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July 8, 2010

Test Results :: Split Pea

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 6 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 7 - w/ Copper Green, 8 - w/ Tuxedo, 9 - w/ Opal Yellow, 10 - w/ Ivory, 11 - w/ White

CiM Split Pea is an aptly named, medium spring green. I haven't used the Effetre greens much (Grass Green, Pea Green, etc), so I don't have a good baseline for comparison, which means I also don't have a lot of justification for my marked preference for the CiM greens. Split Pea, Sherwood and Dirty Martini are all greens that make me really happy.

Split Pea, like Sherwood and Poi, is sort of a sticky colour.  CiM Opaques seem to fall into two categories for me so far -- the stiffer, pasty ones, and the soft, sticky ones.

Reducing Split Pea all by itself doesn't have any noticeable effect. (Bead #2)


On top of Split Pea, silver leaf just sort of balls up and sits there, but there also seem to be some interesting, more yellowish striations in this bead and I'm wondering if the silver causes that.  In the bead on the right, with the silver reduced and encased, the effect is sort of like frost or unravelling lace.  Unlike with Sherwood, I didn't get any yellowing in the silver when I encased it.  (I use Effetre 006 clear for this test bead, every time now)

CiM Split Pea isn't as nice with silver glass as its friend Sherwood, but the TerraNova2 frit in the bead on the left did develop some colour, and the halos that formed around it are sort of cool.  The bead on the right, with the reduction frit, didn't really work out all that well.

Split Pea seems to have crazed my Copper Green... it's not sure whether it wants to be grey or turquoise and seems to be trying to be both at once.  The Copper Green lines and dots on top of Split Pea have a very crisp outline.

Tuxedo does not bleed with Split Pea the same way it does many of the other CiM greens.  I had a LOT of crazy bleeding with Elphaba Unique #2, and then a little with Sherwood and then almost none with Split Pea.

I was sort of hoping for the strange, neon outline between these two colours that I got in my Sherwwod test, but it didn't happen for me.  The only really unusual thing that happened here is that the Opal Yellow has separated so that it looks like it has two cracks running around the bead.

With Ivory, Split Pea is tons of fun.  If you look at the middle of this bead, you can see what happens when you heat these colours together enough to web.  There are more examples of this effect at the end of this post too.

And finally, you can get some interesting feathery webbing between Split Pea and White.

Here are some other beads made with Split Pea.  I made the swirly tube last fall, and then made the rest of the beads in the picture to match it for a custom order last month.  The swirly tube was originally made with (I thought) Okey Dokey Artichoky, but then when I tried to make the other beads to match it, the only colour I could find to match was Split Pea.  All of my attempts to match with Artichoky resulted in beads that were too blue or too light in colour. I had both colours in my working box at the same time, so now it's hard to know if I was confused when I thought I'd used the Artichoky and had in fact used Split Pea instead, or if the Artichoky just went like that and now only Split Pea will match it.

The colours used here in the rounds and lentil are Effetre Dark Ivory, Effetre Ivory, CiM Adamantium, CiM Split Pea, Silvered Ivory Stringer and a little Silver Leaf.



  1. Hey Melanie, I think you just sold me on some Split Pea! I like the reactions you had with the white and the ivory. And the tuxedo seems to really stand up nicely on this green. Thanks for indepth work you do.

  2. Great, another convert! :)

    It always makes me happy when someone tells me that they find my blog posts useful. I'm really excited about the next few colours I'll be posting.