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January 13, 2013

Test Results :: Apple Green

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

Lauscha Apple Green (Green Apple?) is a pretty nice colour, but sadly, it's another colour in our 104 palette that doesn't really like to be encased. This is the first Lauscha colour I've had this problem with, and I am pretty sad about it. If you look back through the rest of my Lauscha tests, you'll see that I haven't had any issues at all with Cocoa, Olive, Thüringen Herb, Dusty Lilac, Faded Rose, Orchid, Latte Macchiato, Peach, Nuclear Brownie (Buckhorn w/ Silver) or Steel Blue.

This colour is so reactive and vibrant, though, that even not being able to encase it doesn't put me off it completely. Like a lot of the Lauscha opaque colours, Apple Green is actually more like a superdense translucent colour. In thin layers, you can sort of see through it. Also like a lot of the other Lauscha opaque colours, Apple Green is quite reactive and likes to thin out and spread on top of colours like Peace and Ivory.

Silver leaf on top of Apple Green sort of clings to the surface as a lacy, grey film. When the silver is reduced and encased, it forms a more solid whitish blanket over the surface of the Apple Green. However, about a week after I made the bead on the right, unpleasant spiderwebby cracks started to develop in it.

Silver glass develops colour well on top of Apple Green. My reduction frit got great colour on top of Apple Green, and I think the TerraNova2 frit has great potential on top of it as well.

Apple Green seems to be a fairly reactive colour. I've gotten reactions here in these test beads with every other colour except for Tuxedo.

On top of Copper Green, Apple Green develops a light outline, which I think is actually the Copper Green showing pale right next to the Apple Green. You can sort of see, in the bead on the left, how there is a thin band of turquoise surrounding the Apple Green and then a much darker turquoise in between the dots and stringer lines. This is because the Copper Green has separated. On top of Apple Green, Copper Green develops a darker outline, and looks very concentrated, dark and teal.

Apple Green also makes Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace separate. This reaction is much more pronounced in Opal Yellow, but is visible in Peace and with Ivory to a lesser degree.

I've made some beads with Apple Green, but it was quite a while ago and I'm not really sure where I've put them. Things will be back to normal here in a few weeks and I'll work on getting some newer results posted. I have some more of the new CiM Limited Runs ready to photograph, as well as test beads for Opal Yellow, Copper Green and CiM Phoenix.