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Posted on June 4, 2013

 Besides a great pink, one of the hardest things I had to find when I started lampworking was a good black glass.  Moretti is too purple and Intense black bleeds and webs at the worst possible moments, although it can be great for organics, if you need it to stay crisp, sometimes that can be challenging.  CIM Tuxedo was highly recommended, and I bought some, but I thought it was too blue.  Vetrofond, when they still produced glass, also had a blue=black glass- nice when used as a base, but it was hard to use it for outlining or scrollwork.

 Then I found a picture where the artist mentioned she had found a beautiful black glass- crisp lines, super dark, true black.  Eureka!!  Reichenbach Black!!

 

Now it is more expensive (about $15.00 a 1/4 pound from Olympic color rods), but it is so worth it if you need to keep those dark crisp lines.  It also, like Intense black, goes a long, long way.  It was also harder to find, but it is far superior when you look at it next to some of the other choices out there.

 Reichenbach black is sold in the US through Olympic color rods http://www.glasscolor.com .  There used to be a few smaller dealers who carried it, but it appears they no longer do.  If I'm wrong, please let me know so I can update this blog:)

 

Here are a few examples that show the differences between the glasses.  From top to bottom, twisties made with Moretti white and Moretti Black, CIM Tuxedo, Moretti Intense Black and Reichenbach Black: 

 

Four lentils made with the blacks- Moretti, CIM, intense black and Reichenbach.  You can see the bleeding of the intense black, and with repeated heatings, the CIM also tended to web.

 

A white bead made with the same glass, you can see the purple of the Moretti black and the blue-ish color of the CIM Tuxedo: 

On clear the effects are even more pronounced:

 

 

The Reichenbach can be pulled out to hair-thin strands for stringer work, and is stiff enough to hold its shape for scrollwork and fine detailing.  Unlike intense black, whish is so soft it's hard to do any kind of detail work with it.   I like to use iit for outlining these "stained glass" style beads:

 

 As well as for making the raku murrini on these beads.  It stays so nice and crisp and holds it's shape even when you reheat it:

 

 The fine tiny lines on the twistie on these beads and the little raised dots ion the bottom of these beads are Reichenbach. 

When I said a little bit goe a long way, I meant it.  I would estimate I have made 500 beads, and am only halfway through my original 1/2 lb. of the glass.  It goes pretty far.  Thanks for checking out my blog today- I hope you found it to be helpful:)  Laura

 

 

 



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