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October 29, 2014

Test Results :: Tangerine Sparkle

1 - Plain (reduced), 2 - Plain, 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

I really love Vetrofond Tangerine Sparkle (944). I think that it is one of the Vetrofond colours that I am going to miss the most once I've used mine up completely. It is a bright, translucent, striking orange that is easy to get and keep orange, and doesn't turn red on me.  You can still find this colour for sale if you look really, really hard, but most vendors in North America have been out of it for quite a while.

Reducing Tangerine Sparkle without any additives does not seem to have any impact at all on the colour. Deep in the Tangerine Sparkle, as you might imagine, there are sparkles. Teeny, tiny sparkles all through it that glisten in the light.  You can only sort of see them in the photos, but they are beautiful in person.

Tangerine Sparkle is sort of interesting with silver.  In the leftmost bead, the silver has turned blue in spots and grey in other spots. It has also coalesced in little groupings of tiny silver beads in a really attractive way.  In the bead on the right where I reduced and encased the silver, everything that is beautiful about silver on Tangerine Sparkle left the building and it is just sort of mottled and grungy looking.

Tangerine Sparkle makes a surprisingly good base for silver glass.

Copper Green and Tangerine Sparkle have a reciprocal dark line reaction.  When Copper Green is used on top of Tangerine Sparkle, it gets sort of weirdly shiny, and when Tangerine Sparkle is used on top of Copper Green, the Copper Green seems to keep its turquoiseness and not get as much greyish sludge developing on its surface as it does with some other colours.

On top of Ivory, Tangerine Sparkle thins out a little, losing some of its opacity.

Apart from those things, not much of interest happened in these test beads.

Here is a goddess bead made with Tangerine Sparkle.  In person, she almost looks like she's been built out of glistening orange nail polish.

This little set is Tangerine Sparkle with Ivory, SiS, Light Turquoise, and a touch of Light Teal.


  1. I love the reaction between the tangerine and the copper green. As soon as I can get a chance I think I'll try it. Thank You for your hard's appreciated.

  2. Thanks, Sharon! It is one of my all-time favourite colours, and for sure my favourite orange :)