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.