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Blue_ 4:52pm, 11 March 2006
I know I am yanking this from another forum, but I really like this topic. And I would like to hear from you guys.

Is there a tip or aha! moment that has made a difference in your flamework?

I think one of mine was when I read in Passing the Flame, to NOT turn it mandrel towards you to look at the top of the bead. Once I stopped doing that my beads stopped being sightly heavy on one side.

Any others?
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sarah hornik 12 years ago
Aha! DO MARKET RESEARCH BEFORE PURCHASING A KILN.
Well, really this is more like an "Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh" moment. My kiln broke down :-( I haven't melted anything in a week. Hopefully getting it fixed in the next few days.

Well, anyway...
Aha! Let glass cool slightly out of flame before attempting to pull stringer.
Aha! stringer decoration should be done outside of the flame.
Aha! When I put rubino oro on other colors it does cool stuff.
I'm sure there are more... I'll have to think about it.
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Blue_ 12 years ago
oh no! How horrid! What one did you have? That has to suck! :(

Ok, let me ask this is rubino oro is the same as pink gold? I couldn't figure it out
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sarah hornik 12 years ago
I got an inexpensive, locally manufactured one. BIG mistake. Still trying to get if fixed... argh :-(

"Rubino Oro" means "Ruby Gold" in Italian - it is the same as "pink gold", "red gold", etc.
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Blue_ 12 years ago
Oh my... I hope you get it sorted out soon!

And thanks for the answer, I have had Rubino Oro for a while now and didn't even know it! It will take a while to get all the colors sorted out :)
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
When encasing, let your base bead cool quite a bit before encasing, to avoid any distortion. Also, make sure that the rod of transparent you're using to encase has no bubbles or scum forming, get a large gather of molten glass and press firmly onto the base bead and move quickly, end to end, to avoid the most amount of bubbles. Once I threw away the "Around the World" technique of encasing, my beads had so much fewer bubbles and a ton less distortion in the base bead.
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
And an FYI, if you can find the older batches of Rubino Oro, they tend to be more consistent and alot easier to work with. The newer batches, that are "striking" rubino oro, are so much harder to get a nice consistent colour with. I found a cache of the old stuff at a stained glass store where this guy barely sells any of his stock of rods, they are so covered with dust, it is obvious! But, he only had a few, and I pulled them into stringers to make them last a good long while. I love using Rubino Oro with Sky Blue and Copper Green Effetre. The reactions are fantastic!
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Blue_ 12 years ago
Ah! What wonderful tips, thank you :)

I have the striking batch... while may not be consistent still is pretty. I will have to try it with sky blue... once I am not so tired :)
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
To get the "reaction" you'll have to layer a dot of copper green under the rubino to get the reaction. I'll post what the results are in my photos, with the heading "Copper Green, Rubino Oro results" - to give you an idea of what it does. I'd love to see what you come up with, it is one of my favourite "go-to" combos!
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Blue_ 12 years ago
Brett~ I ordered copper green! It should come next week so we shall see what happens... Did you know that Rubino Oro turns a silver color when used in a reducing flame?
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
depends on the "era" rubino oro. since the recipes for the gold/pink is so different between the striking and the non-striking, there is significantly more metal (gold) in the non-striking rubino oro.

Some days, with glass, I wish I'd paid MUCH better attention in chemistry class! So glad to hear you got your hands on some copper green, can't wait to see the results!! It is really reactive, especially on ivory (you'll get an outline when you have an ivory base and do details with copper green), it loves to react with silver foil, and it will reduce to a metallic copper patina colour, or you can just go the soft gorgeous green colour direction. It is a very versatile colour!
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Blue_ 12 years ago
Ah! I see, the rods I have are striking so I won't be able to get that... too bad it looked very cool.

The rest of the glass should be here by the 17th, whooo-hoo!
:)
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
That's great! Who do you order from? I have had better luck with some suppliers than other suppliers, as far as customer service and prices, and shipping, and so on. I wouldn't want to put the negative stuff up on line, due to it being "public", but I'd let you know who to avoid! ; )

You may be able to get SOME reduction in your rods, but it will be less than with the old rubino. There is an element of "mad scientist" experimentation that I love.

This week, my focus is on TWO things.
1.) My new passion, using brass stencils (normally for paper embossing), and shaking enamel over them, and rolling hot beads in the patterns.
2.) I just got about EVERY colour of cz, and can now go completely mad adorning beads with cz's. It will be sparkly central next week on my Flickr page!
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sarah hornik 12 years ago
Blue, you're gonna love copper green! Can't wait to see what you'll do with it!

...There's non-striking rubino? How come no one told me?!
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
Probably because they were too busy hoarding it all for themselves. It isn't available anymore, unless a supplier has a cache of it. I know that Jo-Del was selling some on eBay a while ago. Honestly, I had enough of it to last me so long that I didn't realize that there even WAS striking rubino. Man, was that a cold awakening!
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Blue_ 12 years ago
The glass is here! The glass is here! The glass is here!

But I think I got confused again I got Copper Green Red Handmade Opaque. I just saw the copper green part and was very excited! Some times I think I will never get a handle on the colors.

Oh and I have just ordered from Frantz, it's who I have gotten both torches from and all my glass. I have been very happy with them, they are very nice on the phone. And patient with me too! I tend to ask a lot of questions. This was the first online order I placed and was very happy with the speed and no problems at all with it. Just now I am starting to become brave enough to check out other suppliers.

Is there any that you love?
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
Yeah, that's a different copper green. It does cool things, but not the effect I was explaining. Frantz is great. I was recently in Seattle with seriously long layover, and was so pissed that it was a day they were closed! I like Olympic, Generations, Colored Sands (lampworkingsupplies.com). Depends on what sort of glass I'm ordering. I get Lauscha from another supplier. I like to buy frit from ValCox.com. Handmade canes from GG Glass, and Michelle at Caliente.

If you want a couple copper green shorts that you can pull into detail stringer, send me your address, and I'll have them out to you next week.
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Blue_ 12 years ago
Aww.. you are such a sweet-heart! Thank you for the offer! I will e-mail you when I get home from work... running late at the moment, but I had to get my flickr fix

;)
Brett Anderson 12 years ago
Blue, did ya get the shorts yet?
Hopefully they made it to you safely.
meital p. 12 years ago
the best glass tip i ever got was -work slooooooooow!!!!!
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