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Old 2018-05-08, 4:03pm
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I have been playing with my rods of melia. I am not getting the beautiful results it is capable of. I know it is a reactive glass, have played with striking and reducing it. Anybody having any luck with this glass? Any tips?
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Old 2018-05-08, 4:39pm
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Hi Jilly, you are not saying what results you are getting?
I use it mostly for a reducing blue glass. I can't find any pics right now but I know i went through a whole rod recently. I reduced carefully and lightly after cooling....it seemed to reduce pretty quickly. I turned down my oxy a little and up the propane, waft in and out.
I thought it was one of the easier ones, but I don't know how to get that aged bronze look.
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Old 2018-05-08, 5:40pm
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I am getting streaky gold results basically. Tan earthy.. this is using it alone, work hot, cool and reduce.
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Old 2018-05-08, 7:26pm
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that might be right. Their sample for surface shows that aged bronze look, I think you have to reduce it a few times and hold your tongue right. Raised might go metallic? With encasing you should get some shimmery blues. That is what I have been doing. I haven't tried any surface apps.

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that might be right. Their sample for surface shows that aged bronze look, I think you have to reduce it a few times and hold your tongue right. Raised might go metallic? With encasing you should get some shimmery blues. That is what I have been doing. I haven't tried any surface apps.

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here, looks like you are heating it a lot and then reducing, that is supposed to produce streaks.
http://dragonjools.blogspot.com/2017...lix-melia.html
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Since it's a reduction glass there's no need to strike it. Just a few short waves threw a reduction flame will do it's magic. To keep the luster under clear glass work on the cool side. Too much heat and everything is gone.

It's also described clearly on DH's website:
To achieve the iridescent luster; pass the bead through a small, cool reduction flame. Repeat until the desired color saturation is visible. To achieve the textured satin effect; repeatedly pass the bead through the farthest reaches of a medium reduction flame, taking care to avoid getting the bead too hot.


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