Friday, August 28, 2015

Nessi, Intense heating

Here are a few more beads that use a lot of heat, making the glass very soft to move it around a lot and swirl it together. I was experimenting some more with getting Nessi to look as interesting as I thought it might look.

 Also included are Turquoise, white, and some of the Cottontail.

If you are not fond of "organic" - these won't appeal to you at all - but they are tremendously fun and very liberating to make.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CiM 610 Dark Velvet

I had high hopes for this glass -CiM Dark Velvet - a transparent dark purple that reads as black when just lying around on the bench.

Strongly backlit - it is a beautiful, intense, violet-purple.

However, it melts out as a more traditional dark amethyst berry juice colour.

From the left, self coloured spacer, clear with trail of Dark Velvet, and white with dark velvet dots. The dots have bled into the white quite a bit, or maybe that was just me over heating it. 

Because it was so dark - I also made the gravity wave bead that winds up mixing stripes into the base colour. This requires a strong contrast in colours to work. However, the softness of the Dark Velvet - the way it bleeds - works against it here, and the patterns are not as  distinct and dramatic as one might hope for.

Based on the colour when back lit - I was hoping for something rather more violet in the end result. A tad disappointed in this one, which is somewhat unfair, as there is nothing wrong with it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

CiM 479 Soylent

I've review Soylent before, made the obligatory "Soylent Green is people" joke, noted that it is crazy reactive with ivory. But here it is again, anyway.

It is a soft, streaky green that is just fun to work.

It might look a little familiar, it is similar to Eff 216 Grass Green, ... (crossed rod)

And very close to Effetre 214 Nile Green (again, the crossed rod is the Soylent)

Soylent plus ivory frit.

Self coloured spacers. 

It's a bright, happy green, soft and easy to work, nice streakiness. You may have trouble finding it - I think it is one of the CiM retired colours (probably because of it's closeness to Effetre Nile Green).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CiM 417 Sherbert

Hmmm - some nice cool Sherbert would go down well right about now. Three weeks of a "summer cold" and still a sore throat - leaves me with just one question. Why does the body's immune response have to be so damn unpleasant?

Sherbert is a pleasant, light green, reminiscent of  fresh green shoots, cool flavours and soft and gentle things (hence, the unlikeliness of every seeing it in my work.)

Below, we have, on the left, two self coloured spacers and two with ivory dots. Notice that the ivory has not reacted so much as just bled like crazy, curdled a bit and separated. Might be fun to explore this property a bit more.

Sherbert, a very pretty and soothing green.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Frit Implosions

Just some eye candy - frit makes lovely implosions ...

 For the two people that might see this blog that aren't flame workers - "implosion" is a technique - that gives the "explosion inside the glass effect" and "frit"  means crushed glass bits.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CiM 905 Cottontail - just one more

 Because Cottontail is somewhat ivory-like (it is peachier in real life than it looks on my monitor right now) - I thought I would try it with turquoise.

This turquoise frit has separated a bit, creating darker lines inside. There is no grey boundary, but a general darkening that I don't know is a result of the glass or the way it was worked.

Anyway - good to know.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Effetre 610 Nessi

Effetre Nessi  (Not to be confused with CiM 432 Loch Ness - which - although it came across my bench on the same day - is a completely different animal.)

Nessi is deep, dark, mysterious, and hard to understand. (And so is the legendary creature.)

And it's going to need a lot of water. (or - clear glass - to dilute it.)

Nessi looks at first glance like an opaque lapis - very dark. Then, you see some green transparent and you think - "Oh ho! Not quite as straight forward as that!"

 Crappy cell phone shot - with the glass backlit.

And here are the self-coloured spacers. Predictably - they are too dark to be very interesting.

Here is a tab with a clear core, with the Nessi encased over the top. Disappointingly - it is also really damn dark.

Here is the same bead, back lit and over-exposed. Now we're talking. This looks awesome. But unless you are working it into a stained glass window with full sun exposure - it's never going to look like that in real life.

 Over white - on the left - Nessi over a white core, and on the right, a paper-thin white core, clear, and Nessi on top. Somewhat more successful, but still ... .

More success here - but there is a lot more going on than just Nessi. This is an "end of day" bead (made with the left over scraps on the bench at the "end of the day." There is white, cottontail, clear, canyon, Nessi, and some of the yet-to-be-reviewed Loch Ness. This was superheated and melted and moved and blended - so it's pretty hard to tell what is what. But I think that this is pretty much what you are going to have to do with Nessi to make it shine.

Overall - Nessi appears to be streaky transparent very dark blue and green. The trick is lightening it up enough to not read as black.