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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.

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