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December 12, 2017

Sale on Frit until Jan 2! (Website Only)

All of my 104 CoE frit products are going on sale this week and staying on sale until January 2nd.

To get your 20% off, use coupon code 'merrychristmas' in the shopping cart when you check out. Please note that the sale is only applicable on my website - I am not offering this discount on Etsy.

Website link:
http://www.melaniegrahamstudios.com/

I hope everyone is having a beautiful start to their holiday season.


December 11, 2017

Test Results :: Poolside


Poolside (CiM553) is a beautiful light teal transparent. Like with other light CiM transparents, I found that this one had a tendency to boil, but that you can avoid that problem by working further up in the flame and being careful not to overheat it. 


Reducing Poolside does not alter its colour. The smaller bead looks darker here only because more of the darker grey background colour shows through less glass.


Poolside, huewise, falls somewhere between Effetre Light Aqua and Effetre Light Teal, with just a smidgen less saturation than either of those colours. It's bluer than Light Teal, but greener than Light Aqua.


On top of Poolside, silver leaf balls up and disperses. If you reduce and encase it, it forms a greyish blanket under the clear layer.


I got nice colour from my TerraNova2 frit on top of Poolside.



The most interesting thing about Poolside is how mildly it reacts with Ivory. Other teals and turquoises form an intense dark line reaction with Ivory, but Poolside developed only a faint brown reaction when used on top of it, and no dark reaction at all when Ivory was on top.

Poolside separates Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace.

I don't have anything else to show you with Poolside yet, but if that changes I will come back and update.

December 4, 2017

Test Results :: Siren


CiM Siren (CiM463) is a pretty, pale teal green transparent colour.


I found that this colour worked up sort of cloudy, giving me the same boiling/scumming experience I am prone to with the other light CiM transparents. Working cooler and higher up in the flame really seems to help with this, but is unfortunately not second nature to me. More practice required, I suppose :)


Siren is, huewise, right between Effetre Pale Aqua and Pale Emerald, although it is more saturated than either of those.


Siren is not very reactive with silver. Silver leaf on top of Siren disperses and continues to look silver. Siren does not turn silver foil yellow when it is used to encase it, and if you reduce and encase silver on top of Siren, it looks greyish, with blue pockets where there are gaps in the silver layer and the Siren peeks through.


My tests with silver glass and Siren didn't yield any remarkable results.


On top of Siren, Copper Green separates and definitely develops that army green patina that it is famous for, both on top of and underneath this colour. It also is pinkish in appearance, as though something in the Siren drives the Copper in Copper Green closer to the surface.

Opal Yellow separates fairly dramatically on top of siren, developing a thick, lighter outline to dots and stringer lines. This happens to a much lesser degree with Ivory and Peace.

I got a weird grey scumminess in the dots and stringer lines I made with Siren over my other test colours. I'm not sure why that happened, but it is similar to the greying that I have sometimes had with Rubino Oro or CiM Peace. Possibly my flame was a bit on the reducing side, or I was working a bit too hot for this colour's comfort.

I didn't make any other beads with Siren, but if I do I will come back and add them.

November 27, 2017

Test Results :: Chrysalis


CiM Chrysalis (CiM462)  is a very pretty, almost-opaque robin's egg blue. 



When Chrysalis is reduced, it loses some of its vibrancy. You can see that in the rightmost bead, the colour is subtly greyed out and muted.


Silver webs and turns a golden colour on top of Chrysalis. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns whiteish.


It's amazing how different the same reducing silver glass frit blend can look, depending on what colour you put under it. If you look at my other recent blog posts, you'll notice that the frit looks much greener on top of this colour, and that there is a yellowish blush around the fritty bits that I don't see with a lot of other colours. Not that this result was particularly attractive to me, but it is certainly different. My TerraNova2 frit did not develop colour well on top of Chrysalis.


Chrysalis is very reactive with other colours. It separated on top of Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Ivory. And maybe Peace - it's hard to see because both colours are so light. Peace, Ivory, Opal Yellow, and Copper Green all separated on top of Chrysalis.

The other interesting thing is the blotchiness that Chrysalis seems to cause both when used on top of other colours, curdling them, and when used underneath other colours, curdling itself.

Here are some fun beads made with Chrysalis.




November 20, 2017

Test Results :: Harvest

CiM Harvest (CiM217) is a pretty medium orange. I found that Harvest boiled a little while I was using it, but not seriously enough that it affected the surface finish or colour of the finished beads, so if you are using it and it foams up on you a bit, just carry on.



Like Phoenix, Harvest is a bit of a striker. Repeated heating and cooling turn it a more uniform, darker orange than you would get working it cool and without multiple reheatings.


Here, you can see that Harvest is lighter and a little more on the yellow side than CiM Phoenix, but substantially less yellow than the also-new CiM Monarch. The other colours I compared it with here were CiM Sunset (it's a little less vibrant than Sunset), and Effetre Light and Dark Zucca. It's lighter and more yellow than those Effetre colours as well.


On top of Harvest, silver leaf crusts up and gets a coppery sheen in places. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns blue. This is consistent with the results I see for a lot of reds and oranges.


On top of Harvest, silver glass frit develops colour well, and it also gets brownish rings arount the fritty bits, which can be a cool effect.


On top of Harvest, Ivory separates. Harvest and Copper Green develop a reciprocal dark line reaction.







November 13, 2017

Test Results :: Multicolor



Reichenbach Multicolor (RL6209) has changed a little since the first time I used it, indicating to me that it might not be all that consistent from batch to batch. This most recent supply that I got is much easier to strike and a little darker than the last batch of this colour that I tried.

This colour is less saturated hue-wise than Multicolor Dark, more reactive with other colours (the reactions are similar, just more intesnse), and I found it a bit slower to strike.

Multicolor is fairly stiff, making it nice to work with sculpturally, although its striking nature means that you need to be careful to keep even heat or you end up with a sort of blotchy result.


Making a simple spacer from multicolor, I got very pretty, variegated greens and blues. When I reduced a Multicolor bead, I got a shiny gunmetal purple.


When silver leaf is melted into the surface of Multicolor, it looks a uniform light teal colour, except for where there are gaps in the silver layer. When the silver is reduced and encased, it looks more yellowish, and the multicolor peeking through the gaps, instead of looking blue, looks a reddish purple colour.


Multicolor is very reactive with other colours.  It separates Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Peace, and forms a serious dark line reaction with Ivory.

Here are some other beads made with Reichenbach Multicolor:


Here in the goddess bead, you can see that in the places where I reheated the surface with some concentrated heat (nipple and belly button areas), I got a very strong strike to purple.



November 6, 2017

Test Results :: Enchanted


CiM Enchanted (CiM626) is a pale lavender-pink transparent. I found this colour a little boily/scummy, but not as troubling in that respect as the new CiM Venus, which I reviewed a few weeks ago.


I found that Enchanted did not change colour when reduced (leftmost bead) and that it does have a bit of a tendency to boil and create bubbles. Working it cool helps to avoid this.


Here is Enchanted both under my photo lamps and in natural light. You can see that it looks darker and pinker in natural light. All of the photos in this post (apart from the darker frame of this one) are all taken from the studio-lit photo.


Here is Enchanted with Effetre Rosata Extralux, Pale Amethyst, Dark Lavender, and Pale Lavender Blue, and with CiM Pink Champagne. Enchanted is pinker than Effetre Dark Lavender in this studio-lit photo, but is around the same shade of pinkish lavender in natural light.


Enchanted is quite a bit more reactive with silver than Dark Lavender, which I found interesting since I thought they would work up similarly. Enchanted seems to fume a deeper rose colour with the addition of silver, and encasing silver foil with Enchanted will turn the silver foil golden. Effetre Dark Lavender did not substantially alter the colour of silver and didn't change colour itself when used with it.


The leftmost bead where I used my reduction frit blend turned out sort of pretty, with the fritty bits developing diverse blues and purples, but they did that without getting any nifty outline and without developing much of a sheen. The other two beads did nothing worth discussing.


And while Enchanted is fairly reactive with silver, it's not very reactive with these other colours I tested it with. Apart from some separation of Copper Green and Ivory when they're used on top of Enchanted, I didn't observe much in this way.

I didn't make any other beads with Enchanted yet, but if I do, I'll come back and update this with pictures. On the whole, I thought this colour was pretty, but I prefer the price, consistency, and workability of Effetre Dark Lavender. I'd choose this one instead only if I were planning to also work with fine silver and wanted the reactions.

October 30, 2017

Test Results :: Lilac


Reichenbach Lilac (RL6221) is a medium to dark purple that has blue overtones. It is a little less purple and a little less bright than its close cousin Purple Rose, but has better workability since it doesn't boil, pit, and devitrify the way that colour can. It's very, very streaky.


In the leftmost bead here, you can see how crazily streaky this colour is, with the streaks looking both bluer and darker than the rest of the bead. When this colour is reduced, it goes dark and slightly shiny.


Adding silver to Lilac turns it a weird greenish yellow colour. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns white with a faint blush of blue here and there. Any Lilac still visible through the silver continues to look greenish yellow.


Lilac rocks silver glass. Around my reducing silver glass, it's gone brownish and shiny, and even reddish in places, and it has developed really cool delineation around the fritty bits. The frit itself in the leftmost bead has developed colour and shine really well. In the rightmost bead, you can see that I also got very pretty colours from the TerraNova2 frit.


Lilac separates Copper Green, Opal Yellow, and Peace. It develops a reciprocal dark line reaction with Ivory, and it spreads and goes somewhat translucent when used over White and Opal Yellow. It separates on top of Tuxedo.

Here are some other beads made with Lilac: