Mystic Success - Getting that Shampoo Sheen from Reichenbach Mystic Glass
Lampworking Tips & Techniques
Update 2023: The secret of Reichenbach Mystic glass is worthy of a re-post ... especially given I just started using it again and went through my trials and tribulations of the past - although I caught on much quicker this time.
This glass really does like to be encased. Not only does encasing help protect it from devitrification, but it also highlights the translucent nature of the glass and allows the light to pass through - resulting in an opal and pearl effect that really showcases the beauty of glass.
The added fancy of Mystic Beige is that it can appear more white or more cream depending on how much you thin it out with clear and how long and hot you work the bead. The pillows from before [shown below] were worked hotter and longer and slightly reduced for the silver glass effects. Those beads came out a lovely caramel cream - especially where they reacted slightly with the silvered glass.
The new barrel beads I made just this week came out more white and wispy because I worked them cooler and used a lot more clear. Both sets came from the same original batch of glass!
|Reichenbach Mystic Beige|
Ever since my shipment of Reichenbach glass arrived on the scene I have been on a mission to master this glass. My Type A personality would not allow me to sit idly by and let this glass win. Nope. I had to figure it out and make it work. I would not rest until I made beautiful beads with this glass that was near close to driving me away from the torch forever out of sheer frustration.
|Pearly Pillows - made with Reichenbach Mystic Pink and Mystic Beige|
Follow along on my journey of working with Reichenbach glass as I continue to share my tips and frustrations with this glass.