Saturday, October 19, 2019

CiM 624 African Violet

not sure what I think of this colour. It's a lovely, soft, blue purple, lavender colour. It leans a little to the grayish end of the spectrum. I think I just expected it to have a little bit more oomph. I think it wants to be layered over other colours. You can see that I had a little bit of trouble with it boiling too, but that's probably just me and my super hot torch.

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CiM 121 Garnet

CiM 121 Garnet. Easy striking, nice rich colour,. Quite dark. Needs the light to really make it catch fire.😀😉

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

comparison double helix

Double helix comparison. This does not show the colour differences really well, just not enough light. The base colour of the Hyperion light, certainly is a lighter topaz colour. The Phaeton Falls between the Hyperion light and the regular Hyperion. You can see some differences but I can't say if it's just the way you know I've worked a particular piece. The Hyperion seems to have a little bit more purple and rainbow effect in its colours where as the Clio looks more metallic, there might be a bit more colour in the Phaeton too. Sure, if you put them all together, you can pick them apart in terms of differences. But if you've got a big mass of them, and you're trying to figure out how can I substitute this for that, maybe you probably can use Hyperion or the Clio interchangeably. Notwithstanding, of course, whatever else you add to it or do with it or encase or Etc. Did that help? Not in the slightest. :-) 😀😉😉😉🤩

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Double helix Iris

Double helix iris, which looks exactly how you'd expect a glass called Iris to look. It reduces to an amazing rainbow effect, like Carnival Glass. 🤩🤩🤩

The unworked rod is black, but if you get it really thin you can see that it is a magenta-like purple. Reduce it for the rainbow effect, remember to let it cool before you reduce it.

Double Helix Phaeton

Double Helix Phaeton. Ok, not sure I can tell the difference between the Phaeton, the Hyperion and the Clio. 😉

which is not to say that they all aren't amazingly spectacular!!!

Double Helix Hyperion

This is Double Helix Hyperion. Lovely. I do have a hard time telling the end result from Clio, though. 😉😄😄😄

double helix Euros

Double helix Euros, a white rod that strikes to a buttery caramel color ... more striking, more color. The leaf shape, for instance, got less reheating. The warmth and organic look is lovely! 😍😍😍

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

double helix Skylla

I was comparing two shipments, and the rods were two different colours, one being a brown red, and the other being more of a taupe colour. But as far as I can tell, they come out exactly the same. 😀😀

double helix Arke

Double helix Arke, in the rod, it is a beautiful transparent aqua. The fuming from the silver, gives it the greenish tinge in addition to the metallic shine. 😍😍

comparison. double helix hyperion light vs clio

If it seems like I just turned into a posting fool, it's because I finally discovered an app for posting to blogger on my phone that works reasonably well.
I've been posting a lot of my stuff over on Instagram lately, you can find me there as of therealdragonjools. 

Anyway, this app seems to be working pretty well, apart from not giving me the ability to schedule posts, so you are just going to have to put up with them all coming in clumps.

On the left, is double helix Hyperion light, and on the right is Clio. Both of these are reduced.

double helix triton.

This is double helix Triton. It's not like I haven't posted this before, but it's just so gorgeous. Double helix  triton in the rod is a very very dark blue, but you reduce it to get these amazing colours on it.

 I've had some problems with this with my kiln in my studio, with most of the reduction disappearing, but I haven't had that problem when I'm working at the studio at BeadFX. I read a tip about annealing / garaging at a lower temperature. So I turned the garage temperature down to 950, and the post  gaaging to 925F, I left the rest of the cycle the same and I am getting much, much better results. Much happier now.


Made this cute little cabochon last night. It's small for most of the things I do, it's about 25mm. I'd like to find some lampwork oval cabochon mandrel that are 30 by 40 mm. That's one of the standard sizes, for settings and etcetera but I'm not seeing anything out there. Is anybody got any in 30 x 40, or willing to custom make them?

double helix rhea

Gawd, this color is gorgeous. This is double helix's Rhea. Stunning


Eff 428 light red

I've being trying to colour match a specific red lately, and it's been making me crazy. I thought that 4 to 8 would be a good colour match, but it goes a streaky darker red when I work it, that doesn't matter. However it looks awesome when making these.

so yay!

Monday, September 02, 2019

I've been busy ... but not at the torch

I've gotten some feedback that the two of you that actually read this blog are wondering what has happened to me.

Puppies. Puppies is what happened to me. A litter of puppies.

All together now, "d'aaaaaw."
Consequently - I've had very little time at the torch.

They are substantially bigger now, and I am starting to get back into the swing of things.

Attempting things like this. 

Nothing like a challenge!


Friday, March 22, 2019

Pyrex: Boro vs Soft

Here's a pretty thorough article on the

The Pyrex Glass Controversy That Just Won't Die

It's fun to read how they explain COE. 

Worth the read for the insight. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

CiM 488 Peppermint Cream

CiM Peppermint Cream is a tinted neutral. Think of the paint department at the hardware store, and 47 shades of "white." While you ponder whether to paint the spare bedroom in "Polar Blush" vs "Miami Sand" - your significant other has given themselves an eyeroll headache and snuck off to the tool section to fondle the sanders.

Peppermint Cream is a lightly greenish tinted neutral.

It does faithfully match the colour of the unmelted rod. WYSIWYG.

With turquoise (Eff) dots - no reaction, some bleeding.

 Fine-silver - some light fuming.

And the self-coloured spacer. 

 It works up nice - no issues. I think the idea of lightly tinted neutrals and a coordinated, subtle palette is an interesting one. I think it will spawn new designs in beads. More variety of colours also means that it is easier to find your own unique look, which is always a good thing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CiM 317 Baked Alaska

CiM Baked Alaska - a creamy vanilla colour.

 From the left, self-coloured spacer, spacer with fine-silver wire, spacer with dots of Eff turquoise (one of the turquoises) and dots of Baked Alaska on top, and the rightmost bead is the same pattern, with dots of CiM Troi.

 The Troi and the Baked Alaska have done quite a bit of feather and bleeding at the edges. No grey line, however.

Here, the dots are Eff Turquoise.  The Baked Alaska seems to be struggling to cover it completely, but there is a grey reaction line, although it is doing some crazy things the likes of which I have not seen before. Interesting.
 Fine silver wire, which has fumed the Baked Alaska, but not really done the sort of thing you would expect from an ivory.
 This lone spacer turned out darker than the base of the two with dots. Whether it accidentally fumed from being next to the silver wire, I am not sure.
 Here, you can see that these two match the rod quite nicely.

So I'm not sure if Baked Alaska is a vanilla, or a french vanilla. It might be a light yellow, or a light cream. Either way, I think it has lots of potential and I'm keen to do more with it.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CiM 473 Eclectus Parrot

Gawd, this is a gorgeous colour. This whole CiM intense juicy green batch of colours just makes me want to make things in green.

Just for the eye candy - here we have Eclectus Parrot along with the rod.

Now, if you have looked up Eclectus Parrot - to see if there is such a thing as an Eclectus Parrot, you will discover that indeed, you could have also named a shade of red or violet as Eclectus. Because while the male is a beautiful shade of green (this shade), the females are red and blue, and for the longest time, no one realized they were the same species. "Hey, I can't get this cage full of green parrots to breed." "Funny, I have a cage full of red and purple parrots that won't breed either."


Saturday, February 09, 2019

CiM 628 Wisteria

Just another look at Wisteria and Crocus.

Just because they are so pretty.

Left and Centre are Crocus, the one on the right is Wisteria.  Crocus is unClear, Wisteria is more Watery.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

CiM 318 Lemonade and CiM 319 Egg White

Here is another pair intended to match in colour, with different translucencies.

On the left, Lemonade, and on the right, Egg White.  The Lemonade is clearer, the Egg White, more translucent. The second from the left shows a lot of bubbles, but in all fairness - I got it really freakin' hot and I saw it bubble up like crazy when I made it. I'm currently working on a Nortel Arrow, which can deliver a laser-like level of heat.

 Again, with the rod. You can see the finshed bead stays true to the rod.

However, when you heat the glass - it goes bright yellow - like - highlighter yellow. Canaries and Lemons yellow.

Which kind of made me wish for a bright transparent/translucent intense yellow. Because the current batch of Effetre yellow is wishy-washy and eventually I am going to work through my stash of Vetro transparent yellow - and then what?

These two are super match for each other in colour. I am really liking this trend with the matching colours in different translucencies.

CiM 827 Tahitian Pearl

CiM Tahitian Pearl is a colour that develops a glossy metallic dark silver or gunmetal colour.

It does this easily, without any particular effort on the part of the user. In fact, when I put these in the kiln, they actually looked a streaky chocolate brown, which worried me a little, but they came out gorgeous!

The first thing I thought was, what is the comparison with this and Effetre's 065 Metallic Black and 275 Dark Silver Plum?

The top mandrel is a single bead, from the left, Tahitian Pearl, Metallic Black, and Dark Silver Plum. You can see the Metallic Black has a slightly gold hue, and indeed, I have always found it to have richer colours than the Dark Silver Plum. 

The Dark Silver Plum has a bit of a reputation for pitting and creating fireworks, but I can't say that I think this test was definitive enough to say that the Tahitian Pearl doesn't do it - it just wasn't a big enough piece. 

Dark Silver Plum does some nice things with ivory - bleeding and webbing - so it will be worth it to try it with the Tahitian Pearl - as soon as I get my hands on some more of it!