Saturday, February 27, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Double Helix Oracle Ruby. This is a striking Copper based red from double helix. I checked their website and, of course, it is now sold out. But I found 2 rods of it in my stash, and, as I haven't tried it before, I decided to give it a whirl.
It is a really nice Cherry Jam kind of red, a little bit Smoky perhaps but a really nice colour and quite different from a lot of the other Reds.
Most of these, I didn't even reset, they never got any striking before I put them in the Kiln and they have developed colour very nicely.
Double Helix says to reset it to clear before kilning. This is good advice, you can see from the barrel bead, which I did not reset, and it is so dark it might as well be black. It is a base of white and encased in clear and a layer of copper Ruby over the top and it is, without the reset, just too dark. The waveforms on wire, also got a little bit of strike at the base, and then less so further out, which has made a very nice shading effect. The third one was finished in clear so you can't blame that on not striking.
The unworked rods themselves are clear with sparkly little streaks in them, so it would have been easy to get it mixed in with the rest of the clear if they hadn't been labelled, which would have been a bit of a shock! 😄😄😄
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Friday, February 12, 2021
Double Helix Thallo, one of my favorite Double Helix reduction glasses. I know it is not everyone's favourite, but it works well for me. Here, you can also see it in comparison to the Elpis that I showed you a few days ago. Thallo, in the unworked rod, is a deep transparent emerald green. You can also see here that it complements the Elpis and the Geneva beautifully.
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Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Double Helix Elpis and TAG Geneva. Elpis is a light transparent Peridot color that reduces to a golden luster with rainbow accents. Geneva is a medium transparent blue that appears as a greenish glass with a rich blue lustre after reducing.
I am having a lot more success with retaining The Luster's from reduction on the glass after I reduced the annealing temperature in my kiln. I think my thermometer/pyrometer on the Kiln is reading a little high. I reduce the temperature by 10° (at a time) from the annealing temperature of 960 which is where I generally keep it for the Lauchas that I use, until it is now garaging around 875. That's a big difference. But I'm not having any issues with cracking, so I am just assuming that the pyrometer is reading a different temperature from actual. I actually tried another to check the temperatures but it wasn't working either, so at some point I'll get another but for now it's fine.
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Monday, February 08, 2021
Double Helix Oracle Opal over dichroic. I have say, the opal went a little more opaque than I anticipated, I expected it to be more like CiM Cirrus. I am not unhappy with it though. I will just use it differently going forward. You can see from the photos that it changes a bit depending on whether the light is in front of it or behind it. The rods are nearly clear before working, and it goes into the kiln clear, and then opacifies in the kiln. 🙂🙂🙂
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Friday, February 05, 2021
@nortel_glassgirl found 20lbs of a mystery glass, Effetre for sure, but what color? It is a sagey-grey-green, slightly streaky, and it develops a slight metallic Lustre that leans to a reddish-brown. Nice fat rods, nice and creamy, fun to use. Elephants, tortoises, frogs, foliage, snakes, lizards, dragons. I don't know what it is, but I would name it "Reptile." 🐊🐢🦎🐍🐲🐉🐸🦖😄😄😄
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