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Old 2016-07-18, 7:09am
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I am using silver foil on frit beads. I burnish the silver foil on the bead and then bring it back to the flame to burnish it off - so I can get just the silver dots look. I am etching the beads after annealing. On some colors the silver foil goes almost golden and that is not the look I want. Seems to happen mostly on blue toned beads. I reintroduce the bead to the back of the flame and still get that look. Is there a way to reduce the frequency of these happening or something I can do to the bead after it has been annealed? I am looking more for the light silver color look to the bead and not the gold fuming kind of look.
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Christine, It's just a matter of chemistry - the way silver will react with certain colors. I know it happens with white, and when encased with most clears. Let's hope someone else has some suggestions.
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Old 2016-07-18, 1:36pm
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Christine, if the frits you are using are furnace glass any purple colors will turn gold over silver foil. I deliberately use a 96COE purple frit to get a really pretty gold color.
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Old 2016-07-18, 1:58pm
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Christine, I don't think there is anything you can do to stop that reaction other than using a different colour.
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Perhaps try transparent bases?
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Old 2016-07-18, 5:44pm
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All the blues that I've used get that gold speckle look when I use silver leaf on or around it. The same thing happens on blue with some of the more silver laden glasses too. Very fine Terra Nova 2.1 encased turned one of my blue beads gold. Not sure if it's avoidable.
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