Speaking of bead release. I have been using Fusion for about a year now. I have been working longer and more...vigorously in the flame as of late, and just can't get the darn beads to come loose on a few of the more "involved" beads. I have "Best Bead Release" from Mountain Glass Arts coming this week, and "Dip-N-Go Sludge" coming from them on back order. Once I can 'test' them all equally, I'll give a bit of feedback. I wish I had some of the new Universal Bead Release that Frantz now has. It's honestly not worth the shipping cost and long wait to get something from them though. Ah well.
I am going to be getting a small sampling of boroscilicate glass ("boro") to try out. I think every lampworker, no matter how much they love soft glass, gets tempted to try boro. The colors are lovely (though the chemistry seems daunting) and the possibilities for sculptural work is limited only by torch and kiln size. If I don't like it, no harm done (well, minus burns). I can say I tried it and it isn't my cup of tea...and sit quietly in the corner with my lovely soft glass. I'm rather worried I will fall in love with it and want to abandon soft glass altogether. That's part of the reason I haven't tried it until now.
Why is that so scarey? The cost! I have oodles of money in soft glass and soft glass supplies. If I start liking boro, that means I would need a larger torch, a couple more oxygen concentrators, more tools, and let's not mention a bigger kiln. Hmm, guess I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it, eh?