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Old 2010-09-08, 7:13am
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Default Finally i got raku!!!!!

I AM SCREAMING IT!!!!!!~ IT FINALLY HAPPENED. NOT THAT I AM BY ANY MEANS A MASTER. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING AND SWEATING THROUGH THE TORTURE OF RAKU FOR YEARS.
THIS IS WHAT I AM DOING
TOOK ONE OF THE BLUE PLASTIC FROZEN THINGS THAT YOU PUT IN FREEZER. I FROZE IT. TOOK IT OUT OF FREEZER. PUT MY BRASS LENTIL PRESS, BOTTOM AND TOP ON IT. LET IT COOL BRASS PRESS.
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MAKE BASE OF IVORY MAKE ROUND BEAD, MELT, APPLY RAKU. MELT RAKU IN TILL VERY HOT ,WHITE, PUT IN PRESS. WALAAAAAAAA!!!!!~!!!!. I AM SOOO HAPPY THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOUR HELP ON RAKU. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT W/OUT EVERYONE'S HELP. THIS PLACE IS A GOD SEND TO THOSE WHO LIVE VERY RURAL AND HAVE NO ACCESS BUT INTERNET. XOXOXOX
I WILL BE SKIPPING AND LAUGHING ALL DAY
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:33am
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Hey skippy! Got pics?
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:39am
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Skippy is waiting for cool down. Skippy doesn't want any broken beads
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:47am
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Raku is sooooo cool to work with. I can't wait to see pix.

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Old 2010-09-08, 8:11am
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Congrats!
I have kept a stash of Raku and put it away until I could master it. Its been about a year now. I haven't heard of the cooling the brass down with the blue freezer things until reading this thread... now I can't wait to try it again.
Please post your pics when you have them!
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Old 2010-09-08, 8:20am
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We're all hanging out in anticipation! This is a monumental moment for you and we're all excited!
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Old 2010-09-08, 11:03am
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Congrats. I can't wait to try this technique.
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Old 2010-09-08, 11:11am
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please be kind i know i have press marks. i just was so excited i through them in fiber blanket. i would like to know what people think, is this a good raku reaction or am i happy for nothing??????
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Old 2010-09-08, 12:44pm
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Was it Raku 104 or 96 COE ?
I like to be honest you can get much more multicolored beads out of Raku.
When I first started with Raku, my beads looked like yours.
I was happy but not really pleased, cause I saw many beautiful beads from others with much more color.
I found this helpful thread, full of best information about working with Raku.
http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=20601
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Give it a try, it's worth reading every single page.
If you' re patient enough you' ll be surprised about the results.
It took me a few weeks to figure out what' s the secret of Raku.


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Old 2010-09-08, 12:52pm
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well , i figured i was excited for nothing. i used 104 raku. i have tried over and over the info you sent, even have printed it out. read it several times, all i get is burnt. i was quite excited when i didn't get the black look. oh well please forgive me everyone. i guess it's back to the raku for me. been trying for several years to get raku. maybe i just need to hang it up.
thanks for help much appreciated.
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Old 2010-09-08, 1:07pm
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Just to pacify........I never got any colors out of Raku 104.
I'm only working with Raku 96.

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Old 2010-09-08, 1:07pm
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It quite possibly might be that you are using a reactive glass as a base. Try using black as a base.
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Old 2010-09-08, 1:34pm
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shall do w/ the black glass. i will keep practicing.
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Old 2010-09-08, 5:58pm
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I love the teal peeping through in those first pics. AND let me just say... I'm sooo ready to do your skipping and dancing!! Raku kicks my arse and I'm ready to fight back .
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:21pm
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When you get to to the point when you see that brown, you need to get it back into the flame for another strike! I haven't used raku for years but here is a bead made about 6 years ago on a base of sage green. Raku stringer as well - another good way to get the colours
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:34pm
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Ok I lied, here's a set I made about 2 years ago. Make a twistie with a base of raku and at least six ultra-thin stripes of intense black or hades. The twistie has to be twisted very, very tightly. I used a transparent as a base for this et i think, and you don't have to superheat the twistie, Just heat it until you see the 'haze', remove, COOL and back into the flame for colour development
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:45pm
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Beadmeltdown, I feel the same whenever something works well for me.

That was Raku 104?? I didn't know it was possible to get colour out of it at all. I'm impressed! I'd be doing the happy dance with you, if I felt like standing up at the moment.

And Carolyn, those are stunning as usual! Are those 104 also? Gorgeous!
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Old 2010-09-08, 7:50pm
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I think they look lovely, I congratulate you on your progress. My recent first tries yielded similar results and I guess we can both aspire to Carolyn's results!

Keep at it and I will, too.
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Old 2010-09-08, 8:02pm
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Great job! I continue to be Raku challenged. boo hoo, poor me!
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Old 2010-09-09, 3:23am
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thanks so much. felt like a wet noodle last night. but i am feeling strong and skippy today. i am on a raku mission, i have printed out all advise on raku. going to sit and study, then look out raku, your going down.

Carolyn absolute beautiful beads. wow, thanks for the help. no wonder why i love raku.
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Old 2010-09-09, 7:49am
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Thanks, I may have to dig out the raku again. BTW, I never use 104, always the 96, much better results for me.
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Old 2010-09-09, 8:48pm
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LOL... I always get so excited about Raku when I see it.... I just think I should be an investor of Raku Glass, instead of attempting to put it in the flame!
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I am SO very excited for you! I remember the first little smidge of
purple I got on Raku. It was like Christmas morning and 8 days of
Hanukkah all rolled into one.
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well , i figured i was excited for nothing. i used 104 raku. i have tried over and over the info you sent, even have printed it out. read it several times, all i get is burnt. i was quite excited when i didn't get the black look. oh well please forgive me everyone. i guess it's back to the raku for me. been trying for several years to get raku. maybe i just need to hang it up.
thanks for help much appreciated.
i think it looks beautiful! - congrats
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well , i figured i was excited for nothing. i used 104 raku. i have tried over and over the info you sent, even have printed it out. read it several times, all i get is burnt. i was quite excited when i didn't get the black look. oh well please forgive me everyone. i guess it's back to the raku for me. been trying for several years to get raku. maybe i just need to hang it up.
thanks for help much appreciated.
We've all been there...from what I see....all you needed to do was restrike it and it would have been lovely....
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