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November 12, 2014

Test Results :: Gellys Sty

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, and Peace

CiM Gellys Sty (darnit, I always want to put an apostrophe in it!) is a cool, beautiful, vibrant light pink opaque. It is reactive with silver, makes an interesting base for silver glass, and is full of interesting reactions with other colours.

In the leftmost bead, you can see that the silver has sort of crusted up on the surface of the Gellys Sty. It has also turned the Gellys Sty a really uncharacteristic brown colour.  The brown fuming is not evident at all in the reduced/encased bead, having disappeared. In the bead on the right where I reduced and encased the silver, it has a shiny, mother-of-pearl with blue highlights look to it under the clear encasement, and the Gellys Sty has faded to a yellowish colour in places.

You can see this yellowing in the leftmost bead of this pair as well.  It must be reducing it that makes it turn yellow, since the unreduced beads in both sets of test beads do not have the yellowing and the reduced ones do.  In the bead on the right, you can see that I was starting to get some interesting colour out of my TerraNova2 frit, so I think that this colour will make an above average base colour for striking silver glasses.

Most of the interesting reactions with Gellys Sty seem to occur when Gellys Sty is the base colour and other colours are used on top of it.

When Tuxedo is used on top of Gellys Sty, it spreads and webs a little.  The Gellys Sty separates and curdles underneath it, exaggerating the effect.  In the rightmost bead, where I used Gellys Sty on top of Tuxedo, the Gellys Sty has curdled in its dots and stringer lines, looking all striated.

Copper Green makes Gellys Sty separate when used on top of it.

Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace all spread on top of Gellys Sty. They also seem to lose a bit of their cohesion on top of this colour.  The colour out of the three that this happens to in the most pronounced way is Ivory, because you can see in the leftmost bead how the Ivory has curdled and frizzed up on top of the Gellys Sty. Interestingly enough, when Gellys Sty is used on top of these colours, nothing very interesting happens at all.

Sadly, I don't have any interesting 'fun beads' to show with Gellys Sty because I switched gears after making these beads. I will come back to it eventually, and I will add more bead pictures here when I do.

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