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

PART 2 
WITH TANYA VEIT
Only Available for 72 Hours
 FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $200
NO BOX FEE OR CRATE CHARGE
(Excludes equipment, wholesale orders, international orders, Hawaii & Alaska)

SUPPLY LIST

Tanya's Artwork Patterns (FREE w/ Order)
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SUPPLIES USED IN SATURDAY VIDEO
(PART 2-To Be Released Next Week)

ORDER NOW before items are out of stock and save on shipping costs or qualify for 
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Tanya's Artwork Patterns (FREE w/ Order)

FIRING SCHEDULE FOR PRE-FUSED MOSAIC ELEMENTS-Stringers (Striated Clouds)
-Frit Balls
-Foliage/Plants

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.

FIRING SCHEDULE FOR MOSAIC PANEL
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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fused Glass Creme Etching Video and Supplies with Tanya Veit

Tanya Veit has filmed a 9 minute instructional video showing how to creme etch dichroic glass using AAE Glass Etching Stickers and Etching Creme

For a limited time, AAE Glass is offering all etching stickers at a 25% discount.  Remember, if you purchase more than $200 in product your shipping is free to the lower 48.  



Don't forget the 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 New Tanya Veit Designed Fused Glass Decals Released


After months of design time and weeks in print, Tanya Veit has created 30 new, low fire, glass fusing decals.  Tanya has collected your suggestions for years and spent the past several months designing and printing quality AAE Glass Decals with you in mind.  
These screen printed, enamel, glass fusing decals combine AAE Glass quality with the unique design of Tanya Veit.  Combine decals to create a unique scene from top to bottom and front to back.  After all, Tanya is known for her depth and backgrounds.  
Decals can be stretched, cut and combined to create any scene you imagine.  
Have you seen the AAE Glass 






Monday, July 14, 2014

30% Off Select Bullseye Glass Packs & Free Shipping

For a limited time, AAEGlass.com is offering 30% off select Bullseye Glass Packs and FREE SHIPPING on all net orders over $200 in the Continental United States.  If it is glass and frit you need, Look no further that AAE Glass for discounted Bullseye glass and FREE SHIPPING
 
Was $385.00 NOW $269.50
+ FREE SHIPPING


Was $397.00 NOW $277.90
+ FREE SHIPPING

Was $339.00 NOW $237.30
+ FREE SHIPPING

Was $166.00 NOW $116.20

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What's New at AAE Glass?


AAEGlass.com has added several new products in the past weeks and here are some of the products that will allow you to create fused glass in a more efficient manner.  The high quality cutters will allow you to properly and precisely cut your glass.  The high quality aluminum templates will help you map out fused glass jewelry in quantities if you are looking to increase your inventory.  The proper tools can make the difference between good glass art and great glass art.  If you are looking to take your work to the next level, give some of these a try.  Also, don't forget this weekend only, 30% off silver jewelry settings and 25% off Texture Fusing Molds