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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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Green XLT TAG Boro Glass

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

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Green XLT TAG Boro 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.
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Pink Proton TAG Boro Glass

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

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Pink Proton TAG Boro 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.
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Secret White TAG Boro Glass

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

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Secret White TAG 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.
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Secret White TAG Boro Glass 250grm

A 250grm pack containing an average of 6 rods.
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Black Jack 2nds 250grm

Unique! BlackJack goes almost clear when hot, but self-strikes back through brown to near-black depending on how thick you use it. BlackJack likes an oxidizing flame, but does not reduce with grey streaks like most black boro colors. In the curls shown here, we had to get the glass right on top of the light to see the brown where it's thinner. BlackJack is not suitable for thin stringer work where you want the stringers to look like a dense black, but it's the perfect colour for very specific things, like sculpting without the greying. Because this glass goes clear when hot then self-strikes, it is useful in applications where, say, you want to mask a weld.
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Blue Stardust 2nds 250grm

This is a transparent aventurine sapphire blue with big, glittery dichro-like sparkles. Great for layering. In the images you can see a pair of marbles featuring the Blue Stardust over Pink Cadillac (033-018) and over Super Canary (033-022, temporarily out of production.) The usual cautions against long, hot garaging technically apply since this is an aventurine colour, however it is highly stable in implosions, encasements, and virtually any application.

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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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Orange Elvis 2nds 250grm

The Just as the name implies, Orange Elvis is a mix of the self-striking Red Elvis and the lightly reactive amber/purple type Yellow Elvis. This makes it an easy-strike colour that will flame strike a lighter reddish orange, or can be brought back to clear in the flame and then kiln strike for a darker reddish-orange look. Layer over clear to make a more true transparent orange. Oxy flames bring out brighter tones, reduction gives softer earthier colours due to the a/p component. In the images you can see the same pipe before and after kiln striking the Orange Elvis.

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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Dwarf White 2nd QLT 250grm

250grms is 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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Green Stardust 2nd QLT 250grms

Transparent light green aventurine with big, glittery dichro-like sparkles. Great for layering sparkle over other colours, like amber/purples, without adding much hue. Green Stardust is a light leaf shade. The usual cautions against long, hot garaging technically apply since this is an aventurine colour, however it is highly stable in implosions.

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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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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Io Star TAG Boro Glass

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

lo Star TAG Boro 125grm

A 125grm pack containing an average of 3 rods.

lo Star TAG Boro 250grm

A 250grm pack containing an average of 6 rods.