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Old 2020-08-30, 8:24pm
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Why does the final outside layer of my lime murrini ďgrowĒ when I apply it? It looks good in the cane but when I put it on beads the outer layer overpowers the center. Iím trying to press gradually ....


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Old 2020-08-31, 7:32am
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It's because, in general, opaque colors spread and transparent colors sink in. It is really obvious in fused glass, but the longer and hotter you work glass the more the opaque spreads. Maybe it would help to put clear around the green. Murrini makers would now better about that than I.
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Old 2020-08-31, 11:30am
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Do you have lime colored, or is it the lime slices, etc looking murrini?
Do you have pictures?
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Old 2020-09-01, 1:56am
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Itís a multi layer cane that looks like a slice of lime. Outer layer is a thin layer of grass green. Iíll try applying on a dot of clear, thx!


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Old 2020-09-01, 3:16am
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OH I've seen those! I love them. I believe the problem is that you are melting them in. I've only seen them as accents on top of a design, they stay a bit raised. Encasing with some clear would help too, but only if it stayed raised.
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Old 2020-09-01, 1:21pm
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Plus, most opaque greens are really spready!
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Old 2020-09-01, 3:55pm
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I tend to attempt things above my pay grade! There is a lot that I donít know. A new cane with clear on the outside?? I want to make mohito earrings-clear, pixie dust, floating limes!


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Old 2020-09-02, 1:05pm
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My thought is to dimple the bead where the murrini is going to go so that sits in the dimple.

Then melt a soft clear around it to support it, like the Double Helix ?Zepher? (I think its called).
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Old 2020-09-03, 7:35pm
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Thanks, will try that!


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Old 2020-09-06, 6:32am
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A layer of clear or a similar green transparent on the outside of the cane would definitely help. I'm not sure if you're cutting pieces or using the whole cane to apply. If you're not using the cane, you may want to try that. Spot heat where to want it to go, plunge the cane, blow, and snap when it's not jiggly or moving anymore. Just takes a couple seconds. Then apply a dot of clear over it. It takes a bit of practice to get the heat and cooling right.
Another way, instead of snapping the cane off is to nip it with your small nippers.
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Old 2020-09-14, 7:30pm
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Thanks-have tried that, as well. Last layer of clear did not help either! Putting aside until next spring! 😕


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