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.