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April 8, 2016

Test Results :: Ivory Alabastro

1 - Plain (reduced), 2 - Plain, 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced and encased), 5 - w/ Reducing Silver Glass Frit, 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 & 8 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace

Effetre Ivory Alabastro. You know that sound that vampires make in movies when light is shone on them?  That's the sound that I want to make now when I think about this colour. This one really fits 'Alabastards', the nickname generally used for this group of colours.

Adjectives to describe it?  Finicky, Shocky, Explosive, Boily, Vexing

It's too bad, because some of the reactions are really interesting, and it would be fun to explore them further. Except that it wouldn't be.  Grrr.

This picture is reminiscent of a polar bear in a snowstorm in that you will have to take my word that there are beads in it at all.  The reason they're so white is because this glass boils really easily, and the resulting white haze is permanent.

I made these beads first, and so I learned a little about how high in the flame I had to keep this colour. As a result, I had a bit better success with the remaining beads.  This helped me keep the colour from boiling, but between the slow melting and the shockiness, these beads took forever to make.

Ivory Alabastro seems to turn silver golden, which is sort of neat.

And the bead on the left really popped with the reducing silver glass frit.

In terms of reactions, the only things that were really interesting about Ivory Alabastro were the way it separated when used with Tuxedo and Copper Green,  If you look at the left-most bead, you can see the little halos around those two colours.

Here are the spacers I made from Ivory Alabastro, Dusty Rose Coral, and Effetre Very Cherry. I wouldn't have even made these, except that by the time I realized what I was in for, I had already made the cane and was too stubborn to waste it.


  1. I always thought that alabastros didn't play well with other colours, like you would get cracking issues? I really like them and haven't had too many issues with shocking and flying

  2. I didn't have any cracking with this colour -- it seems to have gotten along fairly well with everything I tried it with. It encased without any issues (although the encasement isn't deep).

    I found this colour far less usable than the other Alabastros I've tried, although I'm sure it varies from batch to batch like everything else. Maybe there is a batch of this colour out there somewhere that is not brutal and hateful.

  3. I may have to revisit some of the alabastros I've got stored away, I just feared them just because I didn't want to mix them with other effetres and waste the glass if it broke. Thanks for the info!