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May 30, 2010

Test Results :: Slytherin

1 - Plain, 2 - Reduced, 3 - Over Clear, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf, 5 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 - w/ Silver Glass Frit Blend (reduced), 8 - Over Silver Foil, 9 - w/ Copper Green, 10 - w/ Opal Yellow, 11 - w/ Ivory, 12 - w/ White

General Impressions
CiM Slytherin is a really, really stiff colour. It is almost as stiff, if not as stiff, as Leaky Pen. It's also super-saturated like Leaky Pen, but that's really where the similarity ends. It doesn't pit, spark or boil the way Leaky Pen does at all. Remembering my Leaky Pen experience I really pushed this glass, and even after parking it in the hottest part of my flame until it was molten, I got only the tiniest amount of bubbling action in the tip of it. Nice. Because of the gorgeous colour, the workability and the super-saturation, Slytherin will definitely be a permanent addition to my palette.

Where Leaky Pen is a super-dark Greenish Blue, Slytherin is a super-dark Olive Green, at least until you add silver to it. Even putting Slytherin over Clear doesn't really seem to do all that much to lighten it. It's a reactive colour, and all of the reactions I've gotten with it so far are interesting, and I want to see more. I can't wait to play with my remaining stash of this colour to see what else I can get it to do.


This is totally trippy. When you put silver on Slytherin, it turns blue. This reaction is really similar to what happened with Sepia, although because Slytherin is a more saturated colour you can see more of it through the reaction which changes it a little.  It's pretty nifty though, right?

I also sort of expected Slytherin to turn silver brown, but it totally doesn't.  You can see that in Bead #8. Unfortunately, Bead #8 cracked while I was waving it around stupidly trying to rearrange other beads in the kiln.  I absolve the Slytherin of any responsibility for this breakage.

I got some good colour with the TerraNova2 frit, although the bead ended up so dark it didn't photograph very well, but the star of this show is the neat spreading and fuming thing that the reducing silver glass blend did on top of the Slytherin. I really like it when this happens -- other colours where I have gotten a reaction this exciting with reducing silver glass include Great Bluedini, Pale Ink Blue and Cocoa.

On top of Slytherin, Copper Green separates a little so that the edges are lighter than the middle. On top of Copper Green, Slytherin settles right in and chases the colour out of the Copper Green where the two colours touch so that a lighter turquoise line forms around the Slytherin dots and lines.

Slytherin does not seem to prevent Copper Green from sheening up, but it does seem to make that sheen take on a reddish/pinkish tint.

On top of Slytherin, Opal Yellow goes a little tranlucent at the edges. Under Slytherin, the Opal Yellow seems to curdle a little and fold up on itself. There are vertical, wavy transparent lines running through the Opal Yellow on the right side of this bead, and you can see where deep yellow streaks have formed near the centre of the bead on the Opal Yellow side.

On top of Slytherin, Ivory lines look translucent in the centre but more opaque around the edges. The dots are even more interesting -- the Ivory has separated so that there is an opaque dot in the middle and an opaque ring around the edges, but then a semi-translucent 'donut' around that central opaque dot.

Slytherin seems to lose some of its cohesion on top of Ivory, and the way the Ivory has sort of developed a transparent rift in it under the Slytherin is very strange.

And finally, with White, Slytherin doesn't really to do much of note except just sit there and look all cool and green and stuff.

Here are my fun beads with Slytherin... more to come as I play with it a little more:

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