First Bullseye glass bead with dichroic stringer decoration :-)

First Bullseye glass bead with dichroic stringer decoration ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a very tiny article just to record my first torching of Bullseye’s lampwork rods and dichroic stringers (most of these rods can be kiln fused too, so they are very versatile for a studio like mine!). For the white glass, I had to melt down a small piece of Bullseye sheet glass.

Compared to my Effetre Murano glass rods (soft glass), the Bullseye glass rods (slightly harder glass) took a little more time to melt to wrap around the mandrels. A bigger (hence hotter) torch would be quicker of course, but my little torch is a GTT Cricket, which is fabulous for a small atelier but has a smaller flame… so one needs more patience when melting harder glass (these types of glasses are recognised by their lower COE numbers, for example borosilicate glass is COE 33 and Bullseye is COE 90).

This was a rather nice experience because as I applied the glass I could take my time and meditate on what to do next!

Perhaps the combination of the GTT Cricket and Bullseye rods is an ideal approach for teaching new students… something to think about if/when I have my first student!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It should be noted that these Bullseye rods cannot be mixed with Effetre, Reichenbach, CiM, etc. at the torch because the COE 104 glasses are not compatible with COE 90. I believe you can add a different COE glass to the surface as decoration, if a compatibility test proves fine, but for me I wouldn’t risk it when you can usually find similar colours in the supplier’s catalogue.

The Bullseye rod colour palette has so much scope for many projects, in my opinion, including frit, confetti, stringers and other accessory glasses ๐Ÿ™‚ Below I provide snapshots of the Bullseye rod colours in Brochure #8. Suppliers are always expanding their ranges, so a trip to their website is recommended to make sure you’re not missing out between brochures!

Bullseye catalogue page for torchworking and kiln rods (opaques)

Bullseye catalogue page for torchworking and kiln rods (opaques)

Bullseye catalogue page for torchworking and kiln rods (transparents and lustres)

Bullseye catalogue page for torchworking and kiln rods (transparents and lustres)

Bullseye glass used for the bead above: The opaques โ€“ White (sheet #0013), Stiff Black (rod #0101), Sunflower Yellow (stringer #0220); and, the transparents โ€“ Red Transparent (rod #1122), Emerald Green (rod #1417), and the black-base rainbow dichroic (stringer #RN0100-0107)

Originally published: Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 16:15 in Atelier, Inspiration

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