Encasing "Special" Colors

Posted on September 15, 2010



So in this post I am going to talk about encasing “special” colors, which includes anything from dark brown to light yellow.  And I’ll try and show you plenty of examples- with as many topical decorations as possible! 


Now, I encase everything, except silver colors, with Lauscha Soft Clear.  Because of that, I need to address a couple of things.  First, I anneal at a higher temperature- 980 degrees to be exact.  At first, I did have some cracking issues, but the higher annealing temperature seems to take care of any cracking issues.  I have encased pretty much every special color out there except Acid yellow, which has way too much bad feedback for me to even try.  If you encase Light Lemon Yellow, it gives me an acceptable light yellow.    Second, I don’t look at anything I encase before I put it into the kiln- NO LOOKING!  If it looks OK in the flame, as soon as it stops moving and won’t sag, it goes straight into the kiln.


I’m going to try and show a range of cored rounds, with brief notations underneath.


Dark Purple-Red:


This is probably my favorite red to encase.  It turns just a shade lighter when encased, but still holds its own as a true red.  You can pairs this encased color with Red Medium.


Medium Red:


Medium Red turns lisghtly orangey when encased, but still makes a nice bright color.


Peachy Persimmon:


Peachy Persimmon holds pretty true when you encase.  This bead (third from the left) is made from a batch that was especially saturated.  The raised dots on the striped disc in the background are also peachy persimmon topped with clear.   I have a different batch that turns pale peach in the flame, that version is very pastel when encased.


Carrot Red:


Orange stays true to color when it is encased, just a hair lighter than in rod form.


Orange Special:



One of my very favorites to encase.  When non-encased, it will strike and vary between a deep orange and a darker yellow color, but when encased, it retains the lightest color, pretty close to rod form.

 Dark Brown


This particular bead was made with Vetrofond Dark Brown, which has alot less red tonality in it that the Moretti version.  It does take on a bit of redness when encased (the same color was encased in the round and used as topical dots in the spacer to the right).


I'm waiting for the day they make a deep brown that is closer to black and stays pretty neutral when encased.


Wasabi, or Moretti Green Ochre:


This color is very useful- you can encase it in clear where it turns slightly golder and lighter, but still retains that olive-ish color.  You can also encase it in any of the grass greens for a slightly subdued olive to avacado green. 

This is the same green paired with Moretti Light Brown, Gold Ochre and Vetrofond Jungle Twilight Odd.


If you take care in making sure the bead goes straight into the kiln, and anneal at a slightly higher temperature, you should be pretty safe in encasing the special colors with Lauscha Clear.  That being said, make a test bead or two before you make an entire set, it is very frustrating to lose an entire night of work (ask me how I know!)  Have fun!! Laura







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