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Hi Everyone,

I played with Devardi Boro for the first time today.  It was fun and I hope to learn more about it.  I'm just getting going on this Cricket, so it will be a learning process on both for me.

The ball under the Elephant is a large COE 104 bead I made.  The Elephant is Boro Lt. Pink and a really pretty color.  The Panda and Flower spray are also Boro.

Let's see what you create with it!

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Wow, Kristina. Nice work. Are you sure you never used Boro before?


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Oh thank you Daniel.  I do have a question.  As I was working with it I could tell changing the flame proportion of propane and oxygen had a direct impact on the glass...

Would you please speak to the types of flame that work Boro and 104 for that matter?  I am new on a Cricket, so I'm still not clear what flame I'm getting with streaks in it or fluffy flame.  I'd appreciate an introduction to flame I guess if you would be so kind  

By the way, despite the fact that I was anxious about trying it, I found that Boro makes basic sculpture easier in many ways since it isn't as prone to cracking, though I understand you can't get the tight detail you can with COE 104, such as eyes and design patterns...

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Hey Kristina!  Nice job!  I don't have any of Devardi's Boro yet but am hoping to start doing more boro soon.  I need a better vent fan before I really start working with it.  (I have one but its been too cold on the days I have had to work on it to install it lol).  I am also hoping to get a 2nd concentrator because more oxygen makes the flame hotter and that's needed if you want it to melt faster than watching paint dry lol.

Boro is fabulous for sculpture and what's really cool is you can finish something half way, walk a way from it and put it back in the flame with just a bit of pre heating (which the bead warmer is great for) and your chances of having cracking are very very slim. 


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Thank you for that info Sonja.  I don't know how far I can go with setting pieces down and then putting them right back in the flame.  

I dropped the flower after I got it assembled and broke it apart    but I picked each piece up and reattached them again!

I want to try to make a Dragon next, since they are so sinuous...  we'll see how I do!


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lol yes, Boro is definitely a whole new ballgame.  There is no way could have done that with 104!  Just another learning curve I guess!  Can't wait to see the dragon!

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I had read it in the past but now I know there's just a world of difference in making sculptural things with Boro and 104 since you can set it down and make parts and then assemble them...  

This Rose isn't annealed, I just made it, but it was a lot of fun to do.  It's the Devardi Lily Pad Green, Clear and the two Pinks.

I got a big paperback book on the beginning basics with Boro a while back that I (now) would recommend to anyone wanting to play with Boro.  You can get it on Amazon.com:

FLAMEWORKING
Elizabeth Ryland Mears
ISBN: 13: 978-1-57990-741-9

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Okay, here's my last one for the day... Sonja's Blue Dragon    It's the only color I had enough of to make a Dragon with... it' fun to work with, but I can see how making things in real detail is quite a challenge!

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Wow those are pretty.
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Thank you Ken!


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Love, love, love the dragon!

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Thank you Sonja, he was made in your honor  
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Aw Kristina thank you!  I have a cat named Dragon lol!

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DO you really!  You'll have to post a pic of him one day  
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Wow, Kristina. Nice dragon.


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Hi Kristina, sorry, just noticed your post with some questions. Love that dragon and all your boro work. I use a high oxygen flame with boro. If you are making small items, a large pencil tip flame works best. You really want that heat. High oxygen will provide it. Detail work with boro can be a challenge. But I've seen some nice detail with experienced users. I have a feeling you will do some great stuff.

With the Cricket torch, you probably noticed, you will need to max it out to get the heat required for boro. The Cricket is made for soft glass, actually. But it will do boro too if you crank it up.

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Thank you Daniel.  I was wondering what flame you recommended... I only have a 5 lp OxyCon with the Cricket, so I am going to be limited in the size of my efforts    but I sure am enjoying your Boro.

For the Dragon and the Flowers I set the parts I create down on the top of the Rod Heater or put them in the Holding Kiln until I'm ready to assemble them, and that makes a big difference too.

I'll post more as I find the time to play!

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