Before I begin talking about Chalcedony, I just wanted to say that there is nothing like a refreshing sugar-free margarita to put you right again on warm Saturday afternoon. My neck and shoulders were screaming in pain before I even begin my hour long treadmill adventure. Now, I’m relaxed, freshly showered and ready to talk about my experience with Gaffer Chalcedony. I know I promised I would like, forever ago, but really I’m just now beginning to give it the attention that I think it deserves.
Chalcedony is like Raku on steroids. One of things that I appreciate most about it is that when used for layering, the glass doesn’t bleed, nor does it pit. It’s a bit darker than Raku too and holds it’s color a lot longer. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Raku also and still use it. It’s especially great for leaves and it makes beautiful opal-like encased florals. Chalcedony doesn’t seem to be good for those applications, as once it strikes, it holds a very low tonal value. However, if you are looking for a dark colored glass that has the ability to shift in dark earth tones, this glass is pretty awesome.
Both of these beads were capped with Chalcedony. I applied the Chalcedony layers last, as I knew the longer I worked the glass, the less color I would have. Still, the bead was in and out of the flame for a good 45 minutes after the Chalcedony layer was applied to it. The second bead, “Never-Never Land 2” was in the flame a bit longer but as you can see it still held it’s color fairly well.
Last weekend I started watching the “Rome” series again, and being the classical gal that I am, I was overwhelmed by inspiration. I chose to give it over to Chalcedony again and boy was she up for the test drive. These beads were inspired by the studio sets that were created to be used as the Roman villas. The florals are Raku but the base glass is Chalcedony. As you can see in the below photograph, the pallet of color ranges in quite an awesome pallet of earth tone color. These beads were in the flame for a pretty long time so the colors a bit muted. Worked for me though, as I wanted them to be less rich. So, way to go Gaffer! I love this glass!