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Val Cox White Onyx

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Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> White Onyx

White Onyx

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

A versatile neutral blend of transparents and opaques. Layers beautifully on light and dark base colors. Wonderful background for florals and decor. Good for all seasons. Not fussy.

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

A really lovely soft blend. Versatile and very pretty with silver foil which brought out the gold tones. This is another one of these blends that’s different than a lot of the usual stuff out there so it’s a refreshing change. More understated than bold, simple but beautiful.

White Onyx K100
Val Cox White Onyx encased in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx Kugler K100
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx K100 Clear
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx K100 Spacers
Val Cox White Onyx swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacers)

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Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 008 Transparent Pale Amber

White Onyx 266 Opal Yellow
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

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Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

219 Copper Green
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

White Onyx on K100
White Onyx on K100
White Onyx on K100 with Silver
White Onyx on K100 with Silver
White Onyx on 067 Rose Quartz
White Onyx on 067 Rose Quartz
White Onyx on 008 Transparent Pale Amber
White Onyx on 008 Transparent Pale Amber
White Onyx on CiM Canyon de Chelly
White Onyx on CiM Canyon de Chelly
White Onyx on 955 Seashell Swirl
White Onyx on 955 Seashell Swirl
White Onyx on 266 Opal Yellow
White Onyx on 266 Opal Yellow
White Onyx on 232 Lt Turquoise
White Onyx on 232 Lt Turquoise
White Onyx on 219 Copper Green
White Onyx on 219 Copper Green
White Onyx on 204 White
White Onyx on 204 White
White Onyx on 064 Black
White Onyx on 064 Black
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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 – “Etched Beads”

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This week I have been experimenting with glass etching. This is a technique that is widely used with lampwork beads, but one that I have only really touched on slightly in my own work. I don’t have a good reason for this. I love the way etched beads look and the way etching a bead can so subtly or even drastically alter the way it looks.

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There are a few ways to etch glass. I think the two most popular are chemically etching with an acid, and mechanically etching, for example in a rock tumbler or with a sand blaster. I have tumbled beads in the past but I personally prefer the acid etch method. I use Etchall Dip n Etch myself – a liquid acid product that is convenient to use because you can dip the beads right into it. I use a few safety precautions with it – I wear gloves, and when I remove the beads from the etching solution, after rinsing the beads well, I soak them in a plastic bowl of water and swirl some baking soda in to neutralize any remaining acid. Then I rinse them again very thoroughly and dry them out. Make sure you have proper ventilation as well, and access to a timer. I found some instructions on the acid etching method here that pretty much describes my method perfectly.

Here is some info on an alternate method of etching – tumbling beads to etch in a rock tumbler.

I will also add my usual reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website. The artists featured here are all Self Representing Artists (whether they are members of the official SRA or not). Please support these wonderful lampwork glass beadmakers! And now, on to the artists.

bhbs,kumi flowe,sets 063“Etched Transparent Beach Spacers” by Suzanne Fragiacomo of Fragiacomo Glass Art
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fragiacomoglassart
Artfire: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/glassymom
Blog: http://www.glassymom.blogspot.com

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“Simply Da Blues” by Debbie Altman of All My Beads. Black base, dots of cobalt blue, silvered ivory stringer added then swirled.  Etched after cleaning.
Website:http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Etsy: http://www.allmybeads.etsy.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads
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“Siren’s Call” by Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies.
Website: http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/
Etsy: http://lampworkbyamy.etsy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Glassy-Ladies/113744825341082
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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Copper Blue Frit

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Val Cox Copper Blue

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A classic aqua blue color that’s completely fuss-free. When this is worked normally, you will have a pure blue tone. When it’s combined with silver foil, some copper rimming can appear, hence the name.”

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Val Cox Copper Blue #0 on Moretti 027 Transparent Dark Teal and Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, with silver foil.

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Val Cox Copper Blue #0 on Moretti 027 Transparent Dark Teal and Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, with silver foil, etched

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Base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine with Val Cox Copper Blue frit #0

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Base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine with Val Cox Copper Blue frit #0, etched

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0, etched

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil

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Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil, etched

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Moretti 204 Pastel White with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil

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Moretti 204 Pastel White with Val Cox Copper Blue #0 and silver foil, etched

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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Dense Black Frit

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This blend, sold by Val Cox, is a very dense transparent black. “Hard to believe this is a transparent. It appears completely opaque even in small quantities. This is a fun one to play with. Use it to create depth and dramatic effect.”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 212 Pastel Pea Green

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 212 Pastel Pea Green, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 264 Pastel Ivory with silver foil, etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle)

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle), etched

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 204 Pastel White

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Val Cox Dense Black #0 on Moretti 204 Pastel White, etched

Want to be featured on this Blog?

For next week’s “Friday Feature” in my blog, the theme will be etched beads.
You can submit anything that falls into this category.

If you would like to be featured in my blog, please email (amy@twoglassyladies.ca) or PM me the following:

1. Name (or name of business/shop)
2. Link to your website/blog if you have one
3. Link to your shop (Etsy, eBay, etc) if you have one
4. Name and short description (1-2 sentences is fine) of your piece
5. Photo of your piece

I will be featuring up to 10 artists on my blog next Friday. If I receive more than 10 submissions, I will have to choose my 10 favorites.

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

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Colour Experiments – Val Cox Red Violet Frit

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This frit is sold by Val Cox. “A beautiful violet with warm leanings. This color is concentrated so use less to start and add as you go. Red Violet works very well on a base of clear and compliments nicely with pink and aqua tones. Red Violet is in each of the beads of the set shown here. When Red Violet is combined with silver foil, it may appear yellow-green.”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

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Moretti 042 Transparent Medium Purple core, Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, and Val Cox Red Violet frit, with silver foil.

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Moretti 042 Transparent Medium Purple core, Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, and Val Cox Red Violet frit, with silver foil, etched

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle)

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle), etched

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with silver foil

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Val Cox Red Violet frit on Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with silver foil, etched

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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Frit Beads”

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This week for my “Friday Feature” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog, the theme is Frit Beads.

Now some of you might be wondering what “Frit” is. In the glass world, this stuff is pretty popular. It’s basically just ground up glass, which often comes in colour blends. Wikipedia has some info on frit, including some history that I didn’t know until today (archaeological evidence of frit use in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Europe, and the Mediterranean!) I personally just about use it in everything I do. The ways that frit can be utilized in glass beadmaking are extremely varied. I have done a few tutorials about frit – here is the link to my YouTube channel to check them out. I have talked about frit a whole lot in this blog because I’ve done a bunch of colour testing for Val Cox Frit and like I said, I use this stuff a lot in my own work. So I won’t ramble on much more now 🙂

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Images courtesy of Val Cox Frit

I will also add my usual reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website. The artists featured here are all Self Representing Artists (whether they are members of the official SRA or not). Please support these wonderful lampwork glass beadmakers!

silveredfritside3BEST500x385Silvered Frittered Bead” by All My Beads
Etsy: www.allmybeads.etsy.com
Blog: http://allmybeads-debbie.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllMyBeads

bayouBayou” by Elizabeth Creations
White base, Utopia frit blend from Glass Diversion and encased in Effetre Super Clear. The bead was shaped using CGbeadroller ribbed round.
Website : www.elizabeth-creations.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharlee22

Dsc06232Dropper pendant and ribbed frit barrels by Debbie Dew.  Made with 104 CoE glass, the dropper has been made by imploding opaque red frit and the barrels are Effetre striking red with Beady Sam big waves frit.
Website: www.silverartz.co.uk
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Glassmania

IMG_0340_cropped_adjDangly Lampwork Pillow Frit Earrings by Maren Purves. Available on Etsy.
Website: http://www.hilobeads.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hilobeads
(The beads in the earrings above were made by Kalera Stratton – Website: http://www.beadwife.com and Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadWife)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALily Pad Gardens” – created using Z99 frit over Copper Green and special sauce with a healthy dose of fine silver on top. By Amber Van Meter of Naos Glass
Website: www.naosglass.com
Etsy: www.na0sglass.etsy.com

il_570xN.451353720_5snuInto the Woods” – Val Cox Dream Cream frit swirled in Moretti 004 clear, with Moretti 016 Dark Topaz and some other ambers in there as well. More Drama Cream speckled on the surface. By Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies. Available on Etsy.
Website: www.twoglassyladies.ca
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lampworkbyamy

morning tree2Morning Tree” by Tina Beachy of Silver Reflections.
A sun shiney tree bead with a base of orange creamsicle and white enamel plus a frit mixture with z99.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverReflection

1-006 - CopyPretty in Pink” by Vicki Gentry of Mint Julep Designs.
This bracelet features 7 lampwork beads with the frit beads being made with Bead Goodies “Innocence” frit on a base of Effetre Dark Pink.  This is not an original combo, but it does make for a pretty bead!  The etched beads are a core of Effetre dark pink, encased with Effetre Super Clear and etched.  The small spacer beads are Reichenbach raspberry opal.  Pink crystals and pink freshwater pearls complete the piece.  It has a toggle closure and measures 7 ½ inches.
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mintjulepdesigns

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Friday Lampwork Feature – “Spring”

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This is the first of (hopefully) many “Friday Features” here on the Two Glassy Ladies blog. I want to use this little bit of time/webspace to feature the work of some wonderful and talented glass artists. Most of these people are friends I have made through the “Lampwork Etc” webforum. It is really important for us glass artists to promote one another, because the competition out there as artists has become more and more of a challenge – not so much because we as artists are competing with one another, but because we are competing with mass-produced glass beads. I’ve talked about this before so I won’t go on another big rant now. But I will put out the reminder to look for “SRA” on Etsy/eBay/etc. This means the artist is a “Self Representing Artist” – they create their beads one by one, by hand. (Note that not EVERY self representing artist uses the “SRA” designation but the number is growing! For more information, visit the SRA website.

Now that that spiel is out of the way, on to the beads! This week’s theme is “Spring.”


“Spring Iris” by Hannah Rosner. Available on Etsy.


“Spring Buds” by Rosebud. Available on Etsy.


Focal by Diana of FusionIllusion Art Glass


“Pincel de Fuego” by Gabriela Arosemena. “This is a pair of earrings with flower allusive murrini.” Available on Etsy.


“Goddess of Water Sprites” by Amy Hall of the Two Glassy Ladies (me!). Available on Etsy.

Raised Florals by Sheila D. Available on Etsy.


Bellflowers by Elizabethbeads. Available on Etsy.


Wasabi Birds by Tina Beachy. Available on Etsy.