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New Val Cox Frit Colours!

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Well, here is something to get excited about – a whole new set of blends from Val Cox Frit! I just got mine last week so all I have had time to do so far is spacers, but I am absolutely loving each and every one of these blends, and I can’t wait to see more of them… when I get caught up on my orders I will be doing a ton more experimenting!

Go buy the blends here – at ValCoxFrit.com!

Check out my Etsy shops for ready to ship and made to order spacers as seen below…
http://lampworkbyamy.etsy.com/
http://madeforyoulampwork.etsy.com/

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Val Cox Rio Nights

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Here is a frit blend that is NOT a new one… but new to me (or rather, I hadn’t had much time to play with it). Here are some preliminary results. I really love the rich contrasting colours in this blend.

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“Copper goldstone adds sparkle to this lively multi-colored blend that shifts between rich blues and pinks in delightful–and somewhat unpredictable–ways. This blend works best without silver foil.”

Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com!

Beads & Info by Amy Hall

Rio Nights K100
Val Cox Rio Nights swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacer beads)

Rio Nights K100
Val Cox Rio Nights swirled in Kugler K100 clear (big hole beads)

Rio Nights K100
Val Cox Rio Nights encased in Kugler K100 clear

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Back to School & Pink Incantation

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It’s September again, and all over the place there are kids going back to school (well, not here in BC, but that’s another story). University and college students are starting new courses, moms (well, some of them) are finding a bit more time on their hands. Back to school time is one of my favorite times of year. I love it when seasons change – and my two favorites are Summer turning into Fall, and Winter into Spring. Well right now we are on the tail end of a beautiful Summer, with just a hint of Fall. There’s that little bit of crispness in the air, it’s not quite so stiflingly hot, and we’ve had some rain. I’m not quite into Boot time but starting to think about wearing leggings again. Boots and leggings and sweaters are some of my favorite things… but that’s a bit of a digression from glass…

Anyhow, I think what I like about Fall is the feeling of new beginnings and new possibilities.

I have a new Etsy shop that I’m promoting. It is a Made to Order catalogue of all of my designs (or at least, the ones I am able and willing to reproduce). I still have loads to add to this store from my current “catalogue” and am always adding new designs as well, but it’s starting to become fairly fleshed out already, so please go visit! For 10% off at checkout, use coupon code TGL10PERCENT.

I want to share today some preliminary results another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – this one is called Pink Incantation. “A richly layered blend of pinks, peaches, willow-green and cranberry. Fuss free. Lovely with silver.” I loved the kind of old fashioned feeling of this blend. It is sort of girly and a bit dainty. Very pretty.

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Pink Incantation K100 Spacers
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacers)

Pink Incantation K100 BHBs
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in Kugler K100 clear (Big Hole/Charm Bracelet Beads)

Pink Incantation K100 Swirls
Val Cox Pink Incantation swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear

Pink Incantation K100 Encased
Val Cox Pink Incantation encased in Kugler K100 clear

Pink Incantation 219 Copper Green
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

Pink Incantation 266 Opal Yellow
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

Pink Incantation 680 Green Tea
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 680 Green Tea

Pink Incantation 031
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Pink Incantation 204 White
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Moretti 204 Pastel White

Pink Incantation 955 Seashell Swirl
Val Cox Pink Incantation with Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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Val Cox Laurasia

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Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Laurasia

Laurasia

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

“A rich warm blend of six pink opaques and a touch of Iris Gold. Work cool to retain the pink tones. Work longer to create a golden boro effect. Love, love, love this one!”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

This one was a bit of a surprise – the Iris Gold in it really behaves differently depending on how it is worked. For me it seemed to strike in the kiln, because my paddle tests didn’t come out the same way the beads did. The colours I got out of this blend were fantastic though. Beautiful and warm.

Laurasia K100Val Cox Laurasia encased in Kugler K100 clear

Laurasia K100 Silver
Val Cox Laurasia encased in Kugler K100 clear with silver foil

Laurasia K100
Val Cox Laurasia swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Laurasia 004 Clear
Val Cox Laurasia swirled in Moretti 004 Transparent Clear

Laurasia 067 Rose Quartz
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

Laurasia 204
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Laurasia 219
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

Laurasia 955
Val Cox Laurasia on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

Laurasia 266
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

Laurasia on 067 Rose Quartz
Laurasia on 067 Rose Quartz
Laurasia on 068 Pale PInk
Laurasia on 068 Pale PInk
Laurasia on 204 White
Laurasia on 204 White
Laurasia on 232 Lt Turquoise
Laurasia on 232 Lt Turquoise
Laurasia on 680 Green Tea
Laurasia on 680 Green Tea
Laurasia on Kugler K100 Clear
Laurasia on Kugler K100 Clear
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Val Cox Rise n Shine

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Another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – an amazing orange called “Rise n Shine.”

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Rise n Shine

Rise n Shine

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

A lively blend of transparents and opaques that range in the yellow to orange range. The transparent yellows give the impression of radiating light from within when combined with clear.

Rise n Shine K100
Val Cox Rise n Shine encased in Kugler K100 Clear

NOTE ABOUT ORANGE

The yellow and orange colors do not contain lead, which normally makes furnace glass more adaptive in coe. If you are working with Effetre (104coe) or Bullseye (90coe), work this blend on the surface, instead of encasing, to avoid cracking issues.

Orange will become black where it comes in contact with silver foil or a base glass containing silver, such as Effetre Ivory.

Amy’s Notes:

While orange/yellow are not the most versatile colours, these are some of the prettiest combination I’ve seen. They won’t go with a lot of other glasses because the chemistry to make orange/yellow tends to react with almost everything else. But nonetheless, I found some very pretty colour combos, and absolutely LOVED this blend when used with plain old clear.

From my paddle tests, you can see that the addition of silver foil can create some very interesting reactions with this blend, which may or may not be what you’re looking for.

K100 Clear, No Silver
K100 Clear, No Silver
K100 Clear, Silver Foil
K100 Clear, Silver Foil

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Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

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Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear.

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Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled in Kugler K100 clear.

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Val Cox Rise n Shine on Moretti 008 Transparent Pale Amber

Rise n Shine 204 white
Val Cox Rise n Shine on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Here are a few more paddle tests as well:

Rise n Shine 232
Rise n Shine on 232 Lt Turquoise
Rise n Shine on 266 Opal Yellow
Rise n Shine on 266 Opal Yellow
Rise n Shine on 404 Lemon Yellow
Rise n Shine on 404 Lemon Yellow
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Val Cox Martinique

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Another of the new Val Cox blends – “Martinique.”

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Martinique

Martinique

This frit, sold by Val Cox, “balances several warm and cool toned opaques to create a highly versatile blend good for all seasons. Fuss free.”

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Martinique K100
Val Cox Martinique encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Martinique K100
Val Cox Martinique encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Martinique 204 White
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Martinique 031
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald

Martinique 068 219 Silvered Ivory
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green and Moretti 068 Transparent Pale Rose with silvered ivory

Martinie 038 266
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow and Moretti 073 Pale Green Apple

Martinique 031 955
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald and Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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Val Cox Lemuria

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Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Lemuria

It’s Friday night and what am I up to? Definitely not out partying. I thought I’d share one of the new blends from Val Cox Frit. This blue-green beauty is called Lemuria.

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A tone-on-tone transparent blend between emerald green and aqua blue. Not fussy.

To enhance the blue tones, add Catalina Blue or Oriental Blue. For some sparkle, add Aventurine Green.

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Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com

Amy’s Notes:

This blend was a wonderful surprise. I am usually not much of a green person, but blue-green and teal are some of my favorites. I got some gorgeous beads out of Lemuria and I absolutely fell in love with it. I think you will too!

Lemuria K100
Val Cox Lemuria encased in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria K100
Val Cox Lemuria encased in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria K100
Val Cox Lemuria swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria K100
Val Cox Lemuria swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria with Lime Aventurine K100
Val Cox Lemuria and Aventurine Green encased in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria 031
Val Cox Lemuria on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Lemuria 204
Val Cox Lemuria swirled in Moretti 204 Pastel White

Lemuria 232
Val Cox Lemuria swirled in Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise

Lemuria K100
Val Cox Lemuria swirled in Kugler K100 clear

Lemuria 204 White
Val Cox Lemuria on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Lemuria 219
Val Cox Lemuria on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

Lemuria 232
Val Cox Lemuria on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise

Lemuria Green Tea 680
Val Cox Lemuria on Moretti 680 Green Tea

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Val Cox Winter Blues Frit

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This isn’t a new Val Cox blend, but she is now offering it in #0 size (which I think is fairly new!) – anyhow, here are some of my results from testing yet another lovely Val Cox blend. Loving these small grinds that are now available!

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This frit (sold by Val Cox) is a “lovely blend of three cool blue opaques.” This frit was very easy to work with, encased beautifully, etched beautifully too, and created some very pretty reactions when combined with silver foil. It made me think more of ocean blues than winter, personally, although I suppose it has a bit of a “minty” feel to it as well. Very fresh!

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) encased in Reichenbach R100 clear.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) with silver foil encased in Reichenbach R100 clear.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise, with silver foil, etched.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) on a base of Moretti 224 Pastel Light Sky Blue.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) on a base of Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green. Core is Moretti 060 Transparent Cobalt Blue.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) on a base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine.

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Val Cox Winter Blues frit (#0 size) swirled in and speckled on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear.

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Friday Lampwork Feature – Purple Beads

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“INNER DEPTH” – Purple and Black Glass Bead Set
by Stephanie Gough of Beads by Stephanie
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsbystephanie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinishingTouchJewels

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Lampworked berry beads and flowers set, made using various shades of purple glass and finished with white flowers. By Debbie Dew.
Website: www.silverartz.co.uk
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Glassmania

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“Purple Glow” Glow in the Dark Dreadlock Bead by Sheri Fisher, Chief Creative Goddess of Glass Art Revealed.
Glow In the Dark spots surround this handmade glass Dread Bead for a twinkle of light in your locks! Glow In the Dark powder is a Mutha with a capital M to work with, but the results are sweet!! This one is made on a 1/2 inch big hole bead mandrel
Website: Glass Art Revealed
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassArtRevealed

Purple Lampwork Necklace
Purple Necklace & Earrings set by Madison Allison of Batty Maddy’s Beads & Baubles. Glasses include CiM Crocus, CiM Lapis, and CiM Heffalump.

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Purple & Periwinkle Spotted Dot Lampwork Earrings by Stefanie Brooks of Phishstuff. “My favorite thing about these earrings are the ghostly spots on the bottom bead.  I love this look and am not always able to achieve the results I want, and love the challenge.  I look at bead making and jewelry making as a kind of problem solving process.  My favorite glass to work with always seems to be the one that gives me the biggest challenge!”
Website: http://www.phishstuff.com/phishstuff/
Blog: http://phishstuff.blogspot.ca/
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/phishstuff

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Red Violet Encased Rounds by Amy Hall of the Two Glassy Ladies.
Website: http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

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Purple bracelet for girl or “petite” woman by Lynn
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FireandSandCreations

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Purple focal by Elizabeth Bunn.
Website: www.elizabethbeads.com
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/elizabethsbeads

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A violet dragonfly featured on a pale aqua base and her own Magic Mosaic Shards. By Jacqueline Parkes of Gems In Bloom.
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/gemsinbloom