October 2018, 20th Edition

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Welcome! Fall is here, and I have some great things to share with you.

First of all, we are having our yearly Storewide Sale on October 5th & 6th. There will be 20% off most everything in the store with just a few exceptions.

Stock up on supplies (who doesn’t need solder?!) and get new items for your future projects.

I am also excited to bring in a guest instructor from Ohio this month, Sharon Carothers.  She will be teaching “Unique Mud Sculpting with Alcohol Ink.” Ms. Carothers has worked in this medium for many years, and we are thrilled to have her expertise at our disposal!

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Why Do We Say It?

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Free Lance

Why is an independent writer, photographer, etc called a “FREE Lancer”?

A medieval mercenary soldier who was free of any continuing loyalties was known as a “free companion.”  Sir Walter Scott in his novel “Ivanhoe” coined a more descriptive term for such a soldier “free lancer.”

Spotlight Project

Dye Sublimation

This is a process in which a picture image is infused onto a tile or glass.  You still retain your original picture. We provide this service at our shop, and then you can frame it with glass or inlay it into a wooden box which is also available here.  

We have several different sizes and samples available at the front counter. Stop and take a look at the samples when you come into the store for our annual sale!

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Current Specials

OCTOBER

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NOVEMBER

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DECEMBER

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Upcoming Classes

To check out all our newly scheduled classes, click HERE!

 
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Just for fun, here is a fun WORD FIND!

 
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--Submitted by Renae Ehle

Use copper patina on zinc and it will give you more solid black coverage.


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January 2018, 17th Edition

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Happy New Year To Everyone:

We have over 1,000 different kinds of glass available at The Glass Garden.  When Spectrum Glass closed, we purchased ahead as much as possible, not knowing how long it would be until those varieties would be available again. 

Oceanside Glass (Previously Spectrum) has finally started shipping glass, which will allow us to fully restock our supplies!  At this point it is mostly clears, but we are expecting more in the months to come.  It's exciting for me to be able to offer these glasses to you again!

I wanted to mention once again we are having a glass cutting class on January 15th at 6:30 pm.  Taking this one night glass will open up so much more to those who enjoy taking our specialty classes.  Learning the simple techniques of glass cutting can add unique touches to your projects.  Learning glass cutting will also give you an advantage in fusing classes.  In general, you will have more fun and who doesn't like that idea!

My final note for this newsletter---Snowflake season has just begun, so stop in and make your own flake!  

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Snowflake Facts

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A cloud is made from countless microscopic water droplets.  When a cloud freezes, snowflakes result.

A symmetrical snowflake is not a frozen raindrop, but rather a single crystal of ice that grows directly from water vapor in the air.  The process takes about fifteen minutes, as the snowflake slowly drifts to earth.

Just a note*****Our snowflakes at the Glass Garden may take more than fifteen minutes to make, but they never melt!

 

Community News:

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We are participating in a pet food drive sponsored by the Janesville Veterinary Clinic.  Please join us in helping needy animals in Rock County by bringing in pet food items to our store through January 31st.


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MARCH

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Upcoming Classes

To check out all our newly scheduled classes, click HERE!

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Click here for our quarterly WORD FIND!

 
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October 2017, 16th Edition

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Fall is here and opening the door to winter!  It's a kind of nesting season for us all.  We bond with family and friends over bonfires and hot cider.

At the Glass Garden, we also have our way of bonding with friends and family.  We have "Girlfriends Night Out" on the 1st Thursday of the month where you can get together and enjoy a cozy night of fun with friends (and meet some new friends too!)  And here's a little secret...guys can come too!

The class includes all the materials needed for the project, as well as wine and sweets.  Our current project is a wind chime and no experience is needed--just a desire to have fun. 

Also...a wine bottle makes a great gift, so if you would like to bring in a favorite empty wine bottle (or any empty bottle) we are able to slump it into a cheese tray! 

I look forward to seeing you over the next quarter and being a part of your fun creations.

Enjoy the upcoming fall colors--nature has the best box of crayons!

--Judy Shumway, Owner

Why Do We Say It?

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Fiasco

How did a complete failure come to be called a "fiasco"??

The making of a fine Venetian glass bottle is a difficult process-for it must be perfect.  If, in glowing, the slightest flaw is detected the glassblower turns the bottle into a common flask-called in Italian, fiasco.

 
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Fit as a Fiddle  

What is the reason we say someone is 'fit as a fiddle"??

The phase originally was "fit as a fiddler" and referred to the stamina of fiddlers-who could play for a dance all night long without ever getting tired.


Current Specials

OCTOBER

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NOVEMBER

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DECEMBER

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Upcoming Classes

To check out all our newly scheduled classes, click HERE!

 
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Just for fun, here is a fun WORD FIND!

 
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--Submitted by Renae Ehle

Use copper patina on zinc and it will give you more solid black coverage.


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July 2017, 15th Edition

Hello Everyone!

Summer is well under way, and with that our lives change slightly.  Kids are home from school, yard work needs to be done.  It's also a busy time for camping, grilling out, and enjoying water activities and family get-togethers.  Even though we all look forward to these summer festivities, it's nice to still carve out a little "me" time at The Glass Garden!

Our "Fusing Fun" classes are a great fit for summer!  Most of them are only a couple of hours long, and your project is finished at each class (it does have to be fired in the kiln overnight.)  

Fusing Fun classes require little or no experience and are held on two weekdays per month--choose from morning and evening classes.  We have a sample of every project at the shop--stop by to see the pieces in person and decide which one you want to try! 

To check out our upcoming FUSING FUN classes, CLICK HERE.

To view ALL of our upcoming class, CLICK HERE.

Come join us for your hot weather getaway spot.  You won't regret it!!!

--Judy Shumway, Owner


Origins of Everyday Things

Glass Mirrors

Glass had been molded and blown into bottles, cups and jewelry since the start of the Christian era. But the first glass mirrors debuted in Venice in 1300, the work of Venetian gaffers, or glass blowers.

The gaffer's craft was at an artistic pinnacle. Craftsmen sought new technological challenges, and glass mirrors taxed even Venetian technicians' greatest skills.  Unlike metal, glass could not be readily sand-polished to a smooth reflecting surface; each glass sheet had  to be poured perfectly the first time.  The technology to guarantee this was crude at first, and early glass mirrors, although cherished by those who could afford them and coveted by those who could not, cast blurred and distorted images.

Image (and not that reflected in a mirror) was all-important in fourteenth century Venice. Wealthy men and women took to ostentatiously wearing glass mirrors about the neck on gold chains as pendant jewelry.  While the image in the glass might be disappointingly poor, the image of a mirror wearer in the eyes of others was one of unmistakable affluence.  Men carried swords with small glass mirror set in the hilt.  Royalty collected sets of glass mirrors framed in ivory, silver, and gold, which were displayed more than they were used.  Early mirrors had more flash than function, and given their poor reflective quality they probably served best as bric-a-brac.

Mirror quality improved only moderately until 1687.  That year, French gaffer Bernard Perrot patented a method for rolling out smooth, undistorted sheets of glass.  Now not only perfectly reflective hand mirrors but also full-length looking glasses were produced.


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Upcoming Classes

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Be sure to complete this quarter’s WORD FIND and bring it into the store before June 1st, 2017, for a chance to win a Glass Quarterly magazine and a $10 Gift Certificate to The Glass Garden! 

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