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Photography tip for shooting clear dichroic

After photographing  some Dichroic Scraps and I discovered something I wanted to share. The Dichroic Scraps will be on sale in the Fun House so they needed some photos. The scarps were of dichroic on clear. I had a problem was when I was photographing them on white I was loosing all detail. So what I did was place a black piece of foam-core out of frame to see if I could get a little contrast and something really cool happened. The color on the Dichroic Scraps jumps out.   Here is what append when I placed a black piece
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Categories: Bead Photography Tutorial.

Torso Beads by Joy Munshower

One of our customers, Joy Munshower, posted some wonderful torso beads made with the Effetre glass rod colors ( Sunset, Alexandrite, Green Tea, Earth, Dark Ivory, and Neptune) and Vetrofond glass rod ( Topaz ODD ). They were such great examples of these colors I thought I would share them in this blog. The murrini used were by Donna Millard   I would like to see this bead in person because Effetre Alexandrite shifts hue slightly with different light. This Green Tea bead looks like it was sculpted out of a Marble. For more images check out her Facebook page.
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Wow! Eight New Colors from Effetre

Effetre has been working overtime these days and has created eight new colors for the lampworking market.  There are some interesting new colors in this batch that I have never seen before and I think they are great additions to the current color palette. Here are Eight New Colors from Effetre! Their names are: Green Mint Pastel – #591217 Neptune Pastel – #591230 Verde Rosetta – #591032 Oliva Nera – #591091 Dark Zucca – #591426 Light Zucca – #591425 Choco-lotta – #591727 (a one time color!) Apple Blush – #591411 There is a pastel milk chocolate brown called “Choco-lotta” that
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and Silver Glass Colors.

More about Silver Glass Colors

I recently paid a visit to Double Helix Glassworks to ask Jed (glass maker extraordinaire) some questions on how to get good color out of some of his more challenging palette. I bet I am not the only person who finds using the new silvered glass colors a little frustrating sometimes.  I look online and see fabulous beads that some people managed to make out of the silvered glass colors and say to myself, I ought to try that.  It is a bummer when I do try colors like Luna, Pandora and Khaos, to mention a few and all I
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, lampworking techniques, and Silver Glass Colors.

In Search of the Perfect 104 Clear

In Search of the Perfect 104 Clear is the holy grail of beadmakers. A perfect clear should resists scumming and be optically free of streaks and bubbles.  This said, the perfect clear is hard to find and there are many more clears to choose from on the market these days. A lot of beadmakers are tired of picking the scum and bubbles out of the clear glass that comes from Italy.  One way to improve the cleanliness of your clear rods is to wash your rods in your dishwasher and many beadmakers swear that it helps a lot. Larry Scott
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, and Lampworking.

Need More Information and Inspiration?

When you click on the Web Gallery, a web page appears that shows links for the three different sections of the web gallery that are Focal Beads, Spacer Beads and Strands. Click on one of the choices and you will be taken to a page of thumb (small images) to pick from. When you click on a thumb image, a large image will appear with a list of the different glass colors that were used in that bead and the glass colors are linked to the Frantz Art Glass web page for easy purchase, plus pertinent information on how the bead was made.
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Categories: Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Got an Itch for More Carlo Dona Tools?

I have been working with some of my Carlo Dona tools lately and I have an itch for more of these great tools and I was wondering if there were any more of you out there that feel the same way? It is kind of hard to get Carlo Dona tools, so I have been working with my husband Mike to organize an order of certain Carlo Dona tools because Mike will be going to Murano in April.  The apartment that Mike stays in on Murano is just a few blocks away from the Carlo Dona shop and I thought
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Tonalities of Dark Pink, Gold Pink and Coral glass rods

When you order some glass colors, is it a surprise to open the box and find a radically different Tonalities of Dark Pink, Gold Pink and Coral glass rods you were use to?  Well, this is something that happens with certain glass colors and it took me a long time to get the Italians to explain why this happens. It seems that there are a handful of glass colors that are very sensitive to heat and even the amount of humidity there is in the air when the components are measured and put into the batch.  Murano is built on tiny
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.