The color wrap starts as a small gob of molten glass, to which multiple colors - usually both opaque and transparent - are added. The wrap is heated to the consistency of honey, then literally wrapped around the piece to create that sweeping, blending movement of color you see. Since some of the colors will be transparent, the opaque background layer provides a pleasant glow rather than any harsh glare from the bulb.
Please note: We do our best to make sure that all colors in the photos are accurate in terms of how the actual Shade looks with the light bulb turned on. Be aware that all photos you see here are of Shades that we've had in the past, and NOT Shades that we have on hand to send to you. Further, unless you computer display is specially calibrated, you may get the wrong impression of the colors in the Shades. Lastly, since our Shades are hand-blown one at a time using NO molds, the one thing we CAN guarantee is that they'll all look different to some degree - which most people see as part of their beauty. If you do not feel comfortable with this, you may want to think twice about ordering any hand-blown glass.