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May 21, 2010

Test Results :: Mud Slide

1 - Plain, 2 - Reduced, 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5- w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 6- w/ Silver Glass 'reduction' frit blend (Gaia, Kronos, Triton, Aion, Black Nebula, Elektra), 7 - w/ Copper Green, 8 - w/ Tuxedo, 9 - w/ Opal Yellow, 10 - w/ Ivory, 11 - w/ White

General Impressions
Effetre Mud Slide is a soft, milky, pinkish brown colour that varies in darkness depending on what it is used with and how much it is struck.  It darkens with silver, and it darkens with repeated striking, whether that strike is in a neutral flame or a reducing one. While this kind of colour shift is very similar to what I experienced with the CiM Tamarind Uniques (#1 and #2), the reactions this glass has with silver are totally different and the glass is of a completely different consistency.

The rods are oddly brittle, and can snap fairly easily when being manhandled. I snapped one in half bundling my rods together with an elastic, and I didn't think I was being all that rough with them. The rod that I snapped was a standard 5mm rod.

This colour is a little shocky when first introduced into the flame, but settles down and is not annoying to work with. The consistency is similar to Ivory or Dark Ivory, and it bubbles and almost foams in a hot flame, but that foaming doesn't seem to affect the finished bead.


This silver reaction is really cool, and definitely worth a repeat. In the bead on the left, the silver leaf has sort of webbed out into the bead, and where it is concentrated, there is an interesting blue and gold colouration. Check out how much darker the Mud Slide looks here compared to every other bead I made with it. The silver has to be the factor here.

In the bead on the right, where I reduced and encased the silver, the leaf is really shiny and the bead has developed a fair amount of blue colour that ranges from baby blue to a deeper cobalt colour. Neat! I encased this bead with Effetre 006 Clear. I think encasing lightened the silver reaction up here, or at least prevented it get from getting the Mud Slide as dark as it did in the bead on the left.

Meh. I'm not thrilled with Mud Slide as a base for silver glass, but I did get a little colour out of my TerraNova2.  The bead on the right, with the reduction frit blend, llooks dark and muddy, but is not altogether unattractive.

Mud Slide develops a brown line reaction with Copper Green. This reaction seems to take place in the Copper Green areas of the bead as opposed to the Mud Slide ones.

On top of Tuxedo, the Mud Slide seems to separate a little into lighter and darker versions of itself. Tuxedo has webbed over to the Mud Slide half of the bead in the centre, and the Tuxedo looks a little floaty on top of the Mud Slide. This bead is full of weirdness, isn't it?


There is no obvious reaction between Mud Slide and Opal Yellow or Mud Slide and White.

Mud Slide and Ivory just don't seem to get along at all. The stringer dots and lines of both colours seem to go all frazzled and weird when placed on top of the other colour. The main difference here is that where the Mud Slide seems to want to collapse in on itself, focusing a dark line in the centre and feathering around the edges when placed on top of Ivory, Ivory on top of Mud Slide seems to do the reverse, getting almost a clear line through the centre and spreading out and going all chalky and wispy. I've been struggling trying to dream up a scenario where I would want this look on a bead.  Can you think of one?

Here are some fun beads with Mud Slide:


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