Lauscha have made a new batch of SNT 219, the more transparent of their reds. I was sent a sample to test, and here are the results.
Firstly, this is an absolutely gorgeous red. The 05/13 is a darker colour than the 02/13 batch and it is a true transparent. I made a plain lentil bead first, and there is no mistiness or opacity developing at all. (The last batch began to go a bit misty). New lentil is in the bottom left.
You can see that in colour it is more like a transparent version of the old SNT 220 I have, while the other two lentils are a brighter red. The clarity and depth of colour is beautiful.
I did some layered dots: here we have a base of red, tehn dots in white and red. By the light shining through on the bottom right you can see that this bead is still transparent (it is harder to see that on this type of bead because the opaque dots block the light). You can see the dots show as orange when used so thinly and do not spread quite so much as the brighter reds. The dots struck and unstruck as I added more layers: it isn’t hard to strike them at all and in larger amounts no deliberate striking is needed.
I made two dotty ladybird beads – these have a core of SNT 219, encased in SNT 100 clear and black dots on the surface. You can see they are definitely still transparent. I then etched them to give a nice inner glow.
I made a rose to compare with the others. The difference in transparency is huge! This is still a true transparent. The edges of the outer petals have an orange cast – this is fairly typical since the glass is thinner there and is not worked for long. The heart of the rose shows as the darker red.
Finally, the new rose on its own!
I love this colour. Like all the Lauscha transparent reds, it doesn’t go brown when worked for a while and it’s also very easy to strike. And it has the bonus of being truly transparent!