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February 15, 2011

Test Results :: Atlantis

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4  w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 6 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 7 & 8 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Peace, Opal Yellow, Ivory

The new CiM Atlantis is a medium turquoise semi-opaque, similar to Effetre Medium Turquoise Alabastro, but a little more vibrant, a little more reactive, maybe a little darker and much less irritating to work with. Atlantis seems to darken in colour with repeated striking.

Atlantis and silver have an interesting relationship. On top of Atlantis, silver leaf webs and bubbles and turns a golden colour. When this combination is reduced and encased, the yellowing is more pronounced, and the webbing effect is magnified. The area between the Atlantis and the silver, under the clear, looks green.

I'm not really sure about Atlantis and silver glass because I didn't make many beads with it, but I sort of like the way my reduction frit bloomed and grew on top of Atlantis. I didn't get much colour out of my TerraNova2 frit in the bead on the left, but in one of the fun beads at the end of this post you can see I had a little more success.

And I know, this looks like cheating. From left to right on both beads we have Tuxedo, Copper Green, Peace, Opal Yellow and Ivory.

Tuxedo: On top of Tuxedo, Atlantis separates and forms a dark line in the centre of stringer lines and a dark dot in the centre of dots. On top of Atlantis, Tuxedo doesn't do much.

Copper Green: On top of Copper Green, Atlantis sort of dissipates and causes odd turquoise halos in the Copper Green underneath. What you can see of the remaining copper green looks dark and blotchy. On top of Atlantis, Copper Green separates so that it has a dark line/dot in the middle of the stringerwork, and underneath that stringerwork, a fine dark webbing has appeared in the Atlantis.

Peace: There is no noticeable reaction between Peace and Atlantis when Atlantis is used on top of Peace except for a subtle curdling effect in the Peace that is not unlike how the Opal Yellow behaves with Atlantis but is much less pronounced. Atlantis spreads a little on top of Peace, too. Peace on top of Atlantis separates so that the dots/lines have a dark centre.

Opal Yellow: Atlantis and Opal Yellow are crazy together in the same way I remember Ming and Opal Yellow being crazy together.  Under the Opal Yellow, the Atlantis has crazed with tiny fine, dark lines.  As a result, the Opal Yellow stringer lines and dots also have this odd crazing, and the Opal Yellow separates so that the dots/lines have a dark centre. Under Atlantis, Opal Yellow develops a pronounced curdling effect, with transparent 'cracks' springing up in the Opal Yellow all around the Atlantis dots and stringer lines.  Atlantis also sort of spreads and disintegrates on top of Opal Yellow.

Ivory: Ack! This is an interesting reaction for sure. When Atlantis is used on top of Ivory, a fine crazing of brown, bubbly-looking webbing springs out from it and the Atlantis looks darker and tealer than with the other colours. When Ivory is used on top of Atlantis, it looks brown with black webbing, and the Atlantis is crazed underneath.

Here are some fun beads with Atlantis.

1 comment:

  1. Atlantis looks good, I really would love a turquoise that doesn't bubble and scum and reduce. I have worked cooler, further out etc... But I just can't get the stuff to work so if this does't do those things then I will be 2nd in line! Thanks for. Test.