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« on: June 29, 2012 08:09:52 AM »

Hey guys - does anyone know of a good ombre glass tutorial? I can't seem to find one here or anywhere!
(Sorry for the title. I've seen it spelled so many ways! )

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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012 11:43:06 AM »

Hi and welcome to the glass boards.

Unfortunately I've not heard of hombre glass, and my search here and elsewhere has turned up nothing. Maybe one of our glass peeps will pop in with some help..
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012 02:07:19 PM »

Never heard of it. Maybe you could describe it. Is it a product or a process?
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012 08:47:52 AM »

Thanks for the replies! It appears to be a process, but I'm not sure. It's a color gradient  effect and I'm not sure the best way to accomplish it.

the correct spelling I've found is "Ombre" apparently it is a french word.

Here are some photos: http://designythings.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tfc-ombre-glasses.jpg


https://www.globalviews.com/assets/products/8.81620_8.81621_8.81622-c46bc04377882477dc8ec389cdc91879.jpg

http://www.forevercrystal.co.uk/images/products/OMBRE-24CM-TURQUOISE-LIME-VASE-1.jpg
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012 10:49:45 AM »

Those appear to me to be glass that has been kiln formed. You can buy glass with those colors, and in that "ombre" look you are seeking. But to color glass and form it like that, I've never seen or heard of such a technique.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012 03:47:40 PM »

I think these may be blown glass or crystal, not kiln formed. You can get that gradient effect in kiln formed glass with powder frit.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012 11:01:48 AM »

the ombre effect in the first link looks like it's just the thickness of the glass; thin at the top leaves it pale, thick at the bottom makes it dark.

The others aren't really ombre, they're two-toned.  If artist-blown, I would expect that they used very fine frit to color the glass.  I don't know about commercial manufacturing, they may use colored glass to begin with.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2012 08:09:05 AM »

"Ombre" means 'shade' or 'shadow' in french, so I'm guessing the technique is basically changing one color to another, subtly.

The pix you posted look like blown pieces to me: while its not impossible to slump fused glass on to molds to make drinking glasses and vases - its normally fiddly enough that its easier to make them with glassblowing techniques in a foundry.

Unfortunately, I'm not a glassblower, so that's the extent of my knowledge!

If you want to 'fake it' with fusing and slumping a piece, then as others have said a careful use of frit and/or colored glass base will produce some pleasing effects.

Good luck! I'd love to see some of your experiments if you'd care to post them
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