Thursday, November 17, 2011

I have some expensive glass.....

I have some expensive glass just sitting there.. taunting me.   On one hand playing with this glass is bad because at 80.00 a pound..  you can't go wild.. but on the other hand  It time to pull this glass out and start using it!  Why not!  Life is short.. so time to live it up at the torch.

Problem is Silver glass has a way of doing its own thing.  I know there are tricks and "things " to make it do the pretty things its suppose to do.. So My plan for the next few months.. is to post my journey into the fancy glass  extravaganza!  What does it take?  still not sure..  But I'll share the good the bad and the ugly..  (actually will try to spare you the ugly) lol.

To do this I'll need to take notes and really pay attention to what I am doing.  How many times as lampworkers we make a really cool bead.. and afterward wonder HOW DID I DO THAT?  the order  the glass is added, the colors used... ect ect.. 

Below are a picture of two beads.. the top one was my very first attempt with sasha's Silver from sundance..  Oh How I love the multicolors it produces.  It did not take much, all thing considered.. 
All I did was heating it up till red hot then pressed them into copper molds... From what I've read we need a reducing flame. ( oxygen is cut back and mostly propane)  it didn't seem to do anything for me.....  So still working it..