There have been some new interesting 104 colors coming from Troutman Art Glass lately and a new batch of one that is different than the original batches I used, which rocks!

The two new colors that I have tried to master are TAG’s “Dali Lotus” and Fire Lotus”. These new colors have a fabulous range of colors that manifest while being melted and manipulated in a torch flame.  Under the right conditions, Fire Lotus will develop magenta, blue, teal, yellow, gold and greens with a huge amount of the magenta/pink in the mix.  I can get all kinds of blue colors out of a lot of the different boutique glass colors, but it has always been hard for me to get magenta and pinks and I am here to tell you that different shades of pink is the color that develops in Fire Lotus – maybe that’s where they got the name?

Fire Lotus bead

Bead made with core of Fire Lotus and encased with Double Helix Aether.

The TAG color called “Tibet” is one that seems very different in the current batch that is available and I really like the difference.  I made a bunch of beads and jewelry out of the older batch of Tibet from a year or so ago and I liked it, but the new batch of “Tibet” develops an amazing range of colors that almost rivals “Fire Lotus”Tibet develops a pleasing amount of fuchsia, purple and pink making it a great choice for beadmakers who love the organic mix of all these colors plus blues, teals, greens and gold.

Tag Glass - Tibet

Tibet tabular bead

Melon bead made with old batch of Tibet by Patricia Frantz. Tabular bead made with the new Tibet by Sue Stewart.

Tibet and Fire Lotus were formulated to develop more and more colors as you heat and reheat a bead in the torch flame.  Both colors require a super heating when the basic shape of the bead is applied to the mandrel and I am talking white hot, dripping off the mandrel, and then cooled until it is cool and no longer glowing.  From this point, each reheating of the bead will develop a new set of colors and you can reheat the bead many times without the colors going muddy on you.  Using a cold brass marver can help with the cooling between color striking, helping to draw out the rich colors that are possible to achieve.

Dali Lotus is another color that is similar to Fire Lotus and Tibet, but I have not seen much fuchsia develop in it and I see more blues and greens.

Dali Lotus gone green

Dali Lotus with silver tips

Bead made by Sue Stewart that shows the green tones that can be achieved with Dali Lotus. Long bead made with Dali Lotus by Sue Stewart.

The striking response in all three of these colors can be enhanced by what color you put it over and add to the mix.  I find that some of the CiM/Messy Colors work really well with these striking colors.  The colors that I have found to work well are; Great Bluedini and the two uniques of Bluedini, Pulsar, Sapphire, Simply Berry and Champagne Pink, but I bet there are more that will generate great results.  Experimenting with different combinations is key to unlocking the rainbow of colors that can be achieved with these three Troutman Art Glass colors.

Turn on your torch and have some fun.  I had a play date with a friend of mine, Sue Stewart, who is really good at getting striking colors to do their thing and I have posted a bunch of her beads to show how great these colors really are – thanks Sue!

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Tibet showing pink and blue Tibet in greens and blues Tibet sunset colors
A bead by Sue Stewart that shows the heavenly fuchsia, purple, pinks and blues that the new batch of Tibet has. A bead by Sue Stewart that shows the green tones that can develop from the new batch of Tibet. A bead made with the new batch of Tibet showing the sunset colors you can get by Sue Stewart.
Fire Lotus with silver dots Fire Lotus with sunset blush Fire Lotus in brick tones
A gorgeous blue and fuchsia bead made with Fire Lotus by Sue Stewart. This bead shows a range of colors that look like a sunset in Fire Lotus by Sue Stewart. This bead by Sue Stewart shows the brick red that can develop in Fire Lotus.