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What You Didn’t Know About Goldstone!

Aventurine Marron is the Italian name for a specialty glass the Americans call Goldstone.  Before I got into lampworking I would see cut stones and beads made out of goldstone in lapidary shops and I have always thought it was really cool looking glass. Frantz Art Glass buys its goldstone/aventurine from Effetre, but on one trip to Murano, Italy we found out that Effetre didn’t actually make the goldstone, but instead was a middle man for another glass company.  This lead us on an adventure to find out where and how it was made because we were looking for a
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Tips and Techniques #2 – Feathering

The lampworking technique call Feathering has been in use for hundreds of years by Italian lampworkers and I think it is very useful for decorating beads. There is several ways to do feathering on a glass bead.  One way to create a feathered design is to lay down lines on your bead with a stringer.  The stringer lines can be wrapped around the bead in a spiral from hole to hole on the bead and melted enough to keep it from popping off while you are feathering the other side of the bead.  I use a 1 1/2mm stringer that
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Review of New Messy Color Blues

I talk a lot about Messy Color glass because I really like the quality of the glass and how wonderful it handles in the flame. A few months ago, Messy Color came out with a group of new blues to add to their line of colors.  They are Freman (turquoise pastel), Smurfy (dark turquoise), Grumpy Bear (periwinkle) and Cornflower (dark blue).  All four colors are of the pastel variety. The two turquoise colors are a fabulous addition to the current lampworking palette because of their working proprieties.  If you have ever used one of the Italian turquoises, you know that
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