Neptune has a chameleon-like quality for being able to shift between warm or cool tones depending on the base you pair it with.
Painting by Andre van Loo.
I really fell in love with this blend. Again, like so many of the Painter’s Series blends, I just found it extremely versatile. I feel like there are still many ways I want to try using it, and I’ve had some gorgeous results already.
I did have some cracking issues when I encased this blend in Lauscha. I recommend that you test first before making a whole pile of encased beads. I didn’t test with any of the other 104 clears (it encased beautifully in Reichenbach R100 clear, a 96 COE clear). I did make frit swirl style beads with Moretti 004 Clear, and had no cracking issues there, but the frit swirl beads seem to be immune to some of the cracking issues that go along with encasing generally. I think maybe it’s because the glasses are mixed together more, rather than layered on top of each other.
Val Cox Neptune frit encased in Kugler K100 clear.
Val Cox Neptune frit swirled and speckled in Kugler K100 clear.
And some lentil sets
And finally, here are my paddle tests of this blend. It doesn’t demonstrate the 104 palette in full by any means, but gives a pretty good idea of how the blend reacts with a variety of colours.