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Old 2011-01-06, 6:32pm
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Default 104 Clears - stiffness

I only work with Effetre clears so that's all I know. I'm writing a tut and I need to know some less stiff clears to recommend. Any help out there?

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Old 2011-01-06, 6:56pm
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DH's Aether is soft and smoooooooth. Mmmmmmm.
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Old 2011-01-06, 10:06pm
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Aether is the softest, Reichenbach Crystal Clear is probably the stiffest. l
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Old 2011-01-07, 4:32am
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Aether is like buttah.....but it does affect colors on some silver glasses. It will shift them to the green range - particularly Triton. This property can create some neat effects - like when you want silver foil or dots to turn gold....
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Old 2011-01-07, 6:06am
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CiM clear is my fav, super gooey and I haven't noticed any odd chemistries between it and other colors
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Old 2011-01-07, 9:24pm
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DH Aether is the softest clear I've worked with and reformulated Lauscha clear is the stiffest. Effetre clear is somewhere in between but sucks in terms of quality and clarity.

I love Aether for its softness and ease of use for encasing, but the negatives are that it turns certain silvered glasses green, and (at least for me) I get skid marks on my beads from laying them on the kiln floor. I don't get that problem with any other clear, but no matter what, when I encase a bead with Aether, the floor of my kiln will leave a mark on my encasement. I've thrown away alot of beads because of this
My kiln is set at 940 and I usually rest beads on a kiln rack at first, and then move them to the kiln floor . . . and still, Aether-encased beads wind up with a mark on them.

For the Lauscha clear . . . I like the clarity and quality because it's far superior to Effetre, but the stiffness makes it more difficult to use for encasing larger beads. I use the "big blob" method to encase large beads and the Lauscha glass is harder to use for this.

BUT, I'd rather have a more difficult glass to use than to use effetre and have all of my beads wind up with hazy crap on them.
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Old 2011-01-13, 6:37pm
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Lauscha has a version of clear called "Soft Clear" that melts pretty fast..
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Old 2011-01-13, 7:12pm
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Hey Ginny - I garage at 920 and have had no marks on my Aether encased beads. No cracking either and less kiln-overstriking of my silver glass.

Tag Clarity is less stiff than Effetre I would say and is awesome.
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