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Aug. 8th, 2014

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Mid-Summer Surprise Sale!

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

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Jul. 12th, 2014

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Val Cox First Light

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

I’ve been away on vacation. Had a wonderful trip to Hornby Island where my husband’s family has a cabin. It’s a tiny little island off of Vancouver Island that takes two ferries to get to. It has many beautiful beaches, amazing local artists and artisans, lots of great food, so many fun things to do. We hiked, we sunbathed, we swam in the ocean, walked on the beach, and we even went kayaking. We took all of our pets and they had a great time too, especially our dog, who learned how to swim (finally at the age of 8!), poked her head into many places she should not have on the beach and in the woods, and even had a summer romance with a golden lab.

Well now I’m back and of course the first thing I did after I got back (well, after unpacking, having a proper bath, and sleeping in a clean bed) was fire up my torch. I recently got an 8 lpm oxygen concentrator and I’m finding it’s helping me to get cleaner and clearer colours and work more quickly and efficiently. I have my two 5 lpm units available for sale on UsedVictoria if you are interested. One of them is sort of pooped out, and the other definitely needs some overhauling, so I am selling them for quite cheap. Unfortunately if you aren’t local it probably wouldn’t be worth your while since I think shipping them would be difficult and expensive. But if you happen to live nearby, here’s the listing for the ad.

Now on to another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – “First Light” – which I have been experimenting with this week. I have a lot of these sets available in my Etsy store and also on eBay. I’ve been working quite a lot on both of my stores, so you should come have a look!

First Light

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Buy this frit at ValCoxFrit.com

This neutral blend of pearlescent opaque tones is highly versatile. Fuss free. Good for all seasons. Nice for floral and seashell designs.

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Amy’s Notes:

This blend was easy to work with, and quite versatile. Very soft and pretty with the lighter transparents but able to stand on its own on darker colours for more contrast.

First Light K100 Encased
Val Cox First Light encased in Kugler K100 Clear

First Light K100 Spacers
Val Cox First Light swirled with Kugler K100 Clear

First Light K100
Val Cox First Light swirled in and rolled in Kugler K100 Clear

First Light 067
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

First Light 247
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 247 Light Lavender Blue

First Light 266
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

First Light 050
Val Cox First Light on a base of Moretti 050 Transparent Pale Blue

First Light 955 Seashell Swirl
Val Cox First Light on a base of Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

First Light K100
First Light on Kugler K100 Clear
First Light on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald
First Light on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald
First Light on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz
First Light on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz
First Light on Moretti 068 Light Pink
First Light on Moretti 068 Light Pink
First Light on Moretti 204 Pastel White
First Light on Moretti 204 Pastel White
First Light on Moretti 219 Copper Green
First Light on Moretti 219 Copper Green
First Light on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
First Light on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
First Light on Moretti 680 Green Tea
First Light on Moretti 680 Green Tea
First Light on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl
First Light on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl

Jun. 9th, 2014

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Val Cox Dreamscape

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Another of the new Val Cox Frit blends. I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this one! I am still working with a few of the others and hope to have photos available soon :) eBay orders have had me very busy these past few weeks that I hardly know if I am coming or going, and my torch and kiln are running what seems like nonstop. Big shout-outs to my dad and my husband who have both been helping with the task of cleaning beads!

Also: I have another big lot of orphans available on Etsy. Lots of matching beads here because I was working on a custom order but kept getting the size not quite right.

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Dreamscape

dreamscape_compactDreamscape K100

“Shades of pale blue and violet opaques are paired with a refreshing green to create layers above transparent sapphire blue and amber gold. Dramatic and up beat. Good for all seasons. Fuss free.

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Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com

Amy’s Notes:

I found this blend easy to work with and very pretty. It gave me lots of different results depending on what it was paired with.

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in Kugler K100 Clear (Spacers)

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit swirled in and encased with Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape K100 Val Cox Dreamscape frit encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Dreamscape 031 Pale Emerald Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Dreamscape 232 Lt Turquoise Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise

Dreamscape 038 Pale Aqua Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 038 Transparent Very Pale Aquamarine

Dreamscape 219 and 034 SIS Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green and 034 Transparent Light Aquamarine, with silvered ivory stringer.

Dreamscape 266 and 073 SIS Val Cox Dreamscape frit on a base of Moretti 266 Opal Yellow and 073 Pale Green Apple, with silvered ivory stringer.

Dreamscape on Kugler K100 Clear
Dreamscape on Kugler K100 Clear
Dreamscape on Moretti 031 Pale Emerald
Dreamscape on Moretti 031 Pale Emerald
Dreamscape on Moretti 064 Black
Dreamscape on Moretti 064 Black
Dreamscape on Moretti 073 Green Apple
Dreamscape on Moretti 073 Green Apple
Dreamscape on Moretti 204 White
Dreamscape on Moretti 204 White
Dreamscape on Moretti 212 Pea Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 212 Pea Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 219 Copper Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 219 Copper Green
Dreamscape on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
Dreamscape on Moretti 232 Lt Turquoise
Dreamscape on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Dreamscape on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow
Dreamscape on Moretti 680 Green Tea
Dreamscape on Moretti 680 Green Tea

May. 16th, 2014

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New Goddesses

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

I thought I’d share some photos of some lovely ladies that I made recently on a special custom order.

Goddess 004 Clear Silver Lake 204 WhiteGoddess 004 Clear Silver Lake 204 White
Val Cox Silver Lake frit

Goddess River Dance 038 Pale Aqua Goddess River Dance 038 Pale Aqua
Val Cox River Dance frit

Goddess 050 and Oriental BlueGoddess Moretti 050 and Oriental Blue
Val Cox Oriental Blue frit

Goddess Gold Pink 067 PsycheGoddess Gold Pink 067 Psyche
Val Cox Gold Pink frit

Goddess Violet Fire 224 058Goddess Violet Fire 224 058
Val Cox Violet Fire frit

Goddess Lemuria and 232 Lt Turquoise 026 027Goddess Lemuria and 232 Lt Turquoise 026 027
Val Cox Lemuria frit

Goddess 240 060 Goddess 240 060
Moretti 240 Pastel Light Cobalt Blue

Goddess Cherry Blossoms 680 Green TeaGoddess Cherry Blossoms 680 Green Tea
Val Cox Cherry Blossoms frit

Goddess Haiku 680 Green Tea 031 Goddess Haiku 680 Green Tea 031
Val Cox Haiku frit

Goddess 681 Strawberry Shake Gold PinkGoddess 681 Strawberry Shake Gold Pink
Val Cox Gold Pink frit

Val Cox Violet Fire 955 Seashell SwirlVal Cox Violet Fire 955 Seashell Swirl
Val Cox Violet Fire frit

Goddess 802 Apricot Jam 653 Red RockGoddess 802 Apricot Jam 653 Red Rock
Vetrofond 802 Apricot Jam Odd

CiM Plum with DSP StringerCiM Plum with DSP Stringer
CiM Plum

Goddess Electric AveGoddess Electric Ave
CiM Electric Avenue

Goddess Electric AveGoddess Electric Ave
CiM Electric Avenue base

K100 Clear Fuchsia Frit #0 WIld Raspberry Frit GoddessK100 Clear Fuchsia Frit #0 WIld Raspberry Frit Goddess
Val Cox Wild Raspberry frit and Val Cox Fuchsia Pink frit

Sangre GoddessSangre Goddess
CiM Sangre

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May. 2nd, 2014

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Val Cox White Onyx

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> White Onyx

White Onyx

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

A versatile neutral blend of transparents and opaques. Layers beautifully on light and dark base colors. Wonderful background for florals and decor. Good for all seasons. Not fussy.

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

A really lovely soft blend. Versatile and very pretty with silver foil which brought out the gold tones. This is another one of these blends that’s different than a lot of the usual stuff out there so it’s a refreshing change. More understated than bold, simple but beautiful.

White Onyx K100
Val Cox White Onyx encased in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx Kugler K100
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx K100 Clear
Val Cox White Onyx swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 clear

White Onyx K100 Spacers
Val Cox White Onyx swirled in Kugler K100 clear (spacers)

White Onyx 008
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 008 Transparent Pale Amber

White Onyx 266 Opal Yellow
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

White Onyx 067
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

219 Copper Green
Val Cox White Onyx on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

White Onyx on K100

White Onyx on K100

White Onyx on K100 with Silver

White Onyx on K100 with Silver

White Onyx on 067 Rose Quartz

White Onyx on 067 Rose Quartz

White Onyx on 008 Transparent Pale Amber

White Onyx on 008 Transparent Pale Amber

White Onyx on CiM Canyon de Chelly

White Onyx on CiM Canyon de Chelly

White Onyx on 955 Seashell Swirl

White Onyx on 955 Seashell Swirl

White Onyx on 266 Opal Yellow

White Onyx on 266 Opal Yellow

White Onyx on 232 Lt Turquoise

White Onyx on 232 Lt Turquoise

White Onyx on 219 Copper Green

White Onyx on 219 Copper Green

White Onyx on 204 White

White Onyx on 204 White

White Onyx on 064 Black

White Onyx on 064 Black

Apr. 27th, 2014

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Lampwork by Amy on Artfire

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

I’ve been working on a shop on Artfire again. I really actually like Artfire’s layout for sellers a lot, and the fees are much more reasonable than Etsy or eBay. So I am offering a 20% discount for Artfire patrons in my shop! Incentive to come over here and check things out. This is made to order bead sets, similar to my eBay shop (basically the same stock but with a discount!) I am working on adding my made to order inventory to the shop so it’s still sort of in progress. Come on over and check it out!

 

Apr. 21st, 2014

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Val Cox Laurasia

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Laurasia

Laurasia

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

“A rich warm blend of six pink opaques and a touch of Iris Gold. Work cool to retain the pink tones. Work longer to create a golden boro effect. Love, love, love this one!”

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Beads & Info by Amy Hall

This one was a bit of a surprise – the Iris Gold in it really behaves differently depending on how it is worked. For me it seemed to strike in the kiln, because my paddle tests didn’t come out the same way the beads did. The colours I got out of this blend were fantastic though. Beautiful and warm.

Laurasia K100Val Cox Laurasia encased in Kugler K100 clear

Laurasia K100 Silver
Val Cox Laurasia encased in Kugler K100 clear with silver foil

Laurasia K100
Val Cox Laurasia swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Laurasia 004 Clear
Val Cox Laurasia swirled in Moretti 004 Transparent Clear

Laurasia 067 Rose Quartz
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 067 Rose Quartz

Laurasia 204
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Laurasia 219
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

Laurasia 955
Val Cox Laurasia on Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

Laurasia 266
Val Cox Laurasia on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

Laurasia on 067 Rose Quartz

Laurasia on 067 Rose Quartz

Laurasia on 068 Pale PInk

Laurasia on 068 Pale PInk

Laurasia on 204 White

Laurasia on 204 White

Laurasia on 232 Lt Turquoise

Laurasia on 232 Lt Turquoise

Laurasia on 680 Green Tea

Laurasia on 680 Green Tea

Laurasia on Kugler K100 Clear

Laurasia on Kugler K100 Clear

Apr. 5th, 2014

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Val Cox Chintz

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Chintz

Chintz

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

A retro color combination reminiscent of floral curtains, garden linens, and mom’s favorite apron. Layers beautifully. Good for all seasons. Fuss free.

chintz_compactChintz K100 Clear

Amy’s notes:

I had a lot of fun with this blend because it was very versatile – went with almost everything. And the colours were opaque enough to stand up on their own against even black.

Chintz K100
Val Cox Chintz encased in Kugler K100 clear

Chintz K100
Val Cox Chintz swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Chintz K100
Val Cox Chintz swirled in Kugler K100 clear

Chintz K100
Val Cox Chintz swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear

Chintz 031
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green

Chintz 064
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 064 Transparent Black

Chintz 068
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 068 Transparent Pale Rose

Chintz 080
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 080 Transparent Pale Periwinkle

Chintz 204
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Chintz 220
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 220 Pastel Blue (Periwinkle)

Chintz 272
Val Cox Chintz on Moretti 272 Pastel Violet

Here are some paddle tests:

Chintz on K100 Clear
Chintz on K100 Clear
Chintz on K100 Clear with Silver Foil
Chintz on K100 Clear with Silver Foil

 

Chintz on 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green
Chintz on 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green
Chintz on 038 Transparent Pale Aqua
Chintz on 038 Transparent Pale Aqua
Chintz on 040 Transparent Amethyst
Chintz on 040 Transparent Amethyst
Chintz on 046 Transparent Pale Purple
Chintz on 046 Transparent Pale Purple
Chintz on 064 Transparent Black
Chintz on 064 Transparent Black
Chintz on 067 Rose Quartz
Chintz on 067 Rose Quartz
Chintz on 068 Transparent Pale Pink
Chintz on 068 Transparent Pale Pink
Chintz on 080 Transparent Pale Periwinkle
Chintz on 080 Transparent Pale Periwinkle
Chintz on 204 Pastel White
Chintz on 204 Pastel White
Chintz on 219 Copper Green
Chintz on 219 Copper Green
Chintz on 955 Seashell Swirl
Chintz on 680 Green Tea
Chintz on 680 Green Tea
Chintz on 272 Pastel Violet
Chintz on 272 Pastel Violet
Chintz on 266 Opal Yellow
Chintz on 266 Opal Yellow
Chintz on 232 Lt Turquoise
Chintz on 232 Lt Turquoise
Chintz on 224 Light Sky Blue
Chintz on 224 Light Sky Blue
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Mar. 30th, 2014

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Val Cox Rise n Shine

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Another of Val Cox Frit’s new blends – an amazing orange called “Rise n Shine.”

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Rise n Shine

Rise n Shine

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Buy this frit at ValcoxFrit.com

A lively blend of transparents and opaques that range in the yellow to orange range. The transparent yellows give the impression of radiating light from within when combined with clear.

Rise n Shine K100
Val Cox Rise n Shine encased in Kugler K100 Clear

NOTE ABOUT ORANGE

The yellow and orange colors do not contain lead, which normally makes furnace glass more adaptive in coe. If you are working with Effetre (104coe) or Bullseye (90coe), work this blend on the surface, instead of encasing, to avoid cracking issues.

Orange will become black where it comes in contact with silver foil or a base glass containing silver, such as Effetre Ivory.

Amy’s Notes:

While orange/yellow are not the most versatile colours, these are some of the prettiest combination I’ve seen. They won’t go with a lot of other glasses because the chemistry to make orange/yellow tends to react with almost everything else. But nonetheless, I found some very pretty colour combos, and absolutely LOVED this blend when used with plain old clear.

From my paddle tests, you can see that the addition of silver foil can create some very interesting reactions with this blend, which may or may not be what you’re looking for.

K100 Clear, No Silver
K100 Clear, No Silver
K100 Clear, Silver Foil
K100 Clear, Silver Foil

Rise n Shine K100
Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled and encased in Kugler K100 clear

Rise n Shine K100
Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled in and speckled on Kugler K100 clear.

Rise n Shine K100
Val Cox Rise n Shine swirled in Kugler K100 clear.

Rise n Shine 008
Val Cox Rise n Shine on Moretti 008 Transparent Pale Amber

Rise n Shine 204 white
Val Cox Rise n Shine on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Here are a few more paddle tests as well:

Rise n Shine 232
Rise n Shine on 232 Lt Turquoise
Rise n Shine on 266 Opal Yellow
Rise n Shine on 266 Opal Yellow
Rise n Shine on 404 Lemon Yellow
Rise n Shine on 404 Lemon Yellow

Mar. 27th, 2014

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Val Cox Martinique

Originally published at Two Glassy Ladies. You can comment here or there.

Another of the new Val Cox blends – “Martinique.”

Lampwork Colour Guide -> Frit Blends -> Val Cox Martinique

Martinique

This frit, sold by Val Cox, “balances several warm and cool toned opaques to create a highly versatile blend good for all seasons. Fuss free.”

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Martinique K100
Val Cox Martinique encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Martinique K100
Val Cox Martinique encased in Kugler K100 Clear

Martinique 204 White
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 204 Pastel White

Martinique 031
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald

Martinique 068 219 Silvered Ivory
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green and Moretti 068 Transparent Pale Rose with silvered ivory

Martinie 038 266
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 266 Opal Yellow and Moretti 073 Pale Green Apple

Martinique 031 955
Val Cox Martinique on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald and Vetrofond 955 Seashell Swirl Special Odd

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