The overall tone of these last few sessions has been a little dismal because I keep making beads like this one and then have them split into multiple pieces. This one held it together for almost a whole day before it self-destructed. There is nothing quite like the feeling of spending eight hours melting glass only to discover that almost everything you did is only fit for the garbage. However, I've soldiered on and am, in spite of these issues, really enjoying the palette. Just so that it's clear, I don't think that any of the colours I'm using in the palette are causing these issues all by themselves. I am almost certain that it's my clear that is the problem. I've been trying not to talk about it much before I have all of the information, but I'll post with the whole story once I know the whole story.
Since I'm only making beads once a week, almost everything I will show here I am also showing in some other post in a different context. These posts about my colour diet will contain information about which glass is in which bead and the general process used for building each of them, whereas in other posts they show up just as examples of when I've used a particular glass colour.
This one is CiM Mink, rolled in silver leaf. I melted the leaf in and then thinly encased it. There is SiS on the ends, and the raked leaf decoration is SiS overdotted with Taxco Silver Turquoise, raked and reduced. The reaction between the Mink and the silver leaf is incredible.
It's built on a core of Reichenbach Mystic Beige. On top of the Mystic Beige, I used Striking Color frit and some random trails of Copper Green. I made the bead long by super-heating the glass and letting it slide down the mandrel, allowing gravity to stretch and swirl the frit and trails of other colours. The ends are Mystic Beige, and there is scribbled SiS decoration on both the ends and in the middle. The purply pink bit is a wrap of Red Copper Green, which is a pretty neat colour! I haven't really done much with that one yet but I guess I'll need to take a closer look at it.
Going into Session #4, here's where I was with the palette:
- EFF Red Copper Green
- CiM Adamantium
- CiM Mink CiM Mermaid
- CiM Tamarind Unique (-1)
- REI Mystic Beige
- EFF Okey Dokey Artichoky
- EFF Copper Green
- EFF Dark Violet
- VET Seashell Swirl
- EFF Light Brown (Transparent)
- EFF Pale Green Apple (Transparent)
- EFF Pale Emerald (Transparent)
- EFF Pale Aqua (Transparent)
- EFF Pale Ink Blue (Transparent)
- Staples: Clear, Black, Dark Ivory, Ivory
- Silver Glass: Assorted Silver Glass Colours, rods & frit
- Metals: Silver Mesh, Silver Wire, Copper Mesh, Silver Leaf, Silver Foil
- Dichro: Dichro on Clear (various colours)
- Goldstone: Gold Aventurine Chunks
The only change is that I used up my initial bundle of CiM Mink and am retiring it so that I can play with CiM Mermaid. I still have some Mink, and I think that once I'm out of Mermaid I'll go back to it, but I want to give this other new CiM colour a spin.
I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of Striking Color frit. I think I only have enough for my next few sessions at the torch. I'm really enjoying using it! If you have a chance to get your hands on some, grab it for sure.