Saturday, March 24, 2012

Glass is so fickle!

What you might not know is that the glass rods we use for making glass beads etc is actually hand made and then once the formula for the color is set they can be machine made, so the colors are pretty much set. However just like fabric dyes or wall paper when it is printed again their can be slight variations. This causes glass beadmakers to tear their ever loven hair out!!!!!

Whats worse is the much sought after "silver glass" is all hand mixed and it's hard to get the same color out of different batches, then there is even more hair pulling and temper tantrums. Not that I would do that.....
 So long story short, remember those cute little greeny, bluey melon beads? Well if you see them on my Etsy site grab them cause I don't think I can get that silver color again. 
I don't have any now, cause I am hording the glass but I will let you know when they are put up on my store. BIG sigh.
Glass can be an evil mistress.


  1. Yummmm.... Oh, if only people knew how special things were above and beyond being handmade. Thanks for sharing the info about the hard to come by materials - makes one want to stalk your Etsy shop :)

  2. I'm with Marsha on this one. Ceramic glazes can be much the same and firing conditions (analagous to torch I think) can make subtle but really big changes. Oh, and I also want to stalk your Etsy shop.

  3. I am so happy I bought the last set you put up, I had been looking at them for so long and they sold and when they went up again I grabbed glad I did. (and my mom will bring them down to me when she comes for a visit next week so I don't have to wait long!!! I live out of the country with no reliable mail service so all of my purchases go to my mom and I get them when she visits 3-4 times a year!)