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Old 03-21-2004, 10:09 AM
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Color Mixing Chart Project

Quite often, I read in a message about a color mix someone has found to fill a void in the colors of rods available. I've come up with something that will not only benefit me, but I hope everyone here as well. How about we collect all of the mixes we're using and put them into a chart? That way, when we need a reference, it's available in an easy to use form.

OK, here is what I propose and what I've done about it. Post a picture of your color mix (in rod form if possible) and the colors used. Please try to include color numbers. I'll gather them up from this thread and put them into a chart format. Right now the chart is in a preliminary format, but can be found by clicking here. When the chart is pretty much complete (or when we're done adding to it), I'll put it in a more permanent and easy to download form. The more input you give me, the better this resource will be for all. So, lets get mixing!

The 3 pictures you'll find attached are of:
1 - Aventurine Frit
456 Rubino
Encased with 004 Clear

2 - Aventurine Frit
004 Clear
204 White

3 - Layered:
261 Pale Pink
456 Rubino
068 Pink
(as someone had previously mentioned this week)

A few last minute notes.

If you are not able to post pictures (don't have a scanner or camera), do at least give us your color mix. I'm sure someone here will be more than happy to mix it up and show everyone the results.

This is not an attempt to duplicate Drew Fritts' color chart. Please do not submit recipe's from his excellent resource.

I have added a copyright statment at the bottom of the chart. This is to preserve the rights of the contributers, not mine.

In advance, thanks to all for their input and recipe's.
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Re: Color Mixing Chart Project

What A wonderful idea! I will have to get out all of my notes so I can add to this. I have many colors that I mix myself and do keep good notes as recipes so I don't forget. One great note is intstead of using intense black. Since we all know that regular black is actually very dark transparent purple. Take an opaque dark colbalt blue rod and case it with black. This keeps the black looking black, and not purple. I do believe this was originally found out by Kate Fowle. Just giving credit where credit is due.

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Re: Color Mixing Chart Project

Ambitious project. It would help if proportions were part of the equation.
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That's what happens when you're laid up for medical reasons and can't torch.
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It would help if proportions were part of the equation.
I thought about that, and will include that info if it's given, but the way I mix my colors, I just can't give proportions. For the second example I gave (which I call Aventurine Mist), I had a rod of white in one hand and a rod of clear in the other. As I was mixing them, I dipped the blob in Aventurine and continued to mix till I got just the look I was after. Sine mine, at this time, mostly involve mixing with white and the darker colors, I think it gives an idea of the color range that can be achieved. But again, if proportions are given in someone's recipe, I will include them.

I want this to include the information you feel is important, but still keep it in a compact easy-to-read format, so please continue to give suggestions.

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Re: Color Mixing Chart Project

I've just redone the mixes using measurements, so the chart now includes those. I've also added some new colors. Here are a few of them:

Mint: 204 White x2
218 Petroleum Green x1


Baby Blue: 204 White x1
220 Periwinkle x1


Grape Kool-Aid: 456 Rubino x2
060 Cobalt Blue x1


Don't let me have all the fun. Show us some of those special colors you like to mix up and I'll put them on the chart. Remember, the more we can add to the chart, the more valuable it will be as a resource for us.

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OK, how did you mix the color that perfectly? When I try to mix a color, I get swirls of the two colors I am mixing. Sometimes what looks good enough, but yours seem like you were mixing paint.

Do I just need to mash them together longer?

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OK, how did you mix the color that perfectly?

Good question! Since I was keeping track of proportions this time, I didn't want to use something that would add to the mix, so I used borosilicate rods as my punties (although normally I would have used rods of the colors I was mixing). I got the gather good and hot, did some twisting as if I was making a twistie, and then ran the ends of the rods round each other - difficult for me to explain - kind of like you move your hands when you're playing pat-a-cake, then did the twistie thing again, and kept doing that till the colors were well mixed. Knowing boro is not compatable, I was very careful not to let the ends get so hot they melted and got into the mix. Since I'm on a HH, that wasn't too difficult.

If I just use the twistie method, I can't get them to mix to my satisfaction either - but this works for me.

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I love the grape kool-Aid!
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I love the grape kool-Aid!
I can't take the credit for the mix recipe, but when I pulled it out after mixing it, I had a flash-back of pouring the stuff as a kid. Of course, that's what I had to name it though I haven't actually mixed any kool-aid up to compare the color.

Laura, I should have also mentioned earlier when explaining my mixing technique that you have to be careful when mixing in this manner that you don't get any air bubbles into your mix. When I rotate the ends of the rods around each other, the rods are touching so I'm pushing the glass around the ends. If you get any air into the mix - disaster.

I'm still waiting for folks to send me their favorite color mixes.

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Thank you Kay, what a wonderful chart you have created. It certainly deserves a 5 rating.

Thanks for all the work you have put into it.

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Re: Color Mixing Chart Project

I'm updating this to mention that I now use the ends of a couple of mandrels to do my mixing, instead of boro rods. Now I don't have to worry about boro getting into the mix. I'm also going to try to see if I can get my son to take a short video of how I do my mixing so I can add it to the web page. I'll also add a link to Corina's page on how she does her mixing.
http://www.corinabeads.com/html/colormixing.htm

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I'm updating this to mention that I now use the ends of a couple of mandrels to do my mixing, instead of boro rods. Now I don't have to worry about boro getting into the mix. I'm also going to try to see if I can get my son to take a short video of how I do my mixing so I can add it to the web page. I'll also add a link to Corina's page on how she does her mixing.
http://www.corinabeads.com/html/colormixing.htm

-Kay
So glad that you posted this update! I mixed the grape kool-aid and loved it so well I made a bunch of stringers to play with!

Here is my color "recipie" if you will... I take black and mix the silver leaf with it like you do with the silver.... then make stringers. When I use it to add dots to the beads they come out metalic and silvery... much better in person then in the photo. Hope some of you guys out there can get it to look better in your pictures then I was able. It really does look pretty in person. Sadly, this bead cracked, from you know... shock! DRATS!
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I just had to post to this thread to give it a bump as I am sure there are many people out there who haven't seen it but will find this information invaluable!

Thanks for all the effort!

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OMG just found the layer section.... can't catch my breath...
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Re: Color Mixing Chart Project

Yes, the layers did turn out nifty, didn't they?

In the not to distant past, I added some new mixes to the chart. You can tell which ones those are because there is also a bead made from the color in addition to the rod. I've found that the when you leave a mix in the flame long enough to make a bead, the color will continue to mature. I'll slowly work so that both are pictured for all mixes so you can see the color as it will look on a base bead, or when used as a stringer.

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