Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Multi-colour plasma beads and first anniversary beads
Here are some more plasma doughnut nuggets made using a multi-coloured frit blend and clear glass. Encouraged by how they turned out, I gave myself the day off making annniversary beads today and experimented with making more doughnut nuggets using lots of different frit blends and also different encasing glass, not just clear. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of the kiln later!
Yesterday I was all discipline and got 25 or so anniversary beads made and it took all morning. Groan! The glass is much thicker than Bombay Sapphire, Perrier Water or wine bottles that I also recycle. The shards are even a bit thicker than the Cava bottle that I've got used to. These champagne bottles take an absolute age to melt even with my Mini Carlisle torch which is supposed to be an entry level torch for Borosilicate glass.
Here are about half of the beads I made yesterday, I'm still not crazy about the colour of the glass but I'm confident they will look completely different once I get them teamed with other beads and gemstones. I'm steeling myself to make a load more tomorrow and hopefully I won't have to make any more!