Quite a while back I bought 1/2 pound of Reichenbach Multicolor (RL-6209) and for whatever reason I never tried it – until today (thanks Pam for reminding and inspiring me). It’s a lovely glass, and I can’t believe that there is not much more excitement over this color on the usual glass forums.
It starts off as a muddy-green-brown colored rod, similar to Reichenbach Iris Orange (Raku) and Gaffer Chalcedony. Contrary to Raku and Chalcedony it’s COE 104, which is great for me, because that is the COE that I use most of the time. Yay!
It flows like butter, the rods are not shocky at all, and best of all: it’s super-easy to strike and develops colors reminiscent of Chalcedony and some of the rare Strikingcolor colors.
After initial heating the bead to a nice glowing red and cooling it down the glass turned a dark transparent amber. A short reheat and the first colors to develop were dark purple and dark cobalt. Another couple of turns in the flame, and the colors are changing from dark to light, with a full blue range from sky blue, turquoise, cobalt.
If you overstrike, and the colors turn too light or into poo-green … just reheat until nicely glowing, and start another striking cycle.
I started off with some disks and spheres. But once I moved to small spacers, I had more trouble to get the same vivid colors. This glass clearly likes marvering, hence the trouble with the little spacers. It did work better though once I blew onto the bead to cool it down faster.
So unless this glass is playing tricks with me and loses it’s colors in the kiln, I’m really excited about it. I’m just surprised that there’s not more hoopla about it. It’s much easier to strike than Raku and even easier than Chalcedony. It has a very similar color range as some of the Strikingcolor colors, but with $40 per pound it’s considerably cheaper. It’s COE104, which should appeal to many glass artists.
Maybe the problem is that there were so many nice striking colors released in the last couple of months, some of them hyped already months in advance, that Reichenbach Multicolor got overlooked by many. What do you think? Is it just me or did you also neglect this color so far?
I will be back tomorrow with photos of the beads, fresh out of the kiln.