Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mor 456 - Rubino Oro

Seems like every batch of Rubino Oro (Literally - Ruby Gold) has it's own personality. The last batch was clear - this is a dark, translucent cranberry colour in the unheated rod.

One thing that is interesting about this batch is that it kiln strikes.

For those you unfamilar with the classic Moretti 456, it is a rich cranberry pink that is uber expensive, a very very dark colour - so usually needs to be "diluted" by working it in a thin layer over clear or white or other colors and makes people crazy with it's promise of a gorgeous pink. It is often used with great effect in cased cane. It also will reduce and develop silvery or smokey or black sooty marks if the oxygen is not turned up enough in your torch.

This pair went into the kiln dramatically different colours - the bead on the left was struck to dark pink, and the bead on the right was a very light pink.

The flame striking was very nice, it struck fast enough that you had positive feedback that you were doing something, but not so fast that you couldn't control it.

So, imagine my surprise when they both came out of the kiln so dark that they are almost black!

Here you see the rods, in the back, next is a bead in white, striped with rubino, encased, and dotted with trans. aqua. The process of encasing this and dotting it, with repeated heating, will naturally strike the Rubino.

These beads are from my second test batch - I wanted to confirm the results of the first.

This is a very thin trail of Rubino over white, melted down, and put into the kiln with NO PINK showing at all.

I like this batch. If you are struggling with striking Rubino - you will like this - just melt it in and throw it in the kiln.

But remember to use it thin! It should be excellent for those cased cane spiral roses!

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