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September 22, 2011

Test Results :: Hollandaise

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, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

Now we're getting to the yellows in this most recent batch of CiM Limited Runs that I actually like.

CiM Hollandaise is more of a mustard colour than it is the colour of Hollandaise. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if you order Eggs Benedict in a restaurant, and the Hollandaise sauce it is served with is this colour, SEND IT BACK because it will mean they've made the sauce with margarine instead of butter and it will taste so foul you'll wish you'd ordered the corned beef hash instead. However, while I wouldn't eat Hollandaise sauce this colour, I like beads made with it just fine.

On the CiM site, if you are looking for Hollandaise you currently need to look under the palette entry for oranges, which I think they should change. Hollandaise is not even a little bit orange unless you strike it -- it is a mustardy, greenish/brownish yellow.

Hollandaise reminds me a little bit of Stone Ground in terms of its consistency, although that is really where the similarity ends. It strikes a bit in the flame, although not a lot, and that striking changes the colour so that it is slightly more on the orange/brownish side, but not enough that you could get me to say that it had actually turned brown or orange.

Silver spreads out over the surface of Hollandaise, which is nice because it means that a little silver goes a long way. It also turns the surface of the Hollandaise to more of a tan colour. You can see in the left-most bead that some of the silver has a faint blueish tinge to it. When the silver leaf is reduced and encased, the brown is even more pronounced.

Silver glass and Hollandaise just doesn't do it for me, although technically the glasses have all done what they should. I think it's something about the yellow, and just a matter of my personal taste. In both beads, pleasantly, the silver glass has stayed put and not made a beeline for the middle of the bead the way it's done for some colours. I got good colour out of both the reduction frit and the TerraNova2.

Hollandaise is a pretty stable colour without a lot of surprises. Here is a summary of the notable reactions I observed in these beads:

  • When Hollandaise is used on top of Copper Green, it gets a brown line around it, which in some cases has spread enough to engulf the Hollandaise itself so that some of the stringer dots and lines look more brown than yellow.  When Copper Green is used on top of Hollandaise, the line is blacker and thinner. Copper Green spread out like crazy on top of Hollandaise.
  • There is some strange pitting/spotting on my Opal Yellow underneath Hollandaise, and where I used Opal Yellow on top of Hollandaise, the Opal Yellow has spread quite a lot and also struck to an organgey-pink in places.
  • White and Peace both spread on top of Hollandaise.
Here are some fun beads made with Hollandaise.  


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