This week I've been very busy making beads, sorting beads and putting beads into pairs, trios, sets and collections in preparation for my trip to Merstham on Sunday for the inaugural East Surrey Bead Fair!
I'm really excited about it - so much so, I've been doing the cokey soaky. Or do I mean the hokey cokey? Let me explain......
Some types of glass that I use - namely the colours pigmented with copper oxide (especially opaque turquoise) - can take on a gunmetal sheen in the kiln. This effect is often desirable, but in my case, more often than not, I want my turquoise to be turquoise!
The answer is - of course - the cokey-soaky! I nipped across to East Hoathly Village Stores to get a bottle of good ol' Coca Cola, poured a good slug of it into a bowl, added the beads I wanted to re-turquoise-ise, and popped it onto the top of the kiln so that it became nice and warm. I find it's more effective for this job when it's warm rather than cold.
I expect that if I were to drink* the stuff though, I'd prefer ice and a slice!
*which I don't.