Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 7:37 PM | Posted by GlassMigrations
I have always loved these beads and of all the beads I have made in the past four years, this set is still one of my favorites. Something about the the etched rainbow colors, drizzled with Fine Silver (.999), has a beautiful effect. It was hard letting this set go when it sold, but I knew I could always make it again. That being said, it is a rarity for a lampwork artist to buy another lampwork artists' beads, but I was flattered when this happened with this set.
Even though I'm working with a better torch now, I still sometimes feel my beads were prettier when they were made with the less powerful torch, the Hothead torch. The HotHead torch was solely driven by propane, no oxygen involved, resulting in a cooler flame. A HotHead could mainly only melt the softer glass rods, COE104(Coefficient Expansion) and COE96. I have since upgraded to a BobCat torch. The BobCat torch creates a hotter flame since oxygen and propane are mixed at the surface of the torch. Since the BobCat torch burns a hotter flame, I am able to melt the soft glass as well as the harder glass, COE90(BullsEye) and COE33(Boro).
I intend to post about my studio in my next post, showing pictures of my studio setup and also all my different glass rods from Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. I will show a couple of pictures here right now, for those who would like to see the glass in rod form, before being melted into beads.
Since I have already written more in this post then I had originally intended, I better leave the rest for later, in regards to the set up of my glass studio. My fingers hurt from typing anyway, so until my next post............................. (: