In my struggle to learn how to get the most out of  all those reactive silver glass colors that have come out on the lampworking market, I have stumbled on to some lovely combination’s.

I ask almost ever beadmaker I come in contact with, what do they do with the reactive silver glass colors?  Have they found any good combinations or ways to use this somewhat temperamental glass?

One of the best answers I have heard was “Make Twisted Cane out of it”!  I decided to do a bunch of experimenting around this idea.  I tried a lot of different combinations of reactive glass and discovered that it was better to use the lustering glass colors together and use the striking colors as a separate twisty group.  This system did work, but I have gotten some interesting results mixing both in a single twisty.

I really like some of the results I have gotten out of the lustering colors; they can produce delicate luster patterns or screaming bright almost mirrored luster patterns that are just wild to look at.  When I try to photograph the highly lustered beads, I am disappointed by the fact that this effect is hard to fully capture in a photo.


Another combination I discovered by trolling the different lampworking websites, is using CiM Sangrewith Double Helix Auraetogether.  This is a fabulous combination that yields amazing electric color reactions.  I made one twisty out of Sangre and Aurae, using it over CiM “Peace and was wowed by the resulting bead.  This bead came out a luminous lustered blue between little squares of black edged gray, a totally unexpected result!

With further experimenting, I found that Aurae used as a decoration over Sangre and lustered in a reduction flame before encasing, yields a great reaction out of the Aurae. This combination brings out brilliant lustered blues from the Aurae which start’s out as a light purple transparent rod.  I find the transitions almost mind blowing, but that is what is so exciting about the reactive silver glass colors.

One other way to get interesting results from the Sangre and Aurae combination is to reduce a stringer of Aurae before you apply it to a dot of Sangre over dark ivory.  After the dot is flattened and reduced again, put a bump of clear over the top of the dot and the Aurae will make cream colored lines dance over the electric lustered blues of the Aurae.

I must say, that there is never a dull moment when I am working in the new reactive glass colors.  I hope that my recent findings are helpful and fun for those who try them.

I have included a photo of a bead I made with some of the Double Helix murrini that Frantz Art Glass gave away in customer orders a couple of weeks ago.  If anyone made a bead out of their free murrini, please send me a photo of how yours came out.