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Checkout has just broken - you can view your order and get a shipping quote, but if you click Review Order you'll be taken to a nonexistent page. I have been meaning to do a full overhaul of this website for a while, and this is as good a reason as any to get on with it. The site may be down for a while when I do that.

In the meantime, I can send Paypal invoices if you email heather@lauscha.co.uk with what you wanted to buy, in what quantity, and your shipping address.

Colour testing

Colour and reaction testing of glass.

My philosophy of colour testing

I realise I'm a vendor for this glass, and am therefore biased... but I wanted to import Lauscha in the first place so that I could use it myself! I think accurate colour testing, warts and all, is the best way to find out the capabilities and peculiarities of a colour, and in the long run, the best way for me to stand behind my product. I want to be able to show people what you can get out of the glass, and also what you shouldn't try to do with it. No one likes nasty surprises and if you know what you're buying, you're more likely to be happy with it, right?

So my colour tests show my results in full. Including weird reactions, messy colour combos and cracks if there are any. Some colours don't get on well with each other, and I want to identify those as much as I want to identify the colours that make each other pop.

I welcome contributions from anyone else! Colour testing never ends.

(But do make sure you've checked the annealing schedule if anything odd happens).

Citrine SNT 060

Citrine SNT 060.

Lauscha citrine is a transparent amber. Like other amber glass, it is reactive with silver.

Here are plain and etched spacers, plus a white round encased in citrine. (I let the core get too hot when encasing, so it smeared. Bad beadmaker, no bikkit!)

I made citrine and iris gold frit stringer for the two new beads here, used it to make the core and then encased. The bead in the middle was encased with 101 soft clear. The bead on the left was encased with 100 clear and was from a very thin section of the stringer, so the wraps were tiny and much closer together. I've caught a lot of bubbles in that one.

A citrine cone with silver leaf, then citrine with silver leaf, reduced and encased in soft clear 101 and crunched. You can see the reaction and extra sheen as a result of adding the silver.

Milky Way SNO 605

Milky Way (SNO 605). In the rod and unannealed this is a translucent ice blue, while after annealing it is a slightly translucent cool white.

Heat and working time can affect how opaque it becomes, but I haven't managed to keep it particularly translucent in these beads.

Here it is plain and reduced. The reduced bead has gone a pale yellowish ivory colour. Incidentally, this beehive shape seems to be what I get if I use a small mandrel in the ribbed round shape in Pegasus Lampwork Tools' BHB beadshaper! I didn't fill the width and got beehives both times, which is fun.

This bead is the most translucent-looking of the batch. It has CiM tuxedo stringer and Effetre white dots at the top, which are only just visible. The tuxedo is noticeably blue-based on this bead, particularly where it has spread a little. (This shows up a little more in person).

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