link to Devardi's site and Golden Coppery Black is about 1/3 of the way down the page. There's even an instructional video showing how to bring up the lustre. It looks so easy, doesn't it.
I'm very disappointed by this glass. I really don't need any more gunmetal, which is what this seems like it's going to be, not to mention I was looking forward to a new glass color just for me as a hothead user. Devardi glass is less expensive than Italian glass or CiM, but it is shocky and boils and pits if it isn't worked cool enough. I've received rods that were mislabeled before from more than one source, so unless something miraculous happens to my technique I'll assume that's what's happened.
In the meantime, my annealer was just delivered and I'll be spending the next month trying to figure out how to program it. Directions so simple a child can program it. Bah! Anyone got a child to program this thing, cuz I'm having VCR flashbacks?
10/29/10 Devardi glass wrote back and explained that I've been doing it wrong. I have to make the bead, turn the gas up to rocket and flash the bead in and out of that once it's cooled to no longer glowing. I'm not used to working with so much gas, since I'm pretty stingy with the MAPP fuel. I gave it a try with the labeled rod this morning and will post a picture of the resulting beads. I definitely had some golden irridescence going into the kiln. Apparently, MAPP gas gives you a golden hue and bottled propane gives a coppery one. I wonder if I'll have to get a tank of propane just to see what it looks like. And I'm still not sure about that rod with the silver smudge.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I lost some weight and my wardrobe needed an update, and purple is one of my favorite colors, so I needed some nice jewelry to go with the new duds. I like the way these colors come together and have always favored many different shapes in one color group. The set is made up of CiM Thai orchid, Effetre silver plum light and dark and a few violet transparent. For decoration I mostly used black metallic with some CiM tux, which has a different kind of reaction with the Thai orchid I used it over. I restocked headpins and finally got some that will work with 3/32" holes. I didn't have them when I made this pair of earrings, hence the wirewrapping, but will have them when I get back to beadmaking for real next week.
I still have a bit of time for benchwork because I recently had minor surgery and am able to sit and torch but not walk around for extended periods or lift more than 10 lbs. I'll have to have Joe set up my new annealer when it comes on Thursday. I'm so amped. It's brand new, straight from the factory and hasn't been ruined by anyone else first. It says it can't be used for PMC but I think if I place a ceramic shelf that's all that is usable from my old kiln in it, it will work fine. ANYONE WHO HAS ANY FEEDBACK ON THIS IDEA, PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT. After waiting so long for a proper annealer, I don't want to mess it up. I haven't done PMC yet and can put it off indefinitely if it means I can make beads that won't crack. I stole this picture of the chilli pepper I'm getting from the Heritage Glass site in my links. They have some really good prices and ship really fast. I had thought about the small Paragon due to its firebrick sides and floor, but decided on the extra bead space, since I can't see making only half a dozen beads and quitting for the day.