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BellaDonna Glass is a new boutique glass company started by Donna Milliron who also started Arrow Springs and is a founding member of the ISGB.

These incredible specialty glasses are hand pulled in limited runs, with very specific applications in mind. Colors are offered as either part of our permanent collection,  available at all times -OR- colors that will be available in very limited quantities - "one time only, get it while you can glass". If you are part of the Artisan Advantage Program, you will be notified first when a new color is introduced as well as when the "one time only, get it while you can glass" is released.

Extensive testing is done on each batch to insure compatibility with COE 104 Efferte (Moretti) glasses. Other brands of COE 104 will most likely be compatible, but we recommend testing.

Below are pictures and tips for achieving the amazing effects BellaDonna Glass was designed to produce.

COE 104

Moody Blue BD-01
Moody Blue 150x85 BD Frit 1 TN
BD Frit 2 TN BD Frit 3 TN
Named Moody Blue, because it can display so many lustrous variations. It reminded us of a Mood Ring. You can achieve silver, gold, metallic blue and metallic purple as single colors, or multi-color iridescent, oil-slick, rainbow colors. Best of all, you have control on how it comes out. Moody Blue is generally shinier than Purplescent. For pictures and instructions see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Purplescent BD-02
Purplescent 150x99

Purplescent can achieve all the same colors as Moody Blue, with the addition of bronze. Purplescent colors have the intensity of Moody Blue, but are not as shiny. For pictures and instructions see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Black Diamond BD-03
Specially designed for thin stringer work, Black Diamond is a very dense black that is smooth to apply, yet is stiff enough to stay where you put it and resist bleeding and running into other colors under normal working conditions. Pull it down to thinner than a hair, to where it finally does become thin enough to see through, and it's still black! A black that does it all.

Aqua Splash BD-04
Aqua Splash A TN

Aqua Splash is a beautiful blue green glass containing silver that reduces to bring up amazing lusters; from subtle, transparent golds and silvers to opaque creamy gold.
To produce a transparent luster, work the glass in a neutral flame and quickly apply a dragon's breath reduction flame as the final step before annealing. To produce an opaque creamy gold luster, work the glass for a longer time in any type of reduction flame.

Honey Glaze BD-05
Honey Glaze 45 TN 1 Honey Glaze 25 TN

A flame and annealer striking glass that also reduces with a slight metallic sheen in a reduction flame. Starts out a beautiful honey color when very hot. By working the glass in and out of the flame as well as closer and further out in the flame you can bring out a wide mix of colors, including sunset hues, honey, blues, greens, tans and browns. For pictures and instructions see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Royal Purple BD-06
1 Royal Purple on white TN

Dark, rich, transparent and reactive royal purple. For pictures see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Midnight Magic BD-07
midnight-magic-on-ivory2-100 midnight-magic-medium-frit-on-honey-glaze100

Midnight Magic is a dark Midnight Blue with a ton of silver in it. It reduces to bring up amazing lusters and reacts on some colors, like the ever popular Effetre Ivory, leaving a dark blue outline. Available in rod and frit. For pictures see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Teal-icious BD-08
Teal 17 100 Teal-icious frit 4A 100

Teal-icious is a reducing transparent teal colored glass that will go through a range of colors depending on the reduction flame you use and time spent in the flame. With slight reduction you can get a rainbow or oil on water look. Full reduction (or dragons' breath flame) produces a bright silver very fast, longer in the flame produces a warm, bright gold and still longer you can get coppery reds. The iridescence holds up well after encasing, although too much heat will bring it back to its original teal color. Teal-icious is very easy to reduce and fun to play with. Available in rod and frit. For pictures see below: Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass.

Rod

Color

Code

Description

 

Moody Blue 100x25

BD-01

Moody Blue Rod

Purplescent 100x25

BD-02

Purplescent Rod

Diamond Black 100x25

BD-03

Black Diamond Rod

Aqua Splash 100x25

BD-04

Aqua Splash Rod

Honey Glaze 100 x 25

BD-05

Honey Glaze Rod

Royal Purple 100 x 25

BD-06

Royal Purple Rod

midnight-magic-on-ivory2-tn

BD-07

Midnight Magic Rod

Teal 100 x 25

BD-08

Teal-icious Rod

 

BD-09

Dragon Scales Rod

Frit

Color

Code

Description

 

Moody Blue 100x25

BD-01

Moody Blue Frit

Purplescent 100x25

BD-02

Purplescent Frit

Diamond Black 100x25

BD-03

Black Diamond Frit

Aqua Splash 100x25

BD-04

Aqua Splash Frit

Honey Glaze 100 x 25

BD-05

Honey Glaze Frit

Royal Purple 100 x 25

BD-06

Royal Purple Frit

midnight-magic-on-ivory2-tn

BD-07

Midnight Magic Frit

Teal-icious 100 x 25

BD-08

Teal-icious Frit

 

BD-09

Dragon Scales Frit

BellaDonna Glass
Rod and Frit Assortments

Rod
Assortment

ONLY
$34.95

Frit
Assortment

ONLY
$44.95

If you haven't yet discovered the magic of BellaDonna Glass, now's the time. The Rod Assortment has rods of each of the 9 rod colors and the Frit Assortment has ounce quantities of each of the 9 frit colors in assorted particle sizes. Normally, the smallest quantity you can purchase of a rod is one quarter pound and one ounce of frit. So, this is a great opportunity to try all the BellaDonna Glass colors at a great price.

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Techniques for using BellaDonna Glass
These tips will vary according to your torch, but with a little practice should be easily modified.
Using Honey Glaze
Royal Purple
Using Moody Blue, Purplescent and Midnight Magic

Using Honey Glaze
As the pictures below indicate, Honey Glaze can produce a wide range of color variation and opacity. It both strikes and reduces. When applied thinly, the color will tend to be more transparent after striking. A thicker layer of Honey Glaze can become very opaque. Striking can be done in the flame by
working the glass in and out of the flame as well as closer and further out in the flame. Allowing the glass to chill before reheating can bring out more dramatic color variation and deeper opacity. Additional color depth of the strike can occur in the annealer. A slightly reduction flame setting at will bring up a subtle metallic sheen.

3 Honey Glaze 30 1 Honey Glaze 25

2 Honey Glaze 21 4 Honey Glaze 34

5 Honey Glaze 17 6 Honey Glaze n61

7 Honey Glaze 44 8 Honey Glaze 45

9 Honey Glaze 18 10 Honey Glaze 6

11 Honey Glaze 5 12 Honey Glaze 62

Royal Purple
First row: Left: Varying thicknesses of Royal Purple on Effetre White EP-204;
Right: Royal Purple on Effetre Ivory EP-264 - Reactive.
Second row: Left: Compares Royal Purple to Light Violet ET-41.
Right: Compares Royal Purple to Medium Amethyst ET-42.

1 Royal Purple on white 2 Royal Purple on ivory1

3 Royal Purple with T041 on white 4 Royal Purple with T042 on white

Using Moody Blue, Purplescent and Midnight Magic
Moody
Blue and Purplescent are reduction glasses. This means that when the hot glass is placed into a flame that is lacking oxygen, the glass will change in nature producing metallic lusters. The temperature of the glass and the nature of the reduction flame setting work together in varying degrees will result in a wide range of dazzling lustrous colors. The following instructions show Moody Blue examples. Below these instructions are examples of Purplescent, more Moody Blue and Midnight Magic.

1 Silver – After all of your shaping is done, the last thing to do is to turn the parts of the bead with Moody Blue on it silver. What works best here is to briefly heat the Moody Blue to a dull orange glow and then bathe it in the purple part of the dragon's breath flame until you see the shine come up on the bead. Anneal in the normal way.

1A – Dragon's Breath Reduction – if you are unfamiliar with this term, what it means is to turn all oxygen off and turn the propane up until the flame actually starts about an inch away from the torch face – it looks like this:
dragons breath

This is what a bead treated in this way looks like:
Moody Blue on clear1

2 Shiny Purple/Blue – To get this effect, warm the Moody Blue to a soft, dull orange, but let the color go almost back to cool and then bathe the bead in the purple part of the dragon's breath flame. This is what a bead treated in this way looks like:
Moody Blue over clear

3 Multicolor Rainbow – To get this effect the Moody Blue should be applied to cooled glass – the base glass should have little or no glow left in it – then apply the Moody Blue – after applying hit the Moody Blue with enough heat to get a dull orange glow – then bathe it in the dragon's breath flame until you get the shiny silver – move it back to the orange part of the flame while you adjust the torch to achieve a high reduction flame.

3A – Turn the propane down to what you would normally set for a neutral flame and add just enough oxygen to get long white fingers in the flame – it should look like this:

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Bathe the bead briefly in the outermost white fingers of this flame, selecting small areas of the Moody Blue to put in the flame and dip it in and out until you see the color you want – then you can move on to another area getting many colors – practicing with this method should give you consistent results for colors you want to achieve.

These are examples of the colors you can get with this technique:
Moody Blue on clear a

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Moody Blue on clear

4 Encased Moody Blue - Follow any of the steps above and then let the bead cool with no glow left. More of the shiny iridescence will be preserved if you can "lop" on the clear without adding too much heat to the bead until you are ready to do the final shaping.  Really interesting effects are achieved by using texture tools in the Moody Blue before reducing it and then encasing it. The shiny iridescence is hard to photograph, but it will look similar to this when encased:
encased Moody Blue a

encased Moody Blue

Beads by Kimberly Affleck
Using Purplescent

Purplescent Kimberly Affleck 4

Purplescent Kimberly Affleck 1 Purplescent Kimberly Affleck 2 Purplescent Kimberly Affleck 3

Bead by Barbara Terrill
Using Purplescent Fractures

Purplescent Barbara Terrill 1

Bead by Elena Tucker
Purplescent

Purplescent Elena Tucker 1

Bead by Barbara Steffen
 Using Purplescent

Purplescent Barbara Steffen 2

Purplescent
Purplescent rainbow 3

Moody Blue and Purplescent
Purplescent and Moody Blue on same bead

Purplescent
Purplescent rainbow

Detail of Bead by Kimberly Affleck
Purplescent Encased

Purplescent Kimberly Affleck 5

Purplescent over Copper Green, Encased
Purplescent encased on copper green

Midnight Magic reacts on Effetre Ivory
midnight-magic-on-ivory2 midnight-magic-on-ivory1

  Midnight Magic encased - Midnight Magic on BellaDonna Honey Glaze
midnight-magic-encased midnight-magic-medium-frit-on-honey-glaze

 Midnight Magic on Clear - Midnight Magic on BellaDonna Purplescent
midnight-magic-medium-frit-on-clear midnight-magic-medium-frit-on-purplescent

midnight-magic-frit midnight-magic

Teal-icious
Teal 9 Teal 2

Teal-icious 2B Teal-icious frit 4A

Teal-icious 10 Teal 25

Teal-icious frit 9B Teal-icious 11

Teal 20 Teal 17