CiM Peacock Green has changed in colour since it’s first introduction as part of the original Messy Glass range. My batch comes from 2006. I don’t have any new batches of Peacock Green, but I have given some of my rods to friends who have shown me the stark difference via photographs. Older batches are very light emerald green, newer batches have more blue toning. These photos all show beads made with old batches. However both batches perform the same in the flame. The only difference is the slight shift in hue.
Its really hard to photograph the true colour of this glass. These beads are solid Peacock Green and shift their opacity depending on the light. Peacock Green will become more opaque with prolonged heating. It doesn’t become a “solid” colour.
I heated these beads up for a long time to see if it did. Instead it will get darker in hue and opacify to look like jelly (it really reminds me of Apple Lime Jello). If you want it to look as it does in the rod, work it in the cool part of your flame and don’t let it get too hot.
Peacock Green is easy to devitrify if pulled into stringers and used as surface decoration. It also doesn’t like to be thickly encased. Encased stringers always scum up unless you’re really careful not to overheat. Deeply encased Peacock Green has developed cracks for me time and time again. So perhaps don’t risk encasing it in clear. However it is really great to encase with. Peacock Green picks up the silver in glass and reacts in an awesome way, it turns yellow! Dot decoration seems to glow when used in minute amounts when left raised. When melted in flat whatever it covers develops soft pastel tones. Effetre Turquoise under Peacock Green and melted flat is a pretty effect.
Peacock Green doesn’t etch with Etchall liquid etch. All the beads photographed here have been etched. The top two photographs show the same beads that had been left in Etchall for 15 minutes, and there is no change to the glass at all. Probably a great trick if you want an etched bead but you don’t want the surface decoration etched. Peacock Green is a stiff glass and the rod needs warming in the top of your flame before use. Surface decoration won’t run or bleed on it, in fact, surface glass decoration doesn’t spread much at all, so it’s great for keeping crisp edges on designs. Its a unique colour to the 104 range of glasses and is one of my favourites because of it’s juicy green colour.
As for the beads in the very top two pictures. The reaction you can see in the Effetre Dark Turquoise is because it is layered over Reichenbach Opal Raspberry Opaque (96COE) R-65. There is a very slight reaction between the R-65 and the Peacock Green, producing a tiny dark line around the dots. Although there is no reaction between R-65 and Peacock Green.
Peacock Green has a reputation as being a tricky glass that is flawed and incompatible with just about everything. Some of this is true, but it doesn’t completely deserve the bad reputation it gets. There are plenty of brands that have 104 glass colours that can’t be encased, Peacock Green is one. If you use this colour for a base bead it is a stable surface for dot decorations, with every brand of glass on the market. If you use it as surface decoration (dots and stringer – 10% rule) then incompatibility will not be an issue. I have blended Peacock Green (30%) with Effetre Pea Green (70%) and created a stable blended colour that is lovely to use as stringer decoration.