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Old 2014-05-17, 4:57pm
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I was worried that the bubbles would be too large & the bead wouldn't be as strong. Of course, DH's shavings might be larger than what you have, I didn't think of that.
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Old 2014-05-17, 5:09pm
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Eileen - Hubs and I are running out right now but when we get back I'll try and take a picture of the shavings so you can try and compare them to yours.
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I can do it now, will put them next to a ruler or something.

OK, the stuff on the right is the smallest of the pieces I have (they vary in that batch) and the stuff on the left is DH's trimmings. Next to an inch measure. Oh, out of focus hand holding with just room light, sorry.

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Old 2014-05-17, 5:24pm
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I have different size shavings and they work pretty good all giving different looks. Looking forward to seeing your beads!
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Old 2014-05-17, 5:38pm
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Dawn that is great to know, I will try the bigger stuff & hopefully have something to post soon.
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Old 2014-05-17, 5:53pm
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My larger pieces are straight. I would love to see how the curly pieces look. I have made spirals with brass wire too but kept it solid under glass. I called them my party beads.
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:03pm
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Dawn, I would love to send you some. I told DH to stop saving it but I'm going to tell him I changed my mind. If anyone can make it work, you can!
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:04pm
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You aren't in RAOGK that I can find, but if you PM me your address I will send you some to play with on Monday.
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:08pm
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I'm up to the challenge . I'll send you some of my larger straight stuff too. PM your address and I'll give you mine.
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:26pm
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Okay...

Here are a couple pics of the brass frit shavings. You can see it's all different sizes and I think the larger curly pieces look pretty good in a bead.



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And here are my beads: Please note that the bead with the blue base cracked but neither of these were in the kiln and I had the blue based one out of the flame for a long time ogling over it. LOL!





Tomorrow I hope to play around with the torch and cook them in the kiln. I'll let you know how that goes.
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:29pm
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Those look great! I like the effect of the curly ones
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Old 2014-05-17, 7:39pm
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I know! I'm seriously thinking of sorting through the brass with tweezers to get the curly bits out. LOL! Are you getting some from Eileen because if not I can send you a little bit. I don't have a lot but there's definitely enough to play around and make a couple of beads. Let me know.
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Very cool effect!
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Yes Eileen is sending me some, thanks for the offer though!
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:14pm
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Here are a couple of beads that went through the kiln. No cracking, and one has been dropped (not on purpose!) and all is well:



Please note they are a bit wonky and the pic is kind of dark, but at least you get an idea of what's going on underneath the clear.
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:35pm
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I love the clusters of bubbles against the dark core, really shows them off.
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:43pm
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Oh! Very very nice effects. I have to get mine out again I bought a magnet for it, but never got around to using it yet.
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:45pm
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What is the magnet for Di?
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To make sure there's no steel. Mind you I wonder how steel would go....
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:47pm
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The stuff I have is not "brass" but a manganese bronze, and is magnetic! I asked the friend I got it from, and he said they mix it that way in the foundry for their purposes, and that even though neither is magnetic by itself, the mixture is!
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Old 2014-05-19, 2:54pm
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Oh, righto. Well, just as well I hadn't got around to it then LMAO
What I have used worked just fine, though

Eileen, what I said elsewhere about playing with the decorations like frit etc, really is coming back to get me LOL Next, along with mica, is this stuff again
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Old 2014-05-19, 3:10pm
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Ahh, you'll make it sing!
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Old 2014-05-19, 3:17pm
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LOL the ones I made a couple of years ago from yours, I kept for a year or so before giving away. And they lasted very well. Only one cracked from memory, but I'm sure it was because I'd used too much and it was way too bubbly.
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Old 2014-05-19, 3:41pm
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I don't trust the crockpot with them, but the others have been OK so far. I really haven't done all that many though.
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Yeah I remember when this first started up, and that the way they go into the kiln was a big factor, as I recall. I'll have to read from the start again LOL
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bumping this, Carol sent me some brass frit to play with so it was good reading up on the technique. I do batch anneal, though, so I guess we'll see how it goes!
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Great tut, I love it. Thanks for posting. moucnicka
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This is fascinating! The beads are lovely!
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Fascinating!
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If you don't mind me asking, where can I buy this frit?
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