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September 16, 2010

Test Results :: Mojito

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - Over Clear, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf, 5 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 6 - Over Silver Foil, Over Itself, 7 - Over Ivory as a Floral, 8 - w/ Silver Glass Reduction Frit, 9 - w/ Silver Glass Reduction Frit, 10 - w/ TerraNova2 frit, 11 - w/ Tuxedo, 12 - w/ Copper Green, 13 - w/ Opal Yellow, 14 - w/ Ivory, 15 - w/ White

General Impressions
Until recently, it had been a while since I fell in love with a colour and I didn't really expect to love CiM Mojito, but I totally do.

Mojito looks yellowish-orange when you're working it which is a little freaky. It also seems sort of opaque when you put it on top of another transparent colour when both colours are hot. But, as promised by the rod colour, Mojito is a transparent light yellow-green that is deliciously reactive.

In spite of how light it is, Mojito is still very much present in thin layers. In this floral, I've used it on top of Ivory.
Mojito is just a little too stiff to be paired with Ivory for flower petals, but I like the colour of the Mojito over Ivory very much. Perhaps I'll give it a shot with Vetrofond Ivory once I've managed to get my hands on some more of it, since it's a little stiffer than its Effetre cousin.

Mojito has a beautiful consistency, similar to Maple. It is nice and viscous, making it easy to work with. It is a little more prone to bubbling and boiling than Maple, but still well within happy working ranges for me. That said, it was hard to avoid having at least some bubbles in my Mojito beads. Stringers of Mojito boil a little more easily, so you need to be careful to heat them at the outer edge of the flame, a little higher up than you might with other colours.

Many people compare Mojito to Effetre Pale Green Apple, but even though both colours are a pale, yellowish green, Mojito is a little less slime-green and a bit more muted than Pale Green Apple. I think this is great, because I prefer the more sedate hue of the Mojito.


On the left, I've included a photo snippet of a bead I made with Pale Green Apple and silver glass reduction frit. On the right is a similar swath of a bead made with Mojito and a slightly different frit blend. I make these kinds of designs by pulling frit stringer with silver glass reduction frit and then using that stringer to encase a core bead. Another colour I have found to react this way so far with the reduction frit is Light Brown Transparent.

Because the frit I used in both cases was not identical, I'm not sure how much of the difference here is because my 'everything' frit blend has changed over time and how much is native to the glasses. Regardless, both effects are really cool.

Mojito is sort of weird with silver. Weird in a good way.

In the first bead, I put silver leaf onto the bead in an unconventional way because I didn't have enough glass on the mandrel after putting on the leaf and had to swipe on more glass and then add more silver. This has resulted in a very strange-looking creation indeed because the middle of the bead has fumed almost brown and there are silver splatter patterns all the way through the bead that range in colour from greenish-brown to greenish-aqua. The silver that remained on the surface inexplicably turned a shiny pinkish colour. Freaky.

In the bead in the middle, silver leaf reduced over Mojito and then encased with Moretti clear resulted in a shiny silver coating with hints of blue.

In the bead on the far right, silver foil turns brownish gold when encased with Mojito.

The reduced silver glass reduction frit over Mojito combination in the bead on the left doesn't really do a lot for me. With colours like Mojito, I prefer to use my silver glass reduction frit in frit stringers as described above.

In the bead on the right, I used TerraNova2 frit over the Mojito and am pleased with the range of blues and purples I got from it.

With Tuxedo, Ivory and White, Mojito doesn't really have much of a reaction.

On top of Mojito, Copper Green develops a strange, shiny ring around it. Where I put Mojito over Copper Green, it seems to have intensified the turquoise nature of the Copper Green and left a washy light turquoise line behind. This reaction might be worth further study.

On top of Opal Yellow, Mojito looks much more yellow than green and it develops a floaty Opal Yellow halo. On top of Mojito, Opal Yellow blushes a rosy, egg-yolk hue.

Here are some fun beads with Mojito.


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