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Old 2014-09-04, 7:40pm
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Question Need Help with Violet Pastel, 272

Sorry if this has been addressed already, I did a search but couldn't find any answers to my question.

So I ordered some of this about a month ago when Frantz had it on sale because I like purple and wanted some inexpensive purple glass to play with. I don't have a lot of experience and haven't had this happen with any other glass. The purple is getting a silver sheen, which I guess could be nice but how do I get just plain purple? Also, a couple beads that I worked for a long time turned silverish-brown around the holes. I'm working on a minor with tanked oxy and natural gas.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
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Old 2014-09-04, 7:50pm
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work a little farther away from the face of the torch

make sure you have a neutral fame.
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Old 2014-09-04, 8:05pm
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a lot of purples (or all of them) reduce really easily. You can clean it up a bit with an oxidyzing flame. Try to work further out in the flame, like the turquoise, as Yellowbird said.
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Old 2014-09-06, 1:27am
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Don't some say to use toilet bowl cleaner to get rid of that? Hopefully someone will chime in. I don't know what kind (if it matters).
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Old 2014-09-06, 5:41am
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Yes, I think that the cleaner, or whatever you use for the reduction on the blues, would work here too. Myself, I was unsuccessful at removing either with anything but etching liquid for a minute or two. I didn't try the purple. To me, that purple reduction seems more intense.
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Old 2014-09-06, 9:41am
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If you have a bunch already made & don't need/want a flame polished look, tumble them. Then you'll have a soft purple w/o the reduction as it will remove it.

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Old 2014-09-06, 3:17pm
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I use Whink rust remover. Just a couple of seconds in a very small cup and the metallic sheen is gone.
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Old 2014-09-06, 7:07pm
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Thank you for all the suggestions!! I made a few more, tried working further out and that kept them from getting brown. I managed to make one with no silvery sheen. I'll try those other methods on the rest. I've been trying to get a large enough batch to tumble so I'll add a set to that and then try to find some of that Whink.

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Old 2014-09-06, 8:02pm
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Walmart has Whink.

You can also soak it overnight in Diet Coke.
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Or regular coke
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Old 2014-09-09, 5:00am
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The brown around the holes is from working too hot. It's a nice color, but likes to be worked cooler. If you encase part or all watch for the brown to just magically appear out of thin air somehow. I like 273 better than 272 in newer batches. The old stuff was brilliant and didn't have nearly as much fuss. The newer stuff is a different color, way more grey brown than before.
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