Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Double Helix Skiron

This is my first run at the new Double Helix Skiron, and again, I don't think I did it justice.

Double Helix says:

Skiron is our new, sliver-striking, rainbow glass.  A major improvement over Luna 3 and Khaos, it resists over striking to khaki.  Skiron works best when reset, cooled, and struck. Cooling and striking times will vary based on bead size, flame temperature, and...

Not sure if I defied the "resists over striking" or just didn't strike it enough.  Above is a single round and 4 spacers with a base of Double Helix Oracle, and Skiron applied. The spacers just show a faint smear of blue. Not sure where the Skiron went.

 This is two sides of the same bead. Clearly more experimenting is required, as I am not getting the full range of colours.
 I am thinking I did not strike it enough. Oh well - I will try again.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Double Helix Pheobe

This is my first run at the new Pheobe - and I don't think I did it justice.

The disk is reduced, and the square is reduced and encased.

Double Helix calls it a "peachy super luster" and I think I might have missed that a bit. It is very nice though and I think I have to try again.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Comparison: Reichenbach Pearl Beige vs Mystic Beige

As we have just seen - these offerings from Reichenbach in their 104 CoE line do slightly different things.


The top rod and three spacers is the Mystic Beige, and the bottom rod and  four spacers is the Pearl Beige. The Mystic starts clear and gets a streaky opacity, and the Pearl starts translucent and has a pearly shimmer, if you don't over heat it.


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Reichenbach 104: 0701 Mystic Beige

Reichenbach 104 - a 104 CoE glass - this is Mystic Beige.

Although the rod is clear, the beads come out with clouds. It develops a pleasant streaky opacity.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Reichenbach 104 L7015 Pearl Beige

Reichenbach 104 - 104 CoE glass from Reichenbach. This is Pearl Beige, a glass that looks like shampoo glass. Shampoo glass has a translucent shimmer - like - Hey! Shampoo! - that will disappear to clear if you overheat it, i.e. partially seen in the top mandrel, right bead. The rod doesn't resemble shampoo glass - so this was a bit of a surprise for me.

The colour is a warm dilute honey - so beige isn't the term I would have used, but meh - it gets the job done.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

CiM 215: Butternut

CiM Butternut - a juicy, squashy orange that lives up to its name absolutely. If you want an earthy or happy orange - this is your colour.











 Three self-coloured spacers.

The one on the right has some frit melted in.
This is a base of Butternut, with the Val Cox Frit - Astarte - as shown last week.
To get that hurricane twist with an eye in the middle - twist with a clear stringer or rod, and then melt off and melt in the stub.
This is a base of butternut, with the Val Cox Frit Purple Rose, also as shown last week.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Val Cox Frit: Purple Rose

Purple Rose - not a new blend by any stretch of the imagination.

Val Cox describes it as:

Beautiful variegation between purple and blue violet. For best results, use an oxygen rich flame and cool slowly.

I, of course, did not read that until after using it, so just used it the way I would use any glass, and it came out pretty fine anyway. 
 There is chunks of blue, which can separate and show a little green in them, ...

 And chunks of purple, which display a colour very similar to the old Effetre EDP at its best, with spackles of blue.
I got the #2 grind - which is fairly large chunks. I really do find that the fine-ness of the size makes a difference in the end look.