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Yet another newbie question, I am in need of a good brown, I ordered the Moretti special dark brown but it has too much red in it :-? Should I try and make my own, or is there a good neutral brown that would look great with pinks and turquois? Thanks in advance for any help :grin:
I haven't done anything with brown but I've heard good things about Lauscha Cocoa. Might want to check it out 8) .
I love the Effetre 444 Light Brown. I guess it depends on what hue you're looking to get?
Ohhhh I would love a nice Effetre brown too... but unfortunatly they don't make one.
Bullseye has some very pretty browns though...
Here is a photo of a couple beads with BE browns
I just torched with my last little drop of oxygen :? But I did have some Lauscha cocoa, and it looks super dark, but will have to wait and see what it looks like when it cools completely. I used the special dark brown too, and it has way too much red in it.
I do like the BE browns, but right now all i have is Effetre, so I will have to save up and try some BE.
Thanks all who posted, I really appreciate it :-D
I have a couple of rods of Moretti Dark Brown that is actually dark brown (looks like the Hershey's Cocoa label), and a ton of it that isn't. The last two times I've ordered the dark brown it has looked more like dark red brown. In fact, if I mix them up I can't tell them apart.
Lauscha has a "cocoa" color that is a nice cool dark grey brown. I got the Check Glass sampler pack at the Gathering and the soda lime has a couple of browns, both of which are on the red/yellow side. There are also two browns in the opaque lead glass line, 103 COE, but I didn't get that sampler so I don't know what they look like.
Here's a follow-up to that: I looked at the labels on my really dark dark brown and the labels say it's Dark Red Brown. Ugh! That is exactly what they do NOT look like.
I love lauscha cocoa!!! It has some awesome reactions with czech ivory and lauscha steel blue. I'll see if I can mix it up with sage ( moretti) wich is a real nice beige ( like creamed coffee) brown.
My favorite is an old 444 brown I have from about 5 years ago. I know, I know, That doesn't help anybody but me. I have also found if I order the Moretti browns in stringer they are much better colors than they are in rods. I really like the colors of them better in stringers and they really don't look anything like the colors they do in rod form. Why? Beats the hell out of me. Even if I pull stringers out of my rods they are not he same colors as my premade stringers, it like two seperate batches of glass.
Thanks so much for all the help, I am going to go look for the brown stringers, maybe that will be my solution. Well at least it is good to know I am not the only one not able to find good browns :-D
Jenni, I have the perfect recipe for a rich dark brown. I have made this mix like 6 times and it has turned the same color every time. Take 2 inches of your light brown and add 2 swipes of intense black stringer. That's all you will need. Then use your glass cutters and cut off the two inches of the light brown rod. Take two mandrels, heat each end of the glass up, attach the mandrels to each end and mix really well and pull that into a rod. I absolutely LOVE the brown you get from this. HTH
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