Friday, February 16, 2018

The Great Pink and Green (and some purple) Colour Comparison

This was for a project. We were trying to find just exactly the right shade of pink and green. And a little purple.

Some of these colours were very similar, so I thought you would like to see them side by side.

I had a big time constraint - so the photos are just whacked off on my phone in the kitchen with the notes I made as the background, as I pulled the beads - but whatever. The info is there - just not gussied up.

The Greens

The goal - a nice mint green.

Effetre 763 Laurel

 CiM  462 Chrysalis - not translucent once it comes out of the kiln, btw.
 Effetre 265 Pastel Uranium Yellow
 CiM 458 Apple Pie
 CiM 425 Mint Chip
CiM 437 Primavera
 CiM 428 It ain't Easy Being Green
 and all together now ...
 I think the Mint Chip and the Apple Pie nearly indistinguishable.

The Pinks and Purples

CiM 622 Byzantium

Reichenbach 104 L23207 Iris Violet. Reduces - goes metallic brown. Should try a horse bead in this.

CiM 645 Heffalump. Like anyone needs any encouragement to use this lovely colour.

 Old stash Vetro 956 Pink Dark Pastel
Vetro 960 Pink Light Pastel. Personally - I would say that the Dark Pink (above) is lighter than the Light Pink below.

 Effetre 746 Petal Pink.
 Effetre 255 Silver Pink
 A really fleshy colour - the silver pink. Note to self - try for sculptural bead, i.e. goddess bead if looking for a natural colour.

Unlabeled ASK Pink.

 All together now ... The two vetros are pretty similar, and the Silver Pink doesn't even count as pink in this context.

And just for fun - Bullseye. Pink 2010, Green 0112, Purple 0303, Turquoise 0016

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Effetre 269 Lilac

Lilac is a word that makes you think of big bushy tree-like shrubs loaded with sweet-smelling purple flowers and buzzing with bees. To that end, lilac should not be used for colours that are vaguely-in-the-purplish family.

The rods initally appear to be a dirty white, not too inspiring, eh? Maybe it is wonderful after heating, you can always hope ...

 After working for awhile, it starts to develop some colour. A little bit of a very light mauve, and some of that browny sheen that most of the light lavenders get. And the occasional smidgen of devit.
 Still hot, you can see there is some hints of colour.
 Once out of the kiln ... this is the back - it has played nicely with the raku and assorted frits. My frit tray sits under my torch and tends to collect shocked bits of whatever, so after awhile, it is kind of a random melange. Means I also have to pick out bits of bead release that has cracked off mandrels and fallen into the frit tray. :-P
 And you can see, there is a slight amber blush to some places, and it is a very pale pink/purple with the occasional streak of quite satisfactory violet.
It takes a while for the colour to develop - and it takes something like 60-90 minutes to make one of these beads, so it has the time to do it ....

Monday, February 12, 2018

Effetre 723 50 Shades of Grey

 50 Shades of Gray - I reviewed this back in 2013 - and wasn't too much impressed then. I like it better now, but I'm using it differently.

I have to say - it's a pretty interesting glass while it is hot ...
 When you heat it - it goes topazy - warm and caramelly.

 And is wonderfully streaky while working it ...
 but it does settle down and lose that super-streaky desert rock look ...
 And once out of the kiln, it is a slightly streaky, warm grey - mushroom colour. Base and horse is 50 Shades ... there is a little frit on the base, and the mane is ... some brown stringer I had.
 The back - it has retained only a little of it's streakiness.
It's a perfectly good colour for organic animals and stuff.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Vetro 807 Frog Pond

Vetro 807 Frog Pond - 10 years ago I reviewed it. And that's how long this glass has been lying around, waiting to be used. Feeling a little old, right about now.

Frog Pond appears to be a black cored yellow, or possibly dark blue. The end result is a streaky green. 
Although it looks orange while hot. ;-)

 You can keep the core fairly intact, if that suits you, by working it without making a gather or overheating it - or, I presume, you can get it more scumbled up if you work at it.

 Show here strongly back lit.
An interesting colour. Certainly no one else is making anything like these old cored Vetro colours.

Friday, February 09, 2018

CiM 773 Tamarind

CiM Tamarind - out of production now, so hard to buy, but works really nicely in this application. Tamarind horse on Effetre Sandstone base with Double Helix Oracle Black mane and eye.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Effetre 705: Okey Dokey Artichokey

Last time I tried Okey Dokey Artichoky - it was killer shocky - but I had no trouble with it at all this time around. I did come out with more colour variation than last time too - so perhaps a different batch?

The end of the rod is quite distinctive, with it's multiple rings, so you should be able to ID those random rods.

 I saw a lot more blue coming up this time around, and ...
 even some dark, almost black lines ...
 of course, maybe I was burning it or got the rod contaminated with a piece of something else.
 Well - no - that wouldn't explain it showing up everywhere. So we can say it is streaky blue and green with hints of darkness, how about that?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Effetre 704 Very Cherry

I've reviewed this colour in the past - twice actually (Very Cherry, and Very Cherry Reprise). It is very dark colour - the rod looks red in some lights and browner in others.

It appears translucent in the rod. When heating, it goes through a stage of looking distinctly grey - which is odd.

 This is simple dots over white, and the dots have struck to a sort of mandarin orange, with odd little dark spot in the center which shows better in the photo on the right.

Worked up like this, thin, you get a range of intensities.

 and a range of colours, depending on the type of lighting you are using.

Hold them up to the light, and you can see a range too -including hints of that grey that was there when it was hot ...

The base is Very Cherry - where the raku frit is, it reacted very strongly to create heavy black borders. The horse is also rendered in Very Cherry. The Very Cherry, being a transparent, is stiff and worked nicely for the sculptural part. There is some pitting. The lack of contrast makes it rather tough to see the features on the face, so I might etch this one. 

This colour is not going to appeal to everyone. If you are fascinated with colour-shift reds, need a super dark red, or intend to work it thin over white for it's orange aspect, or just love the Vetro price point, it might have appeal for you.