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February 3, 2010

Test Results :: Pale Green Apple

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain - reduced, 3 - Over Clear, 5 - w/ Silver Foil, 5 - w/ Over Black and silver foil, 6 - w/ Silver foil - reduced & encased, 7 - w/ Khaos frit, 8 - w/ Silver glass frit blend (Gaia, Nyx, Elektra) - reduced, 9 - w/ Ivory, 10 - w/ Copper Green

General Impressions
Effetre Pale Green Apple is a light, bright yellow green.  Sometimes a colour jumps right out at me and screams "You love me! You really, really love me!" but Pale Green Apple isn't really speaking to me at all. Perhaps it senses my internal conflict. I am a little troubled by this colour, and maybe it's a little hypersensitive.

First, I am having some issues with its saturation level. It is not light enough to use in place of Clear as an encasement colour -- it sticks out like a sore thumb when used in combination with Clear, Pale Aqua, et al... but it's also not dark enough for me to really see it when placed over a light opaque (see Bead #9). As a fairly novice transparent-user, I'm just not sure what the heck I'm supposed to do with it. I suppose I should have felt this way about Light Brown as well, since the saturation level is similar, but because brown has more uses than this shade of green, I somehow didn't.

My other issue is really subjective and has to do with the colour itself.  It's a really, really bright yellow-green.  It does for green what Kelp (which Holly says is reminiscent of urine) does for yellow, and neither colours really make me all that happy aesthetically. I sort of knew I would feel this way, because I tend to prefer greens that are on the blue side, or are at least greyed out and subdued enough to not hurt my eyes.

Regardless, it seems to be a colour that can be kind've useful, and I've figured out that you can use it without actually having to look at it afterwards, which really seems like the best way.

This bead, for instance, was made using Pale Green Apple and silver glass frit, and I don't mind it at all:

Reducing Pale Green Apple (Bead #2) had no effect.

Pale Green Apple has similar reactions to silver to the ones I experienced with Light Brown Transparent, although my success rate with the silver glasses was a little higher with the Light Brown.  Silver changes the colour of the Pale Green Apple to a more brownish hue, which I find preferable.

Silver foil melted onto Pale Green Apple beads up in a really attractive way. (Bead #4) For some reason, I didn't do this test with the Light Brown, so I'm not sure now if the result would have been similar. I am just anal-retentive enough to make myself a checklist to ensure that this doesn't happen to me anymore.

In Bead #5, you can see at the edges of the bead where the silver turned gold just the same way it did with Light Brown. The core of the bead was black, and I think that the black has done something to the silver... under the Pale Green Apple it's a dark smear, so I will try to remember that if I'm going to encase reduced silver with this colour, not to do it over Effetre Black.

I love what happened in Bead #6. This one has the Pale Green Apple in the middle where I don't have to look at it, and the silver reduced and then encased with Clear. There is some blue iridescence coming out, and some interesting reddish highlights. We have a winner :)

In the Khaos frit bead (Bead #7) you can see that around the edges, the Khaos got kind've nice colour.  I feel like I'm right on the verge of getting the hang of it.  I clearly overstruck the middle, and I had nice colour going into the kiln, but the heat of the kiln finished it off for me.  The bead with the reduced silver glass frit looks much nicer.  (Bead #8) 

Over Ivory, you can barely see Pale Green Apple. (Bead #9) These two colours have no noticeable reaction, although the Ivory spread on it a little more than it has in some of my other tests with transparent colours.  You can see that the edge of the Ivory stringer is a little frayed, and there is a faint translucent line running through the middle of Ivory stringer line, which I'm getting accustomed to since it seems to do that a lot.

So you can't see the Pale Green Apple on Ivory, but you really can see it on Copper Green. (Bead #10) Layering it on top of Copper Green has sucked a lot of the offensive yellow out of it, too.  The edges of the Pale Green Apple stringer lines and dots have an interesting, dark look to them too.  This combination wins for me.  On the other hand, I'm not a fan of what the Copper Green did on top of the Pale Green Apple.  I may etch this bead just to see what it looks like with all the gunge cleaned off of it.

Here are some other beads made with Pale Green Apple.


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