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Val Cox First Light

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I’ve been away on vacation. Had a wonderful trip to Hornby Island where my husband’s family has a cabin. It’s a tiny little island off of Vancouver Island that takes two ferries to get to. It has many beautiful beaches, amazing local artists and artisans, lots of great food, so many fun things to do. We hiked, we sunbathed, we swam in the ocean, walked on the beach, and we even went kayaking. We took all of our pets and they had a great time too, especially our dog, who learned how to swim (finally at the age of 8!), poked her head into many places she should not have on the beach and in the woods, and even had a summer romance with a golden lab.

Well now I’m back and of course the first thing I did after I got back (well, after unpacking, having a proper bath, and sleeping in a clean bed) was fire up my torch. I recently got an 8 lpm oxygen concentrator and I’m finding it’s helping me to get cleaner and clearer colours and work more quickly and efficiently. I have my two 5 lpm units available for sale on UsedVictoria if you are interested. One of them is sort of pooped out, and the other definitely needs some overhauling, so I am selling them for quite cheap. Unfortunately if you aren’t local it probably wouldn’t be worth your while since I think shipping them would be difficult and expensive. But if you happen to live nearby, here’s the listing for the ad.

Now on to another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – “First Light” – which I have been experimenting with this week. I have a lot of these sets available in my Etsy store and also on eBay. I’ve been working quite a lot on both of my stores, so you should come have a look!

First Light

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Buy this frit at ValCoxFrit.com

This neutral blend of pearlescent opaque tones is highly versatile. Fuss free. Good for all seasons. Nice for floral and seashell designs.

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Amy’s Notes:

This blend was easy to work with, and quite versatile. Very soft and pretty with the lighter transparents but able to stand on its own on darker colours for more contrast.

First Light K100 Encased
Val Cox First Light encased in Kugler K100 Clear

First Light K100 Spacers
Val Cox First Light swirled with Kugler K100 Clear

First Light K100
Val Cox First Light swirled in and rolled in Kugler K100 Clear

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Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

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Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 247 Light Lavender Blue

First Light 266
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

First Light 050
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 050 Transparent Pale Blue

First Light 955 Seashell Swirl
Val Cox First Light on a base of Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

First Light K100
First Light on Kugler K100 Clear
First Light on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald
First Light on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald
First Light on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz
First Light on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz
First Light on Moretti 068 Light Pink
First Light on Moretti 068 Light Pink
First Light on Moretti 204 Pastel White
First Light on Moretti 204 Pastel White
First Light on Moretti 219 Copper Green
First Light on Moretti 219 Copper Green
First Light on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
First Light on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
First Light on Moretti 680 Green Tea
First Light on Moretti 680 Green Tea
First Light on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl
First Light on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl
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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

White Onyx 067
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 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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Winter is coming

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And by winter, of course I mean, Christmas! I know it’s a little bit early to be thinking about Christmas, for most of us anyway, but when it comes to ordering online, I suppose September is not so crazy early after all. On that note, I probably should be thinking about making some Christmas themed beads.

In the mean time, my dad has opened an Etsy shop recently. It’s featuring a select few of his original paintings, along with Gicli reproductions, art cards, and digital downloads (if you want to use his images for yourself). Of course I am a huge fan of my dad’s art because I’m his daughter. He has been working on a series lately featuring The Beatles (yes, that is John Lennon, not Harry Potter, in the image above).

And, back to the topic of the winter holidays, dad’s just made some of his Christmas cards available on Etsy. Dad has a whole series of these wonderful classic images; the originals are in the family collection. Anyway, you should go check out his shop and his art work – send him some Etsy love! <3

And while we are on the subject of family members on Etsy, my mom has also opened a shop recently. She is de-stashing some seriously cool and unique vintage stuff – stamps and other paper ephemera, loads of vintage glass items, and other odds and ends. Also very much worth checking out.

So what am I up to these days as the summer slips away into Autumn? Well, I am still working on school. Still working at my day job. A lot has been going on in my life so I haven’t been as active online as I was previously, but I am still very much working on glass as well. I am currently testing some new blends for Val Cox Frit, which I will be talking about more in the very near future I am sure.

And with that I will sign out – hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!

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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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Val Cox Multicolor Dark Frit

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This frit (sold by Val Cox) was a lot of fun. “It may not look like much in its raw state but this one really packs a punch. This is a striking color that can produce vibrant yellows, pinks and blue greens. Heat the bead slightly above the stress relief point for a few moments in the torch flame or kiln to allow the vibrant colors to appear.”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 encased in Kugler K100 clear

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 encased in Kugler K100 clear with silver foil

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 on a base of Moretti 049 Straw Yellow, encased in Lauscha clear

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise, etched

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise with silver foil, etched

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 on a base of Moretti 204 Pastel White, etched

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Val Cox Multicolor Dark #0 on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green, with a core of Moretti 014 Transparent Medium Topaz, etched

And here are a few paddle tests:

Multicolor Dark on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 049 Straw Yellow
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 049 Straw Yellow
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 232 Pastel Lt Turquoise with Silver Foil
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 232 Pastel Lt Turquoise with Silver Foil
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 232 Pastel Lt Turquoise
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 232 Pastel Lt Turquoise
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 264 Pastel Ivory
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 264 Pastel Ivory
Multicolor Dark on K100 Clear with Silver Foil
Multicolor Dark on K100 Clear with Silver Foil
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 204 Pastel White
Multicolor Dark on Moretti 204 Pastel White
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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