Black Violet Rod - Glass Alchemy
Black Violet is a deep translucent that is extremely workable, great for beads and other sculptural projects. It is popular because it flows together without transition lines, is very shiny and the surface does not easily reduce.
Working Tip: Work this color hot using a neutral flame.
Artist Description by Mike Shelbo:
Following closely behind Glass Alchemy Black Blue in saturation, this dense translucent black is good for several applications with different results. When kept 3mm or thicker, Black Violet will transmit a true manganese purple and reflect back a dense black. This color works nicely as it melts easily and will smooth into itself without trace of where application overlaps. When drawn into thin stringers you can see the violet come out of the color, and when applied thin or blown thin, this color is a beautiful translucent shade of violet that could be described as a smoky purple.
Ratings & Reviews
good for certain applications
by Alan R -
I look at this color similar to GA Grape. This makes for a great backing for dichroic glass as well as backing for fume work. The color when pulled thin is clearly violet, I recommend Raven or Eclipse for a better, more saturated, brighter black.
by Lori E -
Black Violet works well as a backing for pendants, although you do want to keep it fairly thick so it's not too transparent. I find it melts more quickly than, say, Raven, and it's nice and smooth. My favorite thing about Black Violet, though, really plays up the "violet." You know how you get pink when you layer a transparent yellow over most transparent reds? Well, you can get a cloudy violet out of Black Violet the same way. (I've had the best luck with Northstar's Extra Light Yellow, but feel free to experiment for yourself!)