I'm woefully behind the times, I know. Every lampworker in the known universe has been rocking Aurae for weeks now. Except me. But I'd made myself a promise not to buy any new glass until sales picked up. Then, I won a gift certificate for Double Helix glass and I immediately ordered myself some because I've been dying to try it. And you know what?
I'm not kidding - Aurae is perfection. I always love Double Helix glass, though it can sometimes perform erratically but this one is especially special. As you all have probably seen, a lot of beads made with it just sort of have a golden luster, kind of pretty but a little dull. So that's what I was expecting. I had some ideas for it and would have been OK if that's all I got out of it.
I don't know if I just have an amazing batch, but I have gotten a rainbow of color out of this glass - everything from palest aqua to the deepest rose-purple, all with the shimmer of metallic glinting on it's surface. It's stunning. And my favorite thing about it is that it maintains it's translucence after reduction (if you do it right). So from different angles you can still see through it clearly and then, if you move your head just slightly... POW! So much color and shine.
Anyway, it would be my advice that, if you love silver glass, then go buy this. It's fun, it's beautiful, and it's absolutely unlike any that I've used before.