Saturday, November 22, 2014

Effetre 724 Buffy

You have to try this, I was told.

The packet of glass was labelled "Buffy."

I have a dog named Buffy, you see. Although she is not this colour. She is mostly inky black with a sprinkling of sand in her fur and tan points.

However, the name was amusing.  ;-)

When working it - it appears to get a layer of transparent topaz on the top. 
 In a spacer bead - this cools to a variable streakiness.
 It appears to react nicely with silver - this has some trails of some random dark high silver glass on it - you can see the reaction at the sides of the marks, but I noticed someone else trying it with silver wire and getting a nice reaction - so definitely experiment with that.

It's variability serves it well in rapid cooling situations, i.e. in brass presses and molds, see the three faces in the top left. 

Oh, and because you asked - this is the real Buffy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Effetre Ebony & Ivory - new batch.

Boo hiss. Instead of being gorgeously, deliciously streaky and marbley like the last time I used it - this version is very, very, very shocky - and not very streaky.

OK - maybe I'm being unfair - because it is a pretty interesting ivory, ...

But the last time I used it - it looked like this. So, harrumph. Hope I stockpiled the old one.

Oh, and did I say shocky? Frit on a stick.

Friday, November 14, 2014

No 4 in a 3-part Micro-Series

I've always wanted to say that - this is number four in a 3-part series.

BTW - I will be at the BeadFX studio tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 15), demonstrating lampworking - drop by if you are in the neighbourhood! 

Monday, November 03, 2014

Effetre 620 Kiwi

 Last time I reviewed Effetre 620 Kiwi was in 2008. You can see - it is a layered cane.

This is a new batch, and it appears pretty similar, but slightly less dense, slightly less streaky, and perhaps a little more acidic in colour.

Above, from left to right, self-coloured, over clear, and over white. 

 On the left, a "bit" made with Kiwi and some clear. On the right made with clear and a rod of what I believe is the old kiwi.
If I was absolutely certain that this was the old Kiwi, I would be less wishy-washy, but I'm going on looks, and not labels.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Triptych 3: Crone

Crone - there's a term with oodles of negative connotations. Maybe we should reclaim it? After Maiden, (youth, inexperience, enthusiasm, questionable judgement), and Mother (taking care of everyone else) - we have - Crone. The time of being yourself. An explosion of creativity. Experience plus opinions plus perspective. Time to get out there! Be yourself.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Triptych Part 2

This is the 2nd part of "Maiden, Mother, Crone." Motherhood is a time of sacrifice, nurturing, protecting, focus.