Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ink Blue

Effetre's Ink Blue - nothing new here - just appreciation for what a really lovely colour it is.

Here is it - over white, laid down fairly thin, and melted out thinner. 


What a pretty shade of purple. Who says there is no pretty purple in the Effetre family?

This is what you usually think of - pardon the bead, but it was just to hold the bead release on after it broke. I didn't want the end bead to slide down to my hand. 

But that dark intense blue purple is more versatile than just a transparent. Layer it over white for a luminous, lavender effect.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Frit paddle follow up

Remember that frit paddle/tray that I mentioned? These are the beads ...





OK, it's a crappy photo - taken with my phone, but they turned out rather well. They are variously fire lotus frit on a background of some black, some dark silver plum, and some on ivory.

Maybe the key to frit is keeping it in a flat, even layer.

Won't that be a pisser if I've been doing it wrong all these years?  ;-)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Terranova Inside Out

Check this out! This dragon eye cracked off part of it's eyelid (because I had it rattling around loose in my jewelry baggy when I went to Tucson. )  :-(

But check out the difference between the inside of the glass and the outside!






 The unexposed part of the glass is a deep brick red, and the outside is blues and purples!

Kewel, eh? Almost worth breaking for!

This was one of the Terranova - version 2.something I believe.







Thursday, March 19, 2015

CiM 428: It ain't easy being

You might think that a green called "It ain't easy being... " would be a deep, froggy, well, Kermit green. Instead - it is more of an frog underbelly green. It ain't even easy being a green called 'it ain't easy'.

Or maybe I'm leaping to conclusions here. Maybe it's not a reference to Kermit the Frog and the Rainbow Connection - maybe it's just a cry of existential Angst - a recognition that in general ... it ain't easy being ...


CiM 428 is a soft, mint ice cream colour. It is less greyish than CiM 425 Mint Chip, but similar in saturation.






Here we have, from the left, It Ain't Easy Being, self; as a core with ivory dots; and as a core with EDP dots.  Note the nice reactions with the ivory and the EDP.

It also reminded me of Copper Green, so this bead is It Ain't Easy Being on the left, and  Copper Green on the right. There are ivory dots at the ends, and EDP dots in between. You can see that the Copper Green is much more strongly reactive, especially with the EDP. But still - similar sort of reaction.
You can see the ivory dots much better on this side.


It's a soft, pretty green that I think has its uses - will appeal to people who like greens.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Video from Corning ... Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra

Here's a cool, short video from Corning of one of the glass masters.

I love how glass turns men into poets that talk about glass as a living thing ...







There's some great stuff on youtube - watch a couple and then see all the suggestions start popping up in your feed. You'll be watching for days!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Frit ... Paddle? Tray? from CG Bead Rollers

 Had some fun with this new tool the other night! This is a frit ... tray? Paddle? Trough? It is an enclosed, shallow graphite tool with a rim, that you put the frit in, and then roll your bead in. It has a handle - so you can pick it up and see the bead as it touches down on the frit.

As you may know, I really like to be able to see the when the tool hits the bead, so to speak, so I really enjoyed making some frit beads with this. And if you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I am NOT a big frit person. Me and frit - not so much. However, this tool is pretty cool and it has the nice benefit that when you pick it up, you can give it a little shimmy and flatten the frit out to a nice, even layer.

Maybe that is why it was working well for me? Generally, my approach to frit is to use the tray as seen below, with the frit piled up in a huge drift.

Hmmm. Something to think about.



I will say this though. Without the curved frit tray to pour the frit back into, and then back into the jar, there is no way I could have gotten the frit neatly out of this new paddle doo-hickey. So there's that to think about. It's good to use, but not so good for clean up. Maybe if one corner at the end was carved down to make a funnel gap to pour back into the jar?



Sunday, March 08, 2015

Fun New Murrini Tools

While I was in Tucson - I stopped by the new Glass Artists Bead Show - there's a story there, but that's for a different post - anyway - CG Beads was there - the Bead Roller folks, so I stopped in to look.

Now I'm mostly too free-form for bead shaping roller type tools - and while I think they are fine - most of my presses migrated to the BeadFX studio for anyone to use there. However, when I saw these,

 I was ... oh - it's an optic mold. With a handle ... because ... and the gal running the booth finished my sentence - "optic molds get hot."

We actually repeated that about three times, like a mantra. Because - this is effing brilliant.


 You can see here with a little bit more of an angle that there is a handle on the back. Hold the handle, plunge the glass in, and you are in no danger of trying to hold onto the hot mold - which is cool the first time you use it, and burn-inducing every time thereafter.

If you are still scratching your head on what it is, it's for making murrini. Get a blob (gather) of glass hot - plunge it into the hole, it takes on the shape of the hole, you then add colour around the outside, and stretch out into cane, and slice it up into murrini.

 See, nice, easy flower murrini.

















OK - next cool murrini tool - this murrini holder. Stand your murrini slices in the cavities so that they stay upright, don't fly away, roll away, etc.



Plus nice lentil or cabochon cavity up at the end. 

So now you can use the murrini you just made, without half of them flying away as you try to apply them to the bead.


 Another brilliant tool.

So, two great tools for the murrini enthusiasts, or those that might want to be. ;-)



There is, btw, a nice little description of how to use the cross shape mold (above) on the CG Beads page.