Yes, May. Last weekend I actually sat down and took some pictures of what I’ve done since… umm, ages. I see I haven’t really posted much since the Christmas catch-up. I did make a few things in the first four months of this year, but it wasn’t much, and I’ll post pictures after I’ve made it into some jewellery.
I have been busy though, with a few things not entirely related to glass. Most of these things to do with a) moving house and b) buying said house (well, flat, but details). This calendar year has more or less been written off to that, and I now have what I like to call The Biggest Craft Project Ever taking over my spare time. On the plus side, part of the deal is that there will eventually be a proper shed, where my glass kit will move, so I will have access to it rather more often.
Let’s start with… new colours. This was supposed to be a post in May or something, but… see above for excuses. Back in April, there was Flame Off, where much fun was had as usual. I ended up with a set of samples of new glass colours. Most of these were Effetre ones which were just being launched then: 481 Antique Ivory, 480 Jade Green, 283 New Ivory, 482 Senape and 483 Cedar. Which I think is the order they’re in below, right to left, but I can’t swear to it, as there are 2 pairs of fairly similar colours. Two of each: one left alone, the other etched. I’ve done a little bit of playing with them, but should probably investigate further at some point.
First impressions on seeing the rods: not exactly my favourite colours. I’m not a great fan of yellow (it can be nice in general, but y’know, on other people), and there are also two which basically look like greyish beige. And there’s a reason I sometimes use the word “beige” as a description of something that, try as I might, I just cannot find interesting.
And… beige is what they are. One is more grey, the other sort of yellowish; I think that’s the one called Jade Green, but maybe there’s a trick to it that I don’t get, because all I’m getting is beige. I haven’t tried combining it with exciting stuff like silver, so you never know. I think they may both react with stuff that the likes of ivory react with: there are lines around the bits of frit in the (oops, rather unfocused) picture below. Neither seems to do that striated thing as much as ivory does. Could be a decent base for something more interesting. Also, all the opaques look rather nice etched.
The yellows are on the warm and sort of buttery side of yellow, which is how I prefer them: as far as I’m concerned, lemon is for tea.
I’m actually rather fond of the one on the left in both pictures (BTW, I need to make another one of those encased beads and see if it stays together), which is not entirely opaque and makes me think of caramel or marmalade. This one I made while still at Flame Off: that’s the 2nd yellow from the left (Senape?) Pleased with the result, and with the striated effect.
Now, that colour in the middle – New Ivory – is a bit more fun. In the rod it looks like ivory with a black streak running through it, and the effect is basically like ready-made silvered ivory in a stick, or that thing some of the “Father Ted” blacks do, but without having to heat the hell out of everything. It behaves more or less like ivory as well: melts pretty easily.
This was made while still at Flame Off, and the design seemed the natural thing to do:
And this is a later idea. The larger one’s part of the set, which I will photograph when I have replaced it with one without a crack in it:
And finally, I also got a stick of the new Double Helix glass called Hyperion.
This is little bit scary, since I still can’t really cope with posh striking silver glass like DH. The kind that reduces to a metallic shine I’m fine with and will use with some enthusiasm. The kind that’s supposed to strike to all sorts of glorious bright pinks and purples… doesn’t. I look up tips and instructions, follow them and… nope. Just sort of yellow. But still, let’s try again. In chronological order, from left to right, and displaying my inability to get rid of reflections in photos:
One: overcooked and turned to beige. Heh.
Two: aha, it seems to have turned from yellowish to brownish-purple. I think we may have progress on the striking front.
Three: Getting there…
Four: There, I may be getting the hang of it. Still don’t know if it can strike to something exciting, but reducing it and encasing it seems to have produced nice results; I feel I have a set coming on.