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Author Topic: I want a pitted finish - any ideas?  (Read 4148 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2014, 02:07:25 AM »

I'm not at my pc but I think it might have been in this issue

http://www.sodalimetimes.com/back/0313/0313.jpg

I can check later if you want x
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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2014, 03:08:30 AM »

It's on page 40 of that issue. I was looking at Lampwork Etc and also saw a mention of adding fine sand to the bead's surface. I couldn't find a picture and have never tried it but will do later today. If it works, I'll post a picture here.
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2014, 05:34:14 AM »

Heres the promised picture,
I didn't use a lot of the fine sand and only tried to put it on the bottom of the bead in the hopes of a bit of contrast. I'll try again with a lot more sand next time.
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2014, 08:11:18 AM »

That's great Pat, I hadn't seen any pictures of the sand method either, and glad you've tested it out. One to add to my list I think.



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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2014, 12:59:02 PM »

Brilliant, thanks Pat and Trudi, I'll get some sand from the beach tomorrow - see how that goes! X
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2014, 01:57:27 AM »

Last bead, covered with a LOT of fine sand. The base was a stony coloured glass but I can't find it's name and the fine sand is from a builders yard. I already had the sand for something else. It's fine enough to go through a plastic tea strainer.
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2014, 02:18:00 AM »

Nice one Pat - looks a bit like a potato croquette waiting to go into the frying pan... After rolling in sand, has it gone back in the flame - and for how long? I'm wondering what would happen if you continued melting it in.
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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2014, 04:31:46 AM »

I kept reheating and adding more sand. I heated until it wouldn't accept more sand, must have been at least 10 x until it felt that it wouldn't accept any more sand. At that point it seemed that excess sand was falling off and burning. I might try a mixture of enamel and sand to see what the effect would be.
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2014, 07:45:08 AM »

That has an interesting texture Pat. Does the flame soften the sand grain edges, or would it be rather abrasive to wear?
Sand and enamel sounds intriguing.
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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2014, 08:21:04 AM »

Didn't go down to the beach today - typical bank hol weather - so will have to wait to play, but Pat as ever you are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Xxx
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