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The key to getting the best results from silver glass - both the reduction and reactive types - is very careful manipulation of the flame's oxygen/propane proportions, positioning the bead in the appropriate part of the flame,  and the cooling/heating cycle and timing that is used.  Here Joan Houghton-Theall and Diane Alexander  watch carefully as Julie adjusts the flame and the position of the bead.


Beads that Julie made during the Thurs/Fri class.


Beads that Julie brought with her to show us. 




In this photo Julie is making a cane which she will cut into murrini.  The cane has a base of transparent yellow covered with dichro and forced through a 12 star optic mold.  It is then lined with Triton stringer, heated and pulled. 


These beads are made using murrini cut from cane made with reactive glass - iris orange, we think.


One of the things that Julie brought with her were samples of leaves pressed using each of the reactive and reducing glasses that are currently being marketed  The Web Mama tried to take photos of the beads and their identifying tags but was only able to capture three of the samples showing their tags.  But the leaves with or without the tags were beautiful to look at.




A leaf made of Terra Nova on the left and Psych on the right.


This leaf was made with Iris Orange (Raku) glass

Thank you Julie - it was a wonderful class and the handouts that accompanied it  are extremely helpful as we further explore these complicated glasses at home.  Julie may be turning her handouts into a book - we can't wait!



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