Messy Color™ Elixir Sparkle Ltd Run

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Elixir Sparkle Ltd Run (511486)<br />A lime green misty opal with gold aventurine.

A lime green misty opal with gold aventurine.




"Elixir Sparkle is CiM Elixir, a misty opal, with added aventurine. In rod form, Elixir Sparkle is quite a yellow-green and the aventurine is visible and the colour darkens to a not-so-yellow green in the kiln. I assume this is due to the aventurine. As a glass, it’s fine. It’s easy to use, fuss-free, and a very nice shade of soft green which has that translucent milkiness thing going on. It’s just lacking sparkle. The photographs were taken indoors in natural daylight." Read more at Laura's tumblr. – Laura Sparling

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Messy Tester's Feedback

  • Elixir Sparkle is Elixir with gold aventurine frit. Testers reported that the sparkle burned out and resulted in a mixed forest green color when used on its own. One tester had some sparkle result when encased.
My test beads haven't manage to show any of the subtle sparkle you find in the Elixir Sparkle rods - I don't know if it is because the glass is becoming darker and more opaque when worked of if I was working too hot and burning out the sparkles and so I decided to try again the next day and work cooler. The results are interesting as the beads came out a lighter and slighlty less opaque shade than my previous Elixir Sparkle beads and spacers but I still couldn't see any of the sparkles. – Jolene Wolfe
Elixir Sparkle boasts an array of reactions from caramel apple green to a light lime with dazzling gleam. The variations in color are easy to develop through quick working or repeated heating/cooling/tooling.  A quick bead will deliver a bead similar in color to the rod. Encasing a base bead in clear will yield a sparkling delight. Prolonged heating, cooling, tooling with a mold will develop a deep caramel apple color. – Heather Sellers
Once the glass is melted the sparkle is pretty much invisible. This isn’t a case of me working too hot and burning the aventurine out because I work very cool and very slowly. The only other sparkly glass I have used in the past is Vetrofond Pineapple Sparkle. That was absolutely loaded with aventurine and it glittered like Liberace in a Las Vegas mirror ball showroom. When I used Pineapple Sparkle I did nothing fancy to retain the sparkliness. It was just there - you could see the glitter in the glass in rod form, while you were melting it, while you were making your bead, and after it was annealed. Elixir Sparkle has a fraction of the aventurine of Pineapple Sparkle and I think that’s the issue - it needs a lot more aventurine in it. I couldn’t really see the aventurine while I was melting the glass and I tried my strongest macro lens on the finished beads and I saw no glimmer. – Laura Sparling
  • Special thanks to Pati Walton, Heather Sellers & Renee Wiggins for providing the photos in this section.

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"Elixir Sparkle is the same glass but with added gold aventurine, in the rod you can see the sparkle and it is reasonably close to Elixir. Once it's worked in the flame it becomes much darker and intense [my beads are only 13mm] and you can see striations. Sadly the sparkle is not visible in these beads, but I still love it for the colour it gives!"
 
Trudi Doherty
"It's hard to believe how different Elixir Sparkle is from original Elixir! It's a lot more green, a lot more dense in opacity, and has hints of swirly sparkly brown, thanks to the aventurine. The sparkle is very subtle, however. You can see it better in strong light, but not so much in regular lighting. I think it's a very unique color, and would be great for making seaweed or used in aquatic designs."
Renee Wiggins
"The darker hearts are made with Elixir Sparkle. In rod form Elixir Sparkle looks the same shade as Elixir but with tiny gold glittery inclusions. When I worked the glass it darkened up quite considerably to give this swirly forest fern almost opaque green shade." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"Elixir Sparkle is CiM Elixir, a misty opal, with added aventurine. In rod form, Elixir Sparkle is quite a yellow-green and the aventurine is visible and the colour darkens to a not-so-yellow green in the kiln. I assume this is due to the aventurine. As a glass, it’s fine. It’s easy to use, fuss-free, and a very nice shade of soft green which has that translucent milkiness thing going on. It’s just lacking sparkle. The photographs were taken indoors in natural daylight." Read more at Laura's tumblr.
Laura Sparling