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June 24, 2020

Test Results :: Loch Ness

CiM Loch Ness (CiM432) is a very dark green moonstone colour, although to me it just seems like a very dark transparent since it is quite difficult to see through, even when used in thin layers. It's a very well-behaved colour, buttery and easy to control except that it gets a lot easier to boil it when applying it in thin layers with stringer. Work cooler and higher up in your flame to avoid this problem.

Loch Ness does not change colour when you reduce it, and looks pretty much black when used in self-coloured spacers.

Silver dissolves in a fun way on top of Loch Ness, looking almost like a starscape or galaxy. When the silver is reduced and encased, it opacifies on top of the Loch Ness and develops hints of blue here and there.

This colour has potential as a good base colour for silver glass. Both my reducing silver glass and my striking silver glass got great colour on top of it.

Copper Green separates with Loch Ness, but apart from that it is not a terribly reactive colour. This reaction happens with Light Turquoise as well, so I suspect it will happen with most turquoise opaque glasses.

This colour does not react with Ivory, and it is always good to find greens and blues where that is true.

These beads all contain some Loch Ness:

June 18, 2020

Test Results :: Pale Purple (Pale Amethyst)

Effetre Pale Purple (EFF046), also called Pale Amethyst, is a very pale purple transparent colour. It is not very reactive with silver or other colours, and is reasonably well-behaved in the flame, resisting my "expert" attempts at boiling it.

Overall, I quite like this colour. I don't use a lot of pale transparents in the beads I typically make, but I like having one in each hue group that I can call on reliably when I need one.

Pale Amethyst doesn't change colour when you reduce it.

Here you can see that silver stays silver under Peal Amethyst. When silver is reduced and encased on top of Pale Amethyst, it develops a bluish haze.

Pale Amethyst is a decent base colour for silver glass, but it doesn't cause any magic to happen. in the striking silver glass frit. I quite like the way the reduction frit looks.

On top of Pale Amethyst, Copper Green separates and Ivory spreads and looks 'floaty'. Ivory and Peace both spread like mad on top of it, but Opal Yellow stays crisp and thin. Other than those observations, there's not much more to see here. Pale Amethyst is not very reactive.

May 31, 2020

Test Results :: Summer Haze / Lemongrass

CiM Summer Haze (CiM321) and CiM Lemongrass (CiM320) are essentially the same colour, except that Lemongrass is a little more opaque. They work up a gorgeous, smokey lemon yellow. The glass in these test beads is Summer Haxe, but there are beads with both Lemongrass and Summer Haze towards the end of this post. Because these colours are essentially the same formula according to CiM, I only did the colour test with one of them but I am sure that there are some subtle differences.

Reducing Summer Haze didn't really alter its colour. It might have gotten a bit darker, but I also need to remember that it is a smaller bead on a dark background, which probably explains the colour difference in the two beads above all by itself.

Silver develops a slight 'mistiness' on top of Summer Haze, and when the silver is reduced and encased it shows some areas with blue halos under the encasement layer When you use Summer Haze over silver foil, the foil turns bright gold. This means that Summer Haze has interesting potential as a base colour for silver glass frit stringer.

Summer Haze is an unusually good base colour for silver glass. My reducing silver glass and striking silver glass both really bloomed on top of it.

Summer Haze is not a very reactive colour, but it did cause separation in Opal Yellow, Ivory, Peace, and Copper Green in my test beads.

Here are some other beads made with Lemongrass and Summer Haze.



Summer Haze