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Old 2012-10-23, 11:22am
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Is there only a couple of colors for the seeded glass rods?
I tried pink and like it but would like more variety.
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Old 2012-10-23, 11:44am
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Looks like Frantz has it on sale right now. White, pink, amber and purple. There used to be a nice light aqua but they don't have it. It was the prettiest I thought.
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Old 2012-10-23, 12:14pm
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The stuff I recently purchased from Frantz is awful. Well... the white is, I don't know about the others.

Soo... I was forced to improvise. I tried making a basic baking soda bead, but it was too much... I tried mixing baking soda into glass, pulling it into a stringer, and then making a bead... still too much.

I FINALLY NAILED IT I made a grape size blob of transparent glass on the end of the rod, roll it in baking soda, cook it in, let it get nice and molten and globby again. Allow it to flow around, melting in more glass from the rod into the blob until it looks "right". DO NOT PULL IT INTO STRINGER. Just apply from the blob onto your mandrel.

This is pale lavender transparent.

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Old 2012-10-23, 12:43pm
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I never had much luck with rolling it in the baking soda but your method seems like the way to go. Will give it a try. I was hoping for a pretty turquoise.
Thanks so much for sharing and posting a photo. Lovely bead.
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Old 2012-10-23, 12:46pm
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What does seeded glass do? What makes it special?

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Old 2012-10-23, 2:25pm
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It creates thousands of bubbles in the glass.
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Old 2012-10-23, 2:56pm
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Wow, I love that look Jamie Lynne. I'd like to try it with lt aqua and see what it would look like.
Do you coat your grapey size blob heavily in bs or just lightly?
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Old 2012-10-23, 3:03pm
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Uhh, a roll or two. If you add too much, just keep letting the glass wrap around until the proportions even out.

The stuff I got from Frantz ends up opaque because it is so saturated with bubbles. It's not pretty...
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Old 2012-10-23, 3:13pm
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That's a really pretty bead Jamie. I used to have 3 or 4 rods of each color, the old stuff, and I can't find them anywhere. Because I reorganized. lol
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Old 2012-10-23, 3:43pm
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Becca, you lucky dog, well not the losing them part, but the possessing them part is lucky. I long for a rod of the aqua stuff.

The way I do it now is an acceptable replacement, but it's still a PITA. I much prefer the rods.

If anyone is going to try this, I would strongly suggest starting with pale-ish transparent. It seems like the darker they are, the less the bubbles show up. That's pale lavender, it could easily be mistaken for clear with diddys on, so start pale and up your saturation as you see fit.
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Old 2012-10-23, 5:17pm
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I have the pink seeded and make my base bead out of that then encase with aqua trans, it doesn't turn purple just looks aqua, maybe because the pink is so light?
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Old 2012-10-23, 5:51pm
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The pink seeded stuff usually ends up more of a peach color for me. It's not light by itself, but it's probably too light to have any effect on the aqua. What are you trying to accomplish?

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Old 2012-10-23, 7:19pm
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found the bead, excuse photo. I wanted blue bubbles and wasn't having any luck with the baking soda so I used the pink seeded and encased in light blue. It would probably be better if I used the blue for the first wrap, then the pink, then encased again.
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Old 2012-10-24, 7:46am
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I've often wondered if one swipe with medium grade sandpaper down a rod of glass would accomplish the same thing. Obviously, I've not tried it...
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Old 2012-10-24, 7:53am
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Chrissi, I tried that after Kevan(?) suggested it, it didn't do much. I had that sucker really scratched up, too.
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Old 2012-10-24, 8:09am
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Gotcha'. I may have gotten around to trying it one day; now I won't.
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Old 2012-10-25, 2:24pm
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I'm glad I found this. Jamie Lynn, those are really nice beads. I'm going to try this too.
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Old 2012-10-27, 8:22am
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Oh lord, there goes my day! Off to look for the baking soda!
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Old 2012-10-27, 10:44am
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And I thought that people used the seeded glass as tubing, blew hollow stuff out of it. But was wondering at the same time that it must be difficult since it is soft glass and the diameter is really small. I have some of the pink, white, purple and amber, but have never even used them. I guess today would be a good time.
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And I thought that people used the seeded glass as tubing, blew hollow stuff out of it. But was wondering at the same time that it must be difficult since it is soft glass and the diameter is really small. I have some of the pink, white, purple and amber, but have never even used them. I guess today would be a good time.
Honestly, thats what I thought the seeded tube was for too. Last time I was at Frantz I picked up a couple of each color. I was all confused at the diameter of the rod and was thinking to myself, how the hell do you make an ornament out of something this small. Then wondering if I could use a marver to open it up some when it was hot! I'm glad this thread came about or I would be out there probably trying to do some crazy ornament making with it that would fail! haha




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Old 2012-10-27, 10:51am
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Brandy, I have been thinking lately so often about the christmas ornaments... I am glad I am not the only one who thought this
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Old 2012-10-27, 10:56am
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I actually went to Frantz specifically for the seeded tube for ornaments. When I found the tube, I actually asked the person at the counter if they had any in the back that was a bigger diameter. She told me no. I'm sure the look of confusion on my face was a hoot!


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Old 2012-10-27, 10:59am
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I am so darn glad I haven't tried yet, even though I have a glass blowing background, I am sure it would have made me to go bonkers!
Plus cut lips from blowing into a rod would not have made it any better experience.
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Old 2012-10-28, 10:40pm
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Now I don't feel so stupid for trying to blow out the seeded tubing. Let's just say it wasn't pretty.
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Get the clear ones and layer it over other transparant colors.
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