Archive for May, 2013

Some more 96 coe beads

Here are a few more beads I made with the 96 coe glass.

I made a latticino with steel blue and heliotrope and used it on this little bead (which vaguely reminds me of an elephant). I probably pulled it down a tad too small, but you can still see the lines.

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I made some flowery beads – these include a vine cane made of steel blue and vanilla.

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I forgot to include the swirly blue bead in the pictures above – it was made from the end of the cane pull.

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Finally, these are some little cylinder beads similar to my previous test beads that I am going to make a necklace from.

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52 earrings: #22 Plum Sparkle

I made this pair using some of my recent 96 coe test beads – these are the plum blue.

#22 Plum Sparkle

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They’re very shiny themselves, so I added sparkly purple Czech crystal dangles and did double wire-wrapping in sterling silver to add a little more bulk. I used long sterling earwires for these.

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I’ll be away on a sculptural borosilicate course with Jennifer Umphress this Fri-Sun, so will try and get the next pair done early and schedule my post in advance. (I am so looking forward to this!)

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 21 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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Colour testing: Lauscha SNT 219 red, 05/13 batch

Lauscha have made a new batch of SNT 219, the more transparent of their reds. I was sent a sample to test, and here are the results.

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Firstly, this is an absolutely gorgeous red. The 05/13 is a darker colour than the 02/13 batch and it is a true transparent. I made a plain lentil bead first, and there is no mistiness or opacity developing at all. (The last batch began to go a bit misty). New lentil is in the bottom left.

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You can see that in colour it is more like a transparent version of the old SNT 220 I have, while the other two lentils are a brighter red. The clarity and depth of colour is beautiful.

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I did some layered dots: here we have a base of red, tehn dots in white and red. By the light shining through on the bottom right you can see that this bead is still transparent (it is harder to see that on this type of bead because the opaque dots block the light). You can see the dots show as orange when used so thinly and do not spread quite so much as the brighter reds. The dots struck and unstruck as I added more layers: it isn’t hard to strike them at all and in larger amounts no deliberate striking is needed.

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I made two dotty ladybird beads – these have a core of SNT 219, encased in SNT 100 clear and black dots on the surface. You can see they are definitely still transparent. I then etched them to give a nice inner glow.

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I made a rose to compare with the others. The difference in transparency is huge! This is still a true transparent. The edges of the outer petals have an orange cast – this is fairly typical since the glass is thinner there and is not worked for long. The heart of the rose shows as the darker red.

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Finally, the new rose on its own!

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I love this colour. Like all the Lauscha transparent reds, it doesn’t go brown when worked for a while and it’s also very easy to strike. And it has the bonus of being truly transparent!

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52 earrings: #21 Thunder Lizard

For my earrings this week, I used a pair of beads I made a long time ago.

#21 Thunder Lizard

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The lampwork beads are dragonscale ones that I made when I was testing what colours that technique worked with – this pair went much darker because of a reaction with the base glass, but they still have a good organic look.

I also used some Indian agate rondelles in a colour that is really difficult to describe… They’re a slightly translucent mottled brown/lilac that just reads as ‘dark’ most of the time. I added a pair of golden Czech glass pearl nuggets and put them on copper headpins and earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 20 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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96 coe (ish) colour testing, part 3: transparents

I had a go at my friend Sue’s idea for getting very thin amounts of transparent over a clear base. Basically, gravity swirl the bead rather than trying to encase it fully, because that gives too thick a layer of colour no matter how thinly you try to do it.

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Colours used:
Plowden & Thompson clear
R0254 fuchsia light
R0002 gold ruby
R0005 gold ruby extra
R0094 steel blue
R0043 plum blue

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Here are the spacers. You can see that for the pinks in general, I ended up with one of each pair slightly more struck than the other. I made these two to a mandrel and it was very difficult to get the second bead to strike as much as the first, no matter how much I let it cool. The thinness of application here gives an effect you could probably get with frit, especially as there’s some little mottling on the surface in places. However, when using transparent frit on the surface of clear, I usually get bubbling where the cut edges of the frit were, and you don’t get that here. I can use the same technique to get more coverage by starting with more colour yet still keeping it thin.

The fuchsia light is light enough that there is only the bare hint of pink here. The gold ruby is thinned down to a nice peachy shade (one bead has struck a little more pink). The gold ruby extra has the largest difference, with one bead pink and one going a noticeably redder tone. The steel blue is a dark sapphire, even when used this thinly.

Plum blue

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The plum blue is actually an opaque and I didn’t notice! I didn’t look that closely and thought it was one of the very dark transparents. It is a silver plum type of dark blue-purple. There’s some darker veins on the surface of these beads and the first bead has gone a bit more bronze than the purple of the second. I didn’t reduce these (granted, my flame’s not very oxy-rich), the metallic surface developed in normal use.

Dark olive and gold ruby extra

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Watermelony! Base of dark olive, clear dots, gold ruby extra on the clear dots, then another layer of clear dots. I was tired and didn’t properly think this through – I should have put a light opaque under the ruby because the green showing through makes the dots slightly muddy, but it came out better than I had reason to expect.

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52 earrings: #20 Dangling Blues

This week I went with blue and silver.

#20 Dangling Blues

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I used some of my lampwork spacers in various shades of blue and made hammered sterling elongated headpins. A little blue seed bead stops the larger-holed lampwork beads from sliding off. I used some of my sterling earwires: the ball ends are hammered flat.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 19 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #19 Ghost of the Navigator

I’ve been gradually making these for at least two weeks now. The little skull beads are from my Pirate Treasure bonus from Elise Matthesen’s Beads of the Month club.

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I’m going to put a lot of photos of these up because they were tricky to capture. They’re quite long and definitely statement rather than everyday earrings!

I wanted something suggesting a compass so I got two pairs of copper washers that I’d previously flame patinated and I made lines in them by hammering on a triangular file. (I had a look at astrolabes and sextants but they’re a bit complex).

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I gathered together a small pile of sea-related beads. I have aqua glass, various seed beads in blue, green, coral, brown and gold, dyed salmon pink shell nuggets, peacock freshwater pearls, rhyolite nuggets and white/brown shells.

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I used waxed linen cord from The Curious Bead Shop to do the knotting (Rebecca also has a selection of absolutely gorgeous Czech glass beads there). I also learned some nautical knots, because you can’t do navigator earrings using granny knots!

It took me an age to finish the first net because I wasn’t quite sure where I was going – I originally had it flat but it looked too sparse so I added some more spokes and kept going round until it formed a conical net.

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I don’t usually take photos on slate because I get loads of reflections: I got this done early enough in the day that I could use sunlight instead of my daylight lamp and that made quite a difference in the result. Normally I take my pics after dark so can’t rely on that.

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The second earring progressed much faster. I used a pair of copper earwires where I’d kept the ball ends dark from the heating and finished them off.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 18 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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