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Old 2013-01-31, 7:51am
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Oh those are yummy, Kalera. Thanks for taking the time to actually show me the results. I understand it's more of a topcoat thing. What a great way to use other frits under them.
Thanks I don't think I would have ever come up with that myself.
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Old 2013-01-31, 7:28pm
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What's the base glass on those last frit beads please Kalera? All three sets are very pretty, but different!

I am loving playing with my BullsEye, there are some absolutely gorgeous colours.
I think those last ones are on a transparent medium gray base... it looks almost black in the picture but I am pretty sure I remember using medium gray.
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Old 2013-01-31, 8:52pm
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I've recently tried etching in a tumbler. I seem to be getting pits in my beads. What am I doing wrong? I only tumble them for an hour. Help! Thank you!
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Old 2013-02-01, 5:46pm
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I think those last ones are on a transparent medium gray base... it looks almost black in the picture but I am pretty sure I remember using medium gray.
Thanks Kalera, I thought it looked like a transparent grey but wanted to check. It is very pretty with that frit on it!
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Old 2013-02-01, 9:00pm
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I've recently tried etching in a tumbler. I seem to be getting pits in my beads. What am I doing wrong? I only tumble them for an hour. Help! Thank you!
That's a great question... I tumble for about eight hours, or overnight, and I find that I may get pits in my beads if there were bubbles close to the surface. Do you have any pics of them?
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Thanks Kalera, I thought it looked like a transparent grey but wanted to check. It is very pretty with that frit on it!
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Old 2013-02-01, 9:03pm
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That's a great question... I tumble for about eight hours, or overnight, and I find that I may get pits in my beads if there were bubbles close to the surface. Do you have any pics of them?
If I can post here from my IPad, I'll post.
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Old 2013-02-01, 9:06pm
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The photos are not on my IPad. I'll have to post tomorrow.
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Old 2013-02-02, 5:53pm
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Finally! A picture! These look pitted to me.

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Gotcha! Those are pretty beads! You just need to tumble them longer; the pittedness is because the glossy top layer hasn't been worn all the way off yet. Put them in overnight, that should do it!
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Well, I like them Mallory!! They look very old..a good kind of old!!
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Thank you!!!!!
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Old 2013-02-02, 6:17pm
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Thanks, Pat!!!! I just was looking for a smooth finish!!!
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Old 2013-02-04, 12:02pm
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This is my first outing with the Loetz frits. I think mine are more of a fine powder than your are. Is this kinda what I'm looking for? Thanks again
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Kalera, Thank you for the lovely bead! I wasn't expecting capped and cored. I will enjoy wearing it.

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Old 2013-02-04, 5:11pm
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This is my first outing with the Loetz frits. I think mine are more of a fine powder than your are. Is this kinda what I'm looking for? Thanks again
Beautiful! Yes, that's exactly the effect... kind of an ancient luster effect. I love those!
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Kalera, Thank you for the lovely bead! I wasn't expecting capped and cored. I will enjoy wearing it.

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You are so welcome... thank you!
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Kalera it is totally your fault that I am now in love with BE & loetz frits & silver blue & all the othrr things you have shown us in this thread. My bank balance will *never* forgive you .
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Old 2013-02-05, 6:52am
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Pat, those beads are gorgeous, I can't tell the difference between the frits yet but they look a bit like the ones I made today with the blue/green/gold frit. I'll post a pic tomorrow after they've been cleaned.
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Old 2013-02-05, 9:16am
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Thankyou, Robyn. I used some other frit first and then the Loetz because mine is rather powdery.
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Old 2013-02-05, 2:31pm
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Kalera it is totally your fault that I am now in love with BE & loetz frits & silver blue & all the othrr things you have shown us in this thread. My bank balance will *never* forgive you .
I feel your pain! At this point, almost all the money I have coming in from beads goes right back out for new supplies I just can't resist!
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Pat it looks great layered for sure!

I posted these in the main gallery but thought I would post here too. Can anyone work out why I have been sucked into the BE vortex?

Thanks Kalera!
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Love those, Robyn!
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WOW!!! Gorgeous!!!!!
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Old 2013-02-06, 9:34am
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Pat it looks great layered for sure!

I posted these in the main gallery but thought I would post here too. Can anyone work out why I have been sucked into the BE vortex?

Thanks Kalera!
Oooh, stunning! I love those!
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Old 2013-02-06, 3:13pm
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Nice buttons. I think we are just a bunch of glass, frit, tool hoes!
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Old 2013-02-24, 9:35am
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Kalera,
I saw somewhere your mention of waxing beads after tumbling them. I am about to begin tumbling my glass, and I wonder what sort of wax you use? I have put a bit of mineral oil on my sand blasted items, but it doesn't seem to last well.
On another subject, I agree with you about Amazon Bronze being a great frit. I have done a lot of experimenting, but I get very inconsistent results. Do you cook the heck out of it before casing? Do you cool and then reduce before casing? I am aiming for good strong variety of colors, not just a metallic look.
Thanks again for all your sharing.
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Old 2013-02-28, 8:08pm
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For wax, I just rub a dab of lip balm between my palms and then roll the beads between my hands... it gets rid of the chalky look beads can have after tumbling.

I don't do ANYTHING special with Amazon Bronze; neutral flame, melt it in, encase, that's it! I think that the base glass makes a mountain of difference; it looks great on anything blue and most things pink, IME.
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Old 2013-03-01, 11:21am
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Gracias, Kalera, I think using lip balm is a little bit of genius. I must have a dozen kinds on hand.
As to Am Bronze, I just need to get out there and work with it more. It may be that I'm not keeping my flame neutral.
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Old 2013-03-02, 8:43am
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Heehee! I am a big fan of using what I have on hand.
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