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TAG Borosilicate Glass

Trautman Art Glass is committed to making the highest quality product, by hand, and in small batches. We don’t want to be the biggest, just the best.

Immersed in both the arts and sciences, Paul worked with neon and played with the artistic side of lampworking, including the art of hand mixing colour. At one point in his career, he even made lab equipment, but Paul was thinking big. By the mid-1980’s, Paul Trautman had conceived, designed, and built the world’s first commercial operation to manufacture coloured borosilicate rod glass. Northstar Glassworks set the standard for modern boro colour production, and now several small companies are using Paul’s techniques to manufacture coloured glass. These companies also use recipes pioneered by Paul, which expanded the borosilicate glass palette from a few red and blue transparent colours into bright opaque jewel tones and highly reactive metallic colours that shift their hue depending on the atmosphere of the flame.

Paul sold Northstar in 2002, intending to return to art and his own lab, but the urge to mix colour (and requests from his fans) lured Paul back to manufacturing on a smaller scale. After perfecting his recipe for a self-striking ruby red—the now hugely popular Red Elvis—Paul started working on both a new palette and on improving some old favourites.

 

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Experimental Red Elvis 2nds Boro Glass

1 x Full Length of TAG Boro rod measuring 5-8mm dia x 510mm long.

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

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Double Mai Tai 2nd 250grm

Double Mai Tai is a member of the amber/purple family, but with less amber and more pinks and purples. It can gain more colour in the kiln, but it strikes well in the flame, with lots of pink - especially over a base of white. Double Mai Tai is hard to over-strike.
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Apricot 2nds 250grm

Apricot is a lightly reactive amber/purple type colour, a little darker than Yellow Elvis. Apricot self-strikes, and gains some blue or purple highlights. Oxy flames bring out brighter tones, reduction gives softer earthier colours.
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Mega Mai Tai 2nds 250grm

Unlike the Mai Tai Pink, Mega Mai Tai gives massive colour in the flame, not the kiln. It also tends more toward purple and blue than pink. Strikes and reduces. It is a member of the Mai Tais amber/purple family, which tend to feature less amber and more pinks and purples. May also be kiln struck if you prefer.
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Mai Tai 2nds 250grm

Mai Tai Pink is colourless in the rod, but it changes dramatically in the kiln after being flame worked! Flame strikes to barely amber yellow, but it's designed to change considerably during longer annealing at 1050. May be kilned repeatedly for more colour, or ramped up to 1150 to speed the strike. Can also be un-struck in the flame after the kiln cycle for interesting colour-fade effects. It is virtually impossible to over-strike this colour. Burn off haze for more pinks or leave the haze for more purple effects.
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Light Red Elvis 2nds 250grms

A lighter and more transparent shade of our popular self-striking red.

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

 

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Blue Blizzard 2nds 250grm

Blue Blizzard is transparent to semi-opaque cobalt shot through with flecks of white glass “snow” that we make especially for the Blizzard colours. The white bits remain distinct, even after working the piece, and rough rods smooth out nicely in the flame. Should be worked in a neutral or oxidizing atmosphere to prevent greying. Blue Blizzard most resembles the stone Lapis Lazuli or old-fashioned speckled enamel-on-metal camping dishes.
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Yellow Elvis 2nds 250grm

Yellow Elvis is a lightly reactive amber/purple type colour - an easy striking yellow that will self-strike as it cools but darkens with kiln striking, or with flame striking in an oxy environment. Yellow Elvis gains greenish highlights with reduction. Oxy flames bring out brighter tones, reduction gives softer earthier colours.
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Caramelo 2nds 250grm

Caramelo is a very saturated and reactive opaque amber/purple type glass. Rods are fairly opaque. Oxidize to strike up brighter colours; reduce for flesh and earth tones.
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Red Blizzard 2nds 250grm

Red Blizzard is a transparent to semi-opaque red glass shot through with flecks of white glass “snow” Rough rods that smooth out in the flame. Red Bliz should be worked in a neutral or oxidizing atmosphere to keep the white bits from boiling but its a pretty flame tolerant glass. The “snow” of the Blizzard line resembles stone or old-fashioned speckled enamel-on-metal dishes
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Red Elvis 2nds 250grm

The world’s first self-striking ruby boro! Red Elvis is an “easy striker” and self strikes as it cools but gets a little darker with flame striking or kiln striking. Red Elvis strikes in an oxidizing atmosphere, at a slightly lower temperature than most rubies. Work in a neutral to oxidizing flame.

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

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Atomic Stardust 2nd QLT TAG Boro Glass

1 x full length of TAG Boro rod measuring 5-8mm dia x 510mm long

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

 

 

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Atomic Stardust 2nd QLT 125grms

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

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Atomic Stardust 2nd QLT 250grms

A 250grm pack containing an average of 6 rods.

What is Second Quality?
This glass came out with some flaws from the production process. Typically, this means a few inclusions in the rod or tube, and usually these can be picked out as you work the glass. Luckily for us we don’t have a lot of seconds, but they can be a great deal for the cost-conscious glass worker.

 

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Mighty Moss Off TAG

1 x Full rod of Mighty Moss "Off"
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Mighty Moss Off TAG Boro 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.
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Dark Atomic Stardust Off TAG

1 x Full length of Dark Atomic Stardust "Off"
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Dark Atomic Stardust Off TAG Boro 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.
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Red Blizzard TAG Boro Glass

1 x Full Length of TAG Boro rod measuring 5-8mm dia x 510mm long.
Lower Price

Red Blizzard TAG 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.