The Maltese Falcon frit from Glass Diversions is a beautiful frit that looks good on most of the base glass colors I selected. The frit colors are primarily light brown, dark brown, and purple. The purple is a nice darker purple that is similar to Reichenbach Lilac Opaque glass. The frit itself was very reactive and you could see nice color separation and beautiful lines on many of the beads.

maltese falcon frit lampwork beads

As you can see, the base color does show through some of these beads, so I picked colors that looked nice with brown and purple. There are a lot of reactions in these beads from the frit alone. I really like the dark brown accents and purple accent colors in the frit. These colors play very nicely together. The frit is raku blend and so you might be able to pull out other colors from that glass alone. 

maltese falcon frit lampwork beads

Glass Base Colors:

  • Clear
  • Storm
  • Chai
  • Light Turquoise
  • Green Avocado
  • Camoflauge
  • Amazon
  • Violet New
  • Yellow Brick Road
  • Dark Brown (unknown name)

The Maltese Falcon is a replacement for Casablanca Frit which was one of my favorite frits. As you can see, no bead looks bad, so this is truly a no fuss frit. Even the clear had beautiful swirls of color within the glass.

maltese falcon frit lampwork beads
maltese falcon frit lampwork beads
maltese falcon frit lampwork beads
maltese falcon frit lampwork beads

In this next set, I used more brown and tan base colors with the same frit. It just created a slightly darker version of the set above. The reactions are just as beautiful. 

maltese falcon frit lampwork beads

The glass used in this set was:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Toto
  • Moccasin
  • Stone Ground
  • Sandalwood
  • Dark Brown (garage double helix)
  • Autumn

maltese falcon frit lampwork beads

So, regardless of the base color, this frit plays nicely with all the glass colors. This frit combination makes a nice replacement for Casablanca frit.

May 08, 2023 — Stephanie White

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