16/08/2017

Messy Testing - Bone ltd run

Creation is Messy will be bringing out some new glass colours in the autumn. This first trio of heart pairs in made with Bone ltd run. Bone is a lovely super pale ivory shade. It melts smoothly and quickly in the flame does not show any striations on the surface of your finished work. It reacts with fine silver but seemingly not with glass containing copper such as Effetre light turquoise.

Firstly I made a stringer by covering about 1 inch of the end of a Bone rod with silver leaf then melting in the silver and pulling the glass gather out to make a silvered stringer. The first pair of hearts are wrapped with the silvered Bone stringer. The wraps have come out looking nicely organic in a warm tan brown shade. You can also see that the silver has fumed a few small areas of glass adjacent to where it was applied (most obviously seen on the left hand side of the bottom heart just below the stringer line).

Interestingly, when using the silvered Bone stringer to make dots it seems that the organic effects are confined to the surface of the stringer while the centre of the dot remains the original pale creamy shade. This gives a very pleasing dot on dot effect. The last pair of beads were made with a base of Bone decorated with Effetre light turquoise dots. There is no reaction line apparent at all.

For comparison this next trio of beads are made in exactly the same way with Effetre light ivory glass. The first beads are made with silvered ivory stringer which is commonly used to give this earthy organic effect. In contrast with Bone there is no apparent additional colour from residual fuming from the silver in the applied stringer.

The second set of hearts has been decorated with dots made from silvered ivory stringers. The dots have a solid yet mottled appearance rather than the dot on dot effect as seen with the silvered Bone stringer dots. The third pair of beads quite clearly show a dark reaction line between the base of ivory and light turquoise dot decoration.

Jolene xx


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