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February 13, 2017

Test Results :: Dark Brown

Effetre Dark Brown is a very dark, reddish brown opaque colour.

Reducing Dark Brown does not appear to have any effect on its colour.  It doesn't noticeably strike or reduce, and its colour is very smooth and even.

On top of Dark Brown, silver crusts up.  When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns blue.  It also seems to dissipate a bit with the heat of encasing, because as you can see, a lot of the blueness in the rightmost bead is blue without the benefit of any crusty silver underneath it.

Dark Brown is an indifferent base for silver glass.

And Dark Brown doesn't really do anything with other colours.  There is a tiny amount of separation in my Copper Green stringer dots and lines on top of Dark Brown, and Dark Brown thins out pretty singificantly over Peace so that it looks almost translucent, but that's about it.

I haven't done much with Dark Brown, but I did make these beads.

February 7, 2017

Test Results :: Algae

CiM Algae is a yellowish/greyish dark green transparent.  I think that this colour fills an important void in my 104 colour palette, and so I'm a bit sad that it's a limited run and only sporadically available.

There are only so many dark transparent greens in our colour palette.  To name a few, we have Effetre Sage Green, Effetre Dark Emerald, Effetre Dark Grass Green, CiM Slytherin, and REI Beryl Green, and none of them are in this exact yellow-green space.  Slytherin and Sage Green are the only other green transparent glasses that approach Algae in terms of saturation level, but Algae is darker and richer than both of those other colours. Algae is the only colour in this group that has adverse reactions with Ivory, which mean that it also has a very unique reaction profile compared to other transparent dark greens.

Here, you can see how very saturated this colour is. You can't see through the self-coloured spacers. As you can see in the rightmost bead, reducing Algae does not have any effect on the colour.

Silver on top of Algae develops some blue colour, and the crust that it forms is fairly even and uniform in texture. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns yellow and all of the interesting patterning is lost out of it.

On top of Algae, I had interesting results with silver glass.  The reduction frit bloomed nicely on top of the Algae and has cool borders to all of the fritty bits.  I got a reasonable first blush of colour in the striking silver glass, too, although it's hard to see in the picture.

Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Peace all separate on top of Algae, whereas Ivory curdles a little and develops a dark reaction line.

When Algae is used on top of Copper Green, the Copper Green separates even more dramatically and pops up around the Algae dots and lines in light halos with dark turquoise veining in between.  On top of Opal Yellow and Peace, Algae separates so that it has a thin, dark line down the middle of its dots and stringer lines.  I can't remember the last transparent colour I tested that did this - usually it is opaque colours that I see this in.

On top of Ivory, Algae looks an ochre-y, brownish green version of itself.

Here are some beads made with Algae.

February 1, 2017

Test Results :: Butter Yellow

Effetre Butter Yellow (418) is a bright, sunshiny yellow that seems to have more than the usual amount of batch-to-batch variation. All of my Butter Yellow was from the same batch, but I've seen some new stuff that looks way more orange than what you see here.

Butter Yellow is very similar to Ivory in terms of its consistency and its reactions with other colours, although it is a bit stiffer than Ivory.

In this picture, you can see Butter Yellow's awesome sunflowery yellowness.  It doesn't change much when you reduce it, but this colour does seem to strike a little in the flame to become a deeper, warmer colour, and you can see that a little in the reduced, smaller spacer on the right.

Silver turns Butter Yellow a yucky brownish colour, and crusts on top of it similarly to how it behaves with Ivory.  When the silver is reduced and encased, it looks more or less the same except that the interesting bobbliness of the reaction is magnified under the clear layer.

Silver Glass on top of Butter Yellow is a bit of a wash.  I don't think I got great colour results from the reducing silver glass frit on the left because there's so much reaction, and while I got some nice colour in the TerraNova2 frit, the colours I got don't exactly complement the bright yellow. At least, not for me - you can make up your own mind.

Butter Yellow separates very slightly when used on top of Tuxedo.

Copper Green and Butter Yellow develop a reciprocal dark line reaction.  Copper Green goes a bit pinkish but doesn't develop the strong gunmetaly surface patina that it does when used by itself or with some other colours.

On top of Opal Yellow, Butter Yellow goes a bit dark at the edges, but when Opal Yellow is used on top of Butter Yellow, the dark line reaction is pinkish and much more pronounced.

On top of Ivory, Butter Yellow looks a bit darker but doesn't really do anything unexpected. However, when Ivory is used on top of Butter Yellow, it seems very translucent and I got some really interesting brightish yellow borders on my Ivory dots and stringer lines. The Ivory also spreads considerably on top of Butter Yellow.

Butter Yellow looks its most green when used on top of Peace (and probably White, too).  On top of Butter Yellow, Peace separated in a really interesting way and developed a cool yellow border. That's probably worth doing again.

Here are some beads made with Butter Yellow.