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Cutting Glass Circles – Dana’s Way

Kokopelli Bowl

I quite often see the question asked of how to successfully cut circles. The glass manufacturer, Spectrum Glass, has an excellent tutorial on their web site featuring Patty Gray on how to cut rims and circles. Some people, however, still struggle with using this method, especially on opal glass. I’ll admit that I’m a little squeamish about running my bare fingers along the back of a score line. It just seems like a Bad Idea and a sure road to Band-Aids. I am rarely successful running the score using the opposite end of my running pliers or cutter. I guess it is  my squeamishness and inability to use tools that led me to a slightly different method for cutting circles. Click here to read the full article.

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Metal Inclusions by Roy Kapp – Guest Blogger

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Metal Inclusion Projects

Lori & I both took Roy Kapp’s class on metal inclusions, having had very mixed success with metal inclusions with our glass (lots of large bubbles!). We were so impressed by his class and his teaching style that Lori has talked to him about coming to SLC to offer a couple of workshops next spring. So, we won’t reveal all his secrets. Continue reading

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Neon Workshop – Guest Blogger

Neon Lizard

Neon With Matt Jackson

Who doesn’t like the bright colors and attraction of neon, and of course there is fire and glass too!  Matt Jackson is a third generation neon artist who generously offered an opportunity to learn what it takes to produce a simple neon work of art of your own.  He begins by covers the tools and techniques used in making neon.  We practiced making angle, double back, and drop bend using a blow hose and a cork and either a ribbon burner or cross fire torch.  Matt is very patient and encourages you to jump in and start working.  At first I thought I would be pleased if I bent a tube without collapsing it, but with his help and a few blowouts later, I managed to make a very good letter D.  You get a real good understanding of why layout and execution is important when working with neon glass.  And if that wasn’t amazing after we created our simple neon projects to incorporate with a fused glass project, with Matt’s help he attached the electrodes and we lit them up, and that was just plain cool!  He demonstrated how to burn out any impurities inside the neon tube and then adds the appropriate gas neon or argon depending on the color desired.  I would recommend his intro class to anyone who has ever wanted to try making neon, it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Neon SamplesMatt Jackson - neon artist

Wayne Frewin creates detailed and unique fused glass pieces in his Salt Lake studio with help from his adorable studio pups.

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More Fun in Vegas – New Glass Products

Guest Post by Mary Young

Lori & I especially like to visit the Glass Craft Expo exhibit hall to buy new things that have just come out and to get great prices on things we always use.
One of my favorite booths, where I get jewelry findings and some fun inexpensive metal objects to attach glass cabochons to, is Visions in Stained Glass (www.visionsinstainedglass.com). They haul their stuff from Florida and so don’t bring too much of their heavier stuff, so I try to hit them as early as possible before they run out of their good and inexpensive stuff. I also found some fun sepia slides there. See their website for some great values.
Lori found some new styles of bracelet molds and new bracelet findings at Jayne Persico’s booth (www.jpglassworks.com/).
Coatings by Sandberg (CBS) had some new and positively dazzling dichroic glass patterns (which you’ll soon see in Lori’s humongous bowls), and they also have some fun new tiny dichro frit (frit flakes). See at cbs-dichroic.com.
A new booth, The Glass Galleria, had some awfully cute vegetable and other cutouts that Lori and I will be figuring out what to do with. See some of their stuff at http://theglassgalleria.com.
Slumpy’s (www.Slumpys.com) is now offering, not just reasonably priced molds but also table lamp bases to go with some fun molds for draped lamp shades. Lori, Amber and I have been buying molds from them for a while and like their prices and service.
ProFusion Studio has some quite exciting glass pattern dichro designs. See at www.profusionstudioglass.com.
Other fun: Lori & I watched an exciting glass-cutting contest at the beginners, advanced, and pro level (much fun and a certain amount of blood…). Several of our favorite instructors, including Phil Teefy, Peter McGrain, Michael Dupille, and others competed. Lori & I had our bets on Peter, but Phil (older, less flashy, but perhaps more accurate) of Rainbow Glass managed to win the prize.
The South Point Hotel has added another great restaurant to its many existing ones, namely a sushi restaurant–Zenshin, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

 Mary1 This post was written by Mary Young. When Mary isn’t making glass, she makes the worlds most delicious chocolates! Mary also serves as the Guild Secretary.

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Fun with Glass in Las Vegas!

The Glass Art Guild was very well represented at the recent Glass Craft Expo in Las Vegas. Lori Scharf and I attended and we just about tripped over a Guild member or spouse everywhere we went, especially around the Expo exhibit floor. We also did our customary Italian dinner night at Don Vito’s at the South Point Hotel, again graciously organized by Guild member Pat Wittmann (please join us next year, if you can; contact me or Pat).

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Updating a Booth Display

Sometimes it’s difficult to switch gears from making glass art to displaying and selling your glass art. With a season of Christmas shows upon us, Mary Young and I did a fun exercise in updating a booth display with just a can of spray paint and a trip to the thrift story.

First, Mary set up her usual display on my driveway (yes, that is my scary carport full of glass).

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