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May 22, 2012

Test Results :: Emerald City

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - Over Clear, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf, 5 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 6 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 7 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 8 & 9 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, Peace

CiM Emerald City is a new limited run colour, and is a saturated dark emerald green transparent. It is a little on the reactive side, as we will see, and is a brilliant base colour for striking silver glass. In thin layers, it is a little brighter than I generally like, but that isn't going to stop me from loving it.

Green is my favourite colour, so I might be a bit biased, but this particular Creation is Messy limited run is exceptionally beautiful to me. It is far more saturated and a little more on the blue side than Effetre Dark Emerald, and it is significantly deeper, richer and more saturated than CiM Oz.

This colour melts like a dream, doesn't boil or pit or spark. I experienced a little shockiness when introducing a used rod of Emerald City to the flame, but an unmelted rod was not shocky at all, and I experienced no shocking at all once the pre-melted end was reheated. It was refreshing after the scorching experience I had with Effetre Dark Grass Green (another of my favourites) since that colour likes to splinter and little hot bits of it like to fly back and land on my hands. Emerald City didn't do that to me.

Here is Emerald City, au naturel. The plain spacers are so dark you can only just see through them when you hold them up to the light. The colour is very dense. In the bead on the right, I layered Emerald City over a core of Effetre clear so that we could see the colour better.

When silver leaf is melted into the surface of Emerald City, it disperses into a fine spray of fine silver webbing. In the bead on the right, when I reduced and encased the silver, it turned into more of a greyish blanket with tattered edges.

Here we have Emerald City with my reducing silver glass frit blend on the left. My silver glass got really nice shine on top of Emerald City, and the frit got interesting outlines around the edges. This tells me that Emerald City would probably be prettier with reduction stringer dots and lines than it is with the frit, however the effect is still neat.

In the bead on the right, my TerraNova2 frit really took off. I love how much colour I got out of the TerraNova2 on top of this colour with exactly the same amount of effort I usually put into it. Some colours are just better at helping silver glass strike than others, and Emerald City is a big winner in this department.

Emerald City causes separation reactions in Opal Yellow, Peace and Copper Green.

There is a brown line reaction between Emerald City and Ivory. When Ivory is used on top of Emerald City, the brown line sticks to the edges of the Ivory glass, however because Emerald City is a transparent, you can see the brownish reaction both around and underneath the Emerald City in the bead on the right. This is the same reaction you get when you use Light Teal or Light Aqua (or any other blue-green transparent) on top of Ivory.

I don't have any additional beads to show with Emerald City because there is either something wrong with my kiln or something wrong with the power feeding to my garage, because I couldn't get my kiln to ramp up and stay at garaging temperature last weekend. Yay... another problem to solve!

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