This was an experimental color. It is labeled Mars/Spruce Pine. We have just a small amount. Rods are a mix of firsts, seconds, and odds. My paddle shows a brown swipe of color but in reality is was red. Additional bead and photo from Hayley Tsang Sather.

Mars is a very unusual color. The opaque rods of #022409 can strike into streaky corals, reds and terracotta colors; the more transparent rods of Mars #022409 strike nearly black. However, if you encase the dark struck Mars, and put that in the kiln glowing red hot, it will strike into a very dark reddish burgundy purple! This only seems to work if the beads are parked glowing red; hotter and longer annealing did not make a difference in the final color, but the temperature of the bead going into the kiln apparently does. To lighten the effect, use a thin layer of Mars over clear, then encase.

This glass also reacts intensely and immediately with TAG’s silver-rich Zeus, with no reduction needed. Twists of Mars and Zeus are very reactive, and dots of Zeus over Mars give immediate color, generally a medium blue to pale celadon green from the Zeus and a red burgundy from the Mars. However, overworking this combination will cause it to over-strike to a beige/tan.

 Beads that look to be dark, streaked with blue-greenish colors going into the kiln, generally come out reddish-purplish, with bluer streaks. This glass, in general, kiln-strikes to the red-purple colors from a transparent greenish/brownish bead. This batch also reacts strongly to other silver-rich glasses, like Zeus, Juno, etc.

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