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Northstar Silver Unobtainium Odd

NS-120 Silver Unobtainium is also a dark blue sparkle that has silver in it. It is well suited for stringer application and blown work. It is easily worked and can take a lot of heat. To keep the colour most vibrant, work in a neutral to slightly oxidizing flame. Try to avoid deep encasement that may cause cracking. When worked in an oxidizing flame NS-120 Silver Unobtainium stays a dark blue colour with wispy hues of silver over it. If reduced the colour does not show much sparkle but still has many vivid colours.
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Northstar Boro Ursa Full Rod

Ursa First

NS-140 Ursa is a response to our artists who have been asking for an opaque brown. We have experimented with the alternatives to the industry standard cadmium based brown.We have formulated Ursa with a good working viscosity , as well as dense colour saturation to help the artists explore this earth tone. As with many opaque colours this glass can suffer from boiling issues if pushed too fast or hot.

Northstar Boro Turquesa Full Rod

NS-020 Dark Cobalt is the second most saturated of the four shades of cobalt blue Northstar produces. Dark Cobalt is well suited for thin blown work and cane work. Because of its intensity it must be worked in an oxidizing flame to prevent greying.

Northstar Boro Turbo Cobalt Full Rod

Turbo Cobalt First,

NS-033 Turbo Cobalt is the most intense cobalt blue in the Northstar palette. It is great for stringer application, and stretching out thin. If kept moderately thick, Turbo Cobalt is an excellent faux black. Because of its intensity, NS-033 Turbo Cobalt must be worked in a highly oxidizing flame to prevent greying. If however you are looking for a battleship grey, it can be achieved by working Turbo Cobalt in a heavily reducing flame. For a nice colour combination try layering NS-026 Double Amber/Purple over NS-033 Turbo Cobalt.

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Northstar Boro Transparent Green Full Rod

NS-024 Transparent Green is a transparent emerald green. It is intense enough for blown work and looks great in sculpture. NS-024 is sensitive to atmosphere and in order to maintain its original colour, work in an oxidizing flame. If worked in a reducing flame, NS-024 will develop brick red streaks. Try layering Transparent Green over NS-053 Forest Green or NS-027 Green Exotic for exciting effects. Refer to Northstar Newsletter issue 6 under the heading ‘The Importance of Oxidation’ for additional information.

Northstar Boro Tan Silver Creek Full Rod

Tan Silver Creek First,

NS-114 Tan Silver Creek is a yellowish cream colour. It can yield rich purplish blue and creamy tan tones. When kept in a more oxidizing environment, you will get more of the blues and purples. If reduced, a silvery haze will appear on the surface. NS-114 Tan Silver Creek is easy to work and can take a lot of heat which makes it a forgiving striking colour. It can be stretched out and is good for blown work and sculpture. If you are looking for something even more intense, try NS-44 Caramel or NS-102 Silver Bullet.

Northstar Boro Sublime Full Rod

NS-066 Sublime is a transparent iridescent signal light green. It is the most eye catching borosilicate transparent colour in the palette. Sublime is atmospherically stable meaning it can be worked in any flame without the colour being affected. It is a member of the transparent family but it is saturated enough for thin blown work. Its most exciting application is as an overlay colour. It looks amazing over NS-081 Blue Caramel

Northstar Boro Star White Small Frit

Northstar Boro Frit, Star White

Northstar Boro Star White Full Rod

Star White First,

NS-054 Star White is a creamy fully opaque white. It is an indispensable colour in the palette for all applications. It is great for sculpture, stringers, blown work, and backings for all transparent colours. With several reformulations Star White has been turned into an easy colour to work. It is atmospherically stable meaning it can be worked in any flame without the colour being affected. To prevent any boiling issues, heat NS-054 Star White slowly and gently. Once the colour is glowing it can take a lot of heat. The trick is patience with a soft flame!

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Northstar Boro Silver Seaweed Small Frit

A 50grm pack of Seaweed Small Boro Frit

                           

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Northstar Boro Silver Sea Weed Full Rod

NS-115 Silver Sea Weed is a funky green colour. It is a wild silver striker that can take a lot of heat and be used in many different applications. Working in an oxidizing flame will yield intense purple hues that are like northern lights. If reduced this colour will inherit wispy cream colours with a tint of green.

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Northstar Boro Silver Bullet Full Rod

NS-102 Silver Bullet is a look alike of NS-44 Caramel. It is a rich silvery tan color that can be stretched out thin. It is great for stringer application and blown work. Work in a hot neutral to oxidizing flame for bright tan colors. To bring out the silvery mirror like sheen, bathe the piece in a reducing flame. Try NS-07 Ruby or NS-13 Amber Purple over NS-102 Silver Bullet.

Northstar Boro Rust Full Rod

Rust First,

NS-043 Rust is a fully opaque striking ruby. It can yield a bright porcelain red, and rich earthy browns. Work Rust in a hot neutral to slightly oxidizing flame. It can be flame struck or kiln struck. It is well suited for sculpture as well as blown work. It is also useful as a backing for transparent striking colours.

Northstar Boro Rootbeer Full Rod

NS-037 Rootbeer is a striking red that can yield numerous effects ranging from rich blues and purples to reds and earthy browns. Rootbeer is well suited for sculpture and blown work of all thickness. It can be kiln or flame struck. It strikes more quickly than any other striking reds, so plan carefully. Work in a neutral to oxidizing flame to keep it from developing any liveliness. Try it with a backing of NS-065 Cherry.
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Northstar Boro Red Exotic Full Rod

NS-029 Red Exotic: The Exotic family contains the most saturated striking colours in the Northstar family. NS-029 Red Exotic produces a deep metallic burgundy. As with the other exotics work them in a super oxidizing environment until you are finished with the piece. Then, turn the flame down and bathe the piece in a super reducing flame for several second to produce the mirror like sheen. Another great effect that is possible with the Exotics is encasement with clear. This group of colours can be stretched out and is great for blown work. If heavily encased, be sure to anneal thoroughly. Exotics are also enhanced by a backing with NS-054 Star White. NS-029 Red Exotic differs from the rest in that kiln striking will amplify the red qualities. Try layering NS-023 Pink over Red Exotic!

Northstar Boro Purple Urple Full Rod

Purple Urple First,

NS-101 Purple Urple is a dark purple that looks like NS-80 Hyacinth but works differently in the flame. This opaque purple uses chrome based technology but does not have cracking problems. It is great for blown work and thin stringer application. It is heat and flame sensitive so it must be heated up slowly to prevent boiling. Once it glows red, NS-101 Purple Urple will take heat well. Because of its intensity it is sensitive to reduction. If the flame is not oxidizing enough, grey and brown streaks will develop on the surface of the glass. Try it with a layer of NS-32 Violet for a deep purple effect.

Northstar Boro Purple Lilac Full Rod

Purple Lilac First,

We recommend using this colour in any type of flame. For a more opaque colour use a slightly reducing flame and for beautiful transparent colour use an oxidizing flame. This colour can be used in any application without problems as well. We consider this colour to be a striking colour so the more you anneal it the more opaque it will turn. Please remember that if you thin out the colour too much you will not be able to bring it back to a nice opaque colour.

Northstar Boro Pink Full Rod

Pink First,

NS-023 Pink is a light transparent bright pink. It is atmospherically stable meaning it can be worked in any flame without the colour being changed. It is also resistant to excessive heat, and can take a lot of abuse. Because NS-023 Pink washes out when thinned, most regard this colour as one for solely sculpture. Surprisingly another great role for NS-023 Pink and other transparent colours is use as overlay colours. NS-023 Pink looks great over NS-026 Double Amber/Purple, NS-045 Blue Moon, and many others. By using even a thin coating of Pink, a striking colour can be transformed into an entirely new shade.

Northstar Boro Periwinkle Small Frit

Northstar Boro Frit, Periwinkle

Northstar Boro Periwinkle Fine Frit

Northstar Boro Frit, Periwinkle
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Northstar Boro Peach Full Rod

NS-025 Peach is a bright transparent golden colour that is another member of the transparent family. As seen in Northstar Newsletter issue 21, Peach is an excellent colour for sculpture. It is easy to work, and is atmospherically stable (meaning it can be worked in any flame without the colour changing.) Another great use for NS-025 Peach is use as an overlay colour, as with any other transparent colour. NS-025 Peach looks great over NS-26 Double Amber/Purple, as well as NS-044 Caramel.

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Northstar Boro Opaque Aqua Full Rod

NS-126 Opaque Aqua is a very nice opal blue green colour. It is well suited for stringer application and blown work. NS-126 Opaque Aqua will enhance your art because it has a really nice appearance and colour.
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Northstar Boro Onyx Full Rod

Description

NS-076 Onyx is the smoothest most saturated black in the Norsthar palette. It is well suited for stringer applications and blown work. It is a green based black and in certain lights it has a slight green tint. Onyx can be worked hot and long without boiling issues and it is not sensitive to reduction. For best results keep it in a neutral flame. It looks great as a backing for NS-013 Amber/Purple and by itself. It is great for backing dichroic, gold, and silver fume.

Northstar Boro Ninja Odd Full Rod

NS-091 Ninja is a smooth moderately dense blue based black. It is well suited for sculptural applications and blown work. It is creamy and works easily, making it a welcomed addition to the palette of blacks from which to choose. When working NS-091 Ninja, do so in an oxidizing flame. In a reductive environment it will develop gray streaks on the surface and result in a dull matte finish. When applying the color, do so gently. After it is melted in it can take a lot of heat. NS-091 Ninja is great in combination with many colors and serves as a background for striking colors. Be sure to try layering your favorite Amber/Purple over the surface.

Northstar Boro Nile Full Rod

Nile First

NS-089 Nile is a unique organic version of our NS-013 Amber/Purple. It yields rich earthy tones and burnt amber hues. It is well suited for blown and sculptural applications, but it is not saturated enough for thin stringer applications. It is also useful as an overlay colour. When working NS-089 Nile use a hot oxidizing flame. It can be flame or kiln struck to yield a rich “glazed pottery-like” finish. It is also interesting to note that when this colour is coiled, the coil lines are virtually unnoticeable and it yields a truly uniform surface. Be sure to try it over you favourite opaque.