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Old 2013-04-04, 8:03am
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Default Effetre White Alabaster (alabastro) - what do I do with it?

I didn't find much in the forum search, so I had to ask to get some fresh and new answers from those of you who dared to play with this finicky glass.

Finicky I know, because it's shocky as all hell breaking loose, burns and boils easily, and is only compatible with itself. Or has the latter changed? What can I do with it? I must have 3-4 lbs of the stuff, and this has to be from a looong time ago. I got some rods from a RAOGK back in 2007-2008, but I must have bought some years before that, and I can't remember.

Ack! Just looked at Howaco's page, and there are 4 different whites! Now I'm really clueless.
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Old 2013-04-04, 11:07am
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The only success I've ever had with the alabastro colors is to use almost no propane and work painfully slooooooowwwwwwww.

They are beautiful if you are having a very patient day.
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Old 2013-04-04, 6:33pm
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Not sure if you have any enamels or pixie dust, etc. Could try adding some of either to simple spacers made with it.
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Old 2013-04-04, 7:15pm
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I don't think I have any pictures but I like using it for blowing vessels. I also like carnelian as a base for vessel beads - meaning beads shaped like vessels but really beads. I also like it and the green as base colors for florals.

Also, my experience has been that it does not like to be encased.
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Old 2013-04-05, 7:22am
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Great suggestions! I have some of the gold pixie dust, plus some blue hi-light.
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Old 2013-04-05, 2:12pm
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Carnelian makes a wonderful base for faux boro styles of bead; it reacts beautifully with the iris gold and the handpulled brown. It and the green seem to be the stablest colors in the alabastro line, though the blue is workable.
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Old 2013-04-06, 5:49pm
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I had a lot of luck with the blues for a while, then reordered and got 1/2 lb of frit-on-a-stick. I annealed it, which made it nearly opaque but got it to behave. When I actually worked a rod, it heated up and returned to alabaster state. That was a few years ago, but I thought it was a neat discovery.

I know it sounds lame, but I really like the white for simple spacers. It's just so clean and soft looking. I think enamels would be cool, though!
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Old 2013-04-18, 8:45pm
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Many years ago, I took a class with Kate Fowle (pre-Meleney). Someone asked what you do with alabastro, and Kate said, "I throw it across the room."

I have nothing useful to say, except try asking Mary Tarara. She does lovely things with alabastro.
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Doesn't Rocio pair it with silver glass and do amazing things
or did I dream that?
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Old 2013-04-18, 9:59pm
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I bought some of the carnelian and as a newbie I just didn't know any better. I love carnelian. I've never had a problem using it. I love the idea of pairing with Iris Gold. I'm going to try this tomorrow.
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Old 2013-04-19, 9:43am
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Is there a carnelian alabastro? The only carnelian I've used is opalino, which isn't as fussy as alabastro.
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Old 2013-04-19, 10:50am
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Pixie dust! That might turn out pretty nice!
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