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Title: Tiger Sets
Image created by: AJGlass using an Epson Perfection 1200U scanner and PhotoShop.
Type: Soft Glass, 104 Coefficient of Expansion (Moretti/Effetre, Vetrofond, Lausha)
Description: Glass Beads
Details: The dime provided is for scale of the bead sets in the left image only. The upper right image is an enlarged and turned view of the bead set in the upper right corner of the left image. The lower right image is an enlarged and turned view of the bead set in the lower left corner of the left image. Opaque black and opaque orange glasses were used to create these beads which have been annealed in a kiln for 18 hours. The four focal beads each took 25 minutes to make. The small spacer beads each took 2 minutes to make. No image color correction was necessary. These beads have been calibrated and temporarily strung.
Discussion: The round spacer beads were relatively easy for me to make. The most difficult part was creating the focal beads by mixing the orange glass into the black glass thus creating the stripes. Knowing how much orange glass to mix into the black glass takes practice since both the orange and the black appear black when heated to working temperature from 1300-1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Shaping the focal beads was fairly easy except for the lower left spiral one. Sometimes it can be difficult for me to get a spiral shape without completely ruining the flow of the orange stripes. Luckily, with that one I was able to create the spiral and not completely ruin the flow.
Further comment: These beads were scanned for this image just before being put on sale at the 2007 Fall Bead Bonanza. That is why you see them here with tags. Unfortunately, they didnt sell at that show. So I put them on sale again at the 2007 Winter Wonders Show where the lower left spiral set was purchased.
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