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January 15, 2019

Test Results :: Pine Tree Green Alabastro


Effetre Pine Tree Green Alabastro (EFF344) is a dark green semi-opaque glass. For an Alabastro, it is fairly well-behaved, but my rods were still a bit shocky and you really do need to be careful in order not to boil this colour, so work it cool.

This is a very beautiful colour of green if you can work it without boiling it.


Pine Tree Green Alabastro does not change colour when you reduce it.


Here, you can see that when silver leaf is used on top of Pine Tree Green Alabastro, it disperses across the surface pretty widely and beads up into tiny grains of silver on top of it. When the silver is reduced and encased, it forms a more uniform greyish coating.


This colour is a good base for silver glass. I got great colour in both of my tests compared to a lot of other glass colours.


Here, in the rightmost bead, you can see how luminously transparent and pretty this colour is when used in thin layers over Opal Yellow and White.

On top of Pine Tree Green Alabastro, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace all separate.

On top of Ivory, you can see a dark line developed around the Pine Tree Green Alabastro, and you can also see through it that the darkening also happens underneath the green. Curiously, there is no dark line reaction when the Ivory is on top.

I don't have any other beads to share using this colour. I didn't feel inspired to do more with it after I made these test beads so I sold it. I'll be back to update this with pictures of what I make if I ever buy more.

December 20, 2018

Test Results :: Eden


Creation is Messy Eden (CiM470) is a gorgeous dark green transparent. It has aventurine in it, and I can see on the CiM pages that other people have had some luck keeping the sparkle and even magnifying it under clear, but I haven't experienced that. Regardless, it's a really pretty green and will make a fabulous encasement layer for my vine canes.


Eden, predictably, doesn't do anything when it is reduced.


From left to right, on top of Peppermint Cream, you see Slytherin Unique #2, Slytherin Unique #1, Algae, and Eden. Eden is a rich, evergreen green that is less yellow than the Slytherins and Algaes of the world.


Silver crusts up on top of Eden, and if you reduce and encase it, you get some blue haze.


Reducing silver glass on top of Eden is nice - I got pretty colours from my frit. The striking silver glass didn't do anything magical.


Eden is a stable, barely reactive colour. Apart from some separation in the Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Ivory on top of it, it didn't do anything surprising. It's nice that it doesn't react with Ivory.

Here's a goddess bead made from Eden with some Raku shards.



December 13, 2018

Test Results :: Peppermint Cream


Peppermint Cream (CiM488) is a pale, yellowish green opaque colour. It is soft and creamy, and my rods were very well behaved, not shocking at all in the flame. It reminds me quite a bit of an older colour called Linen, except that it has a greenish cast to it.


Nothing of any significance happens when you reduce Peppermint Cream.


This colour is a touch lighter than Dirty Martini and just a shade or two yellower.


When I encased Peppermint Cream after putting silver on it, it cracked under my Effetre 006 Clear. This doesn't mean you shouldn't encase it, but it definitely means that you shouldn't encase it after putting silver on it. This has happened to me with other colours that are otherwise perfectly compatible like Effetre Petroleum Green and CiM Linen. Just proceed with caution, and make a test bead before embarking on a big run of beads the way you always should anyway.


Peppermint Cream seems to be an average base colour for silver glass. It fumed a bit when I reduced the reduction frit, and the TerraNova2 frit started to strike, but no magic happened.


Peppermint Cream is not terribly reactive, but it does separate on top of Tuxedo and Ivory.  On top of Tuxedo, it has a milk-moustache sort of appearance, almost translucent.

Other colours (Ivory, Opal Yellow, Copper Green, Tuxedo) all seem to spread out on top of it.

Also, you can see in the Tuxedo dots and stringer lines that Peppermint Cream made Tuxedo bleed out into it quite a bit.

Here are some other beads that include some Peppermint Cream: