Another Speckled Lustre from Double Helix - due to be released on their website today, along with the other test batches from the gathering. This is OP-509 - and like the 507 - the glass rods have a texture that you can feel. It's not unpleasant - not scratchy - just a very definite texture.
This first bead is a core of clear (I often put these expensive glasses over a base of something inexpensive to make them go further), encased with 509, and kilned. No striking or reducing at all. It went into the kiln a creamy colour with streaks of brown, and struck in the kiln to a deep chestnut brown - which looks blackish here - and in life - it is pretty dark.
Next up - both with a clear core and encased with 509, and struck. When struck - they were a glorious golden orange - but in the kiln - they have continued to strike to a deep topaz colour, and also develop a wonder metallic lustre.
Again - clear core - encased 509, cooled, and reduced. They were both glorious going into the kiln - rich golden orange and metallicy. They got quite a bit darker in the kiln - I think that they are over clear helps - as this glass is transparent - so you get light coming through from both sides.
Now this bead is a clear core, encased 509, reduced, BUT it was reduced WHILE IT WAS STILL GLOWING.
It's still a pretty cool bead.
This bead is: clear core, encased 509, struck, reduced on the left end of the bead, and then the whole thing encased in clear. Remember - there are just two glasses in this bead - and one of them is clear.
And for this final bead - clear core, encase 509 - pretty thin layer - some Rubino Goldstone stringer, shape and mash it, stamp it with a brass spiral stamp, let it cool, reduce it, encase it - using a big gather to cover the entire spiral stamped area at once, then the same for the other side, and fill in the encasing around it, and shape.