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Monday, April 29, 2013

Silver foil and Silver leaf

I'm teaching an 8 week class at Stone and Glass at the Bernardo Winery in San Diego, California.  One day will be focused on the techniques of applying fine silver to the lampwork beads.


Fine Silver Foil vs Leaf
Now this will be something to be very aware of.  One is much thicker and more user friendly than the other.  Silver foil is thick and silver leaf is thin.  A good way to remember this is to think of a leaf fluttering in the wind, and this is basically what it does.  It also sticks to your fingers and tares too easily when handling it.  Foil is more sturdy like tin foil.  You can handle it with your bare fingers, use tweezers, and it doesn't blow away as easy as the leaf does.  For the most part, the foil and leaf do have about the same amount of coverage, but why not pay the extra couple bucks for your sanity.

Here are some links where to buy leaf and foil:

Arrow Springs
Frantz Art Glass
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