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October 16, 2017

Test Results :: Venus

CiM Venus (CiM911) is meant to be a transparent coral, and I can see on the CiM page that some people had that experience with it, but for me this colour ended up a light peach rather than a coral and lost its pink blush while I was working it. Since I tend to work a little on the hot side, I'm guessing it is the blasty heat that kills the pink.

I found Venus quite difficult to work with. While I tend to struggle with a lot of the light transparent colours, this one was a real monster for me, bubbling no matter how high in the flame I tried to work with it. So, heat it slowly and carefully, and maybe you will have better luck than I did.

Silver leaf fumed blue for me on top of Venus, and when I encased Silver Foil with Venus it turned gold. Reducing and encasing silver leaf on top of Venus didn't yield anything particularly interesting - the silver turned a greyish colour with hints of blue here and there where there was a break in silver coverage.

I found Venus to be an unexpectedly nice base colour for silver glass. My reducing silver glass got all ethereal and billowy on top of this colour, and I got a pleasing starting strike from my TerraNova2 frit. My reduction frit stringer test was also moderately successful, with lots of swirling blues and turquoises.

Venus is not very reactive with other colours, although Copper Green and Opal Yellow both separate on top of it.

It does a similar thing over Copper Green to what I observed with Dark Lavender, really picking up any red streaks in the CG and showing quite deeply coloured on top of it. This is a fun effect that isn't really a reaction, and I am pondering ways to exploit it. I wonder if flowers made with Copper Green petals overdotted with Dark Lavender or Venus would be pretty?

I didn't have much interest in making additional beads with Venus after the way it misbehaved on me, but I still have almost a full rod and may revisit it in the next few weeks. If so, I'll come back and update with pictures.

October 9, 2017

Test Results :: Jelly Bean

CiM Jelly Bean (CiM461) is similar in hue to Chartreuse tending just a little greener, but worked up a bit differently for me, streaking and bubbling more.

Reducing Jelly Bean doesn't change its colour or opacity.

On top of Jelly Bean, silver spreads and veins, looking lacy and beigeish.

My encased silver test bead cracked (right) and I'm not sure what to think about that. The crack is along the mandrel line so it is quite possibly thermal rather than any kind of compatibility problem, but if I ever have more Jelly Bean I will approach encasing it with a bit of caution.

I really love what my reducing silver glass frit did on top of Jelly Bean. Even though the results in these beads look very different from the results that I got with Chartreuse, the thing that the two glasses have in common is that the silver glass has done fun things with both of them.

Copper Green separates on top of Jelly Bean, and so do Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace. Ivory, Opal Yellow, and Peace separate underneath Jelly Bean too, rising up around its stringer lines and dots in fluffy halos.

Here are some other beads made with Jelly Bean.

October 2, 2017

Test Results :: Dark Lavender

Effetre Dark Lavender (EFF081) is only slightly "darker" than its close cousin Pale Lavender. Because it is a colour-changer like many other lavender glass colours, it can look either blue-ish or pink-ish depending on the light. This means that depending on the kind of light bulbs you have at your torch and in your photography setup, your pictures can end up looking quite different from the finished beads, and the colour of this glass might look quite different while you're working it.

Here's what happens when I turn off my photo lights. Neat colour-shiftiness, right?  Now go ahead and imagine the other pictures in both lights, because I am not doing this for all of them. The rest of the pictures are all either blow-ups from the main set photo or were taken under the same lights as the main set photo.

Here you can see that reducing Dark Lavender (right bead) doesn't change the colour. You can also see that I got a little bubbly scum in this colour while I was using it. This is just an unfortunate bead because on the whole I find this colour nice to work with and bubble-free.

Here is Dark Lavender with some of the other, similar colours that are available. It is noticeably (in this light) bluer than the new CiM Enchanted. I've pictured it here with CiM Pink Champagne, CiM Enchanted, Effetre Rosata Extralux, Effetre Pale Amethyst, and Effetre Pale Lavender Blue.

Silver Leaf on top of Dark Lavender turns golden in colour. I was hoping that I'd get pretty gold in my silver foil bead (centre) as well when I encased it with Dark Lavender, but I didn't so much get that. There is a faint yellowish hint here and there, but the silver foil mostly stayed silver under Dark Lavender. In the bead where I reduced and encased the silver leaf, the silver shows up as a whiteish layer under the clear that is fumed faintly blue at its edges.

Here you can see that Dark Lavender makes an average base colour for silver glass. My silver glass frit stringer test was a bit of a bust. There's some pretty wispiness in the bead, but it's pretty sparse.

On top of White and Ivory, you can really see how pale this Dark Lavender is.

The only one of these colours that it acted funny with is Copper Green. Copper Green on top of Dark Lavender separates and turns reddish at its edges. I am at a loss to explain what happened in the Dark Lavender though... I had to double-check to make sure I hadn't somehow polluted this picture by somehow conflating the different light-type photos in my editing software. I don't have the faintest clue why the Dark Lavender has gotten veiny and pinkish in patches both over and around the Copper Green, but I like it!

Here are some little earring pairs made with Dark Lavender.

September 25, 2017

Test Results :: Monarch

OK, so you've maybe noticed that I'm on a bit of a CiM tear. And why not? New colours, even these ones that are limited runs, are pretty darned exciting for me even after more than nine years on this colour roller coaster.  I won't be blogging all of the new CiMs, but I've tested most of them now.

CiM Monarch (CiM216) is a really beautiful light orange. It does strike a little in the flame, but even after striking, it is still lighter and yellower than the other oranges I've tried. I found that it melted without any irritating boiling or shocking behaviour, and was interestingly reactive with silver and with Tuxedo.

Here, you can see how it strikes a little more orange in the flame. The smaller bead is the one that I waved around in a reduction flame and therefore struck a bit.

Here is Monarch with some of the other oranges I have in my stash right now. You can see that it is much more on the yellow side than CiM Phoenix, CiM Sunset, CiM Harvest, Effetre Dark Zucca, or Effetre Light Zucca. Older batches of Light Zucca can have streaks in it that are this light, yummy orange-yellow but the most recent batch of it (pictured) is much more on the orange side.

On top of Monarch, silver turns a bit golden. It fumes the Monarch underneath a brownish colour. When the silver is reduced and encased, it looks a bluish grey colour.

Monarch makes a splendid base colour for silver glass. I was really surprised at the nice colour I got from my TerraNova2 frit on top of this colour. Rather than a strong dark line, silver glass fritty bits get more of a gentle, fuzzy brown line around them on top of Monarch.

Here you can see Monarch with Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace.  There isn't much to report here except that:

  • Monarch really likes being under Tuxedo and rises up around the Tuxedo in strong orange halos.
  • Copper Green and Monarch have a reciprocal dark line reaction, and Copper Green spreads rather a lot on top of Monarch.

Here are some other beads made with Monarch.

September 19, 2017

Test Results :: Spooky

CiM Spooky (CiM825) is a translucent white colour. I found my rods of Spooky to be a little bit shocky, and I also found that Spooky was a little sensitive to heat - it's not a chronic bubbler, but it is also not difficult to boil this colour by accident if you're not paying attention and park it in your flame for too long.

Nothing happens to Spooky when you reduce it.

Here you can see that Spooky is far more opaque than CiM Cirrus, but slightly more translucent than CiM Marshmallow.

The addition of silver fumes Spooky a gentle amber colour. When the silver is reduced and encased, most of the amber colour disappears in any non-silvered areas, but you can still see it under the silver. The silver turns a greyish colour after reducing and encasing it on top of Spooky.

Spooky is quite interesting with silver glass. It fumed yellow when I reduced this silver glass frit on top of it, and then in the rightmost bead I got a good starting strike from my TerraNova2 frit.

Copper Green separates on top of Spooky, but gets and stays so dark in colour that the only way to enjoy that reaction would be to etch the bead so that it is more visible.  Opal Yellow, Ivory, and Peace all separate on top of Spooky as well.   Ivory gets a light brown reaction line with Spooky. It's similar in colour to the line that forms around Opal Yellow when you use that colour on top of Ivory.

When Spooky is used on top of all of these colours, the only noteworthy thing that happens is that Ivory gets a darkish tan blush to it at the edges of the Spooky dots and stringer lines.

Here are some beads made with Spooky. The darker blues are Vetrofond Light Cobalt and Effetre Dark Periwinkle, and the white dots and stringer work are Effetre White.

September 14, 2017

Test Results :: Rapunzel

CiM Rapunzel (CiM627) is a light lavender pink colour. It's gorgeous with silver and silver glass, and I had buckets of fun combining it with orange and purple. It's a fairly tight colour, by which I mean that it condenses in on itself when you use it on top of other things, and other colours spread on top of it.

I usually make the plain spacers first when I make a set of test beads, but for some reason I started differently with these ones and then forgot to go back and make the plain spacers. I put maybe too much value on consistency, and so I'm probably way more upset about the fact that they're missing from this set of test beads than you are, but I apologize anyway.

Here is Rapunzel with CiM Gellys Sty, CiM Heffalump, Effetre Lilac Dark Dark, Effetre Lavender, and Reichenbach Soft Violet. Rapunzel sits directly between Gellys Sty and Heffalump, hue-wise, and is a very pretty colour.

Where Rapunzel really shines is when you pair it with silver. Silver leaf on top of it fumes the Rapunzel immediately surrounding the silver to a rich brown colour. When the silver is reduced and encased it gets a dark pink and bluish haze to it.

You can see in the leftmost bead here that reducing silver glass frit on top of Rapunzel fumes it a yellowish colour. I guess this is Rapunzel letting down her golden hair?  The reducing silver glass frit develops colour well on top of Rapunzel.

I also got a beautiful starting strike in my TerraNova2 frit on top of this colour and as an added bonus, Rapunzel separated underneath this silver glass colour and popped up around the fritty bits in little rapunzelly halos.

In general, Rapunzel separates with everything, and everything spreads on top of it.  Copper Green separates on top of Rapunzel.

The most noteworthy things that happened here involve Tuxedo and Opal Yellow:
  • Because the colour of Rapunzel is not very dense, it thins out considerably when you use it in thinner layers. It is almost translucent on top of Tuxedo, and you can see that when it separates on top of that colour it gets considerably lighter at the edges forming stringer lines and dots that are almost ghostly in appearance.
  • Rapunzel, when it separates on top of Opal Yellow also takes on some of the Opal Yellow colour. So, instead of looking like a cool pink, it instead looks like a warm, dusty rose colour in the middle of the dots and stringer lines.

Here are some other beads that include Rapunzel.

September 11, 2017

Test Results :: Buttermilk

CiM Buttermilk (CiM315) is a very pale, opaque yellow. It strikes in the flame, blushing a little more yellow as you work it, but doesn't darken significantly. The consistency of it is beautiful, and my rods of Buttermilk were not shocky. Like Bone, this colour fills a gap in my palette that has been open since Vetrofond stopped making us nice pale neutrals.

Here you can see that where I gave Buttermilk an extra shot of heat in a reduction flame, it got a little more yellow. I don't think this is due to the reducing nature of the flame I reheated it in - it warms in colour in a neutral flame as well.

The addition of silver yellows Buttermilk substantially. When the silver is reduced and encased, it does not develop any unusual colours or effects.

Silver glass is pretty on top of Buttermilk. Because Buttermilk is not particularly reactive with silver, it makes a good base for reducing silver glass frit on. I also got a nice starting strike here on my TerraNova2 frit, which tells me that this colour has some promise as a base for striking silver glass as well.

Copper Green separates on top of Buttermilk, ,becoming darker in the middle of stringer dots and lines. Buttermilk separates on top of both Tuxedo and Copper Green. On the whole, this colour is not very reactive and I found it to be quite stable.

Here are some other beads that include Buttermilk.