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Old 2009-02-20, 4:20am
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Wow, Becky! Thank you for sharing your beautiful bead set and information!
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Old 2009-02-20, 4:32am
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Donna,
Did those turn colors "IN" the kiln or were they that color going in? I love the darkest blue one's. I agree with Pat..it is pretty much a crapshot. That's probably the hardest glass for me to get great color out of
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Old 2009-02-20, 4:35am
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BTW Becky those beads ROCK!
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Old 2009-02-20, 8:35am
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Well, since I apparently haven't killed this thread yet , I'll continue and say I tossed the beads back in for another kiln cycle (this time a "standard" annealing cycle at only 2 hours, again at 950F), and saw some minor improvement (if, by "improvement", you want less red/amber and more blue/purple). I'll take some more photos and post later today for another comparison.

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Old 2009-02-20, 9:47am
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Here's photos comparing the first kiln strike to the second. The first photo is a re-post from earlier:

First kiln strike (batch anneal) at 950F for 4 hours:



Second kiln strike at 950F for 2 hours:



My husband moved the photo setup so the second photo is not lit identically to the first -- sorry (reflections! )! But I think you can see they compare readily enough (?). I pulled out 2 beads which did NOT undergo the second strike so you can see the difference. The second strike brought out more blues and made them more opaque (you can't see the white base color much anymore). The raked oval bead struck further but still not enough, IMO. I think I'll leave the spacers as they are, and keep running the oval bead in other annealing batches to see where it goes.

I hope this is helping, or is at least interesting!

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- Becky in MN
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Old 2009-02-20, 1:29pm
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I, for one, am enjoying watching the experimentation with the set. I put Pandora on a black bead and let it sit through 3 annealing cycles. I liked the second and third cycles best. Angelique

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Here's photos comparing the first kiln strike to the second. The first photo is a re-post from earlier:

First kiln strike (batch anneal) at 950F for 4 hours:



Second kiln strike at 950F for 2 hours:



My husband moved the photo setup so the second photo is not lit identically to the first -- sorry (reflections! )! But I think you can see they compare readily enough (?). I pulled out 2 beads which did NOT undergo the second strike so you can see the difference. The second strike brought out more blues and made them more opaque (you can't see the white base color much anymore). The raked oval bead struck further but still not enough, IMO. I think I'll leave the spacers as they are, and keep running the oval bead in other annealing batches to see where it goes.

I hope this is helping, or is at least interesting!

Regards,
- Becky in MN
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Old 2009-02-22, 7:14pm
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Kevan,
I just found this thread, and I am in love with your goddess bead, all pandora or pandora on top of some base color. I can't believe the colors, they are amazing. One day I hope to be able to make beads like that, all I can say is WOW. now off to look at the rest of the thread.
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Old 2009-02-23, 4:36am
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Thanks for the latest installment, Becky....will stay tuned for the next post!
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Hi..I am bumping this thread back up because I ordered a pound of what I thought was Psyche and it turned out to be Pandora.I must have been half asleep..but anyway right now you can buy a half pound of seconds of Pandora for 18.75..so I bought a pound.It said the only difference was that I might get some irregular shaped rods..but they looked good to me.I have read this entire thread and was wondering in the last year and a half if anyone has definitively found the secret of Pandora.There were so many contrary ways of working with it..has to be transparent..has to be opaque..garage temps high and annealing higher..all kinds of things short of dancing naked under a full moon
Any new advice about this DH glass that will save me and others from seeing me dancing naked under a full moon?
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