Testing Glass Colors

Today I’ll take on the subject of testing glass colors, at the prompting of Susan over at FlamingHot.

The skinny on my testing glass colors is, for the most part, I don’t do it.  It’s too frustrating for me.  I want a finished product when I put that bead into the kiln and testing does not give me those results.

I’ve tested tools and I’ve tested frit.  I’ve tested my brains out.  I have no more desire to test.

That said…sometimes I do need to come up with a certain color, or I have an idea about a combination of colors I’m not quite sure about and like Suzy said in her post, I do test beads.  But that is when I need to know something specific.

It’s hard for me to step out of my structured (to me) little world and just play.  Which is kind of sad, don’t you think?  I need the muse to call me in order to play and I am making sure that when that happens, I listen because I need that play time.

Now, on the other hand, I love the idea of testing glass colors.  I love the idea of sitting down and trying all kinds of combinations and then either photographing or mounting them on a foam board and labeling all of them for future reference.   I love the idea of compiling something like that for others to use for themselves.  I love compiling projects like that.  If I had spare time, that is what I would do.

But then again, I like stuffing envelopes.