So I've written about Dichroic, Iridized and Streaky glass. I'm debating about this last type of glass. But considering how much I really love this glass I can't help but include it. This beautiful glass is called aventurine.
I have used both green and blue aventurine glass. Evidently there is an black aventurine, but I haven't used it only since blue and green are so beautiful I haven't found the need to use the black.
Evidently the Miotti family (from Italy) created aventurine glass during the 17th century. The process involved combining copper or copper salts with the glass. As the glass cools, the mineral deposits come together and create a shiny gold flecked appearance. Aventurine glass is stunning whether capped (with clear glass) or not.
Aventurine glass is pretty thick so I've mainly used it in jewelry pieces, including a beautiful brooch / pendant (above), but I have two bowls made with green aventurine as well. Also when adding dichroic glass again, WOW, it's really beautiful. Furthermore, if you add streaky glass (see previous blog) the adventure shows some amazing results so I've made some pretty spectacular bowls and such.
So now you know another one of my favorite types of glass, aventurine. Let me know what your favorite is and what you'd like me to try next.
As always, please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.