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Title: Glow
Artist: AJGlass
Image created by: AJGlass using a Panasonic DMC-LZ7 Lumix 7.2 MP camera and PhotoShop.
Medium: Glass
Type: Soft Glass, 104 Coefficient of Expansion (Moretti/Effetre, Vetrofond, Lausha)
Description: Glass Beads

Details: Light windex blue glass was used to create these spacer beads which have been annealed in a kiln. These small beads took 3 minutes each to make and 10 minutes to acid etch. All of these beads were annealed for 18 hours. No image color correction was necessary. The light source used for this image was sunlight. These beads have already been sold.

Discussion: I’ve found that windex blue glass is one of the more difficult colors of glass for me to use. This is because it tends to bubble and boil easily for me in the torch flame, which leads to ugly-looking included beads. The light windex color doesn’t bubble and boil as much as the dark windex color does – which is why I prefer to use it instead, even though the dark windex is a prettier glass.

Acid Etching: While these beads are beautiful, they become even more so when they are acid etched. Each one of these beads was individually strung onto some plastic fishing line and then submerged for 10 minutes into etchall. They were strung individually so that they would not be in contact with each other while in the acid. To ensure that the surface of each of the beads was evenly etched, I kept them in almost constant motion while in the acid by carefully dragging them back and forth. Etchall cannot burn through plastic so the plastic fishing line was not affected by the acid.

After the beads had been submerged for ten minutes, I removed them from the etchall and dropped them into a large plastic bucket of water, which diluted the acid and stopped the etching process. Once all of the beads had been etched and dropped into the bucket of water, I took the bucket over to a large sink and ran more water into the bucket for several minutes. I was then able to remove the beads from the bucket, cut them off of the fishing line, dry them, calibrate them, and temporarily restring them for sale – which is how you see them here.

About Etchall: Etchall is a liquid whose active ingredient is 20% ammonium bifluoride. It permanently etches, mattes, and “fingerprint proofs” glass beads. Etchall is a very dangerous acid product and it is harmful if swallowed. It also will burn through clothing and skin, though the burns may not be immediately painful or visible. To work with etchall, I wear protective gloves and safety glasses and only use it in my studio where there is adequate ventilation.

Further Comment: Under just about any type of lighting source, these etched beads seem to glow with a warm, almost fuzzy type of blue light. This is especially true when they are placed in or near sunlight. The etched surface scatters the light as it leaves the bead. It also gives these beads a very soft and pleasing tactile feel. These beads are probably as close as glass will ever get to being “warm and fuzzy”.

Legal: Copyright © Aaron J. Greenblatt. All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited. This image and commentary may not be used for any reason without expressed written consent.


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:iconindigovation:
Indigovation Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
These are beautiful! Such a stunning shade of blue!
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconsugarsweetchocolate:
SugarSweetChocolate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, these beads are wonderful! I like how you did the glowing effect. :) These beads are very well done. :D How long did it take you to practice making glass stuff like beads and jewelry? It's must of been hard. :omg:
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)

I took a class at the University of Michigan to learn how to work with molten glass.

It took me several class periods to get down just the very basics - such as making a round bead - but once I figured out how to do it, it became easier after that.

Working with glass is often fun, addicting, and frustrating all at the same time. :lol:
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:iconsugarsweetchocolate:
SugarSweetChocolate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D

That's neat! I hope I can see more of your works, your beads are well done. :nod:
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gettingbored22 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
wow i love it !!!!! i want to buy some
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:iconskeej:
skeej Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this

is amazing.

i love the glowing effect, hence the name glow :U the blue is gorgeous <3 great job
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.

They're actually even prettier in real life. :)
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:iconskeej:
skeej Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem <3

I would commission you for money, but i dont have any to afford and i know how people feel about points :P Maybe sometime soon <3
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:iconpril:
pril Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you are one interesting person.. I make jewelry. always in search of wonderful beads and stuff. how much for these?
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I think. :lol:

These particular bead sets have already been sold.

However, if you want, I can check my inventory and see if I have other sets of them. :)
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:iconpril:
pril Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well prior to doing all that searching do you have a price range?
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Note sent. :)
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:iconbohobella:
bohobella Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
These are amazing. Are you able to make them in a variety of colors, or just the blue? I love 'em.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :)

I can make them in a variety of colors - such as grass green and topaz yellow.
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:iconbohobella:
bohobella Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you have any to sell? I'm not a big blue fan but I'd buy some of every color if possible. :lol:
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
At the moment, I'm making more for a large upcoming show. They sell so fast that after each show I usually have few (if any) left.

Also, I usually only sell them as sets of 10-14 beads - often all the same color and size.

If you want, I can let you know when I have more in stock to sell online.

:)
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:iconbohobella:
bohobella Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Please do! :)
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:iconkyotama:
Kyotama Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
If I were interested in buying this, what kind of string would I use to have it as a bracelet? Or maybe a necklace?
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for your interest in my etched glass spacer beads. These specific beads pictured in this deviation have already been sold.

However, I will probably be making more of them at the beginning of December once I have more free time and my local show season is over.

:)

What you string them on depends on your personal preference. The bead holes are large enough for a wide range of stringing materials - including most thin leather/hemp/twine cords, thin-medium chains, wire and yarn, and many different types/kinds of string.
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:iconkyotama:
Kyotama Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Oh, okay. How many comes in a set, or do you just sell them one by one? I was interested in buying Lapis Ink and a few of these to be worn as either a bracelet depending on how much a few of these beads cost, or a necklace.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Note sent. :)
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:iconkyotama:
Kyotama Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thank you. :)
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:iconsimplyepiccanadian:
SimplyEpicCanadian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
pretty lights...
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, but they aren't lights.

They're acid-etched glass beads. The light you see doesn't come from the glass beads, but from a nearby window. The beads just do a really neat job of reflecting it.

:)
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sparrowlight98 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
is there any way i could order these? they are amazing, and i would LOVE to use some of your bead work in my jewlry work
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your interest in my glass beads. :)

I'm sorry, but the beads in this image have already been purchased and I am currently out of Windex blue acid etched glass spacers. As you can imagine, they are quite popular and thus hard to keep in stock.

I hope to have more made within the next two weeks or so. And I do sell my beads to DA users via PayPal. Would you like me to let you know when they are once again available for purchase?
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:iconsparrowlight98:
sparrowlight98 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
yes, please. That would be fantastic, thatnk you so much!!
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have now created a few more sets of these Windex blue acid-etched beads. Are you still interested in purchasing some?
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:iconsparrowlight98:
sparrowlight98 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Yes, I am intrested, but I need to know how much they cost, please.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I sent you a note. :)
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INGSOC1984AD Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Great job on the beads ... and quite frankly, and even greater job on your detailed explanation of the process in which you created them.

Very interesting to learn just how this was done. Learned something new today.

Thanks.
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:iconfourteenthstar:
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
If you ever make this into a star shaped item, let me know!
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok. :)
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:iconawsmdragonqueen:
awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
These are amazing... very enchanting and beautiful indeed... :love:
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

I always find it amazing what a bit of acid can do to glass. :)
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:iconawsmdragonqueen:
awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
You're welcome! :D
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:iconleyghan:
leyghan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
They really are beautiful, with an almost ethereal glow. Excellent craftsmanship sir.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconleyghan:
leyghan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome. :)
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:iconmelifacent:
Melifacent Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"These beads have already been sold."

DAMMIT! :P

They are amazing! id love to get into glass work. My wife and I took a half day course and it was TONS of fun.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)

Working with molten glass is indeed a lot of fun. :nod:
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:iconshadee:
shadee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I was browsing DA for tips about glass eyes and got completely distracted when I accidentally stumbled upon these. They're absolutely beautiful! Awesome work. :)
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :thanks:
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:iconnanako-55:
Nanako-55 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
These are so beautiful, I want some! The glowing is so attractive =) great work!
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconnanako-55:
Nanako-55 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
You're welcome ;p
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:iconjediserra:
jediserra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
This is very pretty! I love etched glass, and I really like this color. They really do seem to glow from the inside.
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:iconajglass:
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:icongraelyn-chan:
Graelyn-chan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Student General Artist
I am completely mesmerized by the bluish glow of the beads. They're beautiful.
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