Thursday, February 11, 2010
On to the color itself. I think it is a member of the large and extended coral family from Effetre. It goes grey when hot and to judge by the reactions with the colors I tested, seems to act the same way.
Beads 1 and 8 are plain self spacers. 1 was barely shaped, if at all, since the doorbell rang as I was starting what was meant to be a test bead with black. I like the red line from the unstruck glass. The test bead with black will be made at some point.
8 is the same bead, which was made first, but melted round and fire polished. I like 1 better.
2 is with silver foil melted in and going black and beaded. I wonder how this would look as a silvered stringer on a black bead.
3 is with silver foil, melted in and encased in Effetre super clear, which seems to have a scumming problem in the current rod I am using, since it did this on the other encased beads I did on this rod and not the one before. It's not doing anything for me.
4 is with DH aurae just about melted in and reduced.
5 is another surprise: aurae again, left a little raised, reduced and encased in that same clear rod again. I need to get a different rod out and see if things improve. I got that purple reaction again. I wish I could predict this, since I really like this shade of purple. I wonder what would happen if I entirely encased a bead of Spanish leather with aurae. I can't get more of the zucca chiaro, but can get Spanish leather. Hmmmm.
6 is with copper green and there is a faint dark reaction line on the Spanish leather. I don't know that I would ever use this combination, since it was better in my mind than it turned out in the bead.
7 us with Effetre ivory. I expected the Spanish leather to bleed, or the ivory, and to my surprise, neither did. This is good to know.
My overall impression of this color is that I will buy it again. I like it on its own, since it is a warm, woody, streaky earth tone, even if it is a little more than a little soft. I like the unencased silver foil bead and what it does with aurae I will be exploring further. I love the idea that it is hand pulled, but the likely reason that it is no longer available as a conicle is that it will come out next in a machine version. I don't know if this is necessarily a bad thing, since machine pulled glass tends to be cheaper. Cheaper isn't necessarily better, though. I deleted the rant I was going into. I like this color and will use it again, probably a lot.