Once upon a time …

Once upon a time – there were three friends. There was Chrys – Chrys O’ Colla if you wanted to be formal; Rose, from the famous Quartz family; and Amy Thyst.   And they lived in Labrador-ite. But they all had a dream. A dream to go on a Green Aventurine vacation – flying up the river Amazon-ite. To get a Birdseye Rhyolite view. But there was a Big Hole in their plans. They all had a short-coming – a flaw, if you will. One had a bad case of Tiger Eye, one was just Crazy Lace, and one was …

Successful Firing of Sensitive Gemstones uisng Activated Carbon

Aqua Czs fired in Silver Metal Clay (using activated carbon to preserve colour) Last week, I test fired the new gemstones that had arrived at BeadFx (posted o7/04/10). The one stone I was most excited about was an Aqua Cubic Zirconia which sadly failed my original kiln and torch firing tests. The stones turned brownish: Left stone (brownish) is the result of (open) kiln firing aqua czs. Right stones are unfired aqua czs. I was disappointed by I had one last test to try, which I did this week. Firing the piece in a kiln embedded in activated carbon, and …

Gemstone tests

As I mentioned in a previous post new gemstones arrived at BeadFx. When I add a new material that I am unsure of I will test fire it out of clay to make sure it can withstand the time and temperature I intend to fire it at. I took six of the new gemstones and tested them at 1650F for 2 hours to see if they would withstand to maximum temperature I would fire my silver metal clay creations. Here are the results, the stones on the LEFT are the test stones that have been fired : Garnet Cz (no …

Testing new gemstones and others

If I am trying out a new material to add to metal clay, I will test fire it alone before I add it to my clay to see if it can withstand my normal firing temperature. BeadFX just got in new gemstones and I have a sampling of six of them which I am test firing. The new stone that I am testing are: Garnet CZ (3mm round) Lab created Black Saphire (7mm round) Aqua CZ (3mm round) -this might be my favorite imagine it in silver Lab created blue Spinel (10mm heart) Lavender CZ (3mm) Lab created ruby (3mm) …