My bead adventures

Friday, June 23, 2006

Reichenbach Canes

Over the past year I have played with the Reichenbach reduction canes off and on. Yesterday, despite the 100 degree heat, I was obsessed to test them again.

Eventhough furnace glass canes have COE of 92-96; they work well with soft glass. I used them with Bullseye and Uroboros freely. With Moretti, I keep the ratio below 5% and have no problems.

Here I have the 2 beads on the left based on Bullseye (90), the large lentil on Vetrofond pale ivory(104), and the little sleek pillow is on Uroboros(96). The canes I used for the petals are gold ruby(R2), yellow aurora (R8), heliotrope(R11), Hyacinth violet(r14). For the base of the petals, I used Gaffer ivory.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Denim Beach Sponges-A Hollow Lentil Focal Bead

Recently I started making a new series called Denim Beach Sponges. They have been well received. This one is special because it took me over one hour at the torch to complete. It is a hollow lentil bead. It measures 37x37x18mm . Often, it is difficult to judge the amount of glass needed to make a large round lentil bead. So I really sweated it when building up the glass walls for the hollow bead before pressing. I was greatly relieved that it came out perfect. Since I don't know if I will ever be so fortunate, I am going to showcase it in my Ebay store at a high price tag.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Kugler Pinks

The pinks in the first tab is the Kugler lilac pink and in the second bead I used Kugler passion pink. I like both because not only are they pretty, they are totally compatible with Moretti and Lauscha.