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Tips & Techniques: How to Utilize Conical Rods

Frantz Art Glass & Supply currently has a sale going on for a bunch of glass colors in conical form. Any glass color that has conical rods in the batch is indicative that the glass color was handpulled and not machine made. The conical rods are the part of the glass pull that is closest to the punty, thus the strange shape.
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Categories: 104 COE Glass Review, Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, and lampworking techniques.

Have Your Ever Seen Blue Goldstone / Aventurine?

I was really excited to see that our Italian glass friend not only made us a new supply of goldstone ribbon cane, he took it a little farther and made a batch of blue goldstone ribbon cane!!! Not only that, he made 2mm goldstone handpulled stringers that are not diluted with clear glass which makes them very dense in sparkle and color.
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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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Effetre Silver and Zucca Glass (3/12/09)

I am writing about the Effetre Silver and Zucca Glass for Lampworkers colors named “The Silver Challenge 7 Rod Assortment”, which were given out or sold with orders placed in mid-November.  I am urging everyone who got this glass to please send in photos of their results (good or bad), so that they can be entered into the raffle for a box of rare glass from Mike’s vault. A beadmaking friend, Sue Stewart and I both did test beads and I am posting different examples of what we got from these new colors.  We want to see what everyone else  made
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Tips and Techniques #3 – Making Your Own Custom Frit

I have noticed that there are a lot of people who like to use frit in their lampworking projects and custom frit blends have been really popular for a long time.  If you are one of these folks that like to use frit in their hot glass projects but would like to try some unusual frit or personal blends, there is a simple way to make small amount of frit for your own personal use. The things you need for Making Your Own Custom Frit : Torch Pair of lampworking glasses Pair of big mashers Jar of cold water Small
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Categories: Flameworking 104 Glass, Lampworking, lampworking techniques, and Silver Glass Colors.

Vetrofond – the Other Italian Glass Factory

Most beadmakers have heard of the Effetre (Moretti) glass factory on Murano near Venice, Italy, but fewer beadmakers know about the other Italian 104 COE glass rod manufacturer Vetrofond.  Vetrofond is located across the lagoon from Venice on the main land in a suburb of Mestre, which is the main industrial port of the area. Vetrofond is mostly involved with making custom modern looking blown glass lamp fixtures, but they have a large set up for producing 104 COE glass rods.  In past years, they have gone out of their way to produce interesting limited runs of odd lot colored
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