“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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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.
Val Cox White Onyx encased in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 clear
Val Cox White Onyx swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacers)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Etched Transparent Beach Spacers” by Suzanne Fragiacomo of Fragiacomo Glass Art
“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.
“Siren’s Call” by Amy Hall of Two Glassy Ladies.
Val Cox Copper Blue
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.”
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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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 (email@example.com) 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!
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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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 🙂
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!
“Bayou” 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
Dropper 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.
Dangly Lampwork Pillow Frit Earrings by Maren Purves. Available on Etsy.
(The beads in the earrings above were made by Kalera Stratton – Website: http://www.beadwife.com and Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadWife)
“Lily 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
“Into 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.
“Morning 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.
“Pretty 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.
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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.”
Focal by Diana of FusionIllusion Art Glass