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April 13, 2012

Test Results :: Chocolotta Verde

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

Effetre Chocolotta Verde is a dark, greenish-brown opaque. It doesn't really look green when used in a solid bead, but you can really see how green it is when you put it on top of black. If I search back through my childhood memories for another colour like Chocolotta Verde, I come up with the 'stuff' that was at the bottom of the pond on my great aunt's farm. I didn't really like that 'stuff' very much, but Chocolotta Verde really appeals to me with all of its rare-earth-coloured weirdness.

In the bead on the right, I've reduced Chocolotta Verde, and it has turned a burgundy colour and developed a bit of a metallic coating. I think that this means that there is copper in this colour, and that reducing it brings the copper to the surface. This is confirmed somewhat by the fact that it forms a dark line reaction with Ivory (you'll see, below).

When silver leaf is applied to Chocolotta Verde it fans and spreads out, taking over the whole surface of the bead. It also develops a faint blueish cast to it. This is a pretty nice effect. However, when the silver leaf is reduced and encased, it turns a sickly, gross mustard colour.

Chocolotta Verde makes a better base colour for striking silver glass than it does for reducing silver glass. In the bead on the left, most of the colours reduced, however for some reason all of the little bits of frit in my frit blend that are Psyche did not reduce. Weird, right?

In the bead on the right, the TerraNova2 colour got a really attractive first strike. I never wait long enough when I'm testing the striking silver glass frit, but I can tell from the colour I did get that these two colours play well together.

Here is where we can really see the "Verde" (green-ness) of the Chocolotta Verde. For some reason, the odd green-ness of it really pops out at me when it's against other colours.

When Tuxedo is laid on top of Chocolotta Verde, faint halos pop up around the dots and stringer lines. The Chocolotta Verde dots and stringer lines on top of Tuxedo don't display a lot of separation but there is something a little odd about them, like the edges aren't quite uniform and are maybe a bit lighter.

When you use Copper Green on top of Chocolotta Verde, it goes sort of grey and dull and the edges of the dots and stringer lines look faintly three-dimensional. Not quite 'separation' but close.

Chocolotta Verde develops a brown dark line reaction with Ivory when it is used on top of it. Oddly, this reaction isn't much in evidence when Chocolotta Verde is the base colour.

There isn't much of a reaction between Peace and Chocolotta Verde, however on top of Peace the Chocolotta Verde looks almost transparent. All of the weird lines in it smooth out and it looks softer and greyer on top of Peace than it does on any of the other colours.

 Some fun beads with Chocolotta Verde:


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