Using Reichenbach Dark Silver Brown Glass

Reichenbach Dark Silver Brown has been troubling me for some time, as no matter how I tried to use it, I never seemed to get any nice colours, just beige.  Anyhow, I’ve been playing around with various silver glass and have finally managed to get some glorious colours out of them – especially Dark Silver Brown!

When working with other silvered glass, I’ve found one way in which I can get some lovely effects through using a cool heat, reducing and encasing.  I turn the propane gas down until the candle is about 5mm long and the oxygen is adjusted for a normal flame (about 3-4cm blue flame in total).  Then I melt the silver brown and start winding it around the mandrel until I have a base bead of about 7mm diameter or more.  Any less silver brown at this point and I find that the colour disappears, so the more the better.

Now I turn the oxygen down so that I get a reducing flame.  I’m very careful at this next stage as I can easily over-reduce the glass and finish with a pearly finish rather than clear with colour.  I waft the bead in and out of the flame (about 3cm above the visible candle) for about a second whilst turning the mandrel.  The bead should have a slight brown oil slick effect on the surface at this point.

Then I turn up the propane and oxygen so that I have a reasonable neutral flame to melt clear glass to encase the silver brown bead.

I hold the reduced bead under the flame so that the bead doesn’t crack and melt the clear rod (I use 006 Effetre).  Starting at one end, I wrap the clear glass close to the mandrel, then do the same to the other side.  I now have a gap in the centre, so I fill this with clear as well.  I usually wrap the clear glass around the centre of the bead again.  I find that this helps the edges of the clear reach the mandrel.

I turn the heat down again at this point, as I am now ready to add the silver brown dots.  Then I swirl or dot the silver brown onto the surface and try to leave the pattern raised as I’ve found that it looks best this way.  I melt in the dots a little bit to smooth the pattern slightly.

Again, I turn up the propane and turn the oxygen down to get a reducing flame.  I start flashing the bead through the flame a few times until the raised areas are now a lovely bronze colour.  I can now pop the bead into the kiln or cool it as preferred and wait to see the lovely bead when cool!

Reichenback Dark Silver Brown Glass Lampwork Beads

Reichenback Dark Silver Brown Glass Lampwork Beads

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