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Offline mrvaselineglass

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Re: new uranium glass
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2007, 08:08:56 PM »
Speaking of new uranium glass:  Bayel from France (officially: ROYALES DeCHAMPAGNE CRISTALLERIES) made a recent line of birds that incorporated uranium glass in their designs, either the tail or the head.  On this parrot, the tail portion closest to the body is brilliant vaseline yellow, fading to a greenish blue (we call the color 'teal').  the entire tail glows under a blacklight, as there is uranium glass under the blue color.  the slight highlights that can be seen around the head are internal reflections.  The entire body is clear except for the tail portion.  I also have a cockatoo that has a yellow & green head that has a satin finish.  These retailed for $150-200 US $.  I bought this (pictured) parrot at the GLASS FAIRE in Birmingham UK almost 3 years ago, and got the Cockatoo a year ago.

This piece was made in the Czech Republic less than 2 years ago.  It is in the old style of a base glass of vaseline,with a blue glass overlay (like Val St. Lambert used to do it).  It is contemporary and very limited edition.  I may have even written about this piece in the past, but if not, here it is.
the people who arranged for it to be made had to find 5 different craftsman who each did part of the process, and they had to find a factory that would make the blanks for them.  It took 3 years and several trips to the Czech Republic to get the whole process worked out.  There were several shapes made, and the overlay was either red or blue. 

Dave Peterson
aka: Mr. Vaseline Glass

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