A blend that transforms in the flame to produce vibrant spring brights. If you think you’re not a “yellow” person, this one may surprise you.
Painting by Deryk Houston, Amy’s dad.
Amy’s notes: Obviously this blend has some special significance to me, being as it was created based on one of my dad’s paintings. Sunflowers are my favourite flower too. It’s one of dad’s older pieces, but one that I have always loved. I am so very honored that Val Cox frit has made a blend based on this painting and that it is a part of the Painter’s Series! It has felt in some ways that I am “painting” with dad’s colours in glass, which is really cool.
Now, because of the yellow in this blend (I believe), it really didn’t do well when I tried to encase it in Lauscha – I had lots of cracking issues. So I wouldn’t recommend that. It does look beautiful encased in clear, so probably sticking with a 96 COE clear would be your best bet. It looked great with many colours in the 104 pallette (and no cracking issues when used on the surface), although the ones I really wanted to use it on – yellow and orange/red – it was just too muddy to show up. So this actually led me to figure out a “new” technique (certainly not something I invented, or even something I had not done before, just something I hadn’t thought of in a while). I put a layer of clear in between the base colour and the frit, and that way I got to see the lovely frit blend against those backdrops that I so wanted it to work against. This opened up in my head a whole new array of frit using possibilities. Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention!
Anyway, here are my results…
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit encased in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit encased in Lauscha clear – note that most of these beads developed stress cracks shortly after this pic was taken – so I am not recommending this frit blend be encased in Lauscha clear.
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit encased in Lauscha clear with silver foil – again, note that most of these beads developed stress cracks.
And finally, here are my paddle tests of this blend. It doesn’t demonstrate the 104 palette in full by any means, but gives a pretty good idea of how the blend reacts with a variety of colours.