Messy Color™ Birchwood Ltd Run

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Birchwood Ltd Run (511844)<br />A creamy opaque ivory with silver.

A creamy opaque ivory with silver.

"This is Birchwood with Effetre mid blue. In rod form, Birchwood is a pale cream opaque glass. In the areas where I have added the small pieces of silver leaf the glass has darkened to a deep caramel toffee colour. I am loving the effect." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog. – Jolene Wolfe

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CiM Birchwood & Saddle Leather
Suzy Hannabuss
CiM Birchwood & Menthe
Darlene Collette
CiM Birchwood
Susan Parry
CiM Birchwood
Heather Sellers
The swirl on the face of the heart and the polka dots on the charm are both CiM Birchwood.
Angela Dose
CiM Birchwood with glass shards of Saddle Leather with silvered ivory
Darlene Collette

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  • Birchwood is a silver laden neutral.
  • Special thanks to Claudia Eidenbenz & Suzy Hannabuss for the photos in this section.

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"Birchwood is an ivory, a little streaky, not too much, some color variation from heating, I really like this. Birchwood is super soft, so for the sculptural stuff, it can be a little tricky to hold the detail."
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Birchwood with turquoise dots. No reaction."
Dwyn Tomlinson
"I attempted to get some response from the silver in Birchwood by the heating and cooling needed to create the face on the pot, but I did not get a response. Basically I ended with a very light tan that might work well for a very light flesh tone. The glass worked very nicely, melting smoothly with no shockiness."
Chris Haussler
"Warm and soft. Almost transparent when melting then slowly turning opaque. Shade of cream in creases. Natural wood shade that moves well when shaping my ladies."
Jean Daniels
"Birchwood is the ivory colour here which also behaved nicely in the flame. It melted easily but isn’t as soft as Effetre dark ivory which could be an advantage for sculptural work, vessels, etc. Fjord Misty and Birchwood didn’t react to each other but you can see some fuming on the Birchwood from the silver foil which I used on the Fjord before adding some Val Cox River Dance frit. I will be interested to work with Birchwood again adding foil directly to it to see if it gives more reactions."
Josephine Wadman
"Birchwood is a light neutral opaque glass that is reactive to silver in a most wonderful way. Milder reaction than Effetre ivory and the glass turned a golden color with light application of silver and maintained silver shine on the surface with silver foil without going gray. Really nice glass to work with, too."
Lori Peterson
"Birchwood is a silver laden neutral that in appearance is a light ivory. I was excited to test the glass silver component within Birchwood along with a Double Helix silver glass named Melia. These simple rivet beads were created on a base of Birchwood. Each rivet of Double Helix Melia was reduced to bring out the green/blue silver shine." See more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
"I made a blown glass vessel. I’m happy to say that Birchwood was very easy to blow and control. I was also very pleased at how well it maintained its shape while blowing since regular ivory can get soupy and challenging to control for this reason at times. It's perfect for sculpting and blowing. In my opinion, the rod looks darker than it is once the glass gets heated. When I pulled a stringer, the stringer looked lighter than the outer surface of the rod. I embellished Birchwood beads with .999 fine silver and got a lovely reaction from the silver. I’m pleased to say that it was not shocky poppy either."
Susan Parry
"Although Birchwood looks like ivory, it has some noticeable differences. First, it’s not as soft as traditional ivory but it’s not overly stiff either. Instead it’s right in the middle between soft and stiff—perfectly balanced, one might say. Second, I was curious to see if it would be reactive with turquoise glass as other ivories, but as you can see from the image of the turquoise heart embellished with Birchwood and the Birchwood beads embellished with turquoise glass, this was not the case. I got no color reaction at all."
Susan Parry
"Birchwood is a lovely creamy colour with a hint of pale yellow. As soon as I saw this rod I knew I had to try it with a striking glass and I was right, it is amazing with striking glass. Works wonderfully with silver glass too. This glass is too special to be used solo. Melts like butter, no boiling or scumming, but would recommend preheating."
Juliette Mullett
"This is Birchwood with Effetre mid blue. In rod form, Birchwood is a pale cream opaque glass. In the areas where I have added the small pieces of silver leaf the glass has darkened to a deep caramel toffee colour. I am loving the effect." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"Birchwood was worked a little longer and silver glass added to this big holed bead and I got a lovely darker ring around the bead hole and around the decoration which I love. As with a few of these ivories, a little more working brings out more colour. Nice!"
Bianca Gruber
"This glass in a quickly made plain pressed bead turned out a very uniform light ivory colour. It was nice to work with and easy to melt."
Bianca Gruber
“I made a sculptural bird bead with Birchwood. Nice warm ivory and it was easy to work with. I began with a clear ‘core’ body and then encased in Birchwood. This gives an opportunity to see encasement with the color. The head, wings and tail were added straight from the rod. I used Reichenbach Deep Black for the base of the beak followed by Effetre Pastel Yellow. The eyes were also Reichenbach Deep Black.”
Kim Fields
"In rod form, this glass looked a lot like Baked Alaska, so I was a little surprised it was so pale after I melted it. It was really nice and smooth melting and ended up being a slightly yellow toned ivory. It's another nice and unique neutral in the 104 palette. I am sure I will need it for an animal or bird sculpture piece in the future."
Joy Munshower
Left to right: Lauscha Thüringer Salmon, Birchwood.
Claudia Eidenbenz