Hey - I might finally be onto something with the frit. More results I like!
First up, the working notes say:
Violet Storm: Blend/Transparent
Vivid tone-on-tone mix of violet and purple ... deeply saturated red-violet to violet-blue ... fuss free blend. Combining wiht silver foil will produce a slight green tint.
Aha - silver reactive, eh?
First up - let's just enjoy it for it natural colours - which are very pretty. Our first two samples are distortion beads - using the property of the clear - as it melts - to smear the colours underneath. The first bead is a small clear disk, rolled in frit, melt in the frit, and build up the disk with a layer of clear, then melt the whole thing down, keeping it balanced but letting it melt down into a more round shape. As the clear spreads - it takes the frit with it, and makes lovely stripes. I'm on a kick for this, apparently - so all these beads are some variation of this technique.
The second bead is made the same way - but the first disk - the core - is white.
The clear used is Lauscha, in about a 7 mm rod. The fatter rods do make this easier.
On the left here, we have clear, make a gather, dip in the frit, wind a bead, and encase and melt down.
On the right, a white core, Effetre Kelp, gather, dipped in frit, wound on, and encased in clear.
So - remember the line from the working notes about "silver foil." Well - rather than grab some foil, I grabbed a rod of Double Helix Triton - one of the Hi-Silver glasses.
A core of Triton, rolled in frit, melted in, and a fat layer of clear, melted down to stretch and distort the frit. Oh my! These are nice!
These rock, as far as I'm concerned! Yay! Finally - frit effects I like!