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August 28, 2011

Test Results :: Journey

1 - w/ Silver Leaf, 2 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 3 - Over Silver Foil, 4 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 5 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced) 6 - As Silver Glass Frit Stringer (encased), 7 - Plain, 8 - Reduced, 9 & 10 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, Peace

CiM Journey is a pale grey-lavender colour. I found Journey to be a little less user-friendly than some of the other recent CiM transparents because of its tendency to boil. Working it up high in the flame helps manage the boiling problem, but on the whole I prefer to use colours that don't need this kind of special treatment.

Reducing CiM Journey changes its colour from greyish-lavender to greyish-brown.

Journey and silver have an interesting relationship. Journey turns a golden brown colour with silver, as you can see in all three of these beads. In the centre bead, the reduced and encased silver on top of Journey develops a very pretty purple/blue colour reaction. The bad news is that the centre bead cracked. I'm not sure if it was the encasing or if it was the silver or if it was combination of the two, but there are hairline cracks crazily spreading throughout this bead.

In the bead on the right, you can see how yellow/brown silver foil looks under a layer of Journey.

Journey is a fairly good base for silver glass. The centre bead here is exceptionally vivid and pretty. In the bead on the right I tried Journey as a base for silver glass frit stringer, and the results are sort of unspectacular. The interesting thing about this bead was that it was encased, and like the encased silver leaf bead (above) it also cracked.

On top of Journey, Tuxedo thins out and looks pretty purple.

Copper Green, when used with Journey, develops a brownish lustre. This is evident in both of the beads above. On top of Copper Green, the Journey dots and lines look very precise, and appear to have a dark  outline around them. This did not happen with Journey on top of the other colours I tested it with.

Journey did not have memorable or noteworthy reactions with either Opal Yellow or Ivory, however it behaved interestingly when used on top of Peace. You can see in the bead on the right that in the middle of the Journey dots and lines, some blackness has gathered. I'm not sure if this is the result of working too hot or if my flame was a bit dirty at the end of my propane, so if you have some Journey, you should give it a try.

I don't have any fun beads with Journey, because I ran out of it a little too quickly. I will come back and add some pictures if I make any more beads with it.

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