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Old 2010-05-13, 5:41am
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Default What is Effetre Seeded Tubing

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Light Pink Effetre Seeded Tubing~

Somehow never heard of this before. Is is hollow or light filligrana?

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Old 2010-05-13, 5:43am
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It's cool stuff! It looks like a straw and is full of bubbles. It makes mega bubbly beads. You can use it as a swipe over a similar color to give your water themed beads the look of frothiness or all by itself. One word of warning.... shocky! But not enough to keep me from having A LOT of it
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Old 2010-05-13, 5:50am
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I had a suspicion it was just what you explained!
In stained glass, which I've done for almost 30 years there is something called seeded glass and it is very pretty, great to make something look like a light drizzle of rain.

Thanks for your reply and the suggestion of use!
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Old 2010-05-13, 5:58am
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Old 2010-05-13, 6:07am
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Can you pull stringers and get bubbles (small ones)?
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Old 2010-05-13, 10:14am
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Traci that bead is STUNNING!!!
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Old 2010-05-13, 1:39pm
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Traci that bead is STUNNING!!!
Thanks, but that is literally ALL the glass that makes it stunning. You seriously just wind it on the mandrel and it does it all on its own.

I've got the clear, the pink, and the amber. I've been trying to get my hands on just one rod of the aqua forever, but can't seem to find any.

Like Susan said, it sure is a shocky mofo...
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Old 2010-05-13, 2:52pm
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You want aqua? PM me girlfriend
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Old 2010-05-13, 8:08pm
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I have aqua.
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Old 2010-05-13, 9:13pm
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I have the pink and the amber stuff, I think I got about a pound of each when I was ordering it. Where do you still get it, and is the aqua still available?

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Old 2010-05-14, 1:15am
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There's also a purple rod.

One other idea, just for a bit of variety is to stick a stringer in there before you make your beads.
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Old 2010-05-14, 7:31am
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Howarco has the light pink seeded. Got some, haven't tried it yet. Might have to after seeing Traci's beauty!
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Old 2010-05-14, 8:46am
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can you just encase the clear with a thin encasement of whatever colour you want it to be?
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Frantz has it. That's where I get mine from.
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Old 2010-05-14, 12:00pm
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I love this stuff

WOW!
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Old 2010-05-15, 5:07pm
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Frantz has white (clear), light pink, light amber, purple, and aqua, but the aqua and white are temporarily out of stock (I just checked). It looks awesome - I have to try it!
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Old 2010-05-15, 5:26pm
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Frantz has white (clear), light pink, light amber, purple, and aqua, but the aqua and white are temporarily out of stock (I just checked). It looks awesome - I have to try it!
The aqua has been out of stock for probably the past year.
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Old 2010-05-15, 5:34pm
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...There's also a green. They're all awesome, I fell in love with them when Mike had them the first time around. That bead looks great, Traci!
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Old 2010-05-15, 5:55pm
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I have one rod of that green.. *sigh*
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Old 2010-05-15, 5:56pm
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I wonder how and why it was made.

Here is a guess if it wasn't on purpose. When melting the cullette in the crucible you have to drop the temp to squeeze the bubbles out. I wonder if they made pulls before squeezing the bubbles out. And tried making beads and selling the rods to see if it would sell.

Anyone know the real story??????
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Old 2010-05-15, 6:00pm
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But it's like a straw. I think it had a purpose. I have some vintage glass that is similar and it was used in chandeliers. Maybe it's hollow to keep the weight down? Or to thread wire through?
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Old 2010-05-15, 6:35pm
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Maybe you are right. The bubbles would catch the light like a light saber.
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Yeah I believe it was made for chandeliers.
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Old 2010-05-15, 8:10pm
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Well, I feel dumb. I got some, and was trying to use it just as tubing, blowing it. I blew a couple of teeny weeny ornaments, and gave up. It never even occurred to me to use it in beads. Doh.
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Old 2010-05-16, 7:15pm
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Anyone know the real story??????
It was done on purpose, but you are correct - they pull without squeezing the bubbles out of the batch.

You can make your own seeded glass if you smoosh a gather together with baking soda (or brass filings, or however you like getting bubbles in glass) and then pulling.

You can even just roll a bead in baking soda then quickly encase, it takes a little practice but looks pretty awesome too.
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I think it's an enormous waste of money for the amount of glass you get out of one tube and you can completely make your own solid glass rods out of any transparent glass that will do the same thing by sanding your rods with coarse sand paper. Underwater, of course.
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I was able to blow a vessel out of the amber. Yep, they can be shocky, so go easy on them. The bubbles are nice and tiny and don't melt in like I thought they might when just
using it to make a bead rather than a hollow.

The light purple is really pretty too!
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I got a heap of them a while ago and have all the colours except the green, that frog on the mug is gorgeous Nikki, and what a lovely colour green too!

I showed some to Loren Stump when he was over here in Australia last year and he said that they were produced in Italy to be cut into little pieces for those bead curtain thingo's.

He showed me how to stick a tungsten pick in one end and build up a pattern of glass over the tubing then pull and twist the tubing (leaving it to droop a little in the middle) to make a really groovy furnace glass looking feature bead with a ready built hole..... mind you, the tubing was completely hidden doing this and I have to say that Tracey's lovely bead looks easier and far prettier than my bodgy efforts at this technique!

I keep waiting for just the right occasion to get some out.....

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It looks like a lovely ice cold glass of 7Up....that's very cool!
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Old 2010-05-18, 7:09pm
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I did a vessel with the blue and purple in a class with Tink. They came out pretty cool.
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