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March 12, 2011

Test Results :: Poison Apple

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 6 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 7 - w/ Silver Glass Frit Stringer (encased), 8 - w/ Tuxedo, 9 - w/ Copper Green, 10 - w/ Opal Yellow, 11 - w/ Ivory, 12 - w/ Peace

I tried this colour as a challenge to myself, because my fear of very bright colours is still very much alive and well. As it turns out, CiM Poison Apple is awesome.

It doesn't have a lot of spectacular reactions, but just the fact that it (and I love this about CiM Kryptonite as well) is one of those colours that basically gets along with everyone else in the colour sandbox makes it a really valuable tool.  Most greens either react like a turquoise and have a dark line reaction with Ivory, or behave like Ivory and turn black when used with silver.  It is always exciting to find a colour that doesn't do either of these things; especially one that is green or turquoise.

Melting silver leaf into the surface of Poison Apple disrupts the surface of the Poison Apple and turns it sort of curdly and veiny, like little crystals have formed just under the surface of it.  Reducing and encasing this reaction makes the Poison Apple appear considerably lighter, and the silver looks sort of light and snowy with a subtle dark line surrounding it under the clear in the bead on the right.

Poison Apple is not a strong contender in the 'best base for silver glass' category, but silver glass doesn't hate it, either.

This is a fun experiment I tried.  I dipped a gather of Poison Apple into reducing silver glass frit a couple of times and used the resulting frit stringer to encase a base of Poison Apple and then covered it with Effetre 006 Clear.  The streakiness is pretty fun, although I prefer the effect I get when I do this with certain transparent colours (e.g. Light Brown Transparent, Pale Green Apple, Mojito)

Nothing exciting to see here.  Just some translucency to the Poison Apple when used on top of Tuxedo, which is normal since it's a semi-opaque colour.

Poison Apple has made my Copper Green take on that reddish shiny patina, and the Copper Green lines on top of Poison Apple look curiously precise, like they've developed a fine, darker outline.

Poison Apple curdles Opal Yellow - you can see underneath the Poison Apple dots and lines that the Opal Yellow is floating up in halos around the stringer work.  On top of Poison Apple, Opal Yellow separates a little and gets a fine, translucent line in the centre of the dots and lines.  The Opal Yellow looks particularly yellow in the middle of this bead, where it touches the Poison Apple.

On top of Poison Apple, Ivory stringer lines seem to float a little above the surface, and like Opal Yellow when used with Poison Apple, separate and develop a fine, translucent centre line.  On top of Ivory, Poison Apple just looks sort of translucent and green.

I have started using Peace as my test white to try it out, so a lot of posts (but not all of them because of the convoluted order I'm posting things in) from here on out use Peace instead of White as the test white.  The reaction here between Peace and Poison Apple is pretty much identical to the reaction between Ivory and Poison Apple.

Here are some fun beads with Poison Apple.  The twisties used on all of these beads had a base of Poison Apple, with 104 Raku, Copper Green and Triton.  The base colour of the heart bead, and the colour used for the mustard-coloured dots is Effetre Yellow Ochre (aka Mustard).

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