August 8, 2010

Test Results :: Lipstick

Like Silver Brown, Lipstick is also one of those glasses where manufacturer names have overlapped.  The Lipstick under discussion here is CiM Lipstick. Reichenbach also makes a 104 colour called Lipstick, which I have not yet tried.
1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Silver Glass Frit Blend (reduced), 6 - w/ Terranova2 Frit, 7 - w/ Copper Green, 8 - w/ Tuxedo, 9 - w/ Opal Yellow, 10 - w/ Ivory, 11 - w/ White

General Impressions
CiM Lipstick is a gorgeous deep red opaque colour.  The colour of Lipstick is a little darker and duskier than my bead picture portrays, and seems to be a little difficult to photograph.

I've mentioned before that CiM opaques tend to fit into one of two categories for me -- the stiff ones and the softer, spreadier ones.  Lipstick is in the stiffer category, and only faintly streaky.  The consistency of it is wonderful, really.  I love these stiffer opaque colours because they hold up really well to abuse from pressing.  I didn't do a very good job with pressing these beads, but if Lipstick were a less forgiving colour, they'd be much worse.

Reduction
Reducing CiM Lipstick all by itself has little or no effect on the surface colour of the bead.

Reactions

In both of these beads, the reactions with silver are interesting. In the bead on the left, the silver has significantly darkened the colour of the lipstick, and has made a yellowish 'stain' on the bead. Fine granules of silver are visible on the surface.  In the bead on the right, I reduced the silver leaf and then encased it. Like with Reichenbach Mystic Coral, the silver has turned blue after this treatment. Also, after encasing the lipstick, the 'darkness' caused by the silver seems pretty much gone. These reactions are almost identical to the reactions I got with Mystic Coral, although they are a little less vivid.


Silver glass darkens Lipstick a little more than I'd like, but that doesn't seem to stop it from doing its thing. I got good colour from both silver glass tests, although the bead on the right shows how much black 'goo' springs up around the silver glass frit.


It's nice when things do what you think they're supposed to do.  Lipstick and Copper Green have a reciprocal dark line reaction.



Tuxedo bleeds into Lipstick a little.  You can see on the left side of the bead some black smeariness around the black dots and lines.  On the Tuxedo side of the bead, the Lipstick lines and dots have an 'inside halo' that is greyish in hue and faintly shiny.  This is a pretty neat effect.



There is no really noticeable reaction between Opal Yellow and Lipstick... I would not normally not show a bead when this is the case, but I really think these two colours are stunning together and wanted to show that.  The dots and lines are crisp and beautiul. The only other thing worth mentioning is how the Opal Yellow has blushed quite dramatically in places.


Ivory really likes to spread on top of Lipstick.  A great way to exploit this is to use silvered Dark Ivory on top of Lipstick and watch it spread out. This test bead was with regular Ivory, but you can see how the Lipstick has sunk into it (thinner line) and the Ivory has bulged right out over it and gone to fuzz in the middle.


White and Lipstick seem to have a fairly even relationship.  The White did spread a little bit, but there is no noticeable discolouration or striation in either colour in this test bead.


I have not made any normal beads with Lipstick yet apart from this pressed oval that I already showed with the Mystic Coral results, but I'll add some as I do some more experimentation.

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