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Available in: 7mm
Color Description: A ruby with a thousand subtle tones.
Properties: Translucent, striking-luster.
Working characteristics: Flame and kiln strike. Try pre-working by
gathering in a hot reducing flame. Pull out into rod and use.
Tips: Flame-strike the silvers and kiln-strike the reds. Encasing will
produce more pink and coral. A fantastic, playful color for beads.
Part No: C2-1382
 
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Cranberry is fully opaque striking porcelain red. It kiln strikes just like C3-07 Ruby and is well suited for a background color and stringer application. Because it has an opacifying agent it must be worked with care to prevent any boiling issues. Work in a soft neutral to slightly oxidizing flame and work slowly till it is glowing red. Try layering C3-09 Yellow over Cranberry for a nice effect. For more information about working rubies refer to Northstar Newlstter issue 8.
Part No: C3-59
 
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Crystal Bliss is a light cobalt blue with lots of sparkle. The color is not heat sensitive and works great. C3-123 Crystal Bliss is very light in color and when pulled thin, the color will fade to clear. We created C3-123 Crystal Bliss the artists that like to coat their colors with sparkle. Use an oxidizing flame to cut down on red lines of copper.
Part No: C3-123
 
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Dark Amethyst is a light transparent violet color. This is a “what you see is what you get” color. Use in a slightly neutral to oxidizing flame for best results. C3-106 Dark Amethyst works like butter so do not hesitate to spread it over other colors. The color looks best in solid color blowouts and sculpture work. Stringers tend to lose color and may appear as a clear Violet.
Part No: C3-106
 
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Dark Blue Amber/Purple is the more intense version of Light/Blue Amber Purple. It yields a more intense semi opaque strike and has more of a blue tint. Due to its intensity it is useful for thin blown work and cane applications. Work Dark Blue Amber/Purple in a hot neutral to slightly oxidizing flame. Reduction will affect the strike. Dark Blue Amber/Purple’s strike is amplified by a backing of C3-54 Star White. For a complete guide to working C3-49 Dark Blue Amber/Purple refer to the Northstar bead brochure and Northstar Newsletter issue 3 for more tips.
Part No: C3-49
 
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Dark Cobalt is the second most saturated of the four shades of cobalt blue Northstar produces. Dark Cobalt is well suited for thin blown work and cane work. Because of its intensity it must be worked in an oxidizing flame to prevent graying. Refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 16 for additional information about working cobalt blues.
Part No: C3-20
 
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Dark Multi is the more intense version of C3-03 Multi and will yield similar effects, but much more pronounced. When worked in an oxidizing flame Dark Multi produces metallic blues and sea greens. When reduced, NS-03 Multi yields earthy reds and browns. Because it is more saturated it will react much more quickly to the particular chemistry of the flame. Due to the fact that it reacts more readily, do not over reduce. To yield other interesting effects, try encasing C3-03 Multi with clear or backing it with an opaque color. This color can be stretched thin, so it is well suited for delicate blown work, stringer application, or cane work.
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Dark Multi is the more intense version of C3-03 Multi and will yield similar effects, but much more pronounced. When worked in an oxidizing flame Dark Multi produces metallic blues and sea greens. When reduced, C3-03 Multi yields earthy reds and browns. Because it is more saturated it will react much more quickly to the particular chemistry of the flame. Due to the fact that it reacts more readily, do not over reduce. To yield other interesting effects, try encasing C3-03 Multi with clear or backing it with an opaque color. This color can be stretched thin, so it is well suited for delicate blown work, stringer application, or cane work.
Part No: C3-04FL
 
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Dark Orange is a more saturated version ofC3-05 Orange. It is well suited for thin blown work, cane work, or when a deep semi-opaque orange is desired. Because it is more saturated, be sure to work in an oxidizing flame to prevent muddying. Due to the fact that it strikes more quickly than C3-06-Orange, C3-06 Dark Orange can be flame struck. For more information about C3-06 Orange refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 8.
Part No: C3-06
 
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Color Description: Bright tangelo orange.                
Properties: High color saturation, opal, WYSIWYG.
Working characteristics: Maintains color in all working atmospheres.
Tips: Work this color further out in the flame.
Part No: C2-208
 
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Available in: 7mm & frit        
Color Description: Medium dark translucent rosy purple.
Properties: Medium high color saturation, translucent, WYSIWYG.
Working characteristics: Can be either thinned or gathered to provide a wide range of light transmittance.                Tips: Popular for beads and sculpture work.
Part No: C2-775
 
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Dark Ruby is the most saturated of the transparent striking rubies Northstar produces. It must be worked in a hot oxidizing flame to prevent liveriness. Because it is so intense it can be easily flame struck. It is most useful for small sculptural accents, cane work, and stringers. When fully struck, it can yield a rich opaque Chinese red. For additional information about C3-08 Dark Ruby refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 8.
Part No: C3-08
 
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Deep Sea Blue is a fully opaque saturated blue. It is well suited for stringer application and blown work. For those of you searching for a substitute for C3-22 Polaris, this is the closest color to it. It is not susceptible to reduction and is not flame sensitive. For best results keep it in a neutral flame. It is a great backing for such colors as C3-14 Irrid and C3-15 Turquesa, and goes well with C3-63 Canary. For additional information about C3-77 Deep Sea Blue refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 13.
Part No: C3-77
 
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Color Description: etallic sparkle in a clear base that mixes well with most colors.
Properties: Low to medium color saturation, translucent, WYSIWYG.
Working characteristics: Rod can be “shocky” if placed rapidly into flame without preheating. Overheating will release sulfur, visible as a smoke.
Tips: reheat rod in kiln. If coil potting, gather rod and fulcrum mix for two minutes ( or use drill) and re-pull rod. Consider mixing in three parts clear or other tint color if exposing large surface area.
Part No: C2-9958
 
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Double Amber/Purple is the more intense version of C3-13 Amber/Purple. It produces the most exciting metallic purples and vermilions. It behaves similarly in the flame as regular Amber/Purple but because of its greater intensity more care has to be taken to prevent reduction. Double Amber/Purple can be stretched further and can be blown relatively thin without losing the vibrant purple strike. Be sure to try layering Double Amber/Purple over C3-81 Blue Caramel. For a complete guide to working C3-26 Double Amber/Purple refer to the Northstar bead brochure and Northstar Newsletter issue 3 for more tips.
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Double Amber/Purple is the more intense version of C3-13 Amber/Purple. It produces the most exciting metallic purples and vermilions. It behaves similarly in the flame as regular Amber/Purple but because of its greater intensity more care has to be taken to prevent reduction. Double Amber/Purple can be stretched further and can be blown relatively thin without losing the vibrant purple strike. Be sure to try layering Double Amber/Purple over C3-81 Blue Caramel. For a complete guide to working C3-26 Double Amber/Purple refer to the Northstar bead brochure and Northstar Newsletter issue 3 for more tips.
Part No: C3-26FS
 
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Color Description: This is a Carnival Royale, with more emphasis on reds and copper-metalics, and more control over the silver strike. Possessing a transparent green base, it transmits a beautiful green light. It is the best Carnival that Henry has ever made. If you have only one Carnival on your shelf, this is the most exotic one to have.
Properties: Transparent, translucent, striking-luster.
Working characteristics: Consider working first in a hot neutral flame. This will help to prevent muddying the copper and silver properties. Then use a reducing flame to bring out the reds and metallic surface treatments available.
Tips: Experiment by using clear frit or dots over Dragon’s Eye before reducing the surface.
Part No: C2-4838
 
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Egyptian White Sand is a rich opaque color reminiscent of elephant ivory or the bleached carved hieroglyphic tablets excavated from ancient Egypt. It is not sensitive to flame chemistry but must be worked in a soft gentle heat to prevent surface scarring and boiling. Once worked, the color can be heated more rapidly and take a larger volume of heat. The key is working the color slowly until it is melted in smooth. It is a formulation based on our C3-54 Star White but one that offers even greater opacity and intensity. C3-94 Eqyptian White Sand’s antiqued color and grainy texture is ideal for shading in sculptural applications such as murrini cane, while its intensity allows for its application in extremely thin blown work. It is also an ideal background color.
Part No: C3-94
 
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English Ivy is a light transparent aquamarine color, that when used in the flame, can yield many color hues. This color is in the same family as C3-13 Amber Purple and C3-03 Multi so the color possibilities are endless. C3-131 English Ivy produces metallic blues and sea greens. When reduced, this color can yield earthy reds and browns. We recommend using an oxidizing flame to achieve the most vivid color. Because it is more saturated than C3-13 Amber Purple and C3-03 Multi it will react much more quickly to the particular chemistry of the flame so be careful not to over reduce. To yield other interesting effects, try encasing C3-131 English Ivy with clear or backing it with an opaque color like C3-54 Star White. This color can be stretched thin, so it is well suited for delicate blown work, stringer application, and cane work.
Part No: C3-131
 
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Evergreen is more dark than its C3-53 Forest Green counterpart, Evergreen is smooth and creamy. A neutral flame is the best when working this color but can be worked in practically any flame without fear of discoloration. It works well for encased applications. It is great for stringer applications and thin blown work. Try using it next to C3-53 Forest Green and C3-11 Jade for a beautiful green fade.
Part No: C3-97
 
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Extra Light Yellow is a diluted version of NS-09 Yellow. It can be worked in virtually any flame without the color being affected. It is great for sculpture and as an overlay. By adding Extra Light Yellow over opaque colors a bluish hazy glow is added to the piece. Try it over C3-33 Turbo Cobalt! For additional information about transparent striking colors refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 4.
Part No: C3-34
 
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Forest Green is a very saturated, fully opaque green that just might be the most versatile green in the market today. It can be worked in any flame without fear of discoloration. It is recommended to stay in a neutral flame. It works well for encased applications. It is great for stringer applications and thin blown work. For a neat effect, try layering C3-03 Multi over C3-53 Forest Green. For additional information about working C3-53 Forest Green, refer to Northstar Newsletter Issue 17.
Part No: C3-53
 
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Garnet is a member the self striking ruby family. Garnet is the medium intensity shade of the three shades of self striking rubies Northstar currently offers. It is best suited for medium thickness blown work and highlights. The self striking rubies are the next generation of colors offering the user cleaner purer colors with less air and difficulty in working. When using NS-86 Garnet, do so in a neutral to oxidizing flame. Once hot Garnet will turn transparent just as the standard Northstar rubies, but as it cools it turns a uniform ruby red. The strike is easily repeatable and the final color is not affected by kilning. Even after numerous reheats no liviering will occur. Note the final shade of red is slightly darker than the initial color of the rod. Once heated and allowed to strike, the final color can be viewed. After prolonged use in sculptural and inside out applications NS-86 Garnet can develop a deep brown hue. This can usually be reversed by heating the color until molten. For a great color effect try layering C3-86 Garnet over C3-85 Poppy. For additional information about C3-86 Garnet refer to Newsletter issue 26.
Part No: C3-86
 
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Garnet Dark is the most saturated self striking Ruby Northstar currently offers. It is best suited for thin stringer, thin blown work, and lip wraps. The self striking rubies are the next generation of colors offering the user cleaner purer colors with less air and difficulty in working. When working NS-87 Garnet Dark use a hot oxidizing flame. Once hot C3-87 Garnet Dark will turn transparent just as the standard Northstar rubies, but as it cools it turns a uniform ruby red. The strike is easily repeatable and the final color is not affected by kilning. Even after numerous reheats no liviering will occur. Note the final shade of red is slightly darker than the initial color of the rod. Once heated and allowed to strike, the final color can be viewed. After prolonged use in sculptural and inside out applications C3-87 Garnet Dark can develop a deep brown hue. This can usually be reversed by heating the color until molten. For additional information about self striking rubies refer to Newsletter issue 26.
Part No: C3-87
 
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Glacier Blue is a darker version of C3-70 Ice Blue. It has a green tint to the color and like C3-70 Ice Blue; Glacier adds great optical depth even in thin layers. It is not suitable for stringers or cane work, but it is great for sculpture and blown work. Its effect as an overlay color is impressive. Try this color over NS-55 Periwinkle or C3-83 Skyline for great color effects. As like C3-70 Ice Blue, Glacier is also sensitive to a reductive flame. Because it is more saturated, extra care has to be taken to prevent reduction from developing. By using a strong oxidizing flame no reddish brown streaks will develop. For additional information about C3-72 Glacier Blue refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 10.
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