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March 27, 2014

Test Results :: Intense Black

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, Peace

Intense Black is classified as a transparent, but it looks pretty opaque in anything I have ever used it in. It is a super-saturated colour, and makes beautifully crisp black stringer design on top of every colour I've tried.

If you get Intense Black really, really hot after using a small amount of it on top of another colour, it will web like crazy.  I intentionally did not do that thing in any of these test beads, to try to see if I could also get Intense Black to behave nicely and NOT spread around.  As it turns out, without any particular skill or practice necessary, it is easy to control this aspect of Intense Black.


Silver sort of disperses and disappears on top of Intense Black, but when the silver is reduced and encased, you can see in the bead on the right that it forms a shiny, metallic silver layer under the clear.


Intense Black makes an unexpectedly good base for silver glass. My striking silver glass frit bloomed nicely, and the reduction frit looks pretty nice as well.


And here you can see how dark and crisp the intense black lines are over the other test colours. The bead on the left doesn't show any real reaction between colours.

In the bead on the left, the opposite seems to be true. Copper Green separates so that it is pink and crusty around the edges but then turquoise and 3-dimensional-looking in the centres.

Ivory separates and develops a fine line down the middle of lines and a fine dot in the middle of dots when it is used over Intense Black.

When Peace is used over Intense Black, the Intense Black bleeds into it, making it look murky.

February 22, 2014

Test Results :: Ghee


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 - w/ Silver Glass Frit Stringer (encased), 8 & 9 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, Peace

This interesting colour is CiM Ghee.  It is a striking colour that deepens and darkens in colour the more you strike it, changing from a yellow just slightly brighter than Effetre Yellow Opalino (but just as translucent) to a rich, amber/caramel opal colour after repeated heating and cooling cycles.
The main differences between Yellow Opalino and Ghee are:
  • Ghee strikes to a more opaque/opal dark caramel colour, where Yellow Opalino strikes to become more opaque, but doesn't really change colour.
  • The two glasses have different reactions with other colours, even though their reactions with silver and with Ivory are mostly the same.

The reactions that Ghee has with silver are also fairly similar to the reactions with silver that I experienced with Yellow Opalino. Silver turns a strange pinkish brown colour when used on top of Ghee, and when the silver is reduced and encased, it forms a pink and silver blanket that is iridescent under the clear.
 

So, with silver glass, I didn't have anything really exciting happen with Ghee.  In the leftmost bead, you can see that the Ghee has gone darker and more caramelly and it's not really clear to me whether this happened because I reduced the bead and it struck as a result of temperature change or if it was because of the silver in the silver glass frit.

I didn't get great results from my striking silver glass frit on top of Ghee, either, but please keep in mind that I am terrible at striking silver glass and that really the point of that test is to find the base colours where the glass does all the work and I just have to watch the magic. Ghee is not one of those base colours.

In the rightmost bead, I used frit stringer which I created by dipping Ghee into my silver glass reduction frit and pulling it out into thick stringer. Then, I wrapped that frit stringer around a core of Ghee and encased the whole mess with Clear. I got pretty colours, but overall I am not very pleased with the effect because with Ghee it is sort of ragged. I also didn't get all of the Ghee covered, and the yellow of the Ghee doesn't really go all that well with the blue and green of the frit. Since it's sort of hard to get 100% encasement coverage with stringer, I prefer to use this technique with colours that coordinate more nicely so that mistakes don't look as awful.
 

With Tuxedo, Ghee doesn't really do anything interesting. There is no reaction when Tuxedo is used on top of it and it largely disappears on top of Tuxedo.

With Copper Green, a light turquoise line appears wherever Copper Green and Ghee touch. You can see that the copper green has separated into bands of light and dark turquoise and that in some places, a dark line also formed. I don't know what caused that and it didn't happen consistently, so more experimentation would be required to be able to provide more information about that.

Ghee makes Opal Yellow separate. When Ghee is used on top of Opal Yellow, a faint halo of Opal Yellow pops up around it. When Opal Yellow is used on top of Ghee, a translucent line appears in the middle of Opal Yellow stringer lines and translucent, darker dots form in the middle of Opal Yellow dots.

Ivory and Ghee have a dark line reaction that is more pronounced when Ivory is used on top of Ghee, but still evident the other way around. Because Ghee is translucent, on top of Ivory it looks grey because of this reaction. A very strange colour of grey, too.

The reaction that occurs between Peace and Ghee is very similar to what happens with Opal Yellow only much less dramatic. Also, because Ghee is translucent, when layered on top of Peace it becomes a super-bright yellow.

Here is a goddess made with Ghee. It's my first sculptural piece with Ghee, and I can see that making anything nice with it using it this way would require some practice in order to get it to strike uniformly, or in order to spot-strike it intentionally. You can see here, though, the dramatic colour change that can be achieved through repeated heating and cooling.

February 10, 2014

Test Results :: Silver Pink

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, Peace

Whenever I use Effetre Silver Pink, I am struck by what a nice, calm colour it is. The rods can be a touch shocky because it is hand-pulled, but it plays nicely with so many colours and is so subtle and pretty that any fleeting irritation from the shockiness can be gotten over pretty quickly.

Some batches of Silver Pink strike more readily than others, but the batch I currently have seems to strike fairly dramatically. I need to do a bit more experimenting because when I look at my test beads I can see that whether or not the Silver Pink strikes seem to depend somewhat on what it has been layered over top of.


Silver Pink fumes a yellowish colour when silver is added to it.  In the bead on the right, you can see that the Silver Pink struck to a deep purplish rose colour under the silver when I encased it.


Here you can see the Silver Pink looking sort of yellow around the silver again.  The yellow is more pronounced in the bead on the left, which was reduced with silver glass reduction frit on it.  In the bead on the right, my TerraNova2 frit didn't really strike very nicely (probably a "me problem"), and you can see that the edges of the frit look distinctly yellowish.


The silver pink struck to a dusty rose colour on top of Opal Yellow and to a gentle baby pink on top of Tuxedo, but refused to strike at all on top of Ivory, Copper Green, and Peace. I wasn't expecting Silver Pink to strike at all, so this turned out to be a bit of a surprise as well as a puzzle that needs to be solved. I wonder why it strikes so much more strongly and readily on top of Opal Yellow?

The only other two reactiony things I observed in these test beads were that a dark line forms between Opal Yellow and Silver Pink which is much more pronounced when the Opal Yellow is used over the Silver Pink, and that Peace has no staying power over top of Silver Pink and goes almost transparent. So very strange.

Below, you can see in the goddess bead that she is a mottled pale and powder pink because the glass has struck irregularly. I like this effect, but I wasn't really expecting it, and if what I had wanted was to make a bead that was a uniform colour, this would have been disappointing.


The set is a trio of kitchen sink organics that also feature Laushca Hawaiian Purple and Fine Silver Leaf, as well as a bunch of other stuff that I don't remember.  The goddess bead was made last year but the organics are from April 2010.