Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Effetre 765 Rooster Tail

This is a super cool looking rod - but not quite sure what to do with it yet.

The rods are striped with colour, and each one is different, and different diameters - the top rod is about 10 mm, the next one pictured is more like 6. (This is the one I used.)

The effect is pretty cool when looking at it up close like this,  but the overall effect is pretty dark. I don't think it will stand on it's own - but good make a cool background for something else.

 See  - like staring into the bands of Jupiter. I encased this - hence the bubbles. I did find the Rooster Tail boils a little if you work it hot.
 Any attempt to do anything other than just lay it down results in mud-mixing - not pretty. The base of it appears to be a super dark garnet red - which you can just barely see here - indicating that using it with silver glasses might get you some unexpected and potential ugly results.

 Sort of a novelty glass, as far as I can see, but I might be missing something fundamental.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Pink that Doesn't React with Silver!!!!!!

Look at this! This is Double Helix Rhea, over silver foil! 

Every new lampworker tries, at some point, to make a pink bead using Effetre Rubino Oro (Ruby Gold) over silver foil - to their sorrow. They then learn to encase the silver foil in clear or pale blue, and then put the rubino on top - because Rubino is tricky - it reduces to an ugly dull lead colour if the oxygen is even slightly low, and it reacts with silver and looks like mud.

But after a conversation a few weeks ago with Jed at Double Helix - he told me in passing that because Rhea is made with a different formula - it would not react with silver. "Holy crap," I said - "that means I can layer it over silver foil."" I guess," he replied, "I never tried."

So here it is - still hot and headed into the kiln - I haven't seen them cold yet - but here it is. A base of crappy Effetre clear, rolled in silver foil, and encased directly in Rhea.

Attempt #2 - base of black (CiM Hades), encased in Rhea (with a few spots and swipes of Zephyr, because I ran out of Rhea - it's a big bead! 

So - all of you who wanted pink over silver foil - here you go - this is it!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Stumbled across this photo I took in a class with Lucio Bubacco. Can you believe how delicate he gets those fingers?

That is soft glass folks.

Mind boggling.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DIY Photo-Chromatic Boro

I stumbled across this video on youtube. It's pretty technical, but utterly fascinating. This dude is talking about making batches of photochromatic boro glass. Melting the chemical and making glass from scratch.

Some of the stuff he talks about is stuff that we've learned from working with glass and come as second nature - other things he talks about are - well - just plain cool. I have never thought of glass as corrosive - but I wouldn't have put the ingredients into a mold, heated it up, and expected it to come out. However - I did not know that glass doesn't stick to platinum. (And I was unlikely to find that out by accident ... ).

I've had to watch it multiple times to get my head around some of it.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Effetre 764 Martini Olive

A nice, new green from Effetre, Martini Olive is a streaky opaque with super creamy handling. It melts nice and handles beautifully. It has slightly yellowish overtones, and would be a nice background colour or foliage colour.

You can see from the layers in the rod why it is streaky! 

It reacts with turquoise (copper/sulfur), not with ivory - and does bleed a little - pretty normal for a soft, opaque colour. This bead is a base of clear (to extend the rod), encased in Martini Olive, trailed with Dark Sky Blue, dots in ivory, topped with dots in Martini Olive again.

 Some nice patterning, and you can see that the copper/sulfur reaction is crisp in some place, and diffuse in others.
 A nice varied green leaf.
For sure - I can see lots of uses for this one.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

515nqr from Striking Color

A single rod of this landed on my desk - which is fairly amazing, as it appears to be next to impossible to buy.

Pale, transparent green as an unworked rod - it strikes easily to purples and blues on amber base.

I like it - I'd buy it - if it was buyable.

You can try and track down this glass yourself. I suggest stalking and pouncing at the slightest activity

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Double Helix - Notos Revisited

I reviewed Notos a while back, but I thought I'd have another look at it, because, you know, I work
differently now; plus, I forgot what it looks like. ;-)

Double Helix says this about Notos:

Notos is a silver saturated super-luster with a subtle blue-grey-green tone.  This color is an enhanced, stronger lustering version of  OK-455, which proved very popular at the 2011 ISGB Gathering.  Reduce and encase with Zephyr for cool blue tones, and with Aether for soft green tones.  Repeated, gentle reduction can yield pink iridescent lusters.

Notos is, in fact, a pale slate blue colour in the unworked rod, and while that makes it easy to identify in the pile of high-silver glasses, you might accidentally leave it on the desk thinking that is was just a light blue-grey.

 It reduces, when cooled first, to a rich, warm yellow amber with hints of rainbow. The fuming from the silver makes the unreduced areas turn green, and the yellow colour overlays the blue.

 For comparison, Notos on the top, and Aion2 on the bottom. While you can talk about both of them being an amber lustre, the Aion2 is much more golden and the Notos is more of a dark honey with stirred-in dragonflies.