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Gold luxe sparkle in the marbles


#1

Hi,

Yesterday I watched a show called Dirty Jobs where they were making
marbles. They were using something called Gold Luxe to get a gold
sparkle in the marbles.

I make glass beads and was wondering if this would be something I
could use in my beads, however, I’ve searched and searched and can’t
find any about it at all. I just get a lot of cosmetic
websites.

Can anyone tell me what Gold Luxe is, and where I might find it?

Thanks,
Debra


#2
I watched a show called Dirty Jobs where they were making marbles.
They were using something called Gold Luxe to get a gold sparkle in
the marbles. 

I don’t know if this is the same product, but there is an enamel
product, Carefree Lusters. I know it’s available from Thompson
Enamel, and perhaps others. Also, Delphi Glass has Sparkle Aztec Gold
Mica powder that I have been curious about. Has anyone used this
product?


#3

I saw the same show and wondered the same thing! I don’t know what
they’re using, either, but I can tell you the company name is “Jabo
Vitro” in Reno, Ohio. They have a website and you may be able to
contact them ask them directly. Let us know what you find!

Jeni B.


#4

I am a glass worker also, and in that world, there is a product used
in lampworking (torchwork making marbles and sculpture) called
Goldstone. I think it is an actual stone, but it appears to be glass
when you cleave it. This is what I thought they were referring to
when I saw that same show. My two cents.


#5

There’s a lapidary material called Goldstone. It actually is glass
with suspended crystals of a metal, made in a reducing flame. Most
common is copper, giving a reddish-brown color.

Al Balmer
Sun City, AZ


#6

I think what was shown was a “Lutz” rather than luxe marble. In
marble collectors’ terms, Lutz marbles are made with goldstone (a
form of glass made with copper or brass salts). The marbles are
usually in shades of brown with swirls of lighter tans or white.
There are bands of shimmery golden brown in the bands.

Dorothy


#7
I think what was shown was a "Lutz" rather than luxe marble. In
marble collectors' terms, Lutz marbles are made with goldstone (a
form of glass made with copper or brass salts). The marbles are
usually in shades of brown with swirls of lighter tans or white.
There are bands of shimmery golden brown in the bands. 

I think that is a great observation Dorothy. I love the look of Lutz
marbles, and was thrilled a few years ago when searching for some
unusual beads, found some wonderful Lutz buttons in an antique shop
that was selling off bags of ‘stuff’ as the family called it, after
their mother died. When held to the light or in the light have
amazing sparkle and color.


#8

Someone in this thread asked about the use of micas. I’m a fused
glass artist as well as a jeweler and have used mica powders on my
work. I airbrush them on using Clearfire as the medium and then fire
them in a kiln to about 1425F. The only glass I’ve seen them adhere
to without additional steps/processes is Bullseye black glass. My
understanding is that they can also be used in lampworking.

There should be more about this on the Warmglass board
archives about using them with fused glass, if you’re interested.