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Silver Glass 101


Double Helix Glass Reference

Double Helix Glassworks creates 104 coe silver glass – reducing, striking, reducing and striking, as well as two clears, Aether which is reactive with some reducing glass and Zephyr which is not reactive at all.

Double Helix Current Stock Colors
Name Reducing Striking Reducing and Striking **
Regular Reducing Super Lusters Speckled Striking Kiln Striking
Aether* X
Aion X
Arke X X
Atlas X
Aurae X X
Boreas* X X
Chloe* X X
Clio X X X X
Ekho 2 X X X X
Elektra 2.1 X
Elpis X
Euros* X
Gaia* X
Helios X X
Hyperborea X X
Hyperion X X X X
Iaso X X
Iris X X
Kalypso X X X X
Keto X X
Khaos* X
Kronos 2* X
Lotis X
Luna 3* X
Melia 2 X X
Notos X X
Nyx* X X
Okeanos 2 X X
Olympia Rain* X
Oracle Black X
Oracle White X
Ossa X X
Oxalis X
Pandora 2* X
Phaeton X X
Phoebe X X
Psyche X X
Rhea X
Skiron X
Skylla X
Terra X X X
Terra 3 X X X
Terranova* X
Thallo* X X
Theia X
Triton X X
Zephyr X

* discontinued or soon to be discontinued

** other 

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Annealing Temperature for Silver Glass

I have seen a lot of beadmakers complain that the colors on their beads going into the kiln are completely different than the colors coming out. Your kiln environment is the culprit.

Let’s talk about reducing silver glass first - for that’s an easier solution. If the luster iridescence on your beads disappears after annealing, your kiln has an oxidizing atmosphere. Try one or both of the following::
• your kiln has an oxidizing atmosphere, adding a small pea size piece of charcoal will alter the environment enough to eliminate this problem
• lower your annealing temperature – 10F/6C each time until the reducing silver glass retains its iridescence (see below for more information)

As for striking silver glass, if your beads come out dark brown, your beads have been re-struck in the kiln. These may be the reasons:
• Your temperature is re-striking the beads.
• If you have a kiln that has a short interior height (4-5 inches/10cm) and your beads are situated very close to the heating elements especially if they are elevated on a rack. Every time your kiln ramps up to the pre-set temperature, it goes full power which may lead to re-striking your beads.

Do a series of tests over a few sessions by lowering your annealing temperature 10F/6C each time until a spacer bead made with striking silver glass no longer re-strikes in your kiln. I find that for my kiln, it’s 920F/495C. When Terra first came out, Double Helix recommended annealing Terra at 930F/499C. Just make sure that you soak longer to compensate for the lower temperature (e.g. instead of 30 minutes, soak for an hour).

To ensure best results, work on unencased striking silver glass beads at the end (last hour or two) of your session. 

Garaging Temperature  

One last thought - when you garage anneal, every time you open and close your kiln door, the temperature in your kiln spikes up to 25F/14C either direction. To make sure that your kiln does not spike pass your annealing temperature, you may consider lowering your garaging temperature as well. For example, your kiln works best annealing at 930F/499C, then try a garaging temperature of 900F/483C.

Important note: Every kiln is different. First of all, make sure that your kiln controller is registering an accurate temperature by checking the digital controller temperature against a pyrometers (K2 pyrometer is recommended by many lampworkers). At a minimum, check your kiln at room temperature by leaving the kiln door open for about an hour and comparing that to a household thermostat.


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enVision Virtual
Workshop Portal

Created with the success of the students in mind, our virtual classes include LIVE Zoom session(s), two-week post-class support, and three to six-month access to the enVision Virtual Workshop portal where lessons, demo videos with captions and voice over, and PDF handouts reside.

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Explore the Magic
of Silver Glass

EMSG is the same class as my information-packed in-person workshop of the same name. Students will explore the many facets of working with Double Helix Glassworks silver glass – Reducing Intensive, Striking Demystified, and Dual/Combination Explained.

Svelte – Slender Bicone in Striking Silver Glass

Students will learn how to shape a long – 2-2.5"/5-6.5cm – slender bicone with tapered puckered ends in striking silver glass. Hayley will share how she works the long bead to bring out multiple hues as well as how to correct colors and adjust values if needed.

Elevate: Coring Glass Beads with Sterling Silver Tubing and Handcrafted Caps

Elevate is the first of the Metal for Lampworkers series where Hayley shares how she takes her beads to a new level by coring them in sterling silver tubing with metal bead caps. Include lessons on texturing metal, creating the caps, adding patina, and tips on finishing. This is an on-demand, self-guided class with NO live zoom session.


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