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November 16, 2015

Test Results :: Emperor

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Silver Glass frit (reduced), 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 - Over Silver Foil, 8 - In Silver Glass Frit Stringer (encased), 9 & 10 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace

CiM Emperor, to me, is like a slightly subdued, purplish version of CiM Cranberry. The reactions are basically the same as Cranberry, and the basic hue of it is Cranberry-like. Also, this colour gets purpler the more you strike it, which Cranberry doesn't do. The main technical observation that I have about working with Emperor is that it is difficult to get Emperor to strike when it is used in thin layers, but that's not terribly unusual for a striking color.

In this picture, you can see that the bead on the right (which has been reduced, and struck repeatedly in a neutral flame) is far purpler than the bead on the left. Both beads are plain Emperor.

Like Cranberry, Emperor turns silver a yellowish colour. Reducing and encasing silver on Emperor results in a beautiful, blue-mottled iridescence under the clear coat.

And just like with Cranberry, when you put Emperor over silver foil (being careful not to melt it as you melt the top layer in) you get a strange golden brown from the foil underneath the pinkish purple of the colour.

Emperor makes a good base for silver glass. I got nice colour and behaviour from both the reducing and striking colours here.

And as frit stringer with reactive silver glass frit, Emperor does a good job of bringing out the blues and greens of the frit, but the effect is sort of dark and not as dramatic as it is when this technique is used with Effetre Straw Yellow or Light Brown Transparent.

I did not observe anything of note happening between Emperor and Tuxedo

Copper Green separates into two different colours of turquoise when used on top of Emperor.

Opal Yellow separates on top of Emperor and develops a faint three-dimensionality to its look as a result.

On top of Ivory, Emperor turns brown. When Emperor is used as the base colour, Ivory gets a brownish look to it and separates. This reaction is the same as what happens between Ivory and Cranberry except that it is far less wild.

Peace separates quite dramatically on top of Emperor.

These beads are Emperor with Lizard and Wood.

August 28, 2015

Test Results :: Mosaic Blue

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 & 8 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace

Effetre Mosaic Blue is an extremely dense medium blue colour that looks darker and darker, the thicker it is layered. Unlike its friend Mosaic Green, this colour is not terribly reactive, and does not spread or web at all when used on top of other colours. I found this a bit disappointing on a mental level, since I wanted there to be something similar about two colours with such similar names.

This colour is very stiff, and very dense. It's not a great colour for overdotting flower petals (at least I don't think so) in encased florals because the result doesn't have a lot of depth because not much light gets through the Mosaic Blue.

Where this colour really shines is when it is used with silver. You can see here that both of my silver leaf beads are interesting-looking. The bead on the left has a greyish silver film over it that is made up of hundreds of little microdots of silver. The bead on the right was reduced and encased, and the silver has gone bluish where it touches the Mosaic Blue, and silvery and shiny where it does not. Pretty!

Mosaic Blue is also a good base colour for silver glasses. It doesn't compete with them, and the reduction colours and striking colours do well on top of it.

And weirdly, there is not a single thing to say about these beads. Usually there is a lot of action here, but I can't detect a single reaction between any of these colour combinations apart from (maybe) a little bleeding of Mosaic Blue into Peace, and a gentle separation of Peace over Mosaic Blue. These are pretty typical reactions for Peace, and not in any way unique to, or spectacular with, this colour.

Here are two sets using Mosaic Blue (I didn't bother making a goddess bead, since it would have just been an almost-black bead because this colour is so dense). One is with Antique Green, and the other is with Ivory.

August 22, 2015

Test Results :: Fremen

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Reducing Silver Glass Frit, 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 & 8 - w/ Peace, Ivory, Opal Yellow, Copper Green, and Tuxedo

CiM Fremen is a brilliant sky blue opaque colour that is brighter and happier than Effetre Dark Sky Blue, and bluer than Effetre turquoise. I find the colour of Fremen sort of overwhelmingly bright on its own (like the startlingly blue eyes of the Fremen people in the book "Dune" by Frank Herbert!), but love it when it is combined with other colours.

Here you can see that Fremen turns brick red when you reduce it. This is a common characteristic of colours that contain a lot of copper.

On top of Fremen, silver gets a greyish/beigeish look to it which is lacy and shows up fairly solidly against the base colour. If you reduce and encase this reaction, most of the interesting variation is lost and for some reason, the silver turns a strange ochre yellow colour.

Here you can see that Fremen is 'meh' with silver glass.

On top of Peace, Fremen looks almost fluorescent, it is so bright. I'm not sure why this is, but it is a very dramatic difference from how Fremen looks on top of other colours. It also seems to bleed into the Peace a bit, which you can see on both beads. The Peace lines on top of Fremen look almost light blue rather than white, and separate slightly.

As you might expect, Fremen and Ivory have a reciprocal dark line reaction. This reaction is sort of spready, and the more you heat these two colours together, the bigger, messier, and more pronounced it gets.

I didn't get much of a reaction when I used Fremen on top of Opal Yellow, but my Opal Yellow struck a pretty pink colour in a number of places where I used it on top of Fremen. It could just be that it was a particularly pinkish Opal Yellow, but I try not to use my nice pink Opal Yellow when I make test beads, so it could also be Fremen-related.

Copper Green and Fremen both separate when used together, with the reaction being visible in the colour that is used on top. I'm not sure how useful this knowledge is since in my opinion these colours don't look all that nice together, but you may feel differently.

Fremen separates on top of Tuxedo. Tuxedo looks more or less inert, whether Fremen is on top of it or underneath it.

This goddess bead was made with Fremen and one my 104 CoE frit blends, Ode to Blues.

All of these beads have Fremen in them. The first two sets are Spanish Leather + Ivory + Fremen.

These ones are Tuxedo with a design using wigwag cane that included Fremen.

And these also have Fremen in them, combined with a couple of other colours.