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MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 11:07 AM
http://www.auralens.com/Mike/mike010.jpg

Mike's home page (http://www.auralens.com/Mike)

GA Spring Luster, striped with Blue Luster and Blush. end capped with Silver Strike and encased with Eigenshaft.

Modesto
07-16-2002, 11:19 AM
Very nice Mike:clap:

Thanks for sharing.

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 11:27 AM
(now if I can just figure out how to get the image to appear instead of being a link) (and yes, I hit the IMG button!)

Sable
07-16-2002, 11:28 AM
Hey Mike,

is that a soild piece of glass or a bead? looks nice! reminds me of some kugler color i've used before.

-Josh

Lenda
07-16-2002, 11:34 AM
Hi Mike, LOVE those colors! I find it easier to save my picture to my hard drive and attach the file at the bottom of the posting page. Of course you'll have to edit your picture to be smaller than 500 x 500 pixels to upload it.


Lenda:D

ValorieCox
07-16-2002, 11:40 AM
Wonderful Mike!

Here's Mike's photo for all to see:

Anne Londez
07-16-2002, 11:48 AM
Nice bead Mike. The pic is quite dark though, is it my computer ?
Anne

craftylady
07-16-2002, 11:50 AM
cool bead mike I love the colors. What type of glass did you use?

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 11:56 AM
Thanks for posting the picture. I'll get the hang of it sooner or later.

It is a bead. Unfortunately, the picture does not do the bead justice. There are colors down deep that you can't see in the picture.

It is borosilicate, and used all three flame types, reduction, neutral and oxidizing to achieve the color spread.

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by Anne Londez
Nice bead Mike. The pic is quite dark though, is it my computer ?
Anne

Might be your computer. It was shot outdoors, in my shadow, but full sunlight.

cool bead mike I love the colors. What type of glass did you use?

The glass is Glass Alchemy Borosilicate. The specific color rods are Spring Luster as the base, Blue Luster as the radial stripes, and Blush as the twisted horizontal stripes. The end caps are Silver Strike. The entire bead was encased with clear Eigenshaft.

Approximate time to complete was 7-10 minutes.

wildfirelauri
07-16-2002, 12:04 PM
Looks great, Mike. Glad to see you're back at the torch. Wonderful colors!

Laura Brito
07-16-2002, 12:28 PM
Here is the edited picture!

Mike that is a pretty cool bead, what did you use to make it?

Laura

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 12:59 PM
Laura - thanks for cleaning it up - I still have a "few" things to learn yet about this doggone camera.

The glass I used is listed above.

rightbrainbeads
07-16-2002, 01:04 PM
beautiful, mike!

lynne

anasazistudios
07-16-2002, 01:11 PM
Nice bead Mike. Pic is still too dark so I cleaned it up some more with Photo Shop.

Elizabeth

Laura Brito
07-16-2002, 01:15 PM
hehe Duh Mike, I should have read better, thanks for letting me know hehe, dummy me.

Laura

Ann*S
07-16-2002, 01:21 PM
Yikes! What incredible color! Nice Mike.
Ann

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by anasazistudios
Nice bead Mike. Pic is still too dark so I cleaned it up some more with Photo Shop.

Elizabeth

Wowser - that is VERY close to the original bead! Can you tell me what magical buttons you pushed?

I've got MS Photo Editor, and Fireworks.

The first iteration I can get in MS Photo Editor, but I can't seem to get beyond that. The picture washes out and the detail gets muddy.

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 01:43 PM
How does this look?

I messed with the contrast, brightness, and gamma until I matched what Elizabeth posted, comparing it to the original.

I've never done this before - but it gives me a new outlook on taking pictures!

Thanks very much - quite an education today!

http://www.auralens.com/Mike/REDUXmike010.jpg

BAM
07-16-2002, 02:27 PM
Very nice Mike, thanks!
Betty

Lori Robbins
07-16-2002, 03:09 PM
I love those colors! Really fab.

bluhealer
07-16-2002, 03:25 PM
Great colors!
And a ?.....do you have any trouble with the Eigenshaft clear boiling? I have an awful time with it, where I didn't with the Duran.
Carolyn

Shirley C.
07-16-2002, 03:31 PM
Wow, Mike, super colors on that bead! And hey, you clean up real nice. DOH! I didn't say that... :D

anasazistudios
07-16-2002, 03:35 PM
Hi Mike! Glad to be of assistance. Looks like you got the hang of the photo editing.:clap:

I just opened your picture up in Photo Shop and adjusted the brightness and the curves a bit and that was that.

Lovely colors and pattern on you bead!

Elizabeth

b2beads
07-16-2002, 03:43 PM
Mike - beautiful bead! And, I think I misread something...did you say 7 - 10 minutes for the whole bead! Good heavens, it would take me 7 - 10 minutes to lay the glass. Guess I'm a little on the "slow" side :D Great work and great photo editing.

B2

JodiPrice
07-16-2002, 03:49 PM
Very Beautiful!!

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by bluhealer
Great colors!
And a ?.....do you have any trouble with the Eigenshaft clear boiling? I have an awful time with it, where I didn't with the Duran.
Carolyn

Carolyn - I usually use small diameter rods (3 or 4 mm diameter). They will bubble up a bit, especially if I'm running a real hot flame. I have a "special" technique that I use that seems to minimize the bubbling - and it is part of the reason why the beads look so different.

I apply stripes of clear with very definate separation between the stripes. I then melt in the clear to the bead, marvering if necessary to keep the bead round. As the clear melts in, the base colors and applied colors rise to the top in the uncased sections. Also, any entrapped or "boiling" bubbles tend to rise to the surface at this point and disappear. A second encasement over the areas that were not previously encased is done, then melted in and marvered again. This creates feathers in the base glass as the glass is quite fluid and moving around inside during the melt-in and marvering process.

The picture below is not quite in focus, but should give you an idea of what I mean.

MikeAurelius
07-16-2002, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by b2beads
Mike - beautiful bead! And, I think I misread something...did you say 7 - 10 minutes for the whole bead! Good heavens, it would take me 7 - 10 minutes to lay the glass. Guess I'm a little on the "slow" side :D Great work and great photo editing.

B2

I've found that the quicker you work with boro, the better your color definition becomes as the chemistry from your flame starts working. If you work too long, your colors start to get muddy and jumbled.

A hot flame and a long mandrel go a long way to speeding up the process!

bluhealer
07-16-2002, 04:47 PM
Thanks Mike! I shall try again...was thinking of hurling all my Eigenshaft into the dumpster...
:)
Carolyn

Kathy Champion
07-16-2002, 09:47 PM
Great bead Mike....and what a difference the light makes!! The bead just glows!!!

Kathy

glassdude
07-16-2002, 11:18 PM
Awesome, bright colors Mike. Thanks for sharing!
Jacqui

mistymade
07-16-2002, 11:22 PM
Beautiful bead Mike!
Misty:)

macbeth7
07-19-2002, 01:22 PM
Hi Mike,

Great bead, especially nice when we can see it! :p

:clap:
Beth