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CiM Harvest and Chartreuse

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I tested two colours for Creation is Messy recently – Harvest and Chartreuse. Here are my results! Also I’ve come to realize that this website needs a bit of a makeover and some updating, so I will be working on that. I’d really like to get back to blogging about my glasswork and colour experiments so stay tuned! These spacer beads are available through my Etsy shop, http://madeforyoulampwork.etsy.com/


CiM Website Harvest Ltd Run

Beads & Info by Amy Hall

This was a beautiful buttery soft and creamy opaque orange. It gave me some really pretty blush as I worked it (the glass was not all one tone but gave me some nice variation). It also etched beautifully.


CiM Website Chartreuse

Beads & Info by Amy Hall

This is a really brilliant bright acid green. A tiny bit shocky and bubbly to work with but I am never “gentle” with glass – I tend to go right into the flame with it. And I found it manageable once I got the rod going. This glass only etched very slightly.

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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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Creation is Messy Colour Previews

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The new colours are (almost?) out from Creation is Messy! I know that Frantz should have them all in stock by mid/late February. I was lucky enough to get my hands on them a little early so here are some previews. Definitely some of these that I will be adding to my regular lineup. Are there any here that you would like to see more of? More photos coming soon as I still have quite a few rods to try out 🙂 My favorites so far are Aegean, Frozen, Duck Egg, Tortoise, Nectar, and Pollen.

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“Aegean”

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“Aladdin”

 

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“Birthstone”

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“Caboose”

 

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“Cottontail”

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“Duck Egg”

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“Frozen”

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“Nectar”

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“Pollen”

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“School Bus”

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“Tortoise”

And look at how pretty “Tortoise” etches…

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“Tortoise” Etched

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Val Cox Sweet Dreams

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Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Sweet Dreams

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A fantastic blending of several soft opaque colors with a few light transparent tones. Together they give this complex blend a wonderful color-play quality that shifts when paired with silver. Try this blend on the surface or encased for different reactions. Contains a reactive Iris Gold.”

I had some of this frit on hand but never played with it enough obviously – this past week I have been doing some experiments and LOVING the results. It has some similarities to another Val Cox blend, Laurasia, but it’s a lot more on the pink/pastel side. I think they both contain Iris Gold which accounts for the yummy gold tones that come out in them both.

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams swirled in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams K100
Val Cox Sweet Dreams swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 Clear

Sweet Dreams 004
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear

Sweet Dreams 204
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Sweet Dreams 219
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green with core of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine

Sweet Dreams 224
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 224 Pastel Light Sky Blue

Sweet Dreams 266
Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow with a core of Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

Sweet Dreams 955

Val Cox Sweet Dreams on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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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