My 'need to clean' bucket.
This is the pile of beads I have in my "clean" bucket. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they are already clean, but that they NEED to be cleaned. There are also some cabochons that need a good cleaning as well. I haven't cleaned out beads in a couple weeks, shame on me! In the upper right hand corner are some beads stuck on the mandrel. I hope to get them off...else I will need to snip the mandrels or...stick them in my garden. I really shouldn't let it get this behind, shame on me!
Z-99 test beads
Above and to the left are test beads I made with the infamous and oh so lovely Z-99 frit. Z-99 frit is Zimmerman frit that is now "extinct" for lack of a better word. The owner passed away and the family doesn't want to continue making the glass, nor wants to sell the recipes. Z-99, purple rose, currently goes for $15 an ounce. Unbelievable, right? I have no idea why the family refuses to sell the recipes, though I do hope they change their minds after time heals the wound of loosing someone they love. I used Pheonix, Opal Yellow, Chalcedony, Sangre, and Sedona. Sedona did devit a bit, though I lend some of that to the fact that the z-99 devits if heated too much.
I purchased some Double Helix Pandora 2nds (not 'perfect rods') a couple months ago. I decided to play a bit with them which was quite an undertaking. Pandora is a kiln striking glass, rather than a flame-striking or reducing glass. The advice I got from the forums and which I followed for the pictured beads is to NOT flame strike. Make sure they go into the kiln a translucent greenish. That's what I did...over Copper Green and CiM Martini. The small bead is Martini, though they seem to react quite a bit the same.
To the left is a "fun" bead. I laid down a base of ochre and then a colorful twistie I made. To be honest, I'm not sure what glasses I used for the twisties. It was a variety of the end of the day glass...perhaps Lapis, Elphaba, Sangre, plus more. (Olive, Eggplants, etc..) A mixture of yellow and white for the flower, and a simple Lapis and blue stamen. I do tend to like CiM (Creations is Messy) more than Effetre/Moretti. In my opinion, it melts smoother and more buttery. If you're a fan of stiff glass, I would recommend Ettetre.
So a bunch of pictures as promised. I have quite a few exchanges and trades I have joined that I need to work on. First is a bracelet summer fun swap, then comes the 'pick 6', for which I have to make beads for 16 different pictures, then comes a silver glass exchange. No more trades and swaps until after summer. Especially since work has me swamped with oodles of dogs. I would love to sit and make glass all day, but unfortunately, that doesn't pay the doggie equipment bills! Until next time...
Artist Jenne Rebecca is a business owner, mother of a 6 year old, and lives in the beautiful mountains of Bedford, Virginia. She works with hot glass, inspired by her surroundings and her youth spent in North Carolina.