June 28, 2019

Test Results :: Porpoise


Porpoise (CiM828) is a medium grey opaque. When it is molten, it is disconcertingly green in colour. I thought for sure that the finished beads would be greenish, but they aren't in the least.


Reducing Porpoise turns it brown.


Porpoise seems to fall somewhere between Effetre Light Gray and Effetre Dark Gray in hue. It's much darker than Pearl Grey, and less blue/green than Bayou, another new CiM colour.


On top of Porpoise, reduced silver turns yellow under encasement.


Porpoise gets an interesting light border around TerraNova2 frit, and the colours really popped in my reduction frit bead. It seems like it might be an interesting base colour for silver glass.


Porpoise separates on top of Tuxedo, Copper Green, and Peace. It spreads out on top of Opal Yellow, and develops a brownish dark line reaction with Ivory.

On top of Porpose, Copper Green separates and Ivory develops a dark shadow line around its edges that looks like it has texture.

These beads contain some Porpoise.





June 20, 2019

Test Results :: Cerulean


CiM Cerulean (CiM559) is a medium aqua transparent, almost the same colour as Effetre Light Aqua. It's maybe a shade or two darker than Light Aqua and a little stiffer in its working viscosity.  For me, this colour and Cerulean Sparkle (CiM560) were essentially the same colour so I'm not testing them separately.


Here the small spacer only looks a bit darker because there's less glass on the mandrel to colour-filter the dark grey background. I noticed no real visual difference when I reduced this colour.


On top of Cerulean, silver beads up and disperses the same way as it did on top of CiM Aiko, but unlike my results with that colour the silver here turned greyish and looked a little smeared. 

Cerulean doesn't discolour silver, as you can see in the middle bead where I sandwiched a layer of silver foil between a base and encasement layer of Cerulean.

Finally, when I reduced and encased silver leaf on top of Cerulean I got a lovely silvery and blue-blushed coating underneath my Super Clear.


I got some good starting strike out of my TerraNova 2 frit with this colour, and silver glass seems to generally like it although I don't have much use for the blue-on-blueness of the left bead.


I really like the colour I got from Cerulean when I layered it over Opal Yellow. It got bluer and the dots and lines have a slightly mottled look that is very appealing and organic.

When Cerulean is on top of Ivory, it turns the Ivory brownish the same way Effetre light Aqua does. Strangely enough, when the Ivory is on top, you don't see much reaction between the two colours.

Here are some other beads that include Cerulean:

June 11, 2019

Test Results :: Egg White


Egg White (CiM319) is a pale yellow semi-opaque colour. It's beautifully translucent and only a little reactive with silver. I found some sort of magical reactions when I went through my test set.


I found that once I got the hang of working it a bit higher up in the flame and with less intense heat that I got much fewer of these little white snail trails in the glass. It's good that they're easy to avoid, because they don't really improve the colour.


Silver spreads out and beads up in little circles all over the surface of Egg White. If you encase silver foil with Egg White, you can expect for the silver to turn a bright golden yellow. The bead furthest to the right is the big star here, with my encased and reduced silver leaf over egg white turned lacy, silvery, and blue in a very interesting way.


In the bead where I used and reduced silver glass reduction frit, the Egg White underneath fumes a greenish yellow. My TerraNova2 frit started to strike, but this glass is not an accellerant.



On top of Egg White, Copper Green stays very clean looking and separates into two very different colours. The dots and lines of it look almost like they have depth because of the amount and seriousness of the separation.

Opal Yellow separates on top of Egg White.

Using Egg White stringer on top of Opal Yellow and Ivory creates an interesting amount of depth and colour shift to the base colour underneath. I'm going to need to experiment with this some more.

Here are some other beads made with Egg White.