Color blends

I just started a book titled "Bright Earth, Art And The Invention Of Color", by Phillip Ball. Fascinating!
From the chapter: The Eye Of The Beholder,

Pigments are not "simply and solely colour" but substances with specific properties and attributes, not least among them cost. How is your desire for blue affected if you have just paid more for it than for the equivalent weight in gold? That yellow looks glorious, but what if it's traces on your fingertips could poison you at your supper table? This orange tempts like distilled sunlight, but how do you know that it will not have faded to dirty brown by next year? What, in short, is your relationship with the materials?

Not so much of a worry for us with glass, but interesting nonetheless. favorite "destressing" job!!!
Several ways to do it, some people weigh the glass-this is useful for when the rods are different diameters. You can also just cut measured lengths if the rods are close in diameter. You can punty up the cut lengths on steel chopsticks (this I've never tried!), or use clear rods so you can see when you've mixed as close to the punty as you dare. Or, what I do is very much seat of the pants, grab two rods and start squishing them together! I tend to eyeball the percentages, and I pay the price when I have to recreate something.....But, it's like dyeing, you get some great effects if you boldly go...

My favorite color combinations, in no particular order.

These are all Moretti, by the way.
And if not otherwise stated, equal parts of each color listed!


The new powder pink under light or medium topaz....a warm, brownish pink.
The same powder pink under light or medium amethyst....elegant and sophisticated.
Rubino under medium amethyst, almost fuchsia, especially over a white core.
Light sky blue under transparent grey, close to celadon.
Periwinkle under light amber, strange, but good.

1. Equal parts petroleum green and cobalt....each of the three shades of cobalt will yield a slightly different hue, from ocean blue to a greened indigo/navy.

2. The above, with light grey.

3. Sage, dk grey, and grass green, in equal parts. Almost a true celadon.

4. I think Smircich originated this, if not , oh well.... equal parts dk amethyst transparent and periwinkle blue. A nice blued violet transparent, very pretty over white.

5.Two parts black to one part periwinkle, yields an opaque blue violet. Make this in large batches, as it is very hard to duplicate. This would do better if you weighed out the colors.

6. Julie blue....equal parts medium cobalt and light grey.

7. Smokey teal...equal parts petroleum green and dark grey.

8. New lavender opaque and Lauscha 440 purple, equal parts. Close to the blue look you get sometimes with 254 EDP purple, but without the scum.

9. The above, with periwinkle added. A luminiscent lilac.

10. Dark red-brown with opaque sage, almost a cocoa color.

11. Ivory and opaque sage, a useful beige.

12. New lavender opaque, 254 purple, and periwinkle almost glows...

13. 254 purple and periwinkle opalino, another misty hue.

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