As a reminder, here’s the whole Pantone palette, and today I’m tackling the second row:
Russet Let’s start with Russet, a chocolaty brown. I always have problems to find a nice COE 104 brown, I feel most of them are too reddish or too dark. I just had a look in my stash … not surprisingly I haven’t found anything brown at all LOL. Brown is next to yellow another of the colors that I don’t use normally.
The left picture shows 591448 Effetre Dark Brown Special, which is a tad too dark, but could work well in the same color palette.
Another option is Lauscha Cocoa, which is a lovely chocolate brown in real life, but the paddle on their webpage is much darker than what I experienced with this color.
As always, I’m a bit frustrated with the brown glass colors, so let’s move on to something much more pleasant 😉
I actually think ASK Bahama Blue looks even better. Smurfy might be a bit too turquoise. On the right you can see the ASK Bahama blue paddle. Great color, but I have to admit I haven’t tried it yet. It is hard to get, as so many of the ASK colors. But you might get lucky with a vendor selling off their last rods or with another lampworker selling off their stash.
Wow, we’re having quite a few gem and water colors next year. This goes definitely into the turquoise-teal direction, and there is a huge selection available that would work well for the Pantone color.
Effetre Light Aqua is looking great on the paddly – however, I think in real life this color is much more blue than the example. Iris suggested yesterday to layer transparent colors with a different colored core, and I think the light aqua could work well if combined with a teal core.
The longer I think about it, the more I’m convinced that I would have a much larger selection of COE 90 and COE 96 in this color. I guess some testing is in order 🙂
Oh lavender – how I love you and at the same time hate you. LOL. I find it’s always difficult to find just the perfect lavender … not too blue, not too purple. And if you found one, it’s difficult to make pictures of and nearly always looks blue! 😉
Pantone’s lavender color looks more periwinkle to me, what do you think? So let’s see what we have that could fit.
CIM Heffalump is a very pretty lavender, and when worked right the color is so pretty and fabulous. It tends to wash out, but I found that depends on the batch and how you work it. Lately I had very good success to retain a fabulous lavender hue.
My current favorite lavender color is 591226 Effetre Alexandrite Pastel (left). It has fabulous striations and such a pretty, feminine lavender color.
And then there’s a more conservative lavender pick, 591221 Effetre Lavender (right pic). In my opinion a bit too dark and blue/purple-ish though to be a good fit for the Pantone Lavender hue.
Last but not least, a lovely neutral grey: Silver Cloud
Many glass color greys have undertones of either green or brown, and it can be tricky to find a clean, crisp, neutral grey. One of my favorite grays is Lauscha Smoke Gray transparent. But it’s not a good match here, because it also has a slightly green hint in it.
I think the good old 591048 Effetre Gray Transparent (left), layered over white, would work well. It does look a bit brownish in the paddle pic, but when worked as a bead, it doesn’t have a brown tint to it.
For an opaque version, 591268 Effetre Pearl Gray (right) is a good contender.
And on the left a last pic of a color that I haven’t tried yet, 791969 Vetrofond Light Pearl Gray Odd. It might have a bit of a green tint, it’s difficult to see just from that photo. But it looks like a very pretty gray on the pic and I definitely want to try it.
That’s for a roundup of the Pantone Spring preview! I see that there are quite a few colors that I need to try and want to add to my next glass order. But staying in touch with upcoming trends sounds like a good excuse, doesn’t it? 😉 🙂