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March 27, 2019

Test Results :: Serengeti

CiM Serengeti (CiM729) is a medium, yellowish brown colour. On CiM's website it says that Serengeti has reddish overtones, and the paddle colour is very orange, but achieving colours like that with Serengeti was not possible for me.

Serengeti is a striking colour. The bead on the right was reduced, but reduction is not necessary to darken it. It will darken with repeated heating and cooling as you're working your bead.

Silver crusts up on the surface of Serengeti, and I think I see the faintest hint of a reddish blush underneath it. When I reduced and encased the silver, it turned pink and blue.

Serengeti seems to make a decent base colour for silver glass, but not a magical one.

When you put Tuxedo on top of Serengeti, it makes the Serengeti separate and raise up in halos around it.

Serengeti does a very interesting thing when you put it on top of Ivory. It both separates gently and if you look at the dots of Serengeti on top of Ivory, it almost looks like there is space underneath them and you could pry them up. The Serengeti separated underneath Ivory as well, screwing up the edges of my stringer lines and dots.

The colour of Serengeti can apparently be made more vivid by applying it on top of Peace or White in thin layers.

These beads all contain some Serengeti:

March 19, 2019

Test Results :: Weeping Willow

CiM Weeping Willow (CiM467) is a pretty medium grey-green opaque colour. I love the more muted colours, so this is right up my alley.

When I reduced Weeping Willow, its greyness increased a little.

Silver crusts up and turns golden in places on top of Weeping Willow. When it is reduced and encased, the yellow is pronounced golden streaks over the grey-blue of the encased silver.

I got pretty colour from my reduction frit on top of Weeping Willow, but not much of a starting strike from the TerraNova2 frit.

Like many other greens, Weeping Willow develops a reciprocal dark line reaction with Ivory.

Weeping Willow, also like many other greens, is a very streaky colour and separated on top of all of the colours I used it with.

Copper Green separates on top of Weeping Willow.

Here are some other beads with Weeping Willow.

March 5, 2019

Test Results :: Petroleum Green

Effetre Petroleum Green (EFF218) is a pretty teal green opaque colour. I had never really used it before I made these beads and some things about it really surprised me.

The things that I found surprising about this colour will maybe not come as surprises to you. For one thing, this colour is very, very streaky. You can see streaks in it when you make simple spacers, and it separates like mad on top of just about everything. It's also very soft -- much softer than using other opaque teals like CiM Mermaid and Effetre Marine Green will prepare you to expect.

I expected Petroleum Green to turn red when I reduced it, but it didn't.

Silver isn't very interesting on top of Petroleum Green until you reduce and encase it and it turns a bright mustard colour. Petroleum Green has this yellow-with-silver-under-clear thing in common with Copper Green, Light Teal, Light Aqua, and Celadon.

Unfortunately, encasing the reduced silver will crack your bead. If you've made beads before with Petroleum Green and silver and then encased your beads with Effetre Super Clear only to find they cracked... well... me too.

Silver Glass is interesting on top of Petroleum Green. Because the Petroleum Green is so very soft, it rises up and swallows frit pretty easily, which is why you might be wondering why I didn't put more frit on the leftmost bead. It is a decent base for striking silver glass colours - my TerraNova2 frit got a very nice starting strike.

As I mentioned already, Petroleum Green separates on top of everyhing. It also gets a creeping brown reaction line with Ivory that is not very uniform.

Opal Yellow and Copper Green both separate on top of this colour.

Here are some beads made with Petroleum Green.