Don, I bought some strands of both round and ‘branch’ Apple Coral
recently at a local show. It was way cheap for coral so I assumed it
had really been tampered with. But it had a look that some of my
customers will really go for so I took a chance with it. When I
checked with the customer in question and warned her it was resin
impregnated, she said that was fine if the resin made it look better
or last longer!
The rounds look fairly ordinary but the branches I got showed
definite, honey-colored resin to the point that there are actual
drips of pure resin showing. They are also definitely cut from larger
coral pieces, but many show a ‘node’ effect that is rather
attractive. They are sort of like a stubby sea urchin spine in shape.
I haven’t tested it yet for colorfastness, so haven’t offered any for
sale. Would you like me to mail you a piece of the branch style to
destroy…um, evaluate and tell us all about your findings?
Donna in Dallas