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July 22, 2018

Test Results :: Dark Red Brown

Effetre Dark Red Brown (EFF452) is a very dark, brown, opaque colour. It is not terribly reactive, and lightens up considerably when used in thin layers.

Dark Red Brown doesn't change colour when you reduce it.

Dark Red Brown behaviour with silver is consistent with what I've experienced with both other Browns and other Reds. Silver develops a greyish crust on top of Dark Red Brown, and when that silver crust is reduced and encased, it turns blue.

Dark Red Brown makes a fairly effective base colour for silver glass. You can see in the left bead here that my blue reducing silver glass got nice colour and interesting outlines on top of this colour. It's less evident from the picture that I got nice colour from the TerraNova2 frit because the whole bead is so dark, but the frit did get a nice starting strike.

Dark Red Brown is definitely not a colour that helps Copper Green stay green. My Copper Green with this colour has a distinctly ungreen reddish greyness about it.

Ivory, Opal Yellow, and Copper Green all separated on top of Dark Red Brown. Peace didn't.

Dark Red Brown is a very saturated, deep colour but you can see that it lightens up substantially when used in thin layers on top of much lighter colours like Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace.

Here are some other beads that contain Dark Red Brown.

June 21, 2018

Test Results :: Light Aqua

Effetre Light Aqua (EFF034) is a medium, transparent aqua colour.

I wanted Light Aqua to turn red when I reduced it, but I couldn't make it do that. It did darken and start to look sort of dirty after multiple reduction attempts, though, so that's something.

Here, I've used some of the more 'aqua' blues in my stash to show you Light Aqua against a backdrop of other, similar colours. As you can see here, it's much less of a jump saturation-wise to Dark Aqua from Light Aqua than it is from Pale Aqua to Light Aqua. I wish there was another step between Pale Aqua and Light Aqua.

Here is Light Aqua with Light Teal and the newer CiM Poolside for some additional comparison.

Reducing and encasing silver on top of Light Aqua makes it turn yellow. Silver on the surface and silver under Light Aqua stay silvery.

Light Aqua is unremarkable as a base for silver glass. It's decent, but there was nothing extraordinary about these beads.

Light Aqua develops a dark line reaction with Light Ivory, but you'll notice that this is much more evident when the Light Ivory is under the Light Aqua. You can see the brownness through the Light Ivory which is actually quite pretty.

Apart from that, the only thing that really stood out here is that Opal Yellow separates on top of this colour, developing a ring around its edges that gives the illusion of being raised off the surface of the bead, almost like it's beveled.

Here are some other beads made with Effetre Light Aqua:

June 11, 2018

Test Results :: Amphibian

The stock paddle photo of CiM Amphibian (CiM 423) is a very interesting two-toned green colour, so when I started using this I thought the beads would come out that way. They don't, but the uniform grey-green colour that Amphibian does yield is beautiful.

I really enjoyed using this colour. It is a pretty green that has an interesting reaction profile. It doesn't react negatively with Ivory and other sulfur-containing colours and it fumes brown with silver. This is not unlike what I have observed with Effetre Grasshopper, but Amphibian is a bit bluer, and quite a bit greyer than Grasshopper.

Amphibian doesn't change when you reduce it.

Silver crusts up on top of Amphibian and turns it a yellowish brown colour. When the silver is reduced and encased, it evens out on the surface of the bead and looks uniformly silvery.

On top of Amphibian, silver glass frit blooms. In both of these beads, I got excellent colour in the silver glass. In the leftmost bead where I reduced the frit, you can see a golden aura around the fritty bit edges.

Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace all separate on top of Amphibian. Amphibian separates on top of Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Ivory (but, oddly, not Peace.)

On top of Amphibian, Opal Yellow also develops a strange dark yellow line around it. I'm not really sure what to make of this reaction because I've never seen it before, but I quite like it.

These beads all contain a little Amphibian.