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April 6, 2012

Test Results :: Indigo

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

CiM Indigo is a dark, rich royal blue transparent. It's a very densely saturated colour, looking almost black in small self-coloured spacers. Even over Clear, the colour of Indigo is almost black-dark. In thin layers, however, Indigo lightens up enough for us to see it when it is used over other colours.

Silver leaf burnished into the surface and then burned off results in just the faintest spray of dusty-looking silver across the surface of the Indigo. When the silver is reduced and encased, it forms a greyish, translucent, ethereal blanket over the Indigo. I was a little aggressive here with my encasing rod across the too-soft surface of the bead, which resulted in 'rod tracks', but it look sort of cool the way the tip of the encasing rod dragged the silver in ripples. That might be worth doing on purpose.

Silver glass likes Indigo very much. The reducing silver glass frit shined up and got a beautiful brightness to it, and the TerraNova2 frit got some nice colour as well.

Indigo develops a light line around it when you use it on top of Copper Green. When Copper Green is used on top of Indigo, gets a bumpy look to it that is not quite what I'd call separation, but there's definitely something going on there.  Opal Yellow behaves very similarly.

With Peace though, there's definite separation, and it rises up in halos around Indigo dots and stringer lines. Indigo also bleeds into Peace - you can see how the halos that have popped up around the stringer lines are light blue instead of white.

Oddly enough, there is no dark line reaction between Ivory and Indigo.

Here are some fun beads with Indigo.


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