Amazon Night Rod - Glass Alchemy
Working Tip: Flame or kiln strike at 1075 F. Work neutral; reduce at end for metallic effects.
Artist Description by Mike Shelbo:
The base glass for Amazon Night is a translucent dark green and it is fully packed with silver and other metals. I love to encase this color with clear on a piece that will be worked for a couple hours. Reheating the area of Amazon Night in different ways (ex: sharp intense spot heat, or all over) will change the results of the silver trying to emerge through the clear layer. Bursts, streaks, wisps and smooth gradients will appear in all colors of blues, greens, purples, and golden yellow.
When working Amazon Night without encasement, make sure not to overwork in a reducing atmosphere or in an over oxidizing flame to avoid phase separation or scum. Work in as close to a neutral atmosphere as possible until just before putting the piece away, then increase propane in flame and pass piece through flame and watch a chrome like rainbow iridescence build up with different levels of exposure.
Ratings & Reviews
Packed with metals
by Alan R -
This color is very appealing when worked for a long time in different flames. In frit it looks great for seafloor backing. can be encased and pulled into stringers with no problems. Reduce at the end to bring out metallic lusters. Kiln striking looks best when this color is encased
by Matt J -
This color seems very dark but full of metal. As a novice I've been having difficulty getting that desirable blue effect from fuming. I found by applying this color with small dot or line patterns I can get a fume-like effect very easily on the surrounding clear. Although not an actual substitute for fuming, you should still learn fume techniques.