Spring 2010 Newsletter

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                Glass Patterns Quarterly 

Newsletter Spring 2010
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In This Issue
Maureen's Musings
Etched Peacock
Blue Dragons
The Kiln Corner
Fused Tulip Variations
GPQ Spring 2010 "Big Catch"
design by Terra Parma
This design is one of fifty-one by Terra Parma found in her book Potpourri in Glass. This book is published by Stained Glass Images and contains six sections: Smell the Roses, For Nature Lovers,  Kid Stuff, Nostalgia and Romance, With Men in Mind, and A Bird in the Hand.
Quick Links
Glass Tip
by Jennell Hogue
Glass-a-holic Publications 
The Perfect Patina
Use a brass scouring pad to scrub your seams. After years of experience my father realized that the patina reacted to the steel wool and left behind marks and black lines in the solder. Brass is more neutral in its element when it comes to chemicals, and it won't react to the patina.
Maureen James
Dear Readers,

As you read this newsletter, many glass enthusiasts will be flocking to the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. GPQ and its sister publications will be exhibiting in Booth 617, and we'll be sponsoring the live, on-stage demonstrations that run throughout the show. If you plan to attend, please stop by our booth to visit with our staff and sit in on one of these free, live demonstrations. It's a wonderful way to learn a new technique. A special thank-you goes out to those who have given of their time and talent to demonstrate glass technique in its various forms during Expo. The schedule is below.

Streuters - Using No Days™ Glaze
Lisa St. Martin - Marbleizing a Lampworked Glass Bead
Peggy Pettigrew Stewart - Verre Églomisé Technique
Barry Kaiser - Enameling Photo Polymer Glass Clay
Gina Hubler - Mosaic
Milon Townsend - Sculpting the Human Form
Margot Clark - Unique Color Paints
Poppy Mussallem - Hang Your Glass System
Jerry Gaydusek -  Retro Glass Tools
Karen Nan - Groovy Wire Wrap
Erica Biery - Incorporating Rubber Stamping and Inclusions into
Artwork with the Morton System
Geneva Perkins - Glass Clay, Copper Clay, and Bronze Clay
Carol Giffin - Decorating Fused Glass with Decals
Filip Vogelpohl - Lampworking a Goblet

This year we celebrate twenty-five years in business. It's been such a pleasure to serve the glass community over the years and meet so many talented and wonderful people who enjoy the hobby of glass, as well as many who make it their business. I love to talk to artists as they're working on a challenge that they don't yet know what the outcome will be. The excitement of this trial and error is what makes a lot of these folks tick. I truly appreciate this spark of creativity and it, in turn, sparks my own creativity as well as that of the people who are involved in getting GPQ together. Artists work off each other and share ideas, not only across the platforms of hot, warm, and cold glass but also across different media altogether. I get to see it happen all the time.
I'll have plenty of NEW products and ideas to tell you about when I return from Las Vegas, but for now, know that we are putting another fun and exciting issue together for you, our readers.
Happy Cutting,
Maureen James, Editor 
GPSP10PeacockEtched Peacock
design by Debra Oxley
This stylized Peacock can be either sandblasted or chemically
GPSP10NLDragonsBlue Dragons
design by Leslie Gibbs
Leslie has perfectly captured these tiny treasures in this layered panel with color swirls of blues and greens.
Loading a Glass Kiln
by Arnold Howard
Questions and answers for loading your projects in a Glass Kiln.
GPSP10NLflowerFused Tulip Variations 
design by Margot Clark & Saulius Jankauskas, MD
This project is suited for all skill levels and presented in 2 versions.
Version 1 is featured in GPQ Spring 2009 magazine. 
Upcoming Events
Glass Craft & Bead Expo
Las Vegas, NV
April 7-11, 2010 
Corning Museum of Glass
Events and Classes
Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Navy Pier                             
Chicago, IL                                                                                 
March 1-April 30, 2010                                                               
Workshops and Classes.
Glass World 2010
Middle East & Africa
May 13-15, 2010
Glass Escape 2010
May 14-16, 2010
Savannah, GA
Pre-Conference Classes
Glass Art Society 40th Annual Conference
Ingenious Possibility
Louisville, KY
June 10-12, 2010
Be sure to catch the Spring 2010 issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly, where you'll find a charmingGPSP10150X195 Japanese Kokeshi doll panel and a floral-and-nest still life to help usher in spring, plus panels that celebrate nature with a hummingbird/magnolia scene or a fishing design. There is also a mirror framed with a free-form, geometric mosaic, a Victorian stained glass panel created using beveled glass designs, a three-dimensional dragonfly panel, and a pair of butterfly panels done in flat glass or bevel clusters. You'll also find suggestions for enhancing your stained glass panels by adding additional small details plus a recipe for making your own glass clay. Then try out a unique fusing project for a pretty leaf plate made from a sand-and-powdered-clay slumping mold, recycled window glass, and enamel paints. Rounding out this great issue is an introduction to abrasive etching, a Q&A section on proper kiln loading, and a beginner glass painting of a Georgia O'Keefe-style floral. Complete four-color, step-by-step instructions, patterns, and tips walk you through each process for projects that fit every level of crafting expertise. Also check this issue for our regular features on New Products, New Books and Patterns, What's Hot, and full-size patterns available only from GPQ. To subscribe, call 1-800-719-0769 or visit www.GlassPatterns.com.

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Our staff has hand-picked their favorite 5 Spring back issues of GPQ magazine and collected them into a Specially Priced Package to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  Projects range from copper foil, lead, and mosaics to etching, painting, fusing, and beadmaking. All 5 issues have great patterns and instructions for every skill level at a savings that is unbelievable. Whether you are new to glass or have enjoyed the medium for a long time, you will not find a better bargain for glass instruction and knowledge.  Order today and begin your spring projects in glass for the home, garden, and patio. Glass has never been so much fun or easier to learn!
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We hope you've enjoyed reading our newsletter and welcome any comments or ideas for upcoming issues. Look for our next Newsletter in July 2010.
Glass Patterns Quarterly 
Maureen James, Editor
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