03 April 2011

danger, will robinson!

this is not the danger part....
last weekend i spend an intense 28-or-so hours trying to get a handle on managing molten glass. the plate below is the result of the first 14 hours of demonstrations and work time. quite a small pile for so many hours!

my second day had some lovely beads...

i discovered that it's great fun playing with molten glass, after you get over the fear of lighting the torch! i can definitely see some applications for glass skills in my work, although i do not see myself dropping everything else to become a glass artist! one of my "complaints" is that glass is so darn shiny...with that in mind, i contacted overstock.com to see about this...
THIS is where the DANGER comes in....

had i been able to read the small print on this bottle in the picture on the website, i might not have bought it. i generally don't like to have anything that can be FATAL hanging around the house. i have reasonably sensible, middle-sized kids living in my house who i REALLY don't think would even open this jar (they tend to stay away from things that say FATAL on them). but i DO have toddler niece and nephew. i'll have to find a high-up (possibly locked) place to keep this.

here's a dark square of mystery (amber and turquoise) shiny, and then etched...

much better!
and here's a disk bead/button...

shiny first and then etched...

much better!
and another disk bead/button


i do MUCH prefer them without the shine, but i notice that the perception of the depth of the transparent dots is much diminished after etching. i can live with that.

7 comments:

barbarasfernald.com said...

I love what the fatal etch cream does with the ivory background, and how the little black reaction lines between the ivory and turquoise are enhanced.
I needs to get me some fatal etch cream!

holly k said...

after my initial reservations about even owning the fatal etch cream, i must admit, i really do love what it does to the glass!

liz woodbury said...

i love that it says "causes severe burns which may or may not be immediately painful or visible"!!! that makes it so much scarier! (and your beads are lovely, by the way).

holly k said...

disturbing, no, the invisible and not painful burns?!

Heather said...

I really like the etched better than the shiny, too . . . but please don't poison my kid.

I saw on one of those DIY or HGTV shows once where they used that etching cream on a mirror to make it look like one of those old fashioned ones . . . could be fun to play with.

Marly said...

Wow, Holly! The beads you made look amazing!
And I'm excited about the idea of etching glass beads. I'm always on the look out for matte beads but never thought about transforming shiny beads to matte myself. I have Armour Etch in my cupboard for etching designs in dichroic glass but I never thought of using it this way. Did you paint it on with a brush or dip it? How long did you have to leave it on the bead to get that beautifully etched finish? I can hardly wait to try it! Thanks for the idea!

holly k said...

hi marly!
i just used a q-tip to apply a gloppy layer and left it on for 5 minutes...that's all!
have fun! i'd love to see what you do with it!!!