Don't go breaking my heart
When I first started making glass beads the glass rods came from two Italian manufacturers on the island of Murano, Effetre and Vetrofond. The colour palette was fairly limited, if you wanted a different shade you tried to mix it yourself. Fast forward 13 years and there are other brands of soft glass available in a much wider colour range. The thing is glass can be a bit like wool with all the different dye lots, sometimes a colour doesn't come out exactly the same as before and an "odd lot" is born. These days bead makers wait eagerly for the next batch of new odd lot colours to come out, although some are expensive the race is on to stock up before they sell out. Personally I tend to give the odd lot colours a swerve but sometimes, well often I just get sucked in, especially with the purples & blues...ok maybe pink too, oh and any opals... clearly I have no will power at all when it comes to odd lots.
Anyway I recently made a bead with the most beautiful odd lot colour whose name escapes me for the minute but it was a deep teal blue and it I loved it. I made a floral focal with purple & peach flowers, cubic zirconia and a butterfly. I took it out of the kiln, de-mandrellated and cleaned it up. Isn't it pretty?
The thing with some odd lots is they aren't always compatible, which is a polite way of saying doesn't play nicely with other glass. The problem with incompatibility is that even if the bead looks ok coming out of the kiln it is like a time bomb waiting to crack at some point in the future.
Here is the ugly side of doesn't play nice. My lovely bead cracked completely from top to bottom on both sides and all the way around the circumference, so infuriating and such a massive waste of time and energy. I had a little cry as I consigned this wonderful colour glass to a place where Elton John and Kiki Dee play on a loop and the sun doesn't shine.