Friday, December 19, 2014

CiM 765 Chai

Not a new colour, I reviewed it last in 2008. CiM lists it in with their browns, and certainly - some people are getting a much darker colour with it than I am.

While the rod is a little darker than the last time around, the beads came out pretty similar. '

The leaf - which is cooled rapidly by mashing and then reheated along the edges, has some much more interesting colour variations.  Some interesting possibilities there.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CiM 902 Primrose

CiM Primrose is all kinds of yummy pink-sugar goodness. What a pretty, useful, opaque pink - for those, of course, who like pink.

I did find it a little shocky -  but for a pretty, opaque, pale pink - this is an excellent choice.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CiM 903 Whisper

CiM Whisper is a translucent, moonstone-type glass, that sucks up the light. (Not to be confused with Effetre's Whisper.)

Held up right under a light, it is a pleasant enough warmish light ... non-descript colour. I don't know - paleish pink.

But mostly it just looks scorched to me. Maybe I actually did scorch it. This might be your cup of tea, but sadly - not mine. Oh well - can't like 'em all.

Friday, December 12, 2014

CiM 617 Trapeze

CiM Trapeze is a wonderfully transparent medium lavender - that I get the feeling is supposed to colour shift. It has that colour about it that looks like others that shift, and I see a little tonal variation, but not huge, dramatic shifts. This may say more about my lighting options and the lack of sunlight than about the glass, however.

Like others of it's ilk - other purple-blue "Alexandrite" colour shift glasses - it is dreamy to work. Very clear, tiny bubbles, but no scumming. I wish "clear" was this nice.

 I wandered around the house, looking for different lights to shoot with. You can see a difference between the above and below, but it's hard to say how much of the colour change is a shift, or is a result of the colour of the light.

Anyhoo - it's a nice, magical colour.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Hey now - I really like this one. Off mandrel cabochon.

I really like the way this came out. Almost like a poppy. Woohoo!

Monday, December 08, 2014

CiM 114 Hearthrob

And here is yet another "c'mon baby light my fire" red from CiM.

Think Valentine's day for this one, and a super-bright red it is.

Again - it is slightly streaky and transparent in places - although where is has gone opaque, it is really quite opaque. 

 Again, it stays pretty true to the unworked rod colour.
 And again, while this photographs better than the last two reds (Cinnamon Jelly and Poppy) - this is the same degree of colour correction, for comparison.

Friday, December 05, 2014

CiM 117 Cinnamon Jelly

Another red from CiM - this is Cinnamon Jelly. This is another, super bright intense red.

The unworked rod, to my eye, in artificial light, has a slightly livery, brownish tone, but that appears to disappear when worked.

Like some other transparent reds, it strikes to a cloudy red when repeated heated and cooled. You can see here that the barrel or tube bead on the right side, on the mandrel, is quite transparent at the end, where I finished it and then kilned it, without the repeated cooling and heating cycles of the other beads. 

 Again, the above photo seems orangish to me, and this is the color corrected version that more closely matches the actual colour that I see as I sit here and type this.

 Here's a squiggly little buggly-boo, and you can see the translucent/transparent thing going on.
 Pretty juicy, eh?
But wait - there's still more hot red to come!