Friday, August 28, 2015

Nessi, Intense heating

Here are a few more beads that use a lot of heat, making the glass very soft to move it around a lot and swirl it together. I was experimenting some more with getting Nessi to look as interesting as I thought it might look.

 Also included are Turquoise, white, and some of the Cottontail.

If you are not fond of "organic" - these won't appeal to you at all - but they are tremendously fun and very liberating to make.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CiM 610 Dark Velvet

I had high hopes for this glass -CiM Dark Velvet - a transparent dark purple that reads as black when just lying around on the bench.

Strongly backlit - it is a beautiful, intense, violet-purple.

However, it melts out as a more traditional dark amethyst berry juice colour.

From the left, self coloured spacer, clear with trail of Dark Velvet, and white with dark velvet dots. The dots have bled into the white quite a bit, or maybe that was just me over heating it. 

Because it was so dark - I also made the gravity wave bead that winds up mixing stripes into the base colour. This requires a strong contrast in colours to work. However, the softness of the Dark Velvet - the way it bleeds - works against it here, and the patterns are not as  distinct and dramatic as one might hope for.

Based on the colour when back lit - I was hoping for something rather more violet in the end result. A tad disappointed in this one, which is somewhat unfair, as there is nothing wrong with it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

CiM 479 Soylent

I've review Soylent before, made the obligatory "Soylent Green is people" joke, noted that it is crazy reactive with ivory. But here it is again, anyway.

It is a soft, streaky green that is just fun to work.

It might look a little familiar, it is similar to Eff 216 Grass Green, ... (crossed rod)

And very close to Effetre 214 Nile Green (again, the crossed rod is the Soylent)

Soylent plus ivory frit.

Self coloured spacers. 

It's a bright, happy green, soft and easy to work, nice streakiness. You may have trouble finding it - I think it is one of the CiM retired colours (probably because of it's closeness to Effetre Nile Green).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CiM 417 Sherbert

Hmmm - some nice cool Sherbert would go down well right about now. Three weeks of a "summer cold" and still a sore throat - leaves me with just one question. Why does the body's immune response have to be so damn unpleasant?

Sherbert is a pleasant, light green, reminiscent of  fresh green shoots, cool flavours and soft and gentle things (hence, the unlikeliness of every seeing it in my work.)

Below, we have, on the left, two self coloured spacers and two with ivory dots. Notice that the ivory has not reacted so much as just bled like crazy, curdled a bit and separated. Might be fun to explore this property a bit more.

Sherbert, a very pretty and soothing green.