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October 31, 2012

Test Results :: Rogue

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

Effetre Rogue is a strange, streaky steel grey colour. I say strange because it doesn't fit neatly into any of my mental colour categories. It's not really blue, and it's not really grey. In some ways, it is reminiscent of the Turquoises and Copper Green, because it reduces to a vivid brick red, and unreduced it tends to get a greyish, oily-looking sheen on it that makes it look streaky. And on top of that, it is sort of streaky, dark grey lines interjecting themselves even in self-coloured spacers.

Here, you can see Rogue both unreduced (left) and reduced (right). The red coating that comes from reducing Rogue is even and sort of beautiful.

Silver leaf doesn't really add a lot of magic to Rogue. On the left, in the unencased bead, you can see some interesting surface variation and it's kind of cool how the silver's gone yellow in places, green in places and looks sort of blue in others. It's all noteworthy that it's spread out over the bead pretty uniformly. However, once the silver is reduced and encased, it's kind of ugly.

Rogue makes a passable base for silver glass. Both my reducing silver glass frit and striking TerraNova2 frit got good colour on top of Rogue. The weirdness here for me is in the reducing silver glass bead, because of the brown colour that's sprung up between the fritty bits. Generally, that brown fuming discolouration only comes up on sulfur colours, however Rogue is living up to its name by refusing to let me neatly categorize it.

In the bead on the right, you can see that Rogue has sprung up in thin litle halos around the TerraNova2 frit.

There's not much reaction to speak of between Rogue and Tuxedo, apart from a faint separation of the Rogue when used on top of Tuxedo. This can be seen in the bead on the left.

On top of Copper Green, Rogue separates slightly. You can see in the bead on the left the darker lines running through the middle of the Rogue. Weirdly enough, in the bead on the right it is the Copper Green that's separated on top of the Rogue with a faint, lighter outline surrounding a darker, metallic copper green centre to the dots and stringer lines.

There's weird separation for Opal Yellow and Rogue too. It's less dramatic when Rogue is used on top of Opal Yellow, and sort of reminiscent of, if fainter than, the reaction with Copper Green in the bead on the left. However, in the bead on the right, the Opal Yellow/Rogue reaction is much stranger, the Opal Yellow seeming to get grooves in it, separated into a centre and outer portion that are more or less the same colour but are separated by an apparent fissure.

Rogue develops a dark line reaction with Ivory, both when it is used on top of and underneath it.

On top of Peace, Rogue thins out and looks almost translucent. On top of Rogue, Peace develops a greyish appearance with a crisp white line around its edges.

Here are some fun beads with Rogue.
In the goddess bead, you can see Rogue's full range of colour. It has blushed brown in parts, and has also developed some seriously turquoise and dark grey streakiness. It's a beautiful glass to sculpt with - creamy and well-behaved.
In the mushroom bead, I used Rogue as the core under some transparent Light Aqua and Clear, and I also used it silvered in the mushroom cap and stem.

October 23, 2012

Test Results :: Ivoryish

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 6 - w/ TeraNova2 Frit, 7 & 8 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

Effetre Ivoryish is a little like the Fossil family of cool colours from Effetre, except that Ivoryish is a warm colour where Fossil tends to be greyer and cooler. On the whole, I vastly prefer Ivoryish. I've never had much of an attraction to Fossil.

Like the Fossils (Dark, Medium, Light), Ivoryish is a streaky colour. Warm ivory tones, warm beige notes and darker greys and browns all run through the variegated rods. The consistency of Ivoryish is quite a bit like the consistency of Effetre Dark Ivory, and its reactions are also quite similar. Like Dark Ivory, Ivoryish curdles when it is super-heated, and turns browner when fumed with silver.

This is what Ivoryish looks like made up into plain spacers. You can clearly see all of the colour striations, ranging from ivory tones to darker beige and even darker grey.

Putting silver leaf on the surface of Ivoryish, burnishing it on and then burning it off results in a sort of 'petrified' appearance to the Ivoryish. The colour of it goes darker, browner and cloudier, with curdling striations wandering through it. When the silver is reduced and encased, some of the magic is lost  -- the blanket of silver looks sort of dirty and the fumed colour dissipates.

Silver glass likes Ivoryish a lot. In the bead on the left, I got great colour from my reducing silver glass frit on top of this colour. The dark lines that pop up around the frit make it even more interesting. And in the bead on the right, I got pretty decent colour out of the TerraNova frit in places, and in other places it just looks dark and drab. But, there is potential here for Ivoryish as a base for either reducing silver glass or striking silver glass.

In terms of reactions with other colours, Ivoryish is pretty much identical to Dark Ivory. It forms dark line reactions with Copper Green and Opal Yellow.

All of these beads contain Ivoryish to some degree.What an awesome colour.

October 18, 2012

Test Results :: Banana Cream

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

Vetrofond Banana Cream is, hands down, my favourite yellow opaque glass. When it comes to yellow glass, I am really picky. I don't like 'acid' yellows so much - I like my yellows sort of toned down. I also appreciate yellows that have interesting working properties.

Banana Cream is sort of weird while it's melting. It goes translucent and seems to have sparkles all through it. These sparkles and the translucency resolve themselves into an opaque yellow when it cools, but it's really fun to watch it while it's molten.

On top of Banana Cream, silver leaf forms an opaque, shiny layer that is mottled grey, blue and gold. When this reaction is reduced and encased, it forms a snowy, bluish blanket over the yellow underneath the clear.

Adding silver to Banana Cream fumes it a richer, brownish yellow colour -- particularly when the bead is reduced. It seems to make a nicer base for the reducing silver glasses than it does the strikers, if the results above are representative. The only issue I have with the reducing silver glasses on Banana Cream is that the blues and yellow sort of clash.

You can see in the bead on the left how Banana Cream can be a sort of mottled colour. Particularly on top of Copper Green, you can see how it is much yellower in some places than others.

There is a faint reaction with Tuxedo on both of the test beads, above, however it is very subtle. In the bead on the left, you can see that the edges of the Banana Cream stringer lines have curdled in places. In the bead on the right, there is a very faint, thin yellow outline surrounding the dots and lines of Tuxedo.
On top of Copper Green, in addition to the mottledness noted above (which is not specific to a reaction with Copper Green) you can see a dark outline around the Banana Cream. A similar dark outline appears when Copper Green is used on top of Banana Cream, however in that case the Copper Green also separates slightly, making the effect even more three-dimensional.

On top of Opal Yellow, most of the 'extra yellow' in Banana Cream seems to migrate to the edges of the lines and dots I made with the stringer, a subtle separation effect. It also seems to get a translucent line around it, making the dots and stringer lines seem to be lifted a little above the surface of the Opal Yellow. Opal Yellow on top of Banana Cream develops a brown line reaction.

There isn't much in the way of reaction with Ivory, which makes sense since Ivory and Banana Cream belong to the same family of sulfur colours.

Peace separates slightly on top of Banana Cream, and I also got some greyness although that might have been my fault rather than to do with any reaction. on top of Peace, Banana Cream's mottledness is very pronounced, and like with Opal Yellow, a faint translucent edge to the dots and stringer lines make them look like they are raised slightly off the bead.
Here are some fun beads with Banana Cream.

The more you work Banana Cream, the yellower it strikes.