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Old 2007-11-21, 12:46pm
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Default Some weird glass goin' on over here...

How does one use this 'transparent red'?




It's not working out for me very well.
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Old 2007-11-21, 12:54pm
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It's a striking red. Make your bead. Take it out of the flame and let it cool some, then reintroduce it to the flame. You should see the color bloom.

That's when the glass gods/goddesses like you. Me? I burn the ever'lovin'stuffing out of it and cook all color out of it and it looks a useless clear and really ticks me off.....

Once in a while, I get lucky. Others will chime in... with much better advice, I am sure! lol... me giving advice on how to use this-- way funny!!!

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Old 2007-11-21, 5:38pm
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If that is Moretti, I just got a pound from Frantz, and it is working great. It is a lovely shade of red, and so far, I haven't burnt it as I usually do with T reds. Heat and form it, remove from flame and let coola bit, and reheat. am getting the good color after it has cooled all the way, either in fiber blanket or kiln annealed. HOPE THIS HELPS. cAROLE
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Old 2007-11-21, 5:52pm
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here is what I do. it may or may not work for you. I make my what ever like I normally would. then I let it cool ALOT. not so much it cracks but I let it cool way down. then I sneak it up from the back of my flame- sort of like I don't want my torch to notice it. and I heat it very gently. the color starts coming out for me. and when I get it where I want it, I stick it in the kiln, cross my finger and say a prayer. Then when I take it out of the kiln its totally different but usually still red.

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Old 2007-11-21, 6:07pm
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I treat it sort of like Rubino. Be careful not to let it turn white hot, and strike it like everyone else has suggested.
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Old 2007-11-21, 6:44pm
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I treat it sort of like Rubino. Be careful not to let it turn white hot, and strike it like everyone else has suggested.
Same here, if you let it get too hot it will be yucky. If you really want to play with it, make the bead or design then put a thin layer of clear on top and it will give you a little more mulipulating time.
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Old 2007-11-21, 7:01pm
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Take an ivory rod. Layer the red transparent over it. Punty up to the end
with a rod of clear and pull the ivory-covered-red rod out into 3mm stringers.
Use this to decorate beads with. You should get some incredible results.
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Old 2007-11-23, 8:55am
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Nice idea Karen I will have to try that. I love encased stringers but for some reason I never really thought about ivory.
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Old 2007-11-23, 11:22am
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I tend to work it on the cooler side. It has always done good things for me.
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