Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Comparison: CiM 525 Marine and CiM 522 Tuscan Teal

CiM's Marine and Tuscan Teal - having just done both - I thought I'd show you the two side-by-side.

Top mandrel is Marine (from the left, self, self, over clear)
Bottom mandrel is Tuscan Teal (from the left, self, over clear, over white)

The Tuscan Teal is a little more green, but is very similar in value (how dark it is). Both are intense enough to hold up to dilution, i.e. using over a lighter colour (such as white) or over clear. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CiM 522 Tuscan Teal

Another wonderful colour - a transparent dark teal. Although it is classified in with CiM's blues, it is leaning to the green-ish side.

Top mandrel, from the left, self-coloured, over clear, over white.

Bottom mandrel, all over white. 

You can see that it is a pretty dark colour (left) and holds up well over clear (right). 
These dark aquas and teals don't really need me to say anything about them - they are just so inherently lovely - you just need them, regardless. ;-)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Riley Designs Dichro - Cyan / Dark Red

Cyan / Dark Red is one of the more common colours you will see in Dichro, along with the Magenta / Blue. Once again, I should have photo'd the rod before working it.

On the left, a core of CiM Orange Crush, a layer of dichro, and encased in Uroboros clear. On the right, a core of Uro clear, dichro, and encase Uro clear.

Kind of hard to get the rationale for the name from these pics, but who cares, they are yummy.

 These are a base of CiM Mariner (a transparent teal), a layer of dichro, and encase in Uro clear. The dichro is more like green and gold, with just a hit of red.

Definitely a cooler look to the colours than the last dichro, though. Cool as in color, not cooler as in desirability - which they are both equally gorgeous.

CiM 525 Marine

Hard to beat a dark aqua blue - it really is a beautiful colour - and so Marine is no exception.

From the left, two self-coloured beads, and on the right, a clear core. This dark aqua is really dark, and shines over clear.
 With a strong backlight - it's really wonderful. I didn't have any problems with it bubbling or boiling, but I generally don't with aquas. My technique actually works for me in this case - or whatever it is that I do that no one else is doing.
 And here's a decorative doo-dad - the colour is really wonderful.
 And again - backlit. Ooops - some heat cracks in that - let it cool too much. Damn.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CiM 209 Alley Cat Again

I know I've reviewed Alley Cat (Alleycat? Allez cat!) before - it just surprises me with it's orange-ness.

A set of CiM Alley Cat with dots in Effetre 432 Medium Red - which, is an opaque - but doesn't look like an opaque here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comparison: CiM Reds

OK - time for a head to head comparison - these brilliant CiM transparent reds. They are yummy, yummy, yummy - but how different are they?

We're going to look at 4 reds: from the top, CiM  113 Rudolph, CiM 106 Firecracker, CiM 101 Marachino, CiM 111 Bing.

 And here is the other end of the same rods, in the same order. In real life, they are this similar too.

 Because they look diffent over clear, I tried them both way. The top is a clear cylinder, with stripes of (from the left), Rudolph, Firecracker, Marachino, Bing. And the con-joined bead on the bottom is the same order, from the left, Rudolph, Firecracker, Marachino, Bing.
  Close up, from the left, Rudolph, Firecracker, Marachino, Bing. The Marachino is slightly darker, the Bing appears to be slightly more orange. The firecracker looks slightly more streaky, but otherwise, the same colour as Rudolph.
 And again, a close up, over clear, from the left, Rudolph, Firecracker, Marachino, Bing.Functionally, no difference.
 And with a strong backlight - the Marachino bead is noticeably more opaque.

Damn. I just realized I left Radio Flyer out of this test. Poop.

All great reds - love 'em. Firecracker and Rudolph are pretty much interchangeable, I would say.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

CiM 113 Rudolph

had a very shiny nose ... here is that shiny, red nose.

CiM Rudolph, another bright happy red.

From the left - two self-coloured beads, and on the right, a clear core with Rudolph encasing.

The Rudolph also goes cloudy, and seems to opacify (is that a word?) more completely - but I can see "windows" of clear into it. The encased bead has stayed nicely clear though.

Another stunning shade of red. Starting to wonder how different these shades are, however.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CiM 106 Firecracker

Speaking of firecrackers (last post was a wine glass and a firecracker), Firecracker is suddenly a HOT name in glass, with both a CiM Firecracker and an Effetre Firecracker landing on my bench last week. (The Effetre, I will get to later.)

The CiM Firecracker is a gorgeous, intense "power" red, a transparent that goes cloudy as you work it more. I have reviewed Firecracker in the past, but got different results, with it being slower to strike.

The top bead has solid ends, and a clear core, encased in Firecracker. 

The bottom row is two self coloured beads on the left, and a clear core encase in Firecracker on the right.

 Here are those two self-coloured beads. The first one made, on the left, is opaque, from the process of heating and cooling, and the next one is less opaque, it has been through fewer heating and cooling cycles.

Even with a clear core - some cloudiness has happened, due to keeping the other beads warm.

I started with two bead of solid Firecracker for the ends, and then in-filled with clear, and encased the clear with more firecracker. You can see the spiral of cloudiness from laying down the Firecracker and melting it in.

It's a super pretty, bright red, no traces of brown in it. If you don't mind the opacity - it's still a win!