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February 19, 2011

Test Results :: Appletini

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - Over Silver Foil, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf, 5  w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 8 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (pulled into stringer, encased), 9 & 10 - w/ Tuxedo, Peace, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory

CiM Appletini is a LOT like the handpulled Effetre Pale Emerald, except it is perhaps a little more saturated (seriously, not much though) than that colour and it is a little stiffer.  Like Pale Emerald, Appletini does not change the colour of silver when used to encase it, and is a fairly stable, minimally reactive colour.

The consistency of Appletini is a lot nicer than a lot of the other CiM transparents that I've tried. It is a bit less prone to bubbling than Mojito, making it similar to Maple in terms of how nice it is to use. You still have to be a little careful with Appletini, but you sort of have to be trying to boil it, unlike what happens with, say, Larkspur.

As I mentioned, this colour will not turn silver yellow-brown when it is used over silver foil.  On top of Appletini, silver leaf sort of dissipates, and then gets a little brown in the areas where it is more concentrated. When this combination is reduced and encased, the colour of the Appletini yellows slightly and the silver leaf looks sort of ethereal and wispy.

I got fairly nice results with my silver glass using it with Appletini. My TerraNova2 purpled and blued up nicely, and the silver glass reduction frit looks very shiny, if a little too static.  My frit stringer bead didn't do the fun things I was hoping for, but it does have an appealing wispiness to it. This just isn't a very reactive colour, but sometimes that's a good thing.

Here we have Appletini with Tuxedo, Peace, Copper Green, Opal Yellow and Ivory.  There is not much to see here in terms of reactions, but there are a few things worth noting.

Peace: On top of Appletini, Peace separates so that it has a translucent line in the middle of stringer lines and translucent dots in the middle of dots. This reaction is not as strong between these two colours as I've seen it with other combinations, and it's an interesting effect.

Copper Green: On top of Copper Green, Appletini serves mainly to lighten and make the Copper Green look a little greener. Copper Green on top of Appletini separates so that a dark line/dot forms in the middle of the stringerwork.

Opal Yellow: Inexplicably, when used on top of Opal Yellow, Appletini looks sort of greyish/purplish.  It also makes the opal yellow raise up in a halo around it.

And finally, I discovered (completely irrelevantly) that I shouildn't use Peace beside Tuxedo if I'm going to continue to make these amalgamated test beads because the Tuxedo bleeding into the Peace distracts me from being able to see if there's anything interesting going on right next to it.

I can cheat a little with the opaques and semi-opaques and encase a clear core to conserve colour, but with transparents, I sort of have to make solid beads to test with in order to preserve the saturation of the test colour. Also, when I test transparents, I make more beads than I do when I test opaques. As a result, these beads took a fair bit more Appletini than my Atlantis beads took Atlantis and I don't have anything to show you in terms of fun beads with this colour. 

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