This bead is light sky blue with Da Vinci stringer, encased in Lauscha clear. I really love this bead (except for the messy encasing job). All the different colors that I got out of the Da Vinci just fascinate me. I can’t duplicate this bead though! I’ve made bead after bead, and I just can’t get the same effect – when I get close, the bead has cracked. All the beads have cracked actually. I don’t know if I’m going to try again – I’m running out of the blue color – but if I do, I’ll try using Effettre clear.
This is one of the things that I don’t like about the silver glasses – they are kind of unpredictable. It’s hard to get the same reaction out of them from day to day – there are just so many variables. It seems that all the beads on LE make use of the silver glasses. I don’t know if it’s a fad or what, but I just can’t afford too much of the silver glass. I’ve finally read other people saying that they aren’t big fans of the silver glass, and that made me feel a little bit better.
Still, I’d really like to get some more beads like the one pictured here.
Some colors of glass must be harder to produce than others. Pinks for instance tend to be hard to find in the traditional Italian pallet – or can be found, but they’re either not that great or very expensive. This leaves plenty of room in the art glass industry for newer companies to develop and sell new colors. Creation is Messy (or CiM) is one company that is doing that. I actually bought some CiM Gelly’s Sty when I was at the Gathering, and that is just one of the pinks they offer.
There is a lot of glass out there – and I am coming to the realization that I probably won’t get to have all of it in my studio. Fine, that’s OK. But, I want to have a decent selection of colors in both transparent and opaque. I ran into a palette problem when I was trying to make a rainbow set. I wasn’t happy with the traditional transparent red and transparent orange of Effetre, and this sent me looking for good transparent orange and red. I picked up some transparent red at the Gathering, but I haven’t been entirely happy with it – and I didn’t see any transparent orange.
Another problem is that the Effetre clear is ‘scummy.’ This means that it’s not a nice crystal clear color (or lack of color) – tiny little bubbles mar the glass, and it just doesn’t look nice. I had heard that the Lauscha (a German company) clear was really nice, and I was able to pick some up from Maureen at FlameTree. Well, this clear was really a lot nicer. I decided to stock up on this clear, and placed an order with Lauscha Lady. I figured I might as well get some transparent red and orange as well, to see how they work.
Well. I made this fish yesterday with the Lauscha transparent orange and I have to say I just love this color! I’m not a big orange person – but I am completely taken with this orange. It is exactly what a transparent orange should be. Now I’m thinking I should really play more with the red – it will be great for Christmas. The only drawback is that it takes forever for the German glass to get here from Canada.
For more discussion about the glass color palette, check out the Coloraddiction blog.