This has to be one of my favorite combinations of glass. This bead had CIM Oyster Mushroom, Winsom Rose Frit, silver foil, goldstone stringer, and Rhea Double Helix glass. The only problem with this bead was it cracked. Initially, I had thought that I might have let the bead get too cold. However, after making this bead again with the same ingredients, it cracked again. This is a clear case of incompatibility.
When You Fail, Try, Try Again
In the bead below, I tried using the exact same combination, but used white Effetre instead of CIM. This bead has not cracked, so far. The Frit didn’t have the same beautiful organic reaction as it did with the CIM. I will have to test this again with another reactive Effetre color. The end result had more yellow and the red wasn’t as dark on the different base. I may have to double up on the red layer to darken the color.
In this fourth bead, I used Double Helix Euros as my base glass. I couldn’t achieve the interesting color reaction as I did with the CIM Oyster Mushroom. Perhaps I should give the Oyster Mushroom another shot without encasing? I tried to double up on the amount of Rhea used, but the color looks a little more orange than red. In order to deepen the red, I may have to use more layers. I think Effetre white had more golden color than even the Euros, although I did not reduce the Euros.
The goldstone stringer only had one intense black line and so it created outlines around the goldstone. That effect is interesting. However, I accidentally applied too much heat which made the goldstone ball up on the one side (the left bead), but that actually looks good.
In this bead, I used Effetre super clear for my base and that did help retain the shape. However, the clear made it harder to shape my ends. Maybe I should use less clear at the ends?