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October 29, 2014

Test Results :: Tangerine Sparkle

1 - Plain (reduced), 2 - Plain, 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, and Peace

I really love Vetrofond Tangerine Sparkle (944). I think that it is one of the Vetrofond colours that I am going to miss the most once I've used mine up completely. It is a bright, translucent, striking orange that is easy to get and keep orange, and doesn't turn red on me.  You can still find this colour for sale if you look really, really hard, but most vendors in North America have been out of it for quite a while.

Reducing Tangerine Sparkle without any additives does not seem to have any impact at all on the colour. Deep in the Tangerine Sparkle, as you might imagine, there are sparkles. Teeny, tiny sparkles all through it that glisten in the light.  You can only sort of see them in the photos, but they are beautiful in person.

Tangerine Sparkle is sort of interesting with silver.  In the leftmost bead, the silver has turned blue in spots and grey in other spots. It has also coalesced in little groupings of tiny silver beads in a really attractive way.  In the bead on the right where I reduced and encased the silver, everything that is beautiful about silver on Tangerine Sparkle left the building and it is just sort of mottled and grungy looking.

Tangerine Sparkle makes a surprisingly good base for silver glass.

Copper Green and Tangerine Sparkle have a reciprocal dark line reaction.  When Copper Green is used on top of Tangerine Sparkle, it gets sort of weirdly shiny, and when Tangerine Sparkle is used on top of Copper Green, the Copper Green seems to keep its turquoiseness and not get as much greyish sludge developing on its surface as it does with some other colours.

On top of Ivory, Tangerine Sparkle thins out a little, losing some of its opacity.

Apart from those things, not much of interest happened in these test beads.

Here is a goddess bead made with Tangerine Sparkle.  In person, she almost looks like she's been built out of glistening orange nail polish.

October 22, 2014

Test Results :: New Violet

1 - Plain (reduced), 2 - Plain, 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

This Effetre colour is called New Violet (273).  I'm not sure which it is, but either we don't like change in the lampworking community, or we just like to prolong the excitement of getting new colours for years past their debut, so we have continued to call this one 'New Violet' long after it actually stopped being new. New Violet is a perkier, bluer colour than Violet 272 (which, presumably, we could now legitimately call 'Old Violet').

New Violet is a quite streaky colour, and is reminiscent of the purple colour that bathtubs and sinks came in, back in the 70s. The first house I bought had bathroom fixtures this colour, and I remember being amused by the novelty of it.  The colour is much less amusing in glass rod form, however it does have some interesting properties, which I will tell you about now that I have exhausted my supply of chatter.

On top of New Violet, silver does not really do much.  There is a little yellowing, signalling some reactive potential, but not much in the way of interesting happenings here.

However, when I used silver glass on top of New Violet, all kinds of dramatic things happened.  In the bead on the left, after reducing the silver glass frit blend, you can see that New Violet has abdicated all of its violetness in favour of becoming more of a grey. Why? I have no idea. It did not happen when I reduced New Violet without putting silver on it, and it did not happen when I put silver on New Violet without reducing it. Weird, right?

In the bead on the right, I did not get very satisfying colour from the TerraNova2 frit, however I did get very interesting separation lines in the New Violet underneath the frit. It has risen up in lighter-coloured halos all around the fritty bits.

On top of Tuxedo, New Violet not only separates, but really seems to do an interesting curdling thing. You can see in places where there almost seems to be texture in the New Violet lines because of the strength of the reaction. When Tuxedo is used on top of New Violet, the New Violet rises up around it in light halos, looking almost like a black and violet compound line/dot floating on top of a bed of violet.

New Violet seems to be one of those colour that, when used on top of Copper Green, keeps the Copper Green from greying up. Around the dots and stringer lines of New Violet, which has separated into two colours, there is also a more concentrated Copper Green 'shadow' around the New Violet stringerwork. As a result, it is a three-layer reaction, which is always a bit of a thrill :)  In the right-most bead, you can see a faint three-dimensional-looking border around the Copper Green dots and lines, but not nearly the same level of drama as you see when the New Violet is the colour on top.

New Violet is still streaky on top of Opal Yellow, but is otherwise not very interesting in that combination. In the bead where I used Opal Yellow on top of New Violet, nothing interesting happened at all.

Ivory spreads out and develops a really interesting streakiness on top of New Violet. When New Violet is used on top of Ivory, it separates the same way it does on top of  most of the other colours, but the effect is different somehow because of the light background because visually you see the superlight Ivory, then a lighter purple, and then the concentrated violetness of the New Violet pure in the centre of the dots and stringer lines.

Peace is sort of a different animal with this colour.  On top of Peace, New Violet loses all of its streakiness and looks like a more pastel, solid version of itself. Peace separates into two different versions of itself on top of New Violet, the outer band more translucent.

Here is a goddess bead made from New Violet.  You can see here how very streaky this colour is.  Its a very soft colour, so it's a bit frustrating for sculptural work, but I managed, so you can, too!

October 15, 2014

Test Results :: Soft Rose

1 - Plain (reduced), 2 - Plain, 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

Kugler Soft Rose (B151) is a gorgeous light to medium pink colour.  I really like some of its reactions, and it was buttery soft to work with.  I was looking for similarities with either Effetre Silver Pink or Lauscha Faded Rose, but apart from its tendency to fume yellow with silver, I didn't really find much similarity with either colour.  This isn't a bad thing at all -- variety is good!  I often find my expectations turned around this way with glass, and it keeps me on my toes :)

It is not a good idea to encase this colour -- like Golden, its transparent cousin, this colour does NOT do well underneath other colours.  It is, however, moderately reactive and has tons of potential in organic designs.

Soft Rose is sensitive to flame chemistry, and as you can see in the bead on the left, darkens and deepens in colour when it is reduced.

Like many pinks, Soft Rose fumes yellow when silver is added to it.  I'll say it again - don't encase this colour. There are crazy cracks all through the other side of the rightmost bead, and as you can see, a giant crack right through this side of it.

I'd say that Soft Rose is average as a base colour for silver glass.  The leftmost bead got some interesting colour and shine, and I got a little colour from my TerraNova2 frit.

I won't be able to talk about what Opal Yellow looks like on top of Soft Rose, because apparently I accidentally picked up my Ivory stringer when it was time to do the stringer dots and lines with Opal Yellow, and did Ivory twice instead of Opal Yellow and then Ivory.  Oops!

Tuxedo spreads out and causes a purplish halo reaction when used on top of Soft Rose.  When Soft Rose is used on top of Tuxedo, the edges of the Soft Rose stringer lines and dots get a three-dimensional puffy look to them.

Ivory spreads out and does really interesting mosaicy (that's a word, right?) things on top of Soft Rose.  You can see that in the space in the leftmost bead where I was supposed to do Opal Yellow dots and lines, and also in the usual spot.  The Ivory has separated the Soft Rose so that it rises up in halos around the Ivory, and then the Ivory has gone sort of brownish around its edges, and then where it has remained Ivory, gone sort of 'fluffy' for lack of a better word and developed interesting curdling/reticulation effects to boot.  Three reaction effects for the price of one... it really doesn't get much cooler than that.

Here is a goddess bead made with Soft Rose.  You can see some yellowish blushing that I guess is the result of striking the glass during its construction.  My flame is a little reducing since I only have a 5 lpm concentrator, so that may also be part or all of the cause.