Thursday, September 21, 2017

CiM 217 Harvest

CiM 217 Harvest is a streaky orange that goes grey when hot like most of the coral colours do.  It cools back down to orange, but is quite streaky and variable in colour.

Your mileage may vary - as you can see from the link to the other testers, they find it to be an even and consistent colour - so you need to remember that we all have our own variables and our own way of working. If you don't get the same results as someone else - it doesn't mean there is something wrong with you! 

Below, for comparison, we have Harvest on the left, waves and rod, wave and rod of Monarch in the centre, and mermaid tail and rod of Creamsicle on the right. With the strong studio lighting - Monarch and Creamsicle appear closer in colour than they are in real life.

Harvest is a nice organic orange, not a fluorescent or bright neon orange, and good for fruit and pumpkins and flowers, I think.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CiM 825 Spooky

CiM Spooky was  - according to the folks at Creation is Messy - an attempt to make an Amber Opal. They were disappointed to have the batch come out white, like Cirrus. According to the other testers - it is a lovely white.

However, what I got was ... well - more like an Amber Opal.

I started with two beads - self-coloured spacers, and I was working hot - on the big torch (Mid-range). Right away, I noticed streaks and trails of colour - but at that temperature, I wasn't sure what was going on, or if I had just burned the glass.

I switched to the Mega, and made my wave on a wire. It showed zero signs of streaks or color, and went into the kiln almost water clear. It was lovely. 

For comparison, I did a mermaid tail on wire in Cirrus - on the right in the photo above. 

Same glass - on a grey background to show it off better - Spooky on the left, Cirrus on the right.

I'm thinking it struck in the kiln. The leading edge of the wave always gets more heat, and there is more colour concentrated there, but there was no hint of colour when I kilned it. Maybe I just worked hotter than the other testers, and possibly my kiln runs hotter (maybe that's why I keep losing the metallic reduction on glasses like Thallo and Keto in my kiln?)

So - the Amber is in there - you just have to figure out how to coax it out of there.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CiM 462 Chrysalis

CiM Chrysalis is a translucent seafoam/amazonite colour - although lighter than CiM Seafoam, like that odd batch of Effetre Light Turquoise that looks green - but then works up to be the right color when you heat it. It is lighter than the Kryptonite too.

The goal was for Chrysalis to be an opaque version of Kryptonite, in fact, and while it is more opaque - it is lighter in saturation and hue too.

It gets quite a bit lighter too went worked, and goes more opaque. It's not as translucent as the opals (i.e. Kryptonite), and mostly - it will function as an opaque if it is used, say, as the base of a bead. But if you use it thin, or so that light can shine through it, like a thin leaf or wing - then you can see the light shining through. So I'm not sure how it will fair as, say, small dots on a strongly coloured background. You might need to back it with white then.

This photo show Chrysalis at the top, and Kryptonite below. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

CiM 216 Monarch

CiM Monarch - named for the butterfly (presumably) - is a streaky, variable orange that is perfect for autumn. It is a little less saturated in hue and so not so much the tropical mango orange - more of a natural colour. 

 You can see from the end of the rod - that it changes a bit as it heats, and the over all effect is of streaky variability, which, of course, I like.
 For comparison, on the left is Monarch, and on the right is Creamsicle - which is a brighter, more orangey orange. If it is close to any other colour - I would say that it is more like Effetre 408 - the confusingly named Medium Lemon Yellow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CiM 553 Poolside

CiM Poolside is like a refreshing splash of water, a like tropical aqua that is a little on the green size of true aqua, but not as dark as CiM Agean.

It does get pale when it gets thin.

This is from a different angle, with the lighting set up differently. However you shoot it - it is a super pretty colour and I think it will become rapidly very popular. I see it paired with pink or orange for super pretty or very tropical sets - the sorts of things of which I am completely incapable of making ... . ;-)

Monday, September 11, 2017

CiM 461 Jelly Bean

CiM Jelly Bean - a juicy, juicy green and another exciting addition to the soft glass colour palette!

But - the first thing that comes to mind is ... is this different from the CiM Chartreuse that came out with the last round of new colours?

 Well - yes - if you put them side by side, you can tell them apart - the middle segment here is Chartreuse and the outer segments are Jelly Bean. The Chartreuse is slightly more opaque, and slightly more yellow.
 But just hanging around randomly - I doubt most people will be able to tell the difference. Here, the piece on the left is Jelly Bean, and the leaf on the right is Chartreuse.

This is just Jelly Bean - with a lot of light. Neon is not dead yet. Any way - if you have a production line using Chartreuse - the Jelly Bean will probably make a totally adequate substitution. It is only marginally more blue than the Chartreuse and no where close to the much bluer Inchworm.

Unworked rods - Chartreuse on the left, Jelly Bean on the right.

Listen, I LOVE Chartreuse, and everyone I've showed it too, loves it too. Jelly Bean - just as good IMHO.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

CiM 926 Bone

Is CiM Bone the holy grail of non-reactive cream colours. Well - maybe, but there's a catch.

On close examination - this bead is CiM Bone on the outer two segments, and Effetre Light Ivory on the middle segment, with dots of Effetre Turquoise, and a dot of the base colour (Bone or Ivory) on top. Certainly - they is little in the way of classic sulfur/copper reaction. However, and this is a big however - it is quite difficult to stop this glass from smoking up.
From another angle - the middle section shows a warmish yellow tone, and strong reaction - but the outer sections show no reaction, but a random sooty appearance. 

Of these two in CiM Bone, the top one was deliberately reduced, making a warmer, more antiqued looking piece.
 And from this angle too - the lower piece, worked carefully with a lot of oxygen in the flame (just a little scorch at the base) is a very neutral colour - and the top piece, deliberately reduced - is warmer and more variable.

This glass will open doors for those looking for a non-reactive neutral cream color, I think, but will challenge a lot of people with it's tendency to change colour in a less than fully oxygenated flame. Some folks gonna love it - some gonna hate it.