Friday, July 08, 2016

Hat Pins

I just found some hat pins over on BeadFX that you can lampwork onto!

They look like stainless steel - although the description says nickel silver. In any case - they held up fine in the flame - although, admittedly - I wasn't blasting away on the mid-range - just using a smallish flame on the mega - because I was trying to keep the end decoration small.

The metal darkens in the anneal, but a quick swipe with super fine sandpaper brightened it back up. It doesn't seem to darken as much as a mandrel - so maybe it is nickel silver.

Anyway - you could do this your self with fine mandrels if you have a grinding wheel and wanted to point the ends up, and then source the clutch that goes on the pointed end - but you know me - I'd rather melt glass.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Effetre 263 Mou - revisited

I reviewed this back in 2011, and it was completely different. Then it was a transparent golden amber that reduces to a metallic.

Now - for one thing - it is almost stringer width - and two, it is like a kissing cousin to EDP and other similar glasses.

It devits. Like crazy.

And goes wild sunset colours.

I don't know if this is mis-labeled, or just a wildly different batch. Anyway - it's very interesting.  Very interesting indeed.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Blue Aventurine Frit on ...

Blue Aventurine (Goldstone) frit - well - this frit is so fine that it practically a powder. Can't begin to remember how long I've had it - and only just found something cool to do with it.

 Blue Aventurine frit over silvered ivory

  Blue Aventurine frit over ivory - too dark.
  Blue Aventurine frit over Effetre turquoise. Nice!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Double Helix Euros

Euros - looks white, turns gold.

The Double Helix site suggests that it will strike and reduce, but apparently - I could not do it delicately enough, and I had no luck striking it. Reduced it instead.

Self coloured, flattened. Attempted to strike - well - maybe got a little strike, there is kind of a blush on the end, and reduced to a deep, rich honey colour.

Next one, added a trail of ivory, and reduced. Par-tay! 
 Is that not cool the way the ivory has reacted?

Again with the ivory and reduced and encased in this one, and the spiral pressed in. 

Must do more with this one. I think this will be a sleeper - people will be unexcited by the white colour, not realizing what fun they will have with it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Building dots on dots

Apropos of nothing at all - I just thought this was cool.

And why I'm currently dissatisfied with making beads for jewelry - because as a pendant, this would snap the first time you banged it on something.

But how cool is that? Like honey dripping into a bee shape. Except for the colour, of course.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kronos, Triton, Clio

Double helix. Gotta love it. NTSCT - Never the same colour twice.

Krono - reduces - appears to be a transparent cobalt.  Here it is on black, reduced, and encased.

This leaf is not encased. 

Triton - looks black, when held to the light, you can see it is cobalt blue. Reduced and encased. Pearlescent effect when encased. 

These Mermaid tails are also Triton, just reduced, no encasing. Pretty darn impressive.

And Clio - the carnival of glass - reduced and struck.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Brass Wire Makes Bubbles

 So I heard about this thing where if you put brass wire in the bead and encase it  - you get bubbles.

So, I figured I'd try that. I had to dig around to find uncoated brass wire - because a lot of the craft and jewelry wire has nylon coating to prevent tarnishing. That may create bubbles, but would also probably create soot and noxious smells, so let's just avoid that, shall we?

This cabochon is Aurae, with a spiral of brass, and encased. How this manages to be Aurae is beyond me, but that's what my notes say.

And bubble it does. Can't say that I love it, but it does do it.

This cabochon has a layer of silver, and then a twisted, spiraled and flattened piece of brass wire, that created a pocket of bubbles at the side.

Weirdly, it appears to have a finger print in the glass, but I assure you, I did not touch the glass with my fingers. Perhaps I got a fingerprint on the silver foil and it got retained under the glass when the silver was melted off? What an episode of CSI that would make, eh?

Here's the big side bubbles. Not so attractive. 

I've seen some really awesome beads done with this technique, with the brass wire inclusions, and they are either better at it, or cleverer photographers than I am - both of which are possible.

I should maybe go back and try that Aurae again. I'm really not sure that I believe my own notes. ;-)