Sunday, December 7, 2008

The switch to propane

Well, the switch to propane has proven two things to me. I need a ton more practice, and I don't realize how much time has gone by when I don't have a tank freezing up on me after about an hour. I guess that means I am torching longer, but still having some adjustments to make. I did make some beautiful silvered ivory stringer, though, with some silver foil a secret santa on my favorite site, Wet Canvas, sent me. What a nice surprise, especially when I had just been given a tutorial that called for silvered ivory stringer. Coincidence? I really doubt it. Just a nice surpise. Since I had never really understood what it meant to pull stringer I was glad the tutorial had a tiny bit of info on it about at least how to begin. Pulling stringer, for you non-glass folks, is taking a rod of glass which begins from 5-10 mm in size and heating and stretching it to be in the 1-3 mm range for using in detail work, or as dots or decoration on lampwork beads.

I made one bead based mostly on the tutorial I had been gifted, with a couple of color changes to suit the colors my daughter, Tess, likes. The bead I am talking about is the bottom one in the group shot, I am also including a solo photo of the back / front side of the bead. I love it, and the tutorial was a huge help. The rest of the beads were again experimental stuff using the silvered ivory stringer, or other techniques I have been working on. Not to bad for a newbie.

Hoping to get on the torch tomorrow night. I really think I am too tired to go back to it tonight. We shall see. The new annealing bubbles in the crockpot, on high, helped save my beads today, even the giant one. Yea!!!!


Anonymous said...

I know I found a huge difference too Rita when I stopped using the 1lb tanks. Did you find the flame seemed hotter as well?

Rita'z R-tistic Ramblez said...

Louise, Yep, hotter and a different sweet spot much farther out. I seem to keep forgetting how much farther out and smoking my clear. I haven't boiled a bead yet, though, so I am definitely improving. I know it is just a matter of practice, but dang it, why couldn't there be instructions somewhere that say 7.25" from the torch head, or turn the knob on 1/2 a rotation. You know the stuff people take for granted. :D