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September 19, 2018

Test Results :: Purple Red

Effetre Purple Red (EFF438) is a very dark burgundy red colour. It can be a bit prone to boiling, so if you are using it in stringer form and are not really looking to have any air bubbles in your dots and lines, work it cool. It's a difficult colour to photograph, looking a bit lighter and a bit redder in person than you'll imagine it is from my photographs in this post.

Purple Red doesn't change when you reduce it.

Like some other reds, silver can turn blue when used on top of this colour. You can see some blue in both the unencased and encased bead above.

On top of Purple Red, my reduction frit pieces got interesting yellowish outlines and developed pretty colours in the reduction flame. This colour was also a surprisingly effective base for my TerraNova 2 frit. I got beautiful colours from the frit on top of Purple Red.

CiM Peace separates on top of Purple Red but, on the whole, this colour not very reactive with other colours. It can thin out and looks a bit transparent when used in thin layers over a lighter colour like Opal Yellow or Peace.

Here are some additional beads that contain Purple Red.

September 3, 2018

Test Results :: Dark Sky Blue

Effetre Dark Sky Blue (EFF228) is a medium, turquoise opaque colour. Its reaction profile is similar to that of Light Turquoise or Dark Turquoise. In fact, this colour is so similar to Dark Turquoise that I have trouble telling the two apart in rod form. I did, however, find that this colour pits less than Dark Turquoise.

Here, you can see the greyish metallic sheen that Dark Sky Blue develops. This is the same sort of greyness that we see with Light and Dark Turquoise and Copper Green. Reducing the bead on the right made the grey sheen deeper and darker.

It is the unpleasant dirtiness that Effetre Dark Sky Blue and Dark Turquoise acquire in the flame that makes me prefer CiM Fremen and CiM Smurfy when I'm looking for a turquoise that is in this hue range. The CiM colours don't do this icky thing.

On top of Dark Sky Blue, silver leaf takes on a greyish-green appearance. When the silver is reduced and encased, though, it looks more of a yellowish-pink colour.

Silver glass on top of Dark Sky Blue surprised me a little because I never think of turquoise when I'm choosing a base for silver glass. It seems like maybe this means that I am resistant to my own testing information, because I looked back and found that I got neat results from silver glass on top of both Light Turquoise and Fremen but apparently failed to remember it. I guess that's why I keep posting these - I need this blog as a reference :)

On top of Dark Sky Blue, my silver glass reduction frit developed pretty colours, and an interesting light outline around the fritty bits. In the rightmost bead, the TerraNova2 frit got a nice starting strike to it.

Dark Sky Blue separates on top of both Tuxedo and Copper Green, and it develops a dark line when used with Ivory. Opal Yellow separates on top of Dark Sky Blue.

These beads all contain a little Dark Sky Blue.

August 20, 2018

Test Results :: Banana Cream

CiM Banana Cream (CiM316) is a pale, opaque yellow. It's similar in colour to Effetre Opal Yellow, but is less reactive and less prone to separate on top of and underneath other colours.

Here you can see that when I reduced the Banana Cream, it got a hair darker. I didn't notice any very significant striking behaviour in the other beads that I made with this colour, so I'm guessing that the colour change is just because the reducing flame is less clean, so the colour got dirtied up a bit.

Silver on top of Banana Cream fumes it a deeper colour of yellow. The silver sits on top of Banana Cream in a fairly even layer, and when the silver is reduced and encased, it takes on a pink, shiny appearance.

Banana Cream makes a pretty base colour for both reducing and striking silver glass. Because the colour is pale and warm, it makes for good contrast with the darker and cooler colours of silver glass. I got a very nice starting strike from my TerraNova2 frit.

Weirdly, Opal Yellow on top of Banana Cream turns a pinkish colour and develops a bit of a grey line around it. Apart from that, there wasn't much to speak of reaction-wise with Banana Cream when used with other colours.

Here are some other beads that include Banana Cream: