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March 7, 2013

Test Results :: Laguna

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 Laguna is both darker and bluer than CiM Mermaid, and is very reminiscent of the beautiful Mermaid Unique #1, although this colour has more interesting reactions with silver. If you liked Mermaid Unique #1, you are going to love this colour.

Like the vast majority of CiM Opaques, Laguna is stiff but creamy and is somewhat streaky. It's nice glass to work with, and the colour is to die for!

In the bead on the left, the silver leaf has melted down and dispersed almost completely. It has left a faint yellowish residue on the bead, but it's not very visible. The interesting thing about both of these beads is how much streakier the glass is under where the silver was put down.

In the bead on the right, I reduced and encased the silver leaf and boy, is it ever yellow. Mustard is the descriptor that comes to mind. Very neat, but it's not very often that I feel compelled to use teal with mustard yellow. This yellow thing happened with Celadon, too, if I recall correctly. Oddly enough, I didn't really get this reaction so much with either Mermaid or Mermaid Unique #1.

This colour is gorgeous with striking silver glass -- I got beautiful colours from my TerraNova2 frit. The reducing silver glass frit also behaved nicely on top of it, however the colours sort of blend in with the Laguna background, so it doesn't really stand out.

There isn't really very much to report here in terms of reactions. The colours all behave slightly strangely on top of Mermaid, but not really weirdly enough that I have useful words to describe the behaviour. The reactions that really jump out at me are the strange way that Copper Green separates on top of Laguna, and the vivid dark line that appears around it when it's used on top of Ivory.

Here are some fun beads with Laguna. The goddess is solid Laguna, and the Shroomery and Extraposy both have Laguna in some of their twisted canes.

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