A week ago, my husband Mike Frantz came back from a trip to Murano, Italy.  Mike made many visits to the Effetre glass factory while he was there and he found five new colors for the lampworking community.  They are:

  • Very Cherry
  • Butternut
  • Dark Matter
  • Rosewood
  • Lace Agate

 

These new colors will be available on our website in a few weeks as they will be winging their way via air to the U.S. and more will arrive a bit later by sea.  We will be having a few auctions the first week of June to introduce these new colors, which will be auctioned off as assortments.  Mike will be showing the paddles and beads I have made out of these new colors at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee as well.

Butternut Paddle

Butternut Paddle

Very Cherry Paddle

Very Cherry Paddle

Lace Agate Paddle

Lace Agate Paddle

Dark Matter Paddle

Dark Matter Paddle

Rosewood Paddle

Rosewood Paddle

I have had the pleasure of making for display, a paddle and bead out of each of these five new colors and I really like this group of new colors.  The Very Cherry is a bright transparent Christmas red that looks very dark in the sample bead I made, but would come out a fabulous red used over white to make a White-heart bead or used for detail work where you need a bright Christmas red.   This red is a blue red and not an orange  red, which is what is usually available to lampworkers.   Butternut is a rich, warm golden yellow with streaks of soft orange running through it and looks good enough to eat!  Dark Matter is a mysterious and surprising dark brown/gray that will blush a little dark green here and there on the surface.  Rosewood looks a lot like its namesake when you heat it up and make a bead out of it and it is a truly unique blend of warm reddish brown tones swirled together.  Last but not least is Lace Agate; this color is one of those organic WOW glass colors, it reminds me of variegated beach rocks that I have collected since I was a kid.

Lace Agate Bead

Lace Agate Bead

Butternut Bead

Butternut Bead

Rosewood Bead

Rosewood Bead

Dark Matter Bead

Dark Matter Bead

Very Cherry Bead

Very Cherry Bead