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March 13, 2013

Test Results :: Tangerine

1 - Plain, 2 - Plain (reduced), 3 - w/ Silver Leaf, 4 - w/ Silver Leaf (reduced & encased), 5 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (reduced), 6 - w/ TerraNova2 Frit, 7 - Over Silver Foil, 8 - w/ Silver Glass Frit (frit stringer), 9 & 10 - w/ Tuxedo, Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace

CiM Tangerine is a transparent orange colour that requires striking in order to achieve its full brilliance. I didn't have the best of luck with this colour and found it harder to strike than Effetre Striking Orange. Tangerine is similar enough to Striking Orange, huewise, that I consider Striking Orange to be a better colour because of its relative ease of use. I haven't tested CiM Clockwork yet, and am interested in what I will find when I do. Lots of people prefer Clockwork to Striking Orange and I am looking forward to finding out why.

Here you can see in the bead on the right that I had some trouble striking this glass. The bead on the right is reduced, so either I didn't strike the glass properly before reducing it, or striking it in the reduction flame unstruck the colour. It's sort of hard to say without conducting some more tests to be sure.

Here, in the bead on the left you can see that my silver leaf has changed the colour of the Tangerine almost to black, and only a few bright beads of silver are visible on the surface. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns grey and blue and shiny. Interestingly enough, the orange shows as orange again rather than black once it's encased.

In Bead #7 (see group shot) I tried to encase some silver foil to see what colour the foil would turn, and it turned black pretty uniformly. I also tried my frit stringer test in Bead #8, and that also produced nothing very beautiful, with my frit stringer turning a mottled grey underneath the clear encasement layer.

However, although Tangerine is kinda weird and dark with silver, my reducing silver glass looks stunning on top of it. Like the silver leaf, it has turned the Tangerine a very dark colour but the frit has reduced very nicely on top of Tangerine and its edges have a mottled, three-dimensional appearance. The test with TerraNova2 yielded some patches of interesting colour, but not enough to try it again. Tangerine definitely seems to be a nicer base for the reduction silver glasses.

Reactions with Tangerine are not that exciting, but Copper Green, Opal Yellow, Ivory and Peace all separate on top of it. Tangerine seems to be one of those colours that helps Copper Green not 'grey up' and get that metallic grey film on it.

The strangest reaction is on top of Opal Yellow, where you can see the brownish middle of the line where I applied Tangerine stringer, and then a sort of paler ghost line surrounding it.

Here, I used Tangerine with Light Zucca, Clear and Peace in the cane for the flower petals.


  1. I like Clockwork as opposed to striking orange because I get more of an orange color from it. A lot of times my striking orange tends to look more red than orange.

  2. I can see that... my Striking Orange test beads have a decidedly red tint to them. Thanks for sharing that!