Their brochure describes it as a "Blue Fast Striking Terra pulled by machine."
The rods are a dark, opaque Connecticut blue (bottom right in pic.)
This is a striking glass - so get it hot, let it cook, and reheat it.
My first attempts were somewhat less than thrilling.
This one was deliberately not struck - just to see what I got.
This is the same bead - grossly over-exposed, but you can see that there IS colour there.
Enough with the spacers - onto some real beads. This is a clear base, layer of Okeanos, marvered, and firepolished. No particular effort to strike it was made - it just struck by the process of being worked. Much better. Marvering helps to cool it too.
You can even see a hint of purples in it.
And - now we're talking! This was a base of clear, a layer of Okeanos, and encased in clear.
Frequently, I find that glass that I have trouble striking - I think it's a patience thing - behave much better when I encase them. The heat of the encasing layer does the work for me.
Again - clear core, Okeanos, encased in clear, dots of Okeanos, and reduced. Lovely blues and aquas under that deep, deep encasing, and the dots have reduced, and fumed the clear for an antiquey look.
This colour really shines when it is encased - beautiful blues and greens. I'd say, at this point, if I can still see browns on it when it is ready to go into the kiln - I'm not going to be really happy with the end result. It should look lighter than the end result I'm going for. With that in mind - I'll try it some more and see if the hypothesis holds up!
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