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Mosaic products, technical information and tips from Stained Glass Express

Color Of The Year!


One thing that I look forward to every year is Pantone announcing their Color of the Year.  The color will then be seen in store displays, on fashion runways, all kinds of product designs, interior decorating, social media and I like to relate it to glass.  I will be searching far and wide to bring you glass in this amazing color.

So far, I have found a Youghiogheny and it will be a stock number in January 2019.

The number is 057 stipple

If you would like to read all about picking the color and about the color, go to www.pantone.com.

 

This is from the site:
“Pantone Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature.  In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, the vivifying effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.  Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

Past colors of the year:

.. AND THE WINNERS ARE

Each year CBS (Coatings By Sandberg) sponsor a contest called “Dichroic by Design”

Here are this year’s winners!

First Place

Karen Pester “Noah’s Arc”

 

Second Place
Nathalie Strickland “Butterfly Fish” and “Hatching Turtles”

 

 

 

Third Place

Laura Dawson “Fish Totem”

There are also a few Honorable mentions, which are also wonderful.    If you want to see more, you can by following this link: CBS Contest and Winners

WHICH SIDE IS THE COATED SIDE OF DICHROIC

Some Info from The Frog Blog

Dichroic glass is so beautiful and there are so many uses, it is just delightful.  However, there are a few problems that knowledge can help deal with.

One is that it is impossible to tell 96 from 90 COE if you get them mixed up.  The answer to this one is—DON’T mix them up.  Keep them labeled.  If you keep scrap, keep it in a well-marked box.

It is often important to know which side the dichroic coated side is to get the look you are going for.  If it has a dark base, no problem—you can see it.  However, on a transparent base, it can look the same on both sides!  Reasons you may want to know this?

Cutting.  Always cut on the non-coated side of the glass.  It will help prevent chipping, especially on textured glass.  It also saves your cutter.

Coated Side Down.  When using the coated side down or capped with clear glass, the dichroic glass will have a smooth glossy surface and sparkle like glitter.  It will also change colors between the transmitted color and a completely different reflective color, depending of the angle of view.

Coated Side Up.   If you use the dichroic glass with the coated side up or uncapped, the dichroic surface will have a highly metallic sheen.  The piece may additional be rough and textured depending on the type of dichroic glass you are using.

This is what to do.  Place the glass over a dark background.  Look at the glass at an angle so that you are seeing the reflection of the dichroic.  Touch the surface with a paperclip (don’t scratch it).  The paperclip will reflect.

To know your answer.  Does the reflection meet the paper clip, or there a gap between the clip and its reflection?

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.

Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet!

Pantone (the folks who assign color #s to paint among other things) has announced that the 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet.

How beautiful is that!!!

This is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute says about the choice.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination.  It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-383 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.  From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Look to next weeks blog to see how to combine the color of the year with other colors.

Here are some violets from our stock!

Spectrum Deep Violet with Pale Purple Streaks Cathedral Waterglass

Blue and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Purple and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Bullseye Deep Royal Purple Fusible Glass 90 COE

Spectrum Grape Opal Waterglass SilverCoat Mirror

Spectrum Violet Cathedral Fusible 96 COE

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

Oceanside Update: Manufacturers of Spectrum and Uroboros Glass

On 10/26/2017 we received and update from Oceanside.  Their current progress is that Glass is out to market.

 

I have put their list at the bottom of this blog.   Stained Glass Express is bringing it in as fast as the distributors have it.  We have also tried our very best to keep a strong and long color palette during this crisis.

Great news is that Frist production is underway!

System 96 and fx90 is in production.  (that is the fusible glass) Note there is not much on the production list at the bottom of this blog.

We are so happy that Oceanside is totally making this happen and that they are just great about keeping us informed.

The picture at the top is from their factory.

Spectrum Products:

·         100SF-ICE

·         A-100SEEDY

·         100SEEDY

·         100W

·         200S

·         A-100W

·         BR-CLEAR

·         100G

·         337-2S

·         125W

·         152G

·         518-1W

·         518-1RR

·         327-6S

·         526-2SF

·         591-1W

·         526-2RR

·         591-1RR

·         528-1SF

·         828-91S

·         305S

·         100RR

·         100QR

·         I-100SF-ICE

·         100GG

·         100C

·         100V

·         100SNSEEDY

·         309S

·         307S

·         180-8RR

·         389-1S

·         100SN

·         100A

·         828-72S

·         385-2S

·         387-2S

·         838-94S

·         838-74S

·         538-4W

·         538-2SF

·         538-2SF-2

·         140-8W

·         349-1S

·         349-2S

·         142W

·         349-6S

·         146W

·         1009SF

·         1009S

·         1009SF-2

·         200CC

·         838-72S

·         838-52S

·         200-91W

Uroboros Products:

 

·         60-2502-96-4

·         60-726-96-4

·         11-25-96-4

·         60-70-5

·         60-77-5

·         65-14-5

·         60-005-96-4

·         00-361-5

·         60-466-5

·         60-602-96-4

·         60-755-96-4

·         60-5005-96-4

·         60-611-96-4

·         60-74-5

·         60-5605-96-4

·         60-00-96GIR-4

·         60-77-96-4

·         60-25-5

·         65-35-5

·         65-74-5

·         70-70-5

·         60-6125-96-4

·         60-615-96-4

·         60-906-96-4

·         00-74-5

·         60-612-96-4

·         20-765-5

·         60-00-96IR-4

·         60-707-96-4

·         60-14-5

·         65-05-5

·         60-404-96IR-4

·         00-20-5

·         00-36-5

·         11-45-5

·         60-165-5

·         60-37-5

·         60-56-90GIR-5

·         60-5615-90-5

·         60-610-90-5

·         60-751-5

·         65-56-90-5

·         58-00-96-4

·         58-56-96IR-4

·         60-5600-96-4

·         60-6120-96-4

·         60-7555-96-4

·         60-774-96IR-4

·         60-165-4

·         60-56-96SIR-4

·         60-707-96IR-4

·         61-611-96-4

·         61-755-96-4

·         60-14-4

·         60-56-96IR-4

·         60-57-96-4

·         00-43-5

·         11-45-96-4

·         12-424-96-4

·         61-00-96IR-4

·         60-357-90-4

·         60-357-90-5

·         60-6060-90-5

·         60-003-96-4

·         60-906-96IR-4

·         50-05-5

·         60-408-90-5

·         60-436-90-5

·         14-406-96-4

·         60-070-96-4

 

 

 

Mosaics: Bringing Art out of the gallery and into the Subway

Mosaics: Bringing Art out of the gallery and into the Subway

By Melissa Bardsley

Our daily commute here in Maine is filled with scenic views of trees, bodies of water, and the occasional wildlife. We take these picturesque commutes for granted and forget that for a large part of the country their commute includes riding in public transportation which includes underground subways with no view. Some artists in New York City are looking to change that with their mosaic installations that are transforming utilitarian based spaces into a public works of art. Here are four examples of mosaic works in New York subway stations that might be able to persuade one to give up their picturesque commute for public transportation.

Delancey St – Essex St – Mosaic Created by Ming Fey

Fey Created watercolor sketches that were inspired by the marketplace that resides overhead that has been brought to life in this extensive glass tile mosaic.

Yankees – E. 153rd St – Mosaic Created by Ellen Harvey

            Harvey created an 11 panel mosaic inspired by photos and watercolor paintings of the south facing Bronx sky. The glass tiles replicate the transitional and iridescent quality of the sky as it progresses from a cloud filled day to star lit night.

34th St- Hudson Yards – Mosaic Created by Xenobia Bailey

            Bailey is traditionally a fiber artist focusing in mediums of crochet and textiles. Her designs are rich with colors and mandala like repetition.

Second Ave – Mosaics by Jean Shin, Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, and Sarah Sze

            Shin was inspired by archival photos of the Second and Third Ave elevated trains and replicated photos from when they were in operation.

Muniz has created over three dozen brightly colored portraits of New Yorkers in a collection titled ‘Perfect Strangers’.

Close created ten portraits of well-known subjects for the project part of a series titles ‘Subway Portraits’

            Sze’s mosaic spans a whopping 14,000 sq feet depicting sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage with interactions referencing energy fields and wind patterns.

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

 

BORN IN FIRE—FUELED BY IMAGINATION

BORN IN FIRE—FUELED BY IMAGINATION

The Transformation and Rebirth of Uroboros Glass

This just could not be more exciting.  Last May when the Glass almost died and a lot of thought it had, was a real time of scrambling around to keep glass on the shelves.  Now the anticipation of a steady supply chain is just so uplifting!

The Uroboros image of the dragon consuming its own tale is a symbol of nature’s infinite cycle.  One thing ending and another beginning.

So here we go!!!

https://vimeo.com/223705522