Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AAE Glass Wearable Glass Art Contest - Win an Olympic Kiln, Full CBS Dichroic Sheets & More

AAE Glass Wearable Glass Art Contest
Deadline: Wednesday October 8th, 11:59pm est
1st Prize: Brand New Olympic Hot Box 84 Kiln (Vitrograph)
AAE Glass is a direct distributor of all Olympic Kilns and Tanya Veit has had dozens custom built for the AAE Glass Art Studio with great success.  AAE Glass is able to offer very low prices on Olympic Kilns since we sell so many each year.  If you are new to the glass fusing world and looking for a kiln to get started or if you have outgrown your current kiln and are looking to upgrade, contact Tanya today.  An advantage to buying your Olympic Kiln from AAE Glass is getting some of Tanya's personal firing schedules to get started.  
2nd Prize: TWO Full Sheets of CBS Dichroic Glass
TWO Full sheets of CBS Dichroic Glass will go to the second place winner.  Tanya has made two designs from CBS Dichroic so popular, they changed the names for her.  The second prize winner will receive 1 full sheet of TROPICAL RAYS and 1 full sheet of SUNSET BLEND CBS 90COE dichroic glass.
We received over 150 FULL sheets of CBS dichroic glass last week.  Stock up today for your entry!
 3rd Prize: $200 AAE Glass Gift Cert (available for anything)
4th Prize: $150 Tanya Veit Designed Decal Pack
 AAE Glass offers the most unique designs and highest quality glass fusing, waterslide decals on the market.  Often imitated, never duplicated is how we like to describe them.  Tanya Veit designs these images and they are screen printed enamel for great strength and flexibility.  This allows you to cut, bend and combine without losing shape or color integrity.  You may see similar decal designs on the market, but if they don't say AAE Glass, they are not the same quality.  Choose from HIGH FIRE or LOW FIRE decals to enhance your glass art.  This particular contest requires the use of AAE Glass fused glass decals, so take advantage of 30% off while the contest runs through September 28th.
Reminder that net orders in the lower 48 states over $200 qualify for FREE SHIPPING so don't be shy.
(excludes wholesale accounts, equipment, po boxes, Alaska, Hawaii and international orders) 

Since the contest is for "wearable art" you can always set your fused glass jewelry in our silver plated jewelry settings.  Choose from PENDANTS, BRACELETS and EARRINGS which will be discounted during the contest as well.
Other popular items that you may decide to use for your contest entry.

We look forward to seeing all of the beautiful entries.  Again, click the link above to be directed to Tanya's new Facebook group. You must be a member of this exciting glass fusing group in order to enter or view the entries.  YOU WILL SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY IN THE FACEBOOK GROUP. Also, when you submit your entry, be sure to include links to your website so potential buyers know how to find you.  This contest will generate quite a buzz so use it to your advertising advantage by including all of your pertinent contact information along with your entry.  Feel free to promote your entry among your customer base as well, the more people viewing the contest is great for everyone involved.
PATTY GRAY: Patty has been making her mark in the fused glass world for decades.  We had the honor of hosting Patty at the AAE Glass Art Studio a couple years ago and she left a great impression with our artist base.  Hopefully another visit is in the cards in the future!  Don't miss a chance to take her class.
DAVID ALCALA:  David is another glass artist who has been producing breathtaking work for decades.  We have also had the pleasure of hosting David here in Cape Coral, Florida and will be doing so again later this year.  David offers several different techniques that have changed the way people work with frit.
PAUL TARLOW: Rounding out our fused glass art triumvirate is Paul Tarlow.  Paul is an accomplished studio artist and instructor as well as the owner of fusedglass.org.  Paul has parlayed his experiences with fused glass art into an informational website dedicated to fused glass that is second to none.
You can get lost for hours, in a good way, soaking up glass fusing knowledge on his site.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Featured Glass Artist Barbara Sargent of Classy Glass

AAE Glass is proud to present a featured fused glass artist who has made the leap from the 9-5 world to the full time world of fused glass.  Barbara Sargent, of Mansfield, PA, has made a few trips to Cape Coral, Florida in order to take workshops from Tanya Veit.  The first time Barbara came to town, she was just getting her fused glass off the ground with an eye towards making it a full time job.  Well, Barbara just made a return trip a few weeks ago and we are excited to hear she is growing at a rapid rate, even selling at Corning Glass in New York.  Be sure to check out the link to her website above.  Below is a little history about Barbara in her own words and how she is working daily to make her dream come true. 

I grew up in a the small town of Mansfield, PA and still reside there today. I was born into a loving family of 7. I married at the ripe age of 21 and had a son by the age of 23. They are the rocks of my life. My husband and son work together building homes and other various construction jobs. My son married a beautiful woman on a beautiful day in October of 2012. I am enjoying a daughter and a son now. Guess what..........Heather loves jewelry too!!! She has been helping me as much as she can. What a joy!!!

I have been doing some form of craft since I learned hand and eye coordination. My mom used to try to throw things away and I would pull them back out of the garbage and create things out of them. First it was making doll furniture out of egg cartons or whatever I could get my hands on to make that doll house look great. Seems funny today!! As I got older

I have loved several crafts such as: woodworking, flower arranging, rubber stamping, scrapbooking, polymer clay jewelry and finally, glass jewelry.

I first began by stringing beads together, but I wanted to be different. I did not want to be a designer of just putting beads together. I figured if I designed the actual beads, my jewelry would always be different. So, I began with Polymer clay; they were definitely different!! No two pieces were exactly alike.....but I could not get them to shine..tried many things, but nothing satisfied me.

I was supposed to meet a woman in Corning, NY (50 miles from Home) that was going to teach me the art of wire wrapping. She either forgot about the class or I had the wrong day. At the time I was working in Painted Post full time and was to be going to work at 4:00pm that night. Well it is only 9:00am and I have all day. So I decided to spend some time at Corning Glass. Had not been there since I was a young girl. I believe it was a field trip. I became a member the same day!! I was so excited about glass and the beauty of it all.......I just fell in love with everything and anything made with glass. I did sit down and make one bead with their instruction; it was great fun. I could not stop imagining all the different ways to form the glass to make beads and much more.

I started buying books and more books and then embraced the internet for things I could not find in books. After about a year, I felt confortabe with my first purchase of a torch to make glass beads. With the books near my side, I began to melt glass in the flame and in forms that I have to this day because they were so awful!! LOL!! Just keeping the glass on the mandrel was a chore. After many hours and days of practice, I got pretty good. A year later, I was placing an order through one of my glass vendors and I asked him if he had a minute to talk about glass. He asked me if I had ever heard of glass fusing, "Glass Fusing" what is that? We discussed it for a bit and before I knew it, I was buying every book I could find on fused glass.

My husband during this whole process would keep asking me, "Is this still a hobby?" LOL!! Currently today, I am still scrapbooking, making beautiful cards and floral arrangements for stores locally. Oh, I was also working full time through all of these years. So, I think I was working to pay a few bills and buy any craft items needed, but having the time of my life.

Finally after all the reading and reseach, I purchased my first kiln and began another era of trial and error glass. Still have a few of those pieces as well. Even today some of the glass I put together does not become the masterpiece I had hoped for, and then it turns around and surprises me the next batch. But today I have my own website as you can see and I am currently selling at the Settlement House in Sylvania, PA;Bearly Enough in Mansfield; Eagles Nest in Eaglesmere, PA and finally Corning Glass in Corning, NY!!! Very excited about Corning Glass!!! Funny, I fell in love with glass while looking at all the wonders of glass in their showroom and now I am an artist in that very same showroom. What a dream come true!

Currently I am reaching out to other states. I currently do a list of craft and art shows, home shows and thoroughly love seeing and talking to people about glass. A list of my shows are shown on this website. Just go to my "Show and Events" calander. My customers love the dicrhroic glass especially!! As I talk to people at these shows, I am reminded of all the cheap glass that is coming into this country. I do not know how they do it so cheap, I cannot. But of course they sell thousands of the same pieces.

That brings me to my final paragraph. My pieces are all one of a kind. You will not find them anywhere else. Nowhere!! You may see a similar piece, but never the same. The glass forms it's own beauty. You will benefit from thousands of compliments on your glass jewelry because of it's mysterious look. Dichroic glass is just stunning to see in the sunlight. Many of my return customers tell me they have received so many compliments on the pieces they have purchased.

In closing, thank you for stopping in and I hope to meet you some day or I just might see one of my designs about your chest or a ring on your finger or a set of earrings that you just can't help but notice. So, I will say "Thank you" now an tell you that my dream is to be walking down the street someday and notice one of my designs coming toward me. Thanks again!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Having Trouble Logging Into AAEGlass.com? Don't Use Internet Explorer

We have had a few glass artists having trouble logging into AAEGlass.com.  Please make sure you are not using Internet Explorer as your browser.  

Unfortunately, Google, Microsoft and other companies don't care to be compatible with each others browser settings. It is almost impossible for the functionality of any website to work perfectly in all browsers. Amazon has this problem a lot with their customers, they have way more customers than we do and billions of dollars and still can't find a solution. Rather than get frustrated, use Google Chrome, Mozilla or another trusted web browser for all of your AAEGlass.com purchases and video watching.  

If you continue to have issues, please send an email to info@aaeglass.com and we will be happy to help you ASAP. 

Thank you for your continued business.  

AAE Glass

Saturday, August 2, 2014

New Part 2 Free Saturday Video from Tanya Veit, Only Available Until Tuesday Aug. 12th 2014

Only Available for 72 Hours
(Excludes equipment, wholesale orders, international orders, Hawaii & Alaska)


Tanya's Artwork Patterns (FREE w/ Order)
(PART 2-To Be Released Next Week)

ORDER NOW before items are out of stock and save on shipping costs or qualify for 
FREE Shipping!

Tanya's Artwork Patterns (FREE w/ Order)

-Frit Balls

1. 500 DPH - 1465 H10
*Let kiln cool naturally.
No annealing is necessary for these single layer elements. This is for full fused elements.
Other Variations:
1. 500 DPH - 1400-H06
*Let kiln cool naturally. No annealing is necessary for these single layer elements. This is for contour fused elements.

This schedule is for the contour fuse of an 8"x10" panel with multiple layer elements & No Days ThinFuse.
*Kiln schedules may vary. Schedule listed is to allow the adhesive to burn off evenly and slowly and also allow for uneven thicknesses when annealing.
1. 250 DPH - 600 H45
2. 250 DPH -1000 H60
3. 250 DPH -1100 H10
4. 50 DPH -1250 H 20
5. 500 DPH - 1400 H6-10
6. FULL -930 H 2HRS.
7. 80 - 800 H30
8. 45-700 H 0