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Color Examples

The photographs below illustrate some of the color effects possible from StrikingColor silver striking glass.

Please understand that due to both the difficulty of taking photographs of this glass and the differences in various monitors the colors shown on your computer may not be completely accurate.

A1 frit on surface of Moretti/Effetre clear base bead.

B1 rod striped onto surface of Moretti/Effetre clear base bead. B1 glass was striped from end to end of the bead.

B1 threads on surface of Moretti/Effetre opaque white bead. The silver in the StrikingColor™ glass has reacted with the Moretti and turned most of the exposed white surface to pale yellow.

Above: Views of the same bead from three different angles. This bead was made from a single rod of StrikingColor™ glass.

Flattened and struck end of A2 rod.

Flattened and struck end of A3 rod.

Flattened and struck end of A3 rod.

End of B1 rod flattened and struck.

End of B1 rod flattened and struck. This is the flip side of the piece in previous photo.

Clear cane rolled in medium size B1 frit and then flattened and struck.

B1 cane flattened, struck, and then heated in reducing flame for several seconds. Although it is difficult to see in a photo, part of the surface of this has a blue and silver reflective metallic/iridescent appearance. The silver surface starts on the right side of the photo and transitions to blue farther to the left.

This is the flip side of the previous photo. Along with the partially iridescent surface, this side shows some colored striping. Because it was flattened with a single sided leaf squisher, the raised veining in the leaf heats at different rates during striking and strikes as different colors.

The opposite end of the same piece of B1 cane as the previous two photos. Although the bluish part of this looks somewhat similar to the two previous photos, this piece has not been reduced so there is no metallic surface effect.

(Unfortunately it is very hard to see this in the pictures because the iridescence of the previous two really doesn't reproduce in a photo.)

Two layers of B1-L medium sized frit rolled onto surface of Moretti/Effetre clear. Flattened and struck.

Two layers of B1 large frit rolled onto surface of Moretti/Effetre clear. Flattened and struck.

Single layer of B1 large frit rolled onto Moretti/Efftre clear, flattened, then struck in heavily reducing flame. Cooled and reheated in oxidizing flame, cooled, and then reheated again under gentle oxidation. Original reduction brought silver to the surface and subsequent oxidation removed most of it. The light striped pattern is the remaining surface silver concentrated at the clear edges of the frit and the clear glass.

B3 rod flattened and struck.

Flip side of piece in previous photo. Heavy surface reduction was used on these and then removed with hot oxidizing flame. Some remnants of overstruck areas can be seen as the small light tan areas in both photos.

Pillow bead made from StrikingColor™ experimental glass threaded over surface of Moretti-Effetre opal yellow. This is not a combination of different colors or different rods. All the colors in this bead were obtained from a single rod of StrikingColor™ on top of the Moretti.

B2 rod struck under strong reduction.

B3 rod struck under strong reduction and then encased with Moretti/Effetre clear glass. Notice the difference in appearance between this and the previous piece of B2 which is not encased in clear. The two looked very similar before this one was encased.

The opposite end of the same rod of B3 glass shown in the previous photo. The difference is that this one was encased in Moretti clear before striking. In spite of repeated heating and cooling after encasing, it never struck to anywhere near the colors of the other end. This is a good illustration of how much of an effect seemingly minor things can have on the color of silver striking glasses.

So, if you don't immediately get the color effects you want, do not be afraid to experiment.

Several beads made with newer StrikingColor glasses. Unfortunately I have misplaced the paper listing which were made with which colors.

And, just because they look cool, here are a couple of chunks of StrikingColor cullet that were gathered out of the bottom of the melting crucible while cleaning it out prior to doing a new melt. As can be seen in this photo, the color striations in the chunks of glass look very much like agate or onyx. These chunks came from different melts and each is approximately 5 or 6 inches across.