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Northstar Borosilicate Coloured Rods & Frit

 

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Northstar Boro Amber Purple Odd Full Rod

Amber Purple Odd

The colour can produce pale yellows to ambers to a deep purple. To yield the most vibrant purples, work in a hot neutral to slightly oxidizing flame. Reduction will affect the strike. Try encasing your favourite Amber/Purple with NS-032 Violet, or NS-031 Lavender. To enhance NS-013 Amber/Purple try backing it with NS-054 Star White.

 

125grm of Northstar Boro Amber Purple Odd

Amber Purple Odd

The colour can produce pale yellows to ambers to a deep purple. To yield the most vibrant purples, work in a hot neutral to slightly oxidizing flame. Reduction will affect the strike. Try encasing your favourite Amber/Purple with NS-032 Violet, or NS-031 Lavender. To enhance NS-013 Amber/Purple try backing it with NS-054 Star White.

Northstar Boro Red Exotic Full Rod Odd

Red Exotic Odd

NS-029 Red Exotic: The Exotic family contains the most saturated striking colours in the Northstar family. NS-029 Red Exotic produces a deep metallic burgundy. As with the other exotics work them in a super oxidizing environment until you are finished with the piece. Then, turn the flame down and bathe the piece in a super reducing flame for several second to produce the mirror like sheen. Another great effect that is possible with the Exotics is encasement with clear. This group of colours can be stretched out and is great for blown work. If heavily encased, be sure to anneal thoroughly. Exotics are also enhanced by a backing with NS-054 Star White. NS-029 Red Exotic differs from the rest in that kiln striking will amplify the red qualities. Try layering NS-023 Pink over Red Exotic

 

125grm of Northstar Boro Red Exotic Odd

Red Exotic Odd

NS-029 Red Exotic: The Exotic family contains the most saturated striking colours in the Northstar family. NS-029 Red Exotic produces a deep metallic burgundy. As with the other exotics work them in a super oxidizing environment until you are finished with the piece. Then, turn the flame down and bathe the piece in a super reducing flame for several second to produce the mirror like sheen. Another great effect that is possible with the Exotics is encasement with clear. This group of colours can be stretched out and is great for blown work. If heavily encased, be sure to anneal thoroughly. Exotics are also enhanced by a backing with NS-054 Star White. NS-029 Red Exotic differs from the rest in that kiln striking will amplify the red qualities. Try layering NS-023 Pink over Red Exotic

 

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Northstar Boro Cherry Odd Full Rod

Cherry Red Odd

NS-065 Cherry is the most eye-catching member of the intense opaque family. It is a bright candy apple red that is well suited for stringer application and blown work. Cherry is slightly sensitive to reduction, so work in a soft neutral flame. Cherry is however heat sensitive so it must be worked carefully to prevent boiling. Encasing with clear is another method to shielding the colour, but not necessary. Cherry can be easily worked on the surface and will not boil or scar if worked carefully in a soft flame. A nice colour effect to try is a layer of NS-037 Rootbeer over NS-065 Cherry.

125grm of Northstar Boro Cherry Red Odd

Cherry Red Odd

NS-065 Cherry is the most eye-catching member of the intense opaque family. It is a bright candy apple red that is well suited for stringer application and blown work. Cherry is slightly sensitive to reduction, so work in a soft neutral flame. Cherry is however heat sensitive so it must be worked carefully to prevent boiling. Encasing with clear is another method to shielding the colour, but not necessary. Cherry can be easily worked on the surface and will not boil or scar if worked carefully in a soft flame. A nice color effect to try is a layer of NS-037 Rootbeer over NS-065 Cherry.

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Northstar Boro Yellow Odd Full Rod

NS-009 Yellow is an eye catching striking transparent yellow. It can be struck in a kiln or in the flame. This is another good forgiving striking colour for those starting out. If it is worked in an oxidizing environment, NS-009 Yellow will yield a transparent golden yellow. If worked in a neutral to slightly reducing flame NS-009 Yellow will start to darken and turn a semi opaque amber colour. Because the strike can be easily controlled, NS-009 Yellow can be used for sculpture, beads, and blown work without washing out or overpowering the work. Try layering NS-009 Yellow over NS-007 Ruby for a vibrant fuchsia colour (as demonstrated in Northstar Newsletter issue 8), and be sure to try it over NS-028 Blue Exotic.
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125grm of Northstar Yellow Odd

NS-009 Yellow is an eye catching striking transparent yellow. It can be struck in a kiln or in the flame. This is another good forgiving striking colour for those starting out. If it is worked in an oxidizing environment, NS-009 Yellow will yield a transparent golden yellow. If worked in a neutral to slightly reducing flame NS-009 Yellow will start to darken and turn a semi opaque amber colour. Because the strike can be easily controlled, NS-009 Yellow can be used for sculpture, beads, and blown work without washing out or overpowering the work. Try layering NS-009 Yellow over NS-007 Ruby for a vibrant fuchsia colour (as demonstrated in Northstar Newsletter issue 8), and be sure to try it over NS-028 Blue Exotic.
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Northstar Boro English Ivy Odd Full Rod

NS-131 English Ivy is a light transparent aquamarine colour, that when used in the flame, can yield many colour hues. This colour is in the same family as NS-13 Amber Purple and NS-03 Multi so the colour possibilities are endless. NS-131 English Ivy produces metallic blues and sea greens. When reduced, this colour can yield earthy reds and browns. We recommend using an oxidizing flame to achieve the most vivid colour. Because it is more saturated than NS-13 Amber Purple and NS-03 Multi it will react much more quickly to the particular chemistry of the flame so be careful not to over reduce. To yield other interesting effects, try encasing NS-131 English Ivy with clear or backing it with an opaque colour like NS-54 Star White. This colour can be stretched thin, so it is well suited for delicate blown work, stringer application, and cane work.
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125grm of Northstar English Ivy Odd

NS-131 English Ivy is a light transparent aquamarine colour, that when used in the flame, can yield many colour hues. This colour is in the same family as NS-13 Amber Purple and NS-03 Multi so the colour possibilities are endless. NS-131 English Ivy produces metallic blues and sea greens. When reduced, this colour can yield earthy reds and browns. We recommend using an oxidizing flame to achieve the most vivid colour. Because it is more saturated than NS-13 Amber Purple and NS-03 Multi it will react much more quickly to the particular chemistry of the flame so be careful not to over reduce. To yield other interesting effects, try encasing NS-131 English Ivy with clear or backing it with an opaque colour like NS-54 Star White. This colour can be stretched thin, so it is well suited for delicate blown work, stringer application, and cane work.
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Northstar Boro Ice Blue Odd Full Rod

NS-070 Ice Blue is a lush copper blue that has an unrivalled eye catching appeal. It is a light transparent colour but it adds great optical depth even in thin layers. It is not suitable for stringers or cane work, but it is great for sculpture and blown work. Its effect as an overlay colour is impressive. When added over NS-045 Blue Moon, it produces a very appealing blue! To keep Ice Blue from dulling or discolouring, work in an oxidizing flame. If worked in a neutral to reducing flame the colour will darken and develop reddish brown striations in the body of the glass
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125grm of Northstar Ice Blue Odd

NS-070 Ice Blue is a lush copper blue that has an unrivalled eye catching appeal. It is a light transparent colour but it adds great optical depth even in thin layers. It is not suitable for stringers or cane work, but it is great for sculpture and blown work. Its effect as an overlay colour is impressive. When added over NS-045 Blue Moon, it produces a very appealing blue! To keep Ice Blue from dulling or discolouring, work in an oxidizing flame. If worked in a neutral to reducing flame the colour will darken and develop reddish brown striations in the body of the glass
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Northstar Boro Blue Thunder Odd Full Rod

NS-122 Blue Thunder is a dark cobalt blue colour with silver. When worked in an oxidizing flame NS-122 Blue Thunder yields bright metallic blues. When worked in a neutral flame it yields bright hazy greens. When worked in a heavily reducing flame NS-122 Blue Thunder produces a nice ash grey. It is well suited for stringer application, blown work, and sculpture. NS-122 Blue Thunder is a lighter version of NS-45 Blue Moon with the same working values.
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125grm of Northstar Blue Thunder Odd

NS-122 Blue Thunder is a dark cobalt blue colour with silver. When worked in an oxidizing flame NS-122 Blue Thunder yields bright metallic blues. When worked in a neutral flame it yields bright hazy greens. When worked in a heavily reducing flame NS-122 Blue Thunder produces a nice ash grey. It is well suited for stringer application, blown work, and sculpture. NS-122 Blue Thunder is a lighter version of NS-45 Blue Moon with the same working values.

Northstar Boro Lokis Lipstick Full Rod

Lokis Lipstick First,

NS-132 Lokis Lipstick is a silver striking colour. It is a close companion to NS-13 Amber Purple but with a little more control of the colour strike. Work NS-132 Lokis Lipstick in an oxidizing flame to achieve the most vivid colour range. It can be struck in the torch or in the kiln. You can achieve colours that look like gold and silver fume as well as deep purples. If reduced enough, it will yield creamy yellows and whites. NS-132 Lokis Lipstick works well in all applications. It is quickly becoming a must in the artist’s palette.

125grm of Northstar Lokis Lipstick

Lokis Lipstick First,

NS-132 Lokis Lipstick is a silver striking colour. It is a close companion to NS-13 Amber Purple but with a little more control of the colour strike. Work NS-132 Lokis Lipstick in an oxidizing flame to achieve the most vivid colour range. It can be struck in the torch or in the kiln. You can achieve colours that look like gold and silver fume as well as deep purples. If reduced enough, it will yield creamy yellows and whites. NS-132 Lokis Lipstick works well in all applications. It is quickly becoming a must in the artist’s palette.

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Northstar Boro Dark Blue Amber Purple Odd Full Rod

A more intense version of NS-048 Light Blue Amber/Purple. Oxidize for purples. Reduce for opaque sea greens. Refer to the Amber Purple section for working information.

125grm of Northstar Dark Blue Amber Purple

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Northstar Boro Dark Multi Full Rod

Dark Multi First,

NS-004 Dark Multi is the more intense version of NS-003 Multi and will yield similar effects, but much more pronounced. 

125grm of Northstar Dark Multi

NS-004 Dark Multi is the more intense version of NS-003 Multi and will yield similar effects, but much more pronounced.