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September 5, 2011

Test Results :: Canary

Warning: Very Yellow (again)

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

CiM Canary is the second loud yellow (in a series of loud yellows) that I've reviewed from this most recent batch of CiM colours. Like Submarine, Canary 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, Canary 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.

If you follow this blog, you may notice that the paragraph above is almost a direct copy of the words I already wrote about Submarine, but there's a good reason for that (apart from me just being a little lazy 'cause it's hot out). They are almost exactly the same, except for some subtleties in their reactions with other colours. Most of the reactions that are interesting are the result of colour combinations that I feel don't really belong in the world, but maybe you will like them.

On the CiM website, the pictures of the Canary paddle make it look like it is a little more orange in colour than it actually turns out to be after you work it.

Like with Submarine, silver turns brown on top of Canary. The yellowness of the Canary does not seem as easily diminished with the addition of silver as the yellowness of Submarine was.

Like Submarine, Canary is much nicer with the reducing silver glass than it is with TerraNova2 Frit. The main difference here is that while I was able to get some decent colour out of the TerraNova2 frit on top of Submarine, on top of Canary it seems to have turned black/grey in places and has not struck very much at all.

Tuxedo bled into Submarine and turned it a greenish colour, but it doesn't really seem to do that on top of Canary. In fact, some of the dots of Tuxedo don't even show up very well in the bead on the left, above, and instead just look like grey circles around themselves. However, Canary on top of Tuxedo does have a slight greenish cast to it.

Copper Green and Canary have a reciprocal dark line reaction. With Submarine, this reaction was very crisp and defined, but with Canary it is sort of spready and not of a consistent width. The Copper Green itself exhibits the same tendency towards a pinkish colour that it did with Submarine, but without the shine.

Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace all separate on top of Canary and form a double line, with some translucency in the middle. The Opal Yellow shows this effect the most prominently, and if the colours were nicer together I'd be really excited about that reaction.

Fun beads with Canary:

Here I used Canary as the core of my vine cane, and rather like the resulting way in which the cane has behaved, getting a dark line up one side almost like a real leaf or blade of thick grass. This is a perfect way to use Canary, since it has an interesting, desirable effect and you also don't really need to look directly at the yellow once it is safely hidden by the outer layers of the cane.


  1. I'm glad I found your blog! Now I can check it out and not have to reinvent the wheel! Thank you for your work, inspiration, and good deeds!