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Old 2005-06-08, 11:56pm
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Default Tips for Using Silver

Hi! Just moved these tips over from the CA chat:
Lyn:
If it is the stuff with transparent over it but not silver shiney...it is where the silver melted away either from the heat of putting the transparent over the silver (burning it off while trying to encase) or the core heat of the bead could have been too hot or the transparent sometimes is too hot and burns off the silver. The grey running through the transparent parts is the reaction with silver and ivory...and that is what you are after.

You can go one step further and play with the oxygen and propane and get cool effects. More oxygen will create the browns and peaches and reds, more propane will create blues and purples.

Here is an old series of mine called Striations. This was before all the info. was given out on how to do silver reactions and hardly anyone was even using silver..... and I just thought I discovered gold.
Sorry the pic is huge...but it is off my old website gallery pages.



From Mobility ---Robin:

Okay, I think I see what you mean... the grey stuff UNDER the turquoise?

Turquoise is a really hard color to work with. Especially with silver and ivory. Probably what is happening is that you're getting the base bead too close to the flame while you are putting on the turquoise and it starts to react (turn sis color like on the outside). Either that or you have really tiny gaps in your encasing and when you melt it in, the flame goes into the bead too far and the silver melts into the ivory.

The only way to keep it from happening is to make absolutely sure you keep the base bead fairly far out of the flame until you are completely finished winding on the turquoise and that you don't have any gaps in your encasing or it'll keep doing it. It's one of those pesky PPP things. Practicing with more stable transparents like topaz will probably help.

Rubino is one of the hardest to keep from going muddy but once you've played with it enough, suddenly one day you'll see that you don't over-cook it any more. It's one of those "EUREKA!" moments.
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