1 - Plain, 2 - Reduced, 3 - w/ Silver Foil, 4 - w/ Silver Foil, reduced & encased, 5 - w/ Khaos frit, 6 - w/ Terra frit, 7 - w/ Silver glass frit blend (Elektra, Gaia, Nyx), reduced, 8 - as a floral, 9 - w/ Copper Green, 10 - w/ Black, 11 - w/ Ivory
CiM Khaki is way more appealing than I suspected it would be, which is good because finding a new colour to love is a beautiful thing... but it's bad because my test results are so mixed and I'm feeling pretty conflicted about them. In the rod, in my glass storage box, I suspiciously regarded it as a boring elephant-coloured opaque. And it is still elephant-coloured to me, but I'm sure not bored by it the way I thought I might be.
Reducing Khaki alone darkens the colour slightly. (Bead #2)
With Black, Ivory and Copper Green, Khaki is a pretty stable colour and doesn't do much that's unexpected in terms of colour reaction, although these colours all seem to spread on it a little, and the Khaki seems to sink into them. (Beads #9. #10, #11)
Khaki does do lots of fun things with silver and silver glass though.
Khaki, Triton and I are going to have some fun this Saturday. I can't wait!
The only other observation I have about Khaki is that it really seems not to like Effetre Black. (Bead #10)
Out of all the beads I made with Khaki last week, this is the only one exhibiting this unfortunate problem, so I don't want to just quit using it... but if I have any more problems with it I'll have no choice. I'm really hoping that this was because of some clumsy or stupid thing I did and that it won't happen again.
Update - 25.01.2010
I talked to Kathy / CiM who said one of the original production runs of Khaki was shocky and could have led to the breakage I experienced. The problem has since been corrected and she said anyone who thinks they have that original shocky batch of Khaki can feel free to trade it in for a better batch. Just email her at email@example.com. I intend to re-run my tests when I pick up some Khaki from a newer production run.
Update - 10.03.2010
I want to post another quick update, because I re-did my test with Khaki and Effetre Black with a newer batch of Khaki and had no problems at all. The newer batch is more workable, and less prone to splintering and shocking, too. Good news, because I need this colour.Here are some fun beads with Khaki: