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March 21, 2012

Test Results :: Mint Lozenge

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, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

CiM Mint Lozenge is a light turquoise/blue semi-opaque. It is bluer than CiM Kryptonite (my test results here), and is quite a lot bluer than CiM Sea Foam (my test results here). It is greener than Effetre Sky Blue Opalino.  Mint Lozenge is very transparent when used in a thin layer. Mint Lozenge is the colour I think of when I think 'Robin's Egg' blue.

While Mint Lozenge is unique in terms of its hue, it behaves almost exactly the same way as Kryptonite does with the same basic reactions. It is not as highly reactive as Sea Foam.

Like with Kryptonite, Silver leaf disperses on the surface of Mint Lozenge and develops a crazy greenish yellow haze around it. Not so attractive, but quite interesting.

When the silver leaf is reduced and encased, it has an encased shiny patina under the clear with some ethereal blue halo effect around the silver. This effect is pretty beautiful in person.

Mint Lozenge, like Kryptonite, is a nice base for striking silver glass. Reducing silver glass looks neat on top of it as well, except for that sick green fuming thing. The surface colour of the Mint Lozenge gets very discoloured when silver glass is reduced on top of it.

Mint Lozenge causes separation reactions in Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace. The reaction is reciprocal, so when you put Mint Lozenge on top of those colours, you get a neat halo effect. These reactions are pretty consistent with the results I get for Kryptonite but are much less dramatic than the reactions I got with the same colours when I tested Sea Foam.

In addition to separating Copper Green, Mint Lozenge also seems to make it want to turn pink around the edges where the two colours come into contact.

I didn't get much of a reaction with Tuxedo, although the Tuxedo sort of thinned out and looks a little blue where I used it over the Mint Lozenge.

This bead has a base of Mint Lozenge over CiM Indigo (test results to come). The Mint Lozenge is pretty transparent in thin layers, but it has a beautiful softening effect.


  1. I made a sea bead with either kryptonite or mint lozenge as the dividing line between sea and effetre dark sky blue. just for fun, right below that I layered on a piece of left-over twistie that had some double helix aion and CIM hades thin lines. I really poured on the heat so that I could twist up the waves, and to my surprise, the hades moved out of the twistie, crawled and webbed across the kryptonite (or was it mint lozenge?). It outlined the minty green as well, just below the sky line. Try that with this glass and hades -- a little bit of hades goes a long way, but what a reaction!

  2. Cool, thanks for posting that! Will have to give it a try.