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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-09-09, 4:47pm
Replies: 6
Views: 3,190
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Hi Debbie - Midway was kinda carnival colors and...

Hi Debbie - Midway was kinda carnival colors and Magma looked dark in my tests, as I recall. For brighter colors, get that gather SUPER DUPER SCREAMING WHITE RUNNING AWAY FROM YOU WITH ITS HAIR ON...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-09-09, 4:38pm
Replies: 37
Views: 5,713
Posted By Firebrand Beads
yes - I am getting to your email right now! :-)

yes - I am getting to your email right now! :-)
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-09-09, 4:38pm
Replies: 37
Views: 5,713
Posted By Firebrand Beads
BTW, we are absolutely going to make more 104...

BTW, we are absolutely going to make more 104 when we can. There is an expansion underway and some new DEQ regulations to follow and then yes - Fire Lotus will be back. Taxco too!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-09-09, 3:43pm
Replies: 37
Views: 5,713
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Well Hell-Ooooo ladies! It's been a while. Yes,...

Well Hell-Ooooo ladies! It's been a while. Yes, Marie did get something like Fire Lotus at the Glass Stock West show, but it was a more pastel odd lot. Pretty, but not quite the same.
Forum: Boro Room 2015-07-17, 3:00pm
Replies: 15
Views: 4,356
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Sasha's is *very* saturated with silver and will...

Sasha's is *very* saturated with silver and will haze up if you are not working with a larger torch and high oxy. Sasha Hess, who we named it for, likes to crash cool it, like Otter says. He will...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-07-17, 2:51pm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,782
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Thanks for asking! It's true, we have sidelined...

Thanks for asking! It's true, we have sidelined the soft glass for the time being, as we are totally inundated with boro orders right now. Good news, though - we are about to undertake another...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-11-01, 2:48pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,689
Posted By Firebrand Beads
TAGs Fire Lotus and Dalai Lotus are designed to...

TAGs Fire Lotus and Dalai Lotus are designed to work long and hot without washing out.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-11-01, 2:45pm
Replies: 52
Views: 6,348
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Here is some quick chemistry: silver in glass...

Here is some quick chemistry: silver in glass passes yellow and bounces blue. This is true in fuming, in transparent silvered colors, as well as with clear glass over silver foil. The reason it looks...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-11-01, 11:39am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,413
Posted By Firebrand Beads
You can learn a lot by just heating the tip of...

You can learn a lot by just heating the tip of the rod, not even really using it. If it's transparent it's likely a reducer, try heating the tip in a neutral flame and seeing if it changes. If not,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-02-22, 11:46am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,553
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Considering the vastly different viscosities of...

Considering the vastly different viscosities of the two, it's actually very easy to get all the boro off your soft glass piece. And the boro punty won't melt or crack like a rod of 104.
Forum: Boro Room 2013-02-22, 11:36am
Replies: 8
Views: 3,166
Posted By Firebrand Beads
You could try contacting some teachers, see if...

You could try contacting some teachers, see if they take private students. I would suggest talking to the folks at Carlisle Machine Works, the torch makers - they have a classroom there for small...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-02-20, 4:34pm
Replies: 8
Views: 3,166
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Have you looked on the "classes" page here on LE?...

Have you looked on the "classes" page here on LE? It's in the section below this one, in 'biz as usual'.
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-30, 5:26pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,714
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Where is Jah Free when you need him? Surprised he...

Where is Jah Free when you need him? Surprised he didn't catch the scent of the word Draconis in the wind and suddenly find this forum, lol! Jah Free in Washington has been using the Draconis satins...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-30, 5:17pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,528
Posted By Firebrand Beads
well... that's certainly hypnotic! lol!

well... that's certainly hypnotic! lol!
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-30, 5:15pm
Replies: 20
Views: 3,771
Posted By Firebrand Beads
I've heard someone say they use brass then gold...

I've heard someone say they use brass then gold for a better stick, but you better have VERY good ventilation if you want to fume with brass.
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-22, 4:44pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,217
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Trautman Art Glass, Northstar and Glass Alchemy...

Trautman Art Glass, Northstar and Glass Alchemy all make colored tubing. Golden Gate Glassworks makes a lot of vac-stacked striped tubing. I think Dichroic Alchemy does boro dichro tube... of course...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-22, 4:20pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,714
Posted By Firebrand Beads
You sure it's Northstar and not Draconis satin or...

You sure it's Northstar and not Draconis satin or something?
Forum: Boro Room 2013-01-16, 12:52pm
Replies: 14
Views: 4,647
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Do you think it was Wisteria?

Do you think it was Wisteria?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-01-07, 4:47pm
Replies: 42
Views: 4,677
Posted By Firebrand Beads
The first person I ever saw make a bead was at an...

The first person I ever saw make a bead was at an SCA Renaissance Fair. 1980's. She had a mapp torch between her velvet-robed knees, lol, and wrapped chips of stained glass onto copper wire or thin...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-01-07, 4:36pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,650
Posted By Firebrand Beads
:hide: Dang, Sara, we want you to be a secret TAG...

:hide: Dang, Sara, we want you to be a secret TAG mole! LOL!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2012-12-18, 2:00pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,438
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Fire Lotus can vary WIDELY from batch to batch,...

Fire Lotus can vary WIDELY from batch to batch, and from top to bottom. Often chocolate brown in the rod, but also often tan. Often a tan core, or a greenish core. Sometimes striped, occasionally...
Forum: Boro Room 2012-12-10, 8:37pm
Replies: 17
Views: 4,196
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Your research should begin with John Burton, and...

Your research should begin with John Burton, and the Burton Method. He was a Brit, a metalurgist, and he is the one who first mixed oxides into clear boro for real boro color. The same way that Paul...
Forum: Customer Service Kiosk 2012-12-10, 8:08pm
Replies: 73
Views: 11,719
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Pam, I think the ribbons came from Luigi. There...

Pam, I think the ribbons came from Luigi. There is a dealer here in the US carrying them, I believe? Check with ABR.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2012-11-29, 11:21am
Replies: 26
Views: 3,174
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Also make sure your bead release is thoroughly...

Also make sure your bead release is thoroughly dried. Steam and other gasses come up from moist mandrels and add more bubbles to your beads. You know you don't have enough mandrels when you have to...
Forum: Boro Room 2012-11-21, 4:04pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,093
Posted By Firebrand Beads
Get it shiny and ENCASE!

Get it shiny and ENCASE!
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