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February 10, 2014

Test Results :: Silver Pink

Whenever I use Effetre Silver Pink, I am struck by what a nice, calm colour it is. The rods can be a touch shocky because it is hand-pulled, but it plays nicely with so many colours and is so subtle and pretty that any fleeting irritation from the shockiness can be gotten over pretty quickly.

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

Some batches of Silver Pink strike more readily than others, but the batch I currently have seems to strike fairly dramatically. I need to do a bit more experimenting because when I look at my test beads I can see that whether or not the Silver Pink strikes seem to depend somewhat on what it has been layered over top of.

Silver Pink fumes a yellowish colour when silver is added to it.  In the bead on the right, you can see that the Silver Pink struck to a deep purplish rose colour under the silver when I encased it.

Here you can see the Silver Pink looking sort of yellow around the silver again.  The yellow is more pronounced in the bead on the left, which was reduced with silver glass reduction frit on it.  In the bead on the right, my TerraNova2 frit didn't really strike very nicely (probably a "me problem"), and you can see that the edges of the frit look distinctly yellowish.

The silver pink struck to a dusty rose colour on top of Opal Yellow and to a gentle baby pink on top of Tuxedo, but refused to strike at all on top of Ivory, Copper Green, and Peace. I wasn't expecting Silver Pink to strike at all, so this turned out to be a bit of a surprise as well as a puzzle that needs to be solved. I wonder why it strikes so much more strongly and readily on top of Opal Yellow?

The only other two reactiony things I observed in these test beads were that a dark line forms between Opal Yellow and Silver Pink which is much more pronounced when the Opal Yellow is used over the Silver Pink, and that Peace has no staying power over top of Silver Pink and goes almost transparent. So very strange.

Below, you can see in the goddess bead that she is a mottled pale and powder pink because the glass has struck irregularly. I like this effect, but I wasn't really expecting it, and if what I had wanted was to make a bead that was a uniform colour, this would have been disappointing.

The set is a trio of kitchen sink organics that also feature Laushca Hawaiian Purple and Fine Silver Leaf, as well as a bunch of other stuff that I don't remember.  The goddess bead was made last year but the organics are from April 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Yay - so glad your back and blogging again!