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Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« on: September 13, 2010, 02:09:34 PM »
I'm just wondering if it is possible to date this IOW paperweight. I'm not sure when red Azurene was first introduced and if it is still being produced (I guess it is). I do know that black was the first Azurene colour developed by Michael Harris, but that is really the limit of my knowledge. Approx. 8cm in height. Ta, Mike.
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 02:50:58 PM »
According to Mark Hill's book that label was used between 1978 and 1990. Can't help other than that, sorry. Jackie
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 02:56:59 PM »
whoops - should have read further. Book says under Azurene p 88  " a much rarer and more opaque red was produced for two years only in 1986 and 1987 and is extremely scarce. "  There is a photo of a red azurene vase on p 91 but it looks a more orangey colour than your paperweight.
hopefully someone more expert will also reply!

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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 03:33:12 PM »
Ohh , thanks ever so much Jak for the info.. ...It's another book I need to get hold of ! The colour of the red in the photos is very true to life. It's taken in natural light. Definately opaque ! I'm getting a bit excited now  :rah: ! If it is the same colour red then I would never have guessed it would be possible to date it within a couple of years ! I hope it can be confirmed :X: . Thanks again, Mike.

p.s. I've added a shot with flash to try and make it more orange-looking !!
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 05:31:08 PM »
 :rah:

Yup, definitely RED Azurene. (I've got a big cylinder). Date as above, produced for 2 years only, not much of it about.
It's a very peculiar shade, quite orange and verging on pink.
Completely different to their Pink, which is fairly much cranberry.
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 05:47:22 PM »
Golly ! Thanks Sue !

As you say it really is a unique kind of red with definate pink & orange hues . I'm  :chky: !!

How odd that the colour was only produced for such a short time because it's really lovely ! What a result !  :band:

I'm so greatful to you both, Mike. 
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 06:24:37 PM »
The silver and gold foil efects on your weight are rather good - I strongly suspect that a gentle rub with a bit of silver polish would get shot of the black marks on it - I think it's just silver on the surface tarnishing. It's not cased.
You don't want to go polishing the metal off though!
An alternative is to rub the marks with the ball of your thumb. Just the acid content of your skin is enough to clean silver.

(That can be a useful tip when carboooting or fleamarketting - if you see what looks like tarnished black metal, give it a wee bit of a rub with your thumb to see if it's silver or silver plated. If there's silver there, it should start to shine. Then you can deal with the problem of finding hallmarks or the finding all the bits where the plate has worn off - though your thumb should help on that score.

(ps. The red colour of Isle of Wight Studio Glass is definitely opaque.)
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010, 07:12:44 PM »
Ta Sue,

The silver leaf has definately lost its' shine and is almost grey in colour with streaks of even darker slate colour. Where the silver crosses the gold it looks quite grubby.I was a bit concerned about it and thought it might be dirt but it is the silver leaf tarnishing , now you mention it .  I will try the thumb technique but I'm very reluctant to cause any ware.
It's quite charming with the aged look though ! Thanks for the tip . Mike.
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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2010, 02:46:44 PM »
From the past Science teaching days you can detarnish silver (without eating into the silver itself with either (a) a strong ammonia solution - the silver sulphide dissolves, OR (b) the chemical used to "fix" black & white photos called commonly 'hypo' which does the same.

They of course will not polish the silver nor will they eat the silver away - only the sulphide will be dissolved.

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Re: Is it possible to date this IOW Red Azurene paperweight ?
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010, 07:17:44 PM »
Thanks Ross,

I will try the 'hypo' and see what happens ! I'm sure it will work, if so I will post yet another photo of the result !

The thumb technique produced limited results but it did prove that is it tarnished....I started to look like Gollum whilst muttering 'my presious' , so I stopped !

Abrasive silver cleaners would be too harsh I feel, but there are also non-abrasive ones . I was going to try a wet-wipe metal cleaner (used for stainless cooker hoods) and available in all good supermarkets. 

It's a great idea and I will be off to the camera shop ! Cheers Mike.


   
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