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Old 01-26-2003, 02:47 PM
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The Anise White effect

Here is a mini tutorial on the beads I posted in my first post. I call this process; Anise White Effect
I start with a blank of anise white glass (#208) using a neutral flame. Without forming a shaped blank I lay on a “design” of black shapes. These could be anything like dots, lines, gobs, patches, or squiggles.
Next, I use anise white again and draw a smaller line over the black line. At this point I have a white gob with a black and white raised pattern.
Next, I set my flame to a medium reducing flame. I melt everything until the glass moves towards the middle and has pointy ends and is a very hot bright yellow. When this form is on center and hardened I reheat the right end and move the glass towards the end of the footprint and marver it to a puckered end. I then do the other end to match.
At this point I have a bead that is black, white and rust (or darker). What has happened is that the anise white has provided an oxide that is rust color (or darker). The base bead is now rust color where there is no black design. Also, there is another aspect of the anise effect. When I traced over the black line with the anise white and melted it in the reducing flame, the white line “arranged” the rust oxide into a line that sits in the middle of the white line. The look of any black line that is traced with white and reduced is black, white, rust, white, and black. You get five lines from two applied lines! The bead is now finished unless you are going to silver fume it.

The final step is silver fuming the bead. First, however, I need to say that fuming with any metal is dangerous! Unless you understand all the safety aspects of fuming you should not attempt this at home. I explain the process of fuming in the Jim Kervin booklet about my work.
I set the torch with a reducing flame and when the temperature of the bead is just right I lightly fume the bead. This produces a blue hue on the black areas and turns anything that was still white to a beautiful tan ivory (different from the rust). The fuming can also give some cream colors in patches or speckles. Have fun with this and stay on center. Smircich
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Hi Jim !

Thanks very much for sharing this technique - your beads (as always) are incredible !
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Jim, Thanks so much for sharing this, I'm heading right out to give it a try.

Glad your here at WC

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Now come on, all you unsubscibed people, isn't THAT worth a donation to WetCanvas!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Jim! I can't wait to see the results of this tip that people are going to post!

(You are all going to post what you come up with, aren't you?)

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Thank you very much Jim for taking the time to write this instruction.

I have recently purchased the anise white glass and I was about to search for information on how to effectively use it.

Your beads are beautiful.


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Thanks for sharing this, Jim! I only have a partial rod of Anise white left over from my sample pack. I'll have to try this effect with it - I may be ordering more - wasn't sure what to do with it

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Thank you, Jim!!!

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Thank you Jim for sharing. Gotta get some of that Anise white and try this out. So exciting!
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Here is the result of my play with the anice white/black technique. Very cool blue when fumed with silver



Lets see some more !
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Nice, Debi!

Yup - I need some Anise white too!

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Jim- welcome to WC! and thanks for sharing! I'll have to
see if I have any anice white in the basement laboratory...
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Thanks for the tutorial Jim.

I'll give this a try once I get some anice white too.

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This is what I love about Jim Smircich! Now I have another reason to love WC. I agree with Vikki. I'm going to paypal Wet Canvas for my subscription again today because I learn so much here!
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Thanks Jim! hey take a look at Jim's beads over at ebay...always awe inspiring!
I had a private lesson in Oregon last spring with Jim, it was the best thing that I ever did. I think I need another...and he is a wonderful teacher to boot! Sitting all day with Jim side by side is about as good as it gets!check out Jim's auctions!
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lest anyone NOT click on the link Ingridh provided, I'm going to take the liberty of posting the pix. These are absolutely incredible.
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