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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 Dreamscape

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Another of the new Val Cox Frit blends. I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this one! I am still working with a few of the others and hope to have photos available soon 🙂 eBay orders have had me very busy these past few weeks that I hardly know if I am coming or going, and my torch and kiln are running what seems like nonstop. Big shout-outs to my dad and my husband who have both been helping with the task of cleaning beads!

Also: I have another big lot of orphans available on Etsy. Lots of matching beads here because I was working on a custom order but kept getting the size not quite right.

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

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“Shades of pale blue and violet opaques are paired with a refreshing green to create layers above transparent sapphire blue and amber gold. Dramatic and up beat. Good for all seasons. Fuss free.

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Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com

Amy’s Notes:

I found this blend easy to work with and very pretty. It gave me lots of different results depending on what it was paired with.

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in Kugler K100 Clear (Spacers)

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in and encased with Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape 031 Pale Emerald Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Dreamscape 232 Lt Turquoise Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise

Dreamscape 038 Pale Aqua Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine

Dreamscape 219 and 034 SIS Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green and 034 Transparent Light Aquamarine, with silvered ivory stringer.

Dreamscape 266 and 073 SIS Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 266 Opal Yellow and 073 Pale Green Apple, with silvered ivory stringer.

Dreamscape on Kugler K100 Clear
Dreamscape on Kugler K100 Clear
Dreamscape on Moretti 031 Pale Emerald
Dreamscape on Moretti 031 Pale Emerald
Dreamscape on Moretti 064 Black
Dreamscape on Moretti 064 Black
Dreamscape on Moretti 073 Green Apple
Dreamscape on Moretti 073 Green Apple
Dreamscape on Moretti 204 White
Dreamscape on Moretti 204 White
Dreamscape on Moretti 212 Pea Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 212 Pea Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 219 Copper Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 219 Copper Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
Dreamscape on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
Dreamscape on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Dreamscape on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Dreamscape on Moretti 680 Green Tea
Dreamscape on Moretti 680 Green Tea
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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 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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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

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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)

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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

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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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Team Serenity Etsy Street Team Promotion

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Today only – receive 15% off in my Etsy shop as part of Team Serenity’s promotional event. Use the coupon code TEAMSERENITY at checkout.

Use the same code in these other shops for discounts and goodies as well:

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www.etsy.com/shop/BLPhotography – use code PREFERREDCUSTOMER for 10% off

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www.etsy.com/shop/Colourscape – 10% off purchases over $10

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www.etsy.com/shop/skylay – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/MeganERisk – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/ChatteJolie – 10% off purchase of $25 or more

www.etsy.com/shop/Oogle – 20% off

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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.