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November 19, 2011

Test Results :: Jade Palace

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, Peace

CiM Jade Palace is a medium, teal semi-opaque. It seems a little like it might be a lighter version of CiM Rainforest, however the reactions I got with Jade Palace aren't really all that similar to the reactions I got with Rainforest, so it is materially a different colour as far as I am concerned.

When silver leaf is used on top of Jade Palace, it disperses into a fine silvery mist. Underneath the silver leaf, the Jade Palace has struck to a darker version of itself, but I can't be certain whether this happened because of the silver or if it struck because of some repeated heating and cooling. I'm not sure how many times I pressed this bead, which doesn't really help any of us know for sure.

When I encased reduced silver leaf on top of Jade Palace, it turned decidedly gold. I believe I was using Reichenbach Crystal Clear for this test. You can probably see that the bead split in half along the mandrel line as well, which could be my fault, but also might be due to the differing viscosity between the Reichenbach clear and the Jade Palace because Reichenbach Crystal Clear is a very stiff colour, whereas Jade Palace is very soft and runny. I had a similar problem encasing Mulberry with Effetre 006 clear for possibly the same reason. The jury is still out.

It looks like Jade Palace is a little nicer as a base for striking silver glass than it is for reducing silver glass. I got a great start to my strike in the TerraNova2 frit bead, but not a lot of magic happened there. In the bead with the reduced silver glass frit, the frit and reduction seems to have fumed the Jade Palace to a yellower, greener version of itself but the appearance of the frit is sort of smeary and lackluster.

Jade Palace does not do much in the way of reaction with Tuxedo, but it does some crazy things with the other colours I tested it with.

Copper Green
On top of Jade Palace, Copper Green separates into a reddish, shiny colour and a darker teal colour. A faint lighter line is visible around the edges of the Copper Green stringer and dots. I observed something silimar with Seafoam, however with Seafoam the lighter line was much more regular and pronounced than it is here with Jade Palace.

When Jade Palace is used on top of Copper Green, the greenish colour of the Jade Palace gathers in the centre of the dots and stringer lines, surrounded by a light turquoise line, all surrounded by a deeper, dark turquoise. This is a pretty neat reaction, however in the centre of the dots and stringer lines I also got some random sooting/blackening which sort of mars the overall effect.

Opal Yellow
Opal Yellow separates on top of Jade Palace and underneath it. The light yellow halos that pop up around Jade Palace stringerwork are very interesting and worth some playtime if you happen to have some of this colour. I like how the Jade Palace seems to forget that it is semi-opaque and looks very transparent over Opal Yellow.

On top of Jade Palace, Ivory separates, gets a dark line reaction and curdles... ALL AT THE SAME TIME. The Jade Palace underneath stays more or less like itself, not getting all curdled the way Seafoam did. This is very similar to how Ivory reacted with Rainforest, although this reaction is quite a bit more dramatic than that one was.

On top of Ivory, Jade Palace turns into a darker, browner version of itself and spreads quite a lot, brown webbing spreading all over the Ivory. Underneath the Jade Palace, the Ivory curdles.

Peace separates on top of Jade Palace. When Jade Palace is used on top of Peace, the Peace separates underneath it, white halos popping up around the Jade Palace. The Jade Palace goes very transparent and a very dark line forms in the middle of the Jade Palace stringerwork.

November 12, 2011

Test Results :: Sea Foam

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/ Silver Glass Frit (as stringer, encased in Clear), 8 & 9 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

As you can see in the picture above, CiM Sea Foam is a pretty reactive colour. It is a Limited Run, and seems to be an odd lot of Kryptonite, although the reactions I got with Sea Foam are far more intense than the reactions with Kryptonite were. Sea Foam is a little greener and a little brighter in colour than Kryptonite. I didn't order any of this colour (and have since sort of put myself on a buying freeze) but I really wish I had because I think it is a colour with a lot of interesting possibilities. I did get some Mint Lozenge, though, so here's hoping that one behaves similarly.

Like Kryptonite, Sea Foam is one of those rare blue/green colours that does not get a dark line with Ivory, it does all kinds of exciting things with other colours, and it gets really weird with reduced silver glass. All of these things make it really appealing to me.

On top of Sea Foam, Silver sort of fizzles out and turns yellow. Reducing and encasing the silver gives you a strange, lacy web under a layer of clear with some brown and yellow discolouration.  Neat, right?

Sea Foam is neat with silver glass. My TerraNova2 frit, although I didn't get the most vibrant strike out of it, has bloomed in interesting ways, and there is a hint of a yellow halo around the frit pieces. When I used reducing silver glass on top of Sea Foam, the Sea Foam turned noticeably more green in colour, and an oilslick of brownish yellow reaction surrounds the frit bits. The frit has also broken up and marbled in a very interesting way.  Yum.


It is possible that Sea Foam is one of the most reactive colours I have yet tested. You can see in the two beads above that while Sea Foam and Tuxedo have no reaction at all, the test results with Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace are all crazy.

Copper Green
Copper Green on top of Sea Foam yields a rare three-ring reaction.  A light line forms around the Copper Green lines and stringer dots, and then the Copper Green separates into two distinctly different colours - a darker, shiny pinkish version of itself and a deep teal opaque version of itself. When Sea Foam is used on top of Copper Green, it breaks up and forces the copper green into a light turquoise vs. dark turquoise situation.

Opal Yellow and Ivory
Opal Yellow on top of Sea Foam separates into a dark, translucent yellow and a pale, ivory version of itself. The Sea Foam underneath it gets all kinds of strange cracquelure, which is visible in the Opal Yellow dots and stringer lines as well. This is similar to what happened when I used Opal Yellow with Ming. When the Sea Foam is on top of Opal Yellow, the same reaction happens in reverse, and the Sea Foam definitely looks more blue than green.

With Ivory, the reaction is exactly the same as with Opal Yellow except that the Sea Foam dots and stringer lines on top of Ivory look more aquamarine in colour than blue.

Sea Foam makes Peace separate into an opaque and translucent, both when it is under Peace and when it is over it. This reaction does not have the same kind of curdling craziness that the reactions with Opal Yellow and Ivory do.

I didn't really make anything fun with Sea Foam, but I think I still have a little bit. If I find it and something cool comes of that, I'll be back to do an update.

November 6, 2011

Test Results :: Marigold

CiM Marigold reminds me a lot of Effetre Butter Yellow, which is a particularly pretty variation of Effetre Yellow that doesn't have a lot of orange striation. Marigold is a bright, warm, happy colour.

Marigold also has a beautiful, soft, smooth consistency, is truly opaque, doesn't curdle or separate easily and is a little reactive.

Marigold reacts predictably with silver, in that the silver spreads out on top of it, turns the Marigold brown and turns brown itself. Silver tends to behave this way on top of all of the opaque yellow glasses I've tried. When the silver is reduced and encased, there are some faint streaks of blue in it, but apart from that it seems to just turn grey with a faint sheen.

My TerraNova2 frit on top of Marigold started to get some pretty nice colour in it. Around the frit, the silver glass creates a brown webby outline. This same brown ooze attacks the Marigold from the reduction frit in the bead on the right, but the reaction is more dispersed and engulfs the exposed surface of the Marigold. The reduction frit looks very interesting on top of Marigold, all of the different colours in my frit blend making themselves known, and I got good shine from reducing it.


Marigold is only moderately reactive, but there are a few reactions worth noting here:
  • Tuxedo bleeds into Marigold. This is visible on both test beads.
  • Marigold and Copper Green have a dark line reaction. Also, the Copper Green gets darker and sort of shiny.
  • Opal Yellow and Marigold have a dark line reaction.
  • When Ivory is used on top of Marigold, a bright yellow line forms around the Ivory, like the Marigold has uniformly bled into it all the way around the dots and stringer lines.
  • When Peace is used on top of Marigold, the same bright yellow line forms, and in addition the Peace seems to turn sort of translucent and almost look like it's set into the bead like a groove.
I didn't make anything fun with Marigold yet, but once I do I will be back to update this post.  I think that out of all the yellows I've tested, this might be my favourite one (although I am awfully fond of Hollandaise as well).