Colors for Glass Blowers

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Hi,

I am trying to make Blood-Red, Blue and Orange colors for Glassblowers.

I know there are lot of commercial suppliers of glass colors but I want
to do them myself as I can't afford the cost of comm. ones nor are they
available in my country.

Can someone please help me here.

Somebody told me that W. A. Weyl's "Coloured Glasses" is a good
resource but I can't even get hold of that.

Thank you for your help in advance.

J.



Re: Colors for Glass Blowers
Whatta coincidence! Here I was having my morning tea, and thinking to
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Good luck!



Re: Colors for Glass Blowers
  No, you don't want to make colors.  The chemicals are poisonous and the=
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results are variable, especially the COE.  It will certainly be more=20
expensive than buying.  The only reason for doing it is getting exact=20
control over the shade of coloring that you want.  Pete is a great source=
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moderate advice and he will be offering a week long course in making =
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color this winter, (about $1500)
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the technique for coloring individual tubes is given in "Contemporary=20
Lampworking" by Dunham.

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Mike Firth
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Hi,

I am trying to make Blood-Red, Blue and Orange colors for Glassblowers.

I know there are lot of commercial suppliers of glass colors but I want
to do them myself as I can't afford the cost of comm. ones nor are they
available in my country.

Can someone please help me here.

Somebody told me that W. A. Weyl's "Coloured Glasses" is a good
resource but I can't even get hold of that.

Thank you for your help in advance.

J.





Re: Colors for Glass Blowers
The main reason studio glass blowers make their own color is to gather
it.That eliminates overlays and opens a greater range of design
options. If the only reason you want to make color is to save money
you're barkin up the wrong tree. That's like trying to save money by
building your own car. Also, making your own color is an environmental
and health nightmare. Frankly, its a wonder to me that some of these
meatheads are still alive. You gotta be pretty smart--no strike
that--you gotta be highly educated as well as a near genius to make
color safely and consistently. And believe me, no one we've mentioned
fits that description. Experience is great, but if your life experience
reads like a Harold Loyd film of endless fuckups and near death
experiences, I'm not impressed. The thing is lots of these guys who
came up in the 60's and 70's merely happened to be in the right place
at the right time. They don't neccesarily have any talent for it, just
a bunch of experience trying to grab the bar of soap.

One option if you need to gather color is to buy Spectrum cullet; it is
reasonably priced and the fit is dependable.



Re: Colors for Glass Blowers
I am looking for colors for borosilicate glass.

How do I produce the Orange color ?



Re: Colors for Glass Blowers

I am looking for colors for borosilicate glass.

How do I produce the Orange color ?

Practice



Re: Colors for Glass Blowers
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