artist gallery : belmore

belmore's Profile


Recent Activity
Bullseye Fuchsia Striker Transparent Double Rolled - 90 COE

Bullseye Fuchsia Striker Transparent Double Rolled - 90 COE

Item# B133230
"Striker", August 11, 2012 5 stars
Pros
Absolutely beautiful deep, rich, shocking pink. Bullseye glass is traditionally NOT used for stained glass, and any glass listed as a striker only develops its full color in the kiln at the proper temperature.
Cons
None, except that it is expensive!
Other Thoughts
Cut your own strips to use instead of rods when making beads, and you'll save some money. Hot colors like this only need the core to be fuchsia, then cover with clear to dilute a bit. Not that expensive when done that way!
belmore comment on Fuseworks Q & A
August 5, 2012

@Lunasarthur You need to use a bubble squeeze in your program. This will usually allow the top glass to "outgas" before the two fuse together. Try going slowly through the temperatures from 1175 to 1250, maybe taking 45 minutes for small pieces.

Smooth and Tuff Bead Release - 8 oz

Smooth and Tuff Bead Release - 8 oz

Item# 96401
1 of 2 found the following review helpful:
This stuff is great!, January 25, 2012 5 stars
Pros
Easy to use, great coverage, needs to go on a bit thin (thickens up as it dries) and I don't bend nearly as many mandrels when taking off the bead.
Cons
Wish it left less of a signature in the bead after cleaning.
Other Thoughts
Fabulous! Best I have tried!
1/4 Glastar Diamond Drill Bit

1/4" Glastar Diamond Drill Bit

Item# 5126
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Glastar Makes Best Bits, October 10, 2011 5 stars
Pros
I have never had any problems with any size of these bits by Glastar. They last well over 50x when used properly under water. Start the drill at a 45 degree angle, then straighten up. Let the weight of the drill do the pressing, go fast on the speed, but slow on the penetration. Change your water often!
Cons
Other Thoughts
I trust this brand more than any I have ever used.
Frit Sifter

Frit Sifter

Item# 63999
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Love them!, August 5, 2011 5 stars
Pros
Thought they were rather expensive at first, but they are really well made and super easy. Heat your glass, quench in cold water, smash a bit, and then stack your sifters - smallest on the bottom and graduate to the largest on top. Shake your frit down in size, and it's done!
Cons
The whole process is a bit time consuming, but it does save you money in the long run.
Other Thoughts
No waste of your glass. Only sifters I've seen that will give you real powder.
5 lb Assorted Nippets - 96 COE

5 lb Assorted Nippets - 96 COE

Item# XNMIX
Cheap, looks like 2nds, April 22, 2011 2 stars
Pros
Variety at a good price
Cons
Nasty ridges, edges, looks like seconds. Even for mosaics, it is too irregular.
Delphi Studio Glass Pack - 96 COE

Delphi Studio Glass Pack - 96 COE

Item# X4053
Great price, but....., April 22, 2011 3 stars
Pros
Price
Cons
Glass is probably Chinese, not really up to Spectrum's colors and styles.
Other Thoughts
It's easy to assume this is Spectrum, but it is not.
Nile Green Pastel Opaque 1/4 lb Bundle - 104 COE

Nile Green Pastel Opaque 1/4 lb Bundle - 104 COE

Item# 91214
Beautiful color, February 26, 2011 5 stars
Pros
reactive...contains copper
Cons
none
Other Thoughts
use with ivory to produce a reaction with the nile green. rich marbling effects are easy and do not require a reducing atmosphere. can be used with oxy/propane and a hot head/map gas.
Double Helix Rod Assortment - 104 COE

Double Helix Rod Assortment - 104 COE

Item# 9164
Wonderful!, February 26, 2011 5 stars
Pros
Beautiful results
Cons
Very expensive
Other Thoughts
Use as a stringer, or an add on for a completed bead to save on $$. Actually, a hot head torch is what you need for the reducing atmosphere. An oxygen rich flame will burn out all the beautiful effects you can get with these. Do try them, they are a fantastic addition to your bead making. Use ivory for your base so that you can see all the color reactions.....the double helix rods are full of silver, copper and other metals that will produce exquisite combos.
Bullseye Fusible Black Opal Double Rolled - 90 COE

Bullseye Fusible Black Opal Double Rolled - 90 COE

Item# B010030
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Fusible Black Opal Bullseye, September 30, 2010 4 stars
Pros
Great depth of color, many styles to choose from with a black base. Fuses and refuses again and again, holds up with no devit. But, keep it clean!
Cons
ALL Bullseye is hard to cut! You have to hold your cutter perfectly perpendicular to the glass, make a good, clean score, and run the break from both ends.
belmore
Profile
belmore's info
joined:Mar 06, 2007
location:State Road, NC US
display name:belmore