Monday, March 31, 2014

Effetre 261 Angel Pink

Angel Pink is a pale rod that strikes up to a nice rose pink. It can be streaky - and it can also develop an odd grey blush.

On the face of it - it strikes quite nicely to a fairly rich pink. I didn't do anything particularly to strike these - and I have had trouble with this glass in the past, being hard, no, make that impossible, to strike. This, however, struck up nicely. 

The streakiness that you see on the right-most bead almost looks like a ribbon of transparent in the opaque - not particularly uncommon.

However, if you look at the bottom third of the middle bead in this picture - you can see a smokey, sooty looking patch.
 Here is the tail end of that patch.

 And again.

What the cause of this is, I don't know.

Overall - this is a pleasant shade of pink - but I would experiment with it before I committed to, say, a production run of pink-skinned angels - in case they came out with grey, smudgey cheeks. Now - if you were making little Victorian-era chimney sweeps and flower girls - it might be absolutely perfect - other than the whole complete-randomness factor. Or maybe you'd learn to control it?

Or pigs? With smudgy, muddy bits? Wilbur and Charlotte, anyone?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Effetre 260 Light Pink

I mentioned using Eff 260 Light Pink the other day - and so you might want to see want it looks like.

Effetre Light Pink is a pale, dusty pink. In the photo here, it appears to be peachier than the rods - but that is an illusion - in life - it is pretty close to the unworked rod colour.

The two beads on the outside (not counting the transparent green marker bead - this is how I keep them identified after they come out of the kiln) are self-coloured. The middle bead is a core of Light Pink and has Ivory dots.

Light Pink is a good choice for all those angel and fairy beads. It is a nice, well-scrubbed, happy face colour.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CiM 307: Cake Batter

This is a pale, pale greenish colour - the name "Cake Batter" baffles me - I must be missing something, as CiM is generally very clever with their colour names.

With the 3xx series number - we know that CiM intends this to be in the yellow series of colours - but not even looking at it  looking at it in different colours of light shifts the colour.

 You can see that the rod has changed colour with the heat - the tip is white, and the transition zone is more of a yellow - so it is possible that this colour is intended to strike to a yellow (which would be consistent with the name) - and I just didn't work it long enough, or at the right temperature.

From the left, two self coloured beads, and you can see a yellow dot on the middle one - which would be consistent with the striking theory. The third bead is a core of cake batter, dots of turquoise, and dots of cake batter on top. There is functionally no reaction between the two.

The rod does look "vanilla" when you are working it - but it cools naturally to a slight green. It would be worth trying to strike it to see if you can get a yellow out of it. Or possibly just work cooler than I do.  ;-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014



Hands and feet are hard. Ever notice how often they get hidden in drawings and paintings?

And with the sculptural stuff - I have a hard time boiling it down to the essence - simplifying. Because piling on the detail is what I do.

But, for sculptural flameworking - that just doesn't work.

So I've been doing the equivalent of "studies" - like an artist drawing hands, feet, and faces, over and over. Sketching in glass, so to speak.

Here are some feet that I don't hate.


CiM 612 Frangipani

CiM Frangipani - a translucent, pale, misty pink. With the 6xx series number - we find that CiM considers it to be in the purple family, and calls "A very pale opal purple. Formerly Unique Crocus-2."

CiM has been re-naming it's Uniques as Limited Runs - which I think is a smart move. The original Crocus is a delight, definite purple - so yes, this totally deserved its own name.

I still don't see it as a purple, but there you go.

As an opal, it is translucent, and it is a very ethereal colour - getting more opaque the longer it is worked. All three of these beads are self-coloured, but the two on the left are more opacified as they have been heated and cooled more often. (I generally work from left to right on the mandrel - so that I don't block seeing what I am doing with the rod.)

 Same beads  - different colour background. Makes a difference, doesn't it?

It would be interesting to make something like a sculptural flower with this. In a very thin application, this might not read as well - but if you can pull it off - you might be able to make something with a very delicate, otherworldly look to it. Just have to find the right colours to go with it. Equally delicate colours.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Push Molds: Burgard - Cat and Face

When I was down in Tucson - I picked up a couple of the old Burgard push molds. They were on the discontinued table of one of the big vendors. So far as I know - they are no longer being made. The backs of them are signed and dated, the cat is dated 1998 and the face is 1999.

These two are actually small enough for soft glass (most of the molds I see work better for boro and are huge). I'm sure many soft glass users are just baffled by them, however. "It's not a press and it doesn't have a mandrel slot."

I do want to give you a close look at these so you can see the scale of them, and understand that they are a concave mold - because the photos do that tricky thing where they seem to reverse themselves and appear to stand out, and then recede. 

 Go on - stare at those two faces - raised, inverted, raised, inverted.
 There - that makes it clear - it's a cavity.
 It's "Mc-Cavity - the mystery cat"
 This also makes the size of them clear too - the face mold is about an inch long for the entire mold - the face itself is 17 mm long and about 5 mm deep at the bridge of the nose. The cat is a little deeper.

 I just did a couple of quick ones to see how they worked - needed more glass here to fill up the ears. I just melted a gather of glass on the end of a rod and pushed it in. Make sure the mold is on the table by the way - it's going to get hot.
 Did a pick-up of frit on this gather first - and put the gather on the end of an old, bent mandrel.

If you don't firepolish the heck out of it - the detail is quite nice.

The picture is crap - but the faces came out quite nice - ready to be embellished or integrated into something else.

If nothing else, you could make some nice little cabochons with these.

If you see them languishing on a sale table somewhere - pick one or two up.

They are practically collector's items now!

Monday, March 24, 2014

CiM 410 Shrubbery

  HEAD KNIGHT:  The Knights Who Say Nee demand a sacrifice!
  ARTHUR:  Knights of Nee, we are but simple travelers who seek the
      enchanter who lives beyond these woods.
  HEAD KNIGHT:  Nee!  Nee!  Nee!  Nee!
  ARTHUR and PARTY:  Oh, ow!
  HEAD KNIGHT:  We shall say 'nee' again to you if you do not appease us.
  ARTHUR:  Well, what is it you want?
  HEAD KNIGHT:  We want... a shrubbery!
 If you now need to read the rest of the scene - I got it here. ;-)

CiM has delivered a Shrubbery - and in keeping with the criteria demanded by the Knights who say Nee, "looks nice and is not too expensive."

These are, from the left, two self-coloured and one with ivory dots. It's a little streaky, and the ivory has formed a nice line, which is, interestingly, not touching the ivory itself. Very tricksy.

Very shrubby. Nee. Nee. Nee.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CiM 112: Radio Flyer

Hellooo Effetre. CiM really knows how to do red. Pay attention.

Here is another great red from CiM - Radio Flyer.

From the left - two self coloured beads - which functionally read as opaque, and on the far right, Radio Flyer over clear - which reads as a nice, bright transparent. Talk about having it all.

The third bead from the left is interesting. This is a core of Radio Flyer, with dots in Eff 260 Light Pink, and dots of Radio Flyer on top. I was expecting red dots that really pop - but there is something else going on in there. 

The dots seem to have separated and lifted or something. Here's a close up for more detail.

I only did two layers of dots, base, pink, radio flyer on top - but it looks like an extra layer in there - so I really don't know what is going on there.

But interesting, eh?

Now whether that is a property of Radio Flyer, or Eff Light Pink - I do not know.

Effetre 736 Honey Swirl

When I first reviewed Honey Swirl, I mentioned that I thought it looked like it was de-vitrifying when I worked it, but couldn't see any evidence of it once it was done.

Apparently  - it will devitrify, (lose the glossy look of glass and develop a chalky, matte look), it's all how you work it.

This little sculptural practice piece de-vit'ed like crazy.

The older, cooler areas are affected. the pieces worked last are not - so you would treat it the same as EDP - if you want it glossy - heat to glowing and let cool, and kiln without re-heating.