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July 7, 2011

Test Results :: Orange Sherbet

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/ Tuxedo, 8 - w/ Copper Green, 9 - w/ Opal Yellow, 10 - w/ Ivory, 11 - w/ Peace

Orange Sherbet is a Vetrofond odd lot, and is so beautiful in rod form that up until recently, I was hoarding it instead of melting any. This has also partially been because I know, after repeated disappointment, that the beautiful colour of the rod never survives the melting and annealing process. Don't get me wrong, I like this extreme tangerine thing that Orange Sherbet actually IS, I just wish that things could be different. It's a little like the way a child feels when they eventually find out there's no Santa Claus -- a sense of having been deceived about something very important and wistful about how the fictional thing was preferable to reality, but still very much into presents and Christmas dinner with all the fixings.

I have two different rod colours of Orange Sherbet, one slightly pinker than the other, but they both turn out the same in the end.

Orange Sherbet rods are not particularly shocky, and they are a pleasure to use because it is a soft colour and is not particularly prone to boiling. It holds up pretty well in rose cane, and doesn't smear as easily as other soft colours like White do.

Silver leaf, melted onto Orange Sherbet, fumes the orange a brownish colour.  The silver leaf here also has developed into a sort of crust, turning yellow in patches. When this reaction is encased, it goes a funky purplish gunmetal colour. I sort of want to try this again, being careful to get good, even coverage with the silver.

Similar to what happened when I used silver glass with Rhubarb, it develops colour fairly well on top of Orange Sherbet, but has a dullish look to it, like it's only barely awake.

On top of Tuxedo, Orange Sherbet frazzles, for lack of a better word. Its borders get all frizzy and indistinct it and concentrates itself in the middle. The stringer lines look pretty interesting but the dots of Orange Sherbet on Tuxedo just look sad and pathetic. When Tuxedo is used over Orange Sherbet, it raises halos of Orange Sherbet around itself. It also seems to become a little transparent, especially where I smeared it.

Orange Sherbet with Copper Green is the clear winner out of all these results in terms of 'wow'. Here, the Orange Sherbet looks closest to what I want it to look like. It has a faint pinkish tinge to it which is reminiscent of its pretty in-the-rod colour, and it is not streaky at all. Why isn't it streaky? I have no idea, because it is crazily streaky in all of the other test beads. And let's talk about the Copper Green for a minute, too. Why is it that colour? Copper Green is almost never that colour of dark, greyish green.

On top of Orange Sherbet, in addition to turning a freaky dark grey-teal colour, the Copper Green develops a double outline. The first layer of the outline is a dark line and the second is a faint lightish band, making it look like a three dimensional ridge. When Orange Sherbet is on top of Copper Green, only the dark line is in evidence. If I ever run out of Copper Green and can't get more, I think I'll cry.

Oddly enough, Orange Sherbet and Opal Yellow have a reciprocal dark line reaction. On the Opal Yellow side of the bead, the line that has formed around the Orange Sherbet is a yellowish brown colour.  On the Orange Sherbet side of the bead, the line is darker and more distinct.

This is a messy bead, so it might not be obvious that there's not much of a reaction between Ivory and Orange Sherbet. You can see that the Orange Sherbet has lightened up significantly towards the edges of the bead, and I'm not really sure why that happened. It lightened up on the Peace side of the bead below too.  It could be partially because it is a thin layer and the base is showing through, but it could also be a striking thing. I just don't know.

Orange Sherbet spreads on and sort of bleeds into Peace. On the Orange Sherbet side of this bead, you can see how the Peace has thinned out around the edges of the dots and stringer lines and coalesced in the centre.  A thin translucent line appears in the centre of Peace stringer lines on top of Orange Sherbet.

Here is a fun bead with Orange Sherbet.


  1. You say orange sherbet works well in rose cane. This is an intriguing idea that I'm going to try sometime....If you have taken any pictures of beads you have made using it, I'd like to see them if you'd like to share them.

  2. Sure, Carol - I will post those, although it might be a couple of weeks until I take pictures again because of my work and travel schedule.

    The rose cane I made was with Orange Sherbet and Striking Red and I really liked it.