Friday, July 11, 2008

Double Helix's Terranova II Rocks!

I finally got some time to make a bead of Terranova II. I was making some boro beads and though the setting was for boro, I really wanted to make a bead from this glass. I haven't been able to torch, so I figured it may not turn out, but at least I made a bead.
I made a solid bead and struck it--only part of it turned purple--the rest was athat tannish greenish look of unstruck silver glass. I dotted some clear on the purple parts in case it all turned brown, so at least some of the purple was preserved. The kiln cycle was still at 3 hours at 1058F but I had to leave, so that was it. I've never tried such a long soak time at boro temp for soft glass.
When I pulled out the bead this morning WOW! I couldn't believe my eyes--the whole bead struck purple!
I love this glass and can't wait to have a bit more time to play and see what else I can do with it!

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