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March 6, 2017

Test Results :: Pastel Ink Blue


Some distributors call this colour Pastel Ink Blue, Some leave off the word 'Pastel' and simply call it Ink Blue, and Frantz uniquely calls it Lavender Blue Light.  For clarity, I'll add that it's Effetre #247, but I think of it as Pastel Ink Blue, so for the purposes of this post you will have to as well.

Pastel Ink Blue is a medium indigo opaque.  It is greyer and purpler (is that word?) than Periwinkle, and it is bluer than the Effetre light violet pastels (272, 273). Depending on what you use it with, it can look more grey than either blue or purple, so choosing the right accompaniments is very important, unless purplish grey is what you are after.

This colour is also very, very soft.  I think it is even softer than White, Ivory, and Opal Yellow.


Here in these self-coloured spacers, you can see that reducing Pastel Ink Blue doesn't have any effect on its colour.


Pastel Ink Blue is not adversely reactive with silver.  The silver spread out on top of it and can't even be seen in my leftmost bead apart from some little glints where it's reflecting the light and a bit of mottling it caused on the surface of the Pastel Ink Blue.  The mottling is pretty interesting to me - I haven't seen a lot of that with this test.  In the bead on the right, you can see that reducing and encasing the silver on top of Pastel Ink Blue has resulted in a soft white blankety effect, which is lacy where the silver has dispersed in a non-uniform way.


Reducing my silver glass frit on top of Pastel Ink Blue resulted in a brownish haze overtaking the base colour. In both of these beads, the Pastel Ink Blue has retreated from the silver glass leaving light halos around all of the fritty bits.  The striking silver glass made a good start on its striking sequence, indicating to me that this colour might be a decent base for silver glass.


This colour separates with Opal Yellow and Tuxedo, and it causes separation reactions in Copper Green, and to a lesser extent, Opal Yellow and Peace. On top of Ivory, its edges are hazy and sort of indistinct.

Here are some fun beads with Pastel Ink Blue.



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