Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vetro 932 Fish Pink is Salmon Grey

You know, it's sad. I keep holding out hope that I will somehow find a way to coax a pretty colour out of this glass - something that lives up to it's name. But what I seem to keep getting is mud. Wide, tidal-flats expanses of mud.

I tested two batches of this - one is distinctly grey - the other looks sort of translucent and pinky - but after working and annealing - they both come out looking like this. Bleh. (The bead on the right is the pinkier batch.)

There is a little hint of pink in it - but not so much that you could call it pink.

With these two spacers - the top one was made in a very oxidizing flame, and the bottom one in a very reducing flame. Notice that it has essentially gone charcoal coloured.

Now, here - with this wave bead - the obvious streak of pink in the middle of the wave - I added that with another colour of glass - that is actual pink glass.

But, if you examine it closely - you can see some blushes of pink in the main, core bead. Did I add that at the same time at the other stripe of pink? Possibly. But still - there's that sort of pinkish cast in the first pair of beads. Is this a striker that I just can't strike? Am I working it too hot?

Should I give up and move on? Is there a reason why this is called "fish pink?" Or should I just dub it "Salmon Grey" and get on with my life? ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I think it was horribly mis-named. It's a groty colour, n'est-ce pas?