so if you are in the area, we would love to see you.  We did have a cancellation in Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing II workshop on October 16, 17, 18, there are two seats available.  We have a full stock of Bullseye glass and frit waiting to be made into art. 

Have a great weekend and we look forward to working with you soon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

As we at AAE Glass work with more and more Florida based glass artists, we find it imperative to share local art and craft show news with you.  We are happy to promote any art show you will be attending anywhere in the world, but we especially want to spread the word in our own backyard of Florida.  Feel free to let us know about a show you are selling at and we will do our best to spread the word. 

We have very supportive readers who truly appreciate the idea of supporting each other.  Just like Crystel Cabrera of CCDesigns.  Crystel was a featured artist on this blog several months ago and will be showing her wearable glass art at the 14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival. Here is more info about the show.  Thank you for sharing Crystel. 

14th Annual
Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

October 27th & 28th, 2012
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Free Admission

A1A and Commercial Blvd in Lauderdale by the Sea

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is located along Florida's "Gold Coast" in Broward County, Florida, situated between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Intracoastal Waterway on the west. Oceanfront beaches, high-end shops and restaurants, and various outdoor activities are popular with tourists and residents alike, offering a little something for everyone.

American Craft Endeavors is proud to announce the 14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival.  This free weekend festival is back on its original date in October and prime show location. Come visit with more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery.  From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Lauderdale By the Sea is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed. Spanning along A1A and Commercial Blvd, the venue is right off the beach and is set up amongst the restaurants and retailers.    
Venue: A1A & Commercial Blvd in Lauderdale by the Sea 

Directions: Take I-95 to Commercial Blvd. (exit 32) and go east. Take Commercial Blvd. east over the Intracoastal Bridge, to A1A. The show will be in front of you.   

Navigational Address
4400 N Ocean Dr.
Lauderdale By the Sea, FL 33308

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AAE Glass Featured Artist Genevieve Cloutier

AAE Glass wants to share glass art from French speaking, Canadian artist Genevieve Cloutier of Le Fil d'Ariane.  Genevieve is very active in social media and she invites you to share your comments on her Facebook page.  To view even more of Genevieve's work you can visit her website Le Fil d'Ariane.  Genevieve offers a wide variety of wearable fused glass art and she frames her glass in very unique ways.  I know we have several French speaking readers here, but even if you don't speak French, like me, you can still get a feel of the uniqueness in Genevieve's glass work. Learn more about Le Fil d'Ariane below.   
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Je suis également présente au Marché de la Gare de Sherbrooke de mai à septembre, puis au Marché de Noël du Marché de la Gare dès la fin novembre!
Au plaisir de faire votre connaissance!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Free Shipping this Weekend

Thank you to all of the glass artists and glass studios who took the time and effort to host Tanya Veit these past few weeks in London and Norway.  Her experience was priceless!  As her European tour winds down this weekend, to show our thanks, AAE Glass is offering FREE SHIPPING this weekend on all orders, no matter the size (excludes equipment).  Use coupon code SHIPPING upon check out to take advantage. Tanya is already looking forward to her next trip to Europe.  What an Experience.
The brand new silver settings have earned great reviews and are ready to be shipped out today!  
                                    Top off your wearable glass art with a custom scene using popular AAE Glass fusing decals, including the only color decals that will fire on dark glass. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Silver Jewelry Settings at AAE Glass

AAE Glass is releasing 3 brand new silver pendant settings to our blog readers and social media outlets first. These three new designs are a bit different than our traditional settings because they have a deeper well.  Tanya has tested these with some local artists and the results have been excellent.  These new silver findings will frame your jewelry beautifully and set your glass artwork apart.  These settings are ready to ship immediately and will be in your mailbox next week. They maintain the same to notch quality you have come to expect from AAE Glass.  As always, send us an email with any questions.
 PN-20 Square Deep Welled Silver Pendant Finding