Thursday, October 23, 2014

Belladonna DragonScales - Follow Up

 Disappointingly, reducing this while the glass was still glowing did not result in a lustre that came out of the kiln (see previous post). Instead, it resulted in a murky greyed out colour with just hints of blue.

This is why I usually let glass cool before reducing. Many of the reduction glasses will take on this muddy effect when reduced while the glass is still glowing hot.

Oh well, will try again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vetrofond: 987 Dark Lichen

Ha. Bet you would never guess that this:

turns into this!

Yes, that's right - what appears to be a black core with a topaz overlay in the first photo, works up to be a streaky dark ivory with lapis blue stripes.

The topaz lightens and becomes opaque, and the black is apparently a dark blue. The result is striking and definitely not "what you see is what you get." This is stash of Vetro glass - so this is it. You'll not see this again.

 I got mine from Jean at Nortel, and I suggest you don't linger if you want any - because everyone I have shown these to is calling as we speak to order theirs.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Belladonna: Dragon Scales

This is Belladonna "Dragon Scales." Belladonna is a boutique glass from Arrow Springs with a small palette, but some cool stuff.

It is a deep emerald green transparent rod, and reduces easily. However, I had a high degree of metallic lustre on the items going into the kiln, most of which had disappeared when I took it out. The places that looked to be "over-reduced" when I put them into the kiln - with a milky aspect, were the only places that the reduction survived as the blue and aqua swirls, as shown here.

So definitely not what I was expecting - but attractive in their own right. Next time, I will reduce it longer, probably with the glass hotter (still glowing) and over all, more aggresively.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bubble Ring

Here's something kind of fun and experimental. This is a bubble ring, or a bunch o' grapes ring ... the bubbles are worked on a wire, and then the wire is coiled (after annealing and cooling), and attached to a cast ring base using jewelry grade epoxy clay.

Kind of fun. Wish I had not grabbed a ring size too small to be wearable by me ... .  ;-)

Friday, October 03, 2014

Eye Candy

Can I look at your jewelry? Why, sure, can it look at you?

 The gear shape in the centre is a reflection of my "ring flash." The wonderful eyelid colour is Terranova 2.1. The iris is a twistie of Triton and Terranova. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CiM 616 Coronation Day

CiM Coronation Day - a royal purple that is lighter and streakier than the rod itself.

The two beads on the left are self coloured, and the one on the right, I applied white dots and then super heated it and swirled them into the purple base.

I'd have to compare it head to head with Evil Queen or Thai Orchid to say which is darker.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CiM 615 Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath is a pretty, pale pink translucent moonstone glass.

The two beads on the left are self coloured and the one on the right is over white.

Very ethereal.