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January 9, 2017

Test Results :: Bordello

This colour is very saturated and dark in colour, but lightens up beautifully over White/Ivory. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do, but I find this colour oddly appealing.  Because it is so dark, it's not a great colour for applications like flower petals in encased florals, but it does layer really nicely over colours like coral, adding depth to the colour and making a deep, warm red.

Here you can see that in self-coloured spacers, Bordello is so saturated that it almost looks black. Reducing it has no effect on the colour.

Silver fumes a bluish colour on top of Bordello, and that blue is still evident when the silver is reduced and encased. There's also some greyish murkiness in these beads, like the silver is reaction with Bordello the way it does with Ivory.

In these beads, you can see that Bordello wars a bit with silver glass, too. There's really interesting reactivity around the fritty bits in both of these beads -- in the reducing silver glass frit bead the weirdness is inside the frit itself, with the frit forming borders around itself of different colours. In the rightmost bead, the frit appears to have caused a greyish halo to rise up in the surrounding Bordello. and I got some initial purples and blues from the TerraNova2 frit indicating that it would probably have struck fairly well on top of this colour if I'd given it a chance.

I was surprised here, because since Bordello was so reactive with silver and silver glass, I was expecting it and Copper Green to not get along. However, there is no dark line reaction between Bordello and Copper Green, and the Copper Green separated slightly on top of Bordello.

Where I used Opal Yellow on top of Bordello, the Bordello has bled into it in places.  Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace all seem to spread on top of Bordello. Additionally, Opal Yellow and Peace separate on top of it.

Bordello is very saturated. It keeps a dark, deep red colour even in thin layers over very light colours. It was sort of interesting to see that in a couple of places, I had trouble with Bordello unstriking on top of Ivory and Peace. I'm not sure what caused this, and it's also sort of noteworthy that where it unstruck over Ivory it looks yellow, whereas where it unstruck over peace it just looks lighter.

Some beads in these sets were made with Bordello.

January 2, 2017

Test Results :: Light Violet Transparent

Effetre Light Violet is a medium to dark transparent violet. When I got these pictures taken and started writing this post, I looked back at my test results to see how different this colour is from Dark Violet, its close cousin.  As far as I can tell, apart from being a touch brighter in thin layers and quite a bit less reactive with silver and colours like Opal Yellow, it is very, very similar. 

Light Violet, like Dark Violet, is a bit of a saturation puzzle... it is very, very dark when used alone in self-coloured beads, making you think that it must be a very dense colour. The contrast between the 'lightness' of this colour with other Effetre 'light' transparents like Light Aqua, Light Teal, Light Emerald, Light Topaz, etc. is marked. If you were to put these spacers beside spacers of any of those other colours, it would be hard to convince someone that this colour was supposed to be 'Light' since you can't see through it at all and those others all let a lot of light through.

Reducing Light Violet has no effect on the colour of it.

Interestingly, I think that the lower reactivity of this colour makes it a better base of silver glass colours. As I've been doing these tests, I've been making note of the colours that seem to make easier bases for striking silver glass, because I'm trying to find a pattern. I don't think I'm there yet, and maybe seeing this test every time isn't useful for other people. If not, I'm sorry about that. Let's move on :)

Silver lies pretty inert on the surface of Light Violet, spreading out a bit and balling up. When it's reduced and encased, a faint blue blush can be seen where there are 'holes' in the silvery blanket under the clear.

Light Violet is not a reactive colour, and I have nothing interesting to say about any of these tests.  It seems like this colour would be good in layering combinations since it stays pretty much as you put it and doesn't cause a lot of weirdness in other colours.

While Light Violet is actually pretty dark in self-coloured beads, and the hue of it is 'dark', it is not a very saturated colour. It thins out significantly when it's used over other colours in thin layers.

January 1, 2017

Sale on Frit until Jan 6 (Website Only)

Happy New Year!

I'll be back posting on Monday to kick off the new year with more colour testing.  In the meantime, all of my 104 CoE frit products are on sale this week until January 6th.

To get your 20% off, use coupon code 'happyholidays' in the shopping cart when you check out. Please note that the sale is only applicable on my website - I am not offering this discount on Etsy.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday season.