Bullseye - Translucent White Opalescent - Striker
• Approximate Diameter: 4-6mm
• Approximate Length: 14"-16"
• COE: 90 Compatible
(Deceptively) clear or clear with a white struck streak running lengthwise down the middle of the rod.
Torch: This style may not reveal (or strike to) its target color until fired. Translucent White Opalescent can strike to a transparent white with stone like qualities similar to quartz. Generally speaking, the heat required to form a bead leaves the glass unstruck and clear. This glass strikes as it cools, rather than when it is heated.
Here is a series of steps that can make the striking process more efficient:
Make a bead as usual in a neutral flame. Once the bead is formed, cool it (still in the flame, but farther away from the nozzle & flash it in an out of the flame). As the glass cools to a point where it is no longer moving or slumping on the mandrel, turn off the oxygen and hold the bead in the propane (fuel) flame while still rotating the mandrel.
Do this until carbon collects on the glass (not just the mandrel). The purpose is not to actually carbonize or reduce the glass but simply to keep it at a cool, consistent temperature throughout the piece. Turn the oxygen back on and ease the bead into the neutral flame from the tip of the flame (farthest from th(more...)