…I woke up to two payment notifications from Paypal that should have been sent 6 days earlier, a cool gal in Canada telling me that she FINALLY got the beads I mailed to her nearly THREE weeks ago, mailing list signups, and more confirmed orders in my inbox. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had practically no email. It’s weird how that goes. I also found out that Kate McKinnon is having another web sale. I spied a ring made with one of my beads the other day (but by the looks of things, it’s already sold) so you might want to check out her Big Cartel shop. I see some really great clasps there right now.
There was no Etsy tonight, kids. Sorry to disappoint. I’ve glued my rear end to my chair, and my eyes to my order queue. I spent several hours on the computer Monday night, and it was the first work day in over a week that I didn’t make beads. I’m finally getting some not-so-fun computer stuff DONE. Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent less and less time in front of the computer, which is why I’m still scratching my head about my grand idea to have this blog.
I was awake less than an hour before I got on the phone with Frantz Art Glass to place an order for NEW COLORS! (I had already ordered some new-to-me colors last week, so I’ll be getting a good bunch of new stuff over the next little bit.) I’m on their mailing list, but I managed to miss the announcement of these new colors, because it was disguised as a clever story about a pot of gold, with a link that completely escaped my notice on the day I received the notification. Duh. This morning, my friend Florence told me that at one of the colors I’d been anticipating had finally arrived, and I found the others shortly after. I got a free sample pack containing a few of these colors with a purchase several months ago, and wished and hoped that they weren’t a one-time thing. My favorites:
591411 Effetre Apple Blush (aka Giallo Ocra)
591425 Effetre Zucca, Light (aka Zucca Chairo)
591426 Effetre Zucca, Dark (Zucca Scuro)
All 3 have a consistency/workability similar to Red Roof Tile, and the colors are quite powerful. The rods are smooth with very rich, dense dimensional colors, and have an odd stiffness in the flame. The Apple Blush is the strangest one of all – it’s a bright acid green with blushes of apricot. The Zucca Light is practically a dead ringer for Red Roof Tile OCHER. (remember those batches? if you’ve been jonesing for the RRTO, get a little bit of this stuff and see what you think.) The Zucca Dark is similar to the medium orange 420 corals in color, but again, much more dense and smooth, and a more dimensional mottling of color. If you were one of those who got that sample pack so many months ago, you might keep in mind that what they have now may not be identical to what we got in the sample pack. I’m anxious to see what I get, since I ordered 2lbs of each one of the 3 listed above. I guess I was in the mood to take some risks, woohoo. They also have other new colors that look interesting, including a rich transparent sable brown that I’m excited to see in action. You can see them all HERE.
Man, I just love Italian glass. Some people find the idiosyncracies irritating, like varying sensitivities, viscosities and batch differences. As long as the glass isn’t full of bubbles and stones, I welcome these differences. (but if the color is wonderful enough, I’ll find a way to live with bubbles and stones.) I’ll say it again – if you like something, make sure you buy as much of it as you can, while you can, because it may not be there next year.
I also recommend not letting yourself completely run out of the standard production colors before ordering more. You never know when, for instance, the Effetre 026 Teal might be different, and if you’ll need the older version for something specific. I bought Effetre 026 Teal sometime last year and found that it was more green than any teal I’d ever bought before. I will tell you that Vetrofond’s version of 026 Teal is a bit more blue than Effetre’s more recent excuse for teal, and in my application, isn’t too noticeably different than Effetre’s “real teal” and works just fine. Luckily, I do have several rods left of Effetre (real) Teal, and loads of nubs and shorts that I can use if I get desperate. Maybe some day I’ll take a photo of the plastic storage container full of shorts and nubs. Yes. Storage container.
Meanwhile, thanks for checking in. Sorry I’ve been so quiet…
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