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August 16, 2011

Test Results :: Submarine

Warning: Very Yellow

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 - w/ Tuxedo, 8 - w/ Copper Green, 9 - w/ Opal Yellow, 10 - w/ Ivory, 11 - w/ Peace

I'm going to admit right off the bat that I really don't like this colour very much, but I think it's because it is disinclined to look nice in the kinds of beads I customarily make. It is also a really bright colour, and semi-opaque, two categories of colour that I find a little challenging. I did manage to figure out a way to make this colour work for me, which you will see if you read on.

CiM Submarine is sort of a loud yellow with greenish overtones, and is not really very opaque.  It's also, however, not very semi-opaque and it would be more accurate to describe it as a 'streaky opal' colour.  While working, Submarine is a little sensitive to boiling, although you can't really tell in the finished beads.  Working a little higher up in the flame solves this problem.

Submarine is a limited run, so if you like what you see here know that it will not be available forever.

When silver leaf is melted into the surface of Submarine, it turns a dark brown colour. This is very similar to how silver reacts with Ivory, however since Submarine is of a completely different consistency, instead of curdling and webbing, Submarine just changes colour.  With the addition of silver, the colour of Submarine deepens and becomes somewhat more subdued.  Good to know :)

When the silver is reduced and encased, it becomes an earthy brown colour.

Silver glass frit reacts and develops colour on top of Submarine nicely, but the colour of Submarine doesn't really match most silver glass colours.  I particularly like the thin whiteish lines that developed around the edges of the reduction frit in the bead on the right.

Tuxedo bleeds into Submarine, turning it a greenish colour.

Copper Green goes very pinkish and shiny when used with Submarine.  A reciprocal dark line reaction develops between these two colours which is pretty interesting.  I actually really like the left side of this bead, with the Submarine on top of Copper Green.

Submarine bleeds a little into Opal Yellow (you can see yellow outlines around the stringer work on the left side of this bead), and a faint dark line that looks like a shadow sprang up around the Opal Yellow stringer work on the right-hand side of this bead.

Submarine bleeds into Ivory.  If you enlarge this picture, you will see what I mean.  The bleeding is pretty uniform, and surrounds the stringer work on both sides of the bead.

With Peace, the same bleeding effect happens as with Ivory, only it is more pronounced.  The Peace stringer lines on the right side of this bead looks more yellow than white.

It is really hard for me to make nice beads with bright colours, and this one was very challenging for me.

Here is all I was able to manage.  I prefer the Submarine inside other colours in cane where it is not quite as livid.  In the bead on the left, it is the middle of the cane used in the bead's core, but is also the yellow around the 'wings'.  In the bead on the right, the whole bead was made on a base of submarine with some of the cored cane, a twistie and some SiS.


  1. Dear Melanie

    I am very impressed about your work. Particularly all of you test results. WOW!!!


  2. Thanks Anna! It's a labour of love :) I don't think there's anything better than glass.

  3. Tee hee "warning, very yellow." It is indeed. It reminds me of traffic warning signs here in the us. I made one pair of bead with it and I know what you mean about the solidness of this color: "not really very opaque. It's also, however, not very semi-opaque and it would be more accurate to describe it as a 'streaky opal' colour." I pulled my bead out of the kiln and there is large line down the center and it looks like scum, but it is just the color being semi opaque. ugh.

  4. It's a little like Effetre Pale Green Apple - it's nicer when you put it under something or in something and don't have to look directly at it.

    The streakiness of it is interesting if you encase it with another, darker, transparent colour and pull it out into stringer.