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JUST FOR FUN MEANS “JUST FOR FUN”

A rewrite of the 2017 blog “AM I GOOD ENOUGH”

Right after the holiday season we start encouraging all of you to get your entry ready for the Just For Fun Contest.  We often hear, “I am just not good enough.”  I just want to say, “YES, YOU ARE!”

The variety of work and the different skill levels are what make the contest wonderful.  Each piece draws out comments of appreciation for something.  It might be choice of color, or choice or glass.  Some little quirky things someone might have done.  Some little creative touch.  It might be that someone just likes it.

NEVER, NEVER, have we heard— “that doesn’t belong—it is not good enough.”

 

The name “Just for Fun” may sound trite but we put a lot of thought into it.  We did not want the contest to have rules that we have to monitor, and we do not want to limit it in any way.  (we do limit size because we don’t want the ceiling to fall).  We just want it to be Fun.  You can enter to win or you can enter just for fun.

This contest is in celebration of National Stained-Glass Month.  In addition to seeing just an awesome collection of entries, you will get to come to Invite Night celebration.  You get to vote.  You get to enjoy refreshments.  You get a swag bag.  You get to shop the very best sale we have all year on different items that you see in the store all the time.  Thinks we found on sale, things we find on close outs, things suppliers offer us at special pricing.  We usually throw in some introductory products are introductory prices.  All in all it is just a great time.

Get your contest piece ready and help us celebrate National Stained Glass Month!

How to use the Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

This info is all from the Pantone website

We have created eight different color palettes that feature PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral anchor in every palette, each of the eight palettes conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can easily cross-over fashion and accessories, beauty, home interiors, and graphic design applications.

To further inspire your creative juices, within each of these eight color stories we have also included three suggested color harmonies. The color harmonies provide you with examples of how individual colors in the palette can be mixed together and in what proportion or measure. The uniquely developed color bars which make up the color harmony accompany each highlighted color story.

We also strongly encourage you to explore each of these eight palettes on your own. Create your own combinations. Develop your own individualized color mixes. Imagine and invent. Experiment and express. And most importantly, have fun. There has never been a better time to be original and leave your very own colorful mark on the world.

PURPLE HAZE COLOR HARMONIES

Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time-honored.

KINDRED SPIRITS COLOR HARMONIES

Sitting side by side on the color wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging color mixes.

DRAMA QUEEN COLOR HARMONIES

An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated color with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.

INTRIGUE COLOR HARMONIES

Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.

QUIETUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.

ATTITUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.

DESERT SUNSET COLOR HARMONIES

Emulating a desert sunset, this is a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.

FLORAL FANTASIES COLOR HARMONIES

Inspired by the colors we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.

Tips from the Glass Academy: Cleaning Tips – Dichro

Cleaning is always major.  This tip is from Profusion Glass one of the manufacturers of Dichroic glass that we stock.

Their tip is to wipe the glass with a 50/50 solution of pure ammonia and distilled water followed by a wipe down with denatured alcohol.

 

There are other products out there also.  Our preference in our studio is The Solution Flux Solution Flux Remover.  It is a concentrate, so it goes a long way.

Probably right up there with a favorite with our customers and staff is Kwik clean.   It does a good job and is very convenient because of the spray bottle.

Tips from the Glass Academy: Trouble with Bubbles

The May/June 2017 Glass Art Magazine has a great article called Ending Bubble Trouble.  It was written by Paul Turlow.

I am going to do just a little summary here, but if you are interested in the complete article, you can go to www.glassartmagazine.com and buy the issue.

Causes of trapped air:

  1. This is a very common one.  Something goes wrong with your shelf.  It might be warped or get a gouge in it.  It is difficult to sand out gouges but maybe.  If warped you might be able to flip it over. A down warp won’t create bubbles.  An up warp will.
  2. Design elements on the bottom that can trap air.
  3. Design elements that create extra weight on the edge. Since glass heats up and sags under it’s own weight this can caused trapped air.
  4. Large Projects. The wider the project the farther the air has to travel to escape.  To prevent you can provide a path for the air to escape.  You can do with fibre paper.  The porous helps.  There is a lot in the article about this.  Also if you are using side heat you can baffle the heat with kiln furniture.  The method we use is the “bubble squeeze firing schedule to allow the air to escape.

Another prevention is not going hotter than you need to.

 

Then there are the time when you just love the trapped air!

Tips from the Glass Academy: WHAT TO DO—WHAT TO DO???? TEMPERATURE CONTROL

 

We often get the question which way to do.  Buy a less expensive soldering iron and put it on a temperature controller or go with a more expensive iron that has the temperature control already there?

One thing to know that the built-in temperature controller is like a thermostat.  There is a probe up near the tip monitoring the temperature and doing its best to keep the tip at the temperature you have it set up.

The separate add on controller are controlling the amount of electricity going to your iron. It is called a rheostat.  It is like a dimmer switch.  It will not give you even heat.  It will stop your iron from spitting flux at you and burning up from overheating all the time.

So here are some things to consider.

How much more are you paying once you add the controller and the iron together compared to the iron with the built-in controller?

How much are you willing to invest at this point in you craft?

You might have been using an iron with a separate controller in a class.  How did that work for you?

As you get better at soldering and go faster your iron will cool down quicker.  An iron with a separate controller might start to annoy you at that point.

Tips from the Glass Academy: DID YOU KNOW

DID YOU KNOW

This about Stained Glass Express

 

If you take a class anywhere, you are eligible for a 10% discount during that class at Stained Glass Express.  We don’t have enough staff to enter these to happen automatically so please remind the cashier that you are taking a class.

If you take a class at Stained Glass Express, you are eligible for a 20% discount at Stained Glass Express.  Please remind the cashier you are in a class.  You also can work in the Glass Academy whenever we are open and there is space.

If you are a veteran, you are eligible for our “Thanks for Serving the USA” discount.

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/veterans.html

 

If you are eligible for a discount, it is good for almost everything in the store.  If you want to buy a gift your discount applies.  Just remember to tell the cashier.  We have even added some of these gifts to our on-line store and will begin featuring some for the holiday season.  Exceptions are labor, class tuition, things in The Gallery (they don’t belong to SGE) and just a couple of products (that we try to keep marked) because we don’t have a markup on them to discount.

If you are an art teacher in either a private or public setting you are eligible to take beginner classes at The Glass Academy for free!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/teach_the_teacher.html

 

 

We are a distributor of Olympic Kilns and Bethlehem Burners.  Big items for a small company like us to sell so competitively.  If you have a class or veteran or wholesale discount, the discount applies.  When buying a kiln you also get a free class to you how to program it and run it.  We stock several different kilns but can special order a different one for you.  You can view the selection at www.greatkilns.com

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/flameworking_glassblowing/annealers-bench-burners-

accessories

 

 

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/fusing_supplies/kilns-and-accessories

 

Did you know you can rent time in our Glass Academy to work on project and you can pay for kiln space.   You can rent by the day or the month.

We sponsor two contests per year.  One the Just For Fun contest in April that celebrates National Stained Glass Month.  There is a special sale that goes along with this even.  The second is a themed contest called The Amazing Glass Challenge and it is in October.

 

Stained Glass Express has other events and monthly sales.  Please sign up for our e newsletter to stay in the loop on those.

 

We have different types of class.  Classes where you want to learn the skill so you can do it on your own after in Stained Glass Copper Foil Method, Lead Method, Mosaics, Fusing, Glass Blowing and Bead Making.  We have Friends Night Out where you can just come for an evening and drink wine, eat appetizers and with no experience make something wonderful!  We have an Art & Healing Program where the classes lend themselves to people healing from an experience.  Special classes for special skills, private parties –you just name it!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/stained_glass_classes_and_events.html

You Mean I Can Use Them ‘Over n Over’ Again!?

You Mean I Can Use Them ‘Over n Over’ Again!? By Melissa Bardsley

Armour Etch has a new line of etching stencils called ‘Over n Over’ that is quickly growing and we didn’t want you to be left out of the loop.

This new type of stencil is called ‘Over n Over’ which just like the name says can be used over and over again. Anyone who has ever used etching stencils can appreciate the struggle of using that one design you really like and then wanting to use it again but there are no more in the package and are now faced with the tough decision of do you buy another package to just use that one stencil again or suck it up and make do with the ones you have left. This problem has been solved ( Woooo!) these new stencils are more durable and are able to be used multiple times by both those that sandblast and those that use the etching cream. The amounts of times you can reuse them is dependent on how intense you are sandblasting and how well you take care of them but it is safe to say you should be able to get 15-20 uses out of them. This is fantastic news for those that struggle with making decisions and chronically has use regret when etching.

This new line of etching stencils makes it easier and more cost efficient t o do etching at events! One fun activity that you can do at a party is have everyone decorate their own drinking glass using the ‘Over n Over’ stencils and etch cream, your guest now won’t confuse their glass with someone else’s  and they have a unique party favor.

There are tons of stencils available on our website and if you can’t find what you are looking for there is blank stencil material available so that you can create your own unique designs.

 Click here to see our supply of Over ‘n’ Over stencils!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your creations on our Facebook page and social media!

MOSAICS—FULL SPEED AHEAD

In this world of immediate gratification and just in general never having enough time, it is great to find something that will speed up a process.  In our Glass Academy, we were thrilled when we found this product.  It enables us to have a class where we can do a mosaic from start to finish in one sitting without being frustrated with the glass moving around because the glue has not set up yet.

This little miracle product is No Days Mosaic Adhesive and Mesh.

For an overview, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oreV4CFfRt8&index=1&list=PL7EBF342B0C7DF5EA

 

We have these products on our website.  Note the Mosaic adhesive is available in white, black and pewter.  Links to each are below.

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/no-days-groutless-mosaic-adhesive.html

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/no-days-groutless-mosaic-adhesive-black.html

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/no-days-groutless-mosaic-adhesive-pewter.html

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/no-days-mosaic-mesh-sheet-12-x-48.html

 

Tips from the Glass Academy: PRIMING MOLDS

Molds must be primed and it is more complicated than ever.  There are primers for steel molds and primers for textured molds.  It is important that you know what you are using and that you use the right thing.  Expense works into this also.  Some are quite expensive.

Always wear a mask and read the directions carefully.

When using a spray can always hold the can vertically, ten to twelve inches from the mold.

 

Primo Primer

Click here to purchase Primo Primer

For shelf and molds.  Lasts for multiple firings.  Can be used with some casting molds including Colour de Verre casting molds.  This is a powder that must be mixed with water.

 

Hi-Fire Shelf Primer

Click here to purchase Hi-Fire Shelf Primer

Designed for higher temperatures for raking and as a coating for mandrels for bead making.

 

Slide Hi-Temp 1800

Click here to purchase Slide Hi-Temp 1800

This is made with Boron Nitride.  Idea for stainless steel molds.  NOT recommended for casting or ceramic molds.  This is an aerosol so it is very easy to use.  There is no need to preheat the metal mold before applying.  This is NOT recommended for Creative Paradise molds

 

ZYP

Click here to purchase ZYP

This can go up to 1800 degrees F.  With the stainless steel and ceramic mold.  This is the one to use with intricately detailed molds that Colour de Verre and Creative Paradise puts out. This spray results in superior casings.  No spurs or sharp edges and leaves a beautiful shiny surface.

 

A COUPLE OF DUH! MOMENTS

I was just reading that you can tell which tip has the smallest opening by looking at the number of rings on it! So no more straining your eyes to pick out the smallest tip in your collection to dispense glue. Keep them in line for storage and easy, easy!

Another aha moment we had in the store several years ago is  . . . . . Wait for it

 

The lid color of frit jars! Black for 90 Coe and white for 96 Coe. How clever is that. If you use both coes that is the end of confusion. You don’t even have to read the label! If a supplier does a mix up it should jump out at you because it will stand out when you add it to your collection.