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September 19, 2011

Test Results :: Army Men

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 & 8 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

CiM Army Men is a very, very streaky colour. It is also really pretty, very close to the same shade as ASK Aloe Vera / Kugler Isar Blue. This colour is greener and greyer than Commando. It is a very soft opaque and the working consistency of it is beautiful.

Army Men is a relatively stable colour, and doesn't seem overly reactive. It's gorgeous in vine cane.

Here, silver leaf on Army Men gently yellows the army men, but seems to just sit on top of it in a lacy pattern. When the silver is reduced and encased, the yellowish green aura that it emits is sort of icky looking, but also kind of intriguing.

Army Men seems to be a better base colour for striking silver glass colours than it is for reduction ones.  The reduction frit has yellowed the Army Men quite a bit, but the reaction / results are otherwise unremarkable aside from a few haloed frit bits. The decisive green halos that popped up around the TerraNova2 frit are much more interesting. The TerraNova2 frit struck nicely here, in the purple/blue ranges. I think if I'd struck it again there's be more blue.

Most of the blotchiness you see in the bead on the left, above, is the result of Army Men's streakiness. Army Men seems to not be a very reactive colour at all. Here is a short list of the reactions I see in these beads, however the reactions are very subtle:

  • Copper Green on top of Army Men looks pinkish and shiny.
  • Opal Yellow on top of Army Men strikes to a pinkish-orange colour in the centre of dots and stringer lines.
  • A gentle, thin dark line springs up around Army Men when it is placed on top of Ivory.
  • Army Men seems to thin out a little and spread on top of Peace.
  • The separation and streakiness of Army Men is most apparent in the beads above with Tuxedo, Ivory and Peace.

Here are some fun beads with Army Men:



  1. Holy smokes what great information. Thank you so much for posting this. I am becoming a faithful follower!

  2. You're welcome, Libby, and thank you for reading!