Friday, September 12, 2014

Dragon Eye Demo

Last week, at the Glass Gathering, at Sheridan College - I demonstrated making a Dragon's Eye.

Some of you who watched that wanted to see the final version - but it, of course, went into the kiln and who knows what will happen to it next.

Anyway - I made another the next day using the same glasses - and it came out pretty similar.

The iris is a twistie made with Khaos and Triton over ivory.  The dichro is laid down after.

The lids are Terra Nova 2, with dots of something very similar to Triton, but has no label anymore, so that's just my best guess.

I embedded two rings for hanging/attaching - only one is visible in the picture.





Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A New Direction

The Watcher from the Forest Floor. 18 cm long.
Lately - I have had a certain level of dis-satisfaction with my glass creations. A dissatisfaction that I have come to think of as "the tyranny of the bead hole."

I have come to that place where I do not want to make "beads" anymore - beads being uniform, smooth round objects with neat puckered holes and are destined to be strung onto personal adornment items.

It's not that I don't like beads any more - it has more to do with wanting to break free of the restrictions of making it wearable (glass is heavy, glass is sharp, glass can break), and wanting to move out and explore other aspects of the glass.

I recently had a few "aha" moments - that have opened up doors into new worlds of possibilities.

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a brand new exploration. A new direction in personal vision. ;-)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

TAG 104-15 Fire Lotus

The "word on the street" (ha ha) is that Fire Lotus is yummy and easy to use - easier than some of it's cousins.

I think I might have to concur with this as these did come out pretty nice. Some of these striking glasses look very nice when hot, and once they come out of the kiln, they look dark. Oh, if you get enough light on them, they can look ok in a photo, but they just look dark the rest of the time.


The bottom row is, left to right, encased with clear, partially encased, and self-coloured - struck once.

The top row is all three, un-encased, struck once. I like the encased and partially encased ones best. Looks like encasing is the way to go with this one.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CiM 813: Cobblestone

 Cobblestone - nice colour for elephants. A nice warm shade of grey, tends to look different depending on the colours around it - see photos. The variability in the photos is not as evident in real life.

I think this would be a really nice colour in sculptural animals - like, elephants! Seals. Whales. Kittens.

Because ...


... all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight follows the brightest day,
And every cat in the twilight’s gray,
Every possible cat. 




Sunday, August 10, 2014

CiM 613 Gypsy

CiM's Gypsy is a dark, dark transparent purple, so dark, in fact, that the rod just looks black. And a bead made with it and nothing else also looks black. (Left-most bead)

But a dot on white reveals it's red-purple berry-juice nature, and the third bead from the left, Gypsy over clear, also shows it's wine-like nature.

Use as dots, in stringer, over clear, whereever you need a deep, intense colour that can stand to be diluted a lot.

Same three beads - strongly back lit.

Friday, August 08, 2014

CiM 614 Jellyfish (Colour Shift)

Meet CiM Jellyfish - a colour shift glass like the colour in commercial beads known as "Alexandrite" - and like the Effetre 081 Dark Lavender.

 This colour of glass looks blue in cool, fluorescent light, and mauve in warm light, like incandescent or sunlight.

This series of photos show the rather remarkable range of colours you will get as you move from one kind of lighting to another.

Pictured to the right, two self coloured beads and Jellyfish encased over white. 


 Quite remarkable, isn't it?

It can be something of a challenge to create with this glass, as you have to coordinate your colours for all types of lighting.

That said - I find it a really nice glass to work. Try it over silver foil sometime.
 This is Jellyfish over EDP (2 on the left) and EDP unencased.

 Those encased EDP beads again.

 Again, the EDP.
Colours that we see are caused by light of specific wavelengths being reflected from the object for us to see. This particular colour reflects light in some very narrow ranges of frequencies. As you move from warm light - with lots of orange in it, to cool light (more blue), there is less of the warm colours available to be reflected, and so the colour of the glass appears to "shift."

It's a neat piece of chemistry.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Effetre 420: Coral - Firecracker

Effetre 420 Coral - Firecracker variant.

Maybe someday I will understand why this colour - 420 - Coral - comes out different every time.

I am pleased to see that the sellers are giving it a subname - Firecracker - essentially labeling it as a batch. Because it's deeply annoying to fall in love with a colour, and then not be able to re-order it because - well - there is no way to talk about it. I mean, this is why we have Latin names for plants and things - so we can be certain we are talking about the same thing.


I doubt that this is THAT specific - but it's a step in the right direction. So if an orangey variation of coral that is super streaky and has almost an oriental carpet vibe to it is your cuppa tea - ask for Effetre 420 Coral - Firecracker. 
All four of the beads shown here are self-coloured - no other glass used. So you can see - it is really streaky.

Conversely, if you want a plain, even colour - this is not your glass. ;-)