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May 8, 2012

Test Results :: Rose Tea

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

CiM Rose Tea is a new limited run colour from Creation is Messy that sort of reminds me of an older Limited Run called Dusk. It's a little pinker than Dusk, but it is silver and silver-glass friendly in the same way, without the tendency to boil and bubble that Dusk had.

Rose Tea is a soft, pinkish lavender colour that looks the same colour under natural light that it does under white light. It doesn't colour-shift, which is nice for those of us who photograph our work. It is moderately reactive, and seems to be a good catalyst colour for striking silver glass.

Rose Tea does not change the colour of Silver Foil significantly when used over it. You can see in the left-most bead above that there is one streak of goldish colour developing over the silver, but that it has mostly stayed a uniform shade of pinkish lavender. In the centre bead, I have melted Silver Leaf into the surface, which has resulted in a strange 'galaxy' feel - the silver has gone a goldish colour and seems to have caused a blueish reaction in the glass around it. When the silver was reduced and encased,  it made the Rose Tea take on a blueish-pinkish haze with a sort of golden halo. Weird.

Reducing silver glass on top of Rose Tea is sort of interesting - the Rose Tea takes on a sort of oilslick appearance. But the frit itself goes a lackluster matte colour, so it's not all that attractive. In the bead on the right, I got a very encouraging and interesting strike response from the TerraNova2 Frit.

Over Rose Tea, Tuxedo seems to thin out and look more transparent than I am used to. Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace all separate slightly over Rose Tea.

Rose Tea is one of those colours that keeps Copper Green looking like a rich turquoise. There is no hazing up, pinkening or otherwise yucky thing happening in the Copper Green when Rose Tea is used on top of it.

A light turquoise line pops up around the Rose Tea when it is used on top of Copper Green.

A lighter yellow halo pops up around Rose Tea when it is used on top of Opal Yellow.

Unfortunately, I didn't make very many beads with Rose Tea. Nevertheless, here is one sort of murky lentil. I'm not really sure what possessed me to decorate it with Mosaic Green stringer or add those Light Teal dots, but I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time. The only reason I'm showing you this is because the striking silver glass twisties did some neat things with the Rose Tea underneath them.

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