Friday, March 22, 2019

Pyrex: Boro vs Soft

Here's a pretty thorough article on the

The Pyrex Glass Controversy That Just Won't Die

It's fun to read how them explain COE. 

Worth the read for the insight. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

CiM 488 Peppermint Cream

CiM Peppermint Cream is a tinted neutral. Think of the paint department at the hardware store, and 47 shades of "white." While you ponder whether to paint the spare bedroom in "Polar Blush" vs "Miami Sand" - your significant other has given themselves an eyeroll headache and snuck off to the tool section to fondle the sanders.

Peppermint Cream is a lightly greenish tinted neutral.

It does faithfully match the colour of the unmelted rod. WYSIWYG.

With turquoise (Eff) dots - no reaction, some bleeding.

 Fine-silver - some light fuming.

And the self-coloured spacer. 

 It works up nice - no issues. I think the idea of lightly tinted neutrals and a coordinated, subtle palette is an interesting one. I think it will spawn new designs in beads. More variety of colours also means that it is easier to find your own unique look, which is always a good thing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CiM 317 Baked Alaska

CiM Baked Alaska - a creamy vanilla colour.

 From the left, self-coloured spacer, spacer with fine-silver wire, spacer with dots of Eff turquoise (one of the turquoises) and dots of Baked Alaska on top, and the rightmost bead is the same pattern, with dots of CiM Troi.

 The Troi and the Baked Alaska have done quite a bit of feather and bleeding at the edges. No grey line, however.

Here, the dots are Eff Turquoise.  The Baked Alaska seems to be struggling to cover it completely, but there is a grey reaction line, although it is doing some crazy things the likes of which I have not seen before. Interesting.
 Fine silver wire, which has fumed the Baked Alaska, but not really done the sort of thing you would expect from an ivory.
 This lone spacer turned out darker than the base of the two with dots. Whether it accidentally fumed from being next to the silver wire, I am not sure.
 Here, you can see that these two match the rod quite nicely.

So I'm not sure if Baked Alaska is a vanilla, or a french vanilla. It might be a light yellow, or a light cream. Either way, I think it has lots of potential and I'm keen to do more with it.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CiM 473 Eclectus Parrot

Gawd, this is a gorgeous colour. This whole CiM intense juicy green batch of colours just makes me want to make things in green.

Just for the eye candy - here we have Eclectus Parrot along with the rod.

Now, if you have looked up Eclectus Parrot - to see if there is such a thing as an Eclectus Parrot, you will discover that indeed, you could have also named a shade of red or violet as Eclectus. Because while the male is a beautiful shade of green (this shade), the females are red and blue, and for the longest time, no one realized they were the same species. "Hey, I can't get this cage full of green parrots to breed." "Funny, I have a cage full of red and purple parrots that won't breed either."


Saturday, February 09, 2019

CiM 628 Wisteria

Just another look at Wisteria and Crocus.

Just because they are so pretty.

Left and Centre are Crocus, the one on the right is Wisteria.  Crocus is unClear, Wisteria is more Watery.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

CiM 318 Lemonade and CiM 319 Egg White

Here is another pair intended to match in colour, with different translucencies.

On the left, Lemonade, and on the right, Egg White.  The Lemonade is clearer, the Egg White, more translucent. The second from the left shows a lot of bubbles, but in all fairness - I got it really freakin' hot and I saw it bubble up like crazy when I made it. I'm currently working on a Nortel Arrow, which can deliver a laser-like level of heat.

 Again, with the rod. You can see the finshed bead stays true to the rod.

However, when you heat the glass - it goes bright yellow - like - highlighter yellow. Canaries and Lemons yellow.

Which kind of made me wish for a bright transparent/translucent intense yellow. Because the current batch of Effetre yellow is wishy-washy and eventually I am going to work through my stash of Vetro transparent yellow - and then what?

These two are super match for each other in colour. I am really liking this trend with the matching colours in different translucencies.

CiM 827 Tahitian Pearl

CiM Tahitian Pearl is a colour that develops a glossy metallic dark silver or gunmetal colour.

It does this easily, without any particular effort on the part of the user. In fact, when I put these in the kiln, they actually looked a streaky chocolate brown, which worried me a little, but they came out gorgeous!

The first thing I thought was, what is the comparison with this and Effetre's 065 Metallic Black and 275 Dark Silver Plum?

The top mandrel is a single bead, from the left, Tahitian Pearl, Metallic Black, and Dark Silver Plum. You can see the Metallic Black has a slightly gold hue, and indeed, I have always found it to have richer colours than the Dark Silver Plum. 

The Dark Silver Plum has a bit of a reputation for pitting and creating fireworks, but I can't say that I think this test was definitive enough to say that the Tahitian Pearl doesn't do it - it just wasn't a big enough piece. 

Dark Silver Plum does some nice things with ivory - bleeding and webbing - so it will be worth it to try it with the Tahitian Pearl - as soon as I get my hands on some more of it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

First Look - CiM New Greens

Before I dive into each of these colours individually - I thought I would do a first-up head to head comparison.

The new selection from CiM this season contains a lot of new greens in some very juicy new shades. Let's look, shall we?

Top Mandrel, Two of each colour, self-coloured, from the left:
CiM 480 Anole, CiM 486 Elixir Sparkle, CiM 485 Elixir.
Middle mandrel (aqua marker) From the left, two each of:
CiM 473 Eclectus Parrot, CiM 474 Ectoplasm, CiM 477 Budgerigar. 
Bottom mandrel, (mermaid marker) From the left, two each of:
CiM 472 Mantis, CiM 471 Wheatgrass, CiM 487 Poison Apple.

 Same arrangement, but with flash and some backlighting.

I think at this point, I am most excited about Elixir and Eclectus Parrot and Budgerigar. And Mantis.

Poison Apple (right) has been re-formulated to stay translucent, and Wheatgrass (left) is the companion to match as opal version. Looks like Poison Apple definitely stayed translucent, but Wheatgrass came out pretty transparent for me. But the colour match is good.

Mantis and  Eclectus Parrot (which gets my vote for the most-likely-to-be-misspelled) are another matching pair. The Mantis is the misty opal (bottom) and the E.Parrot is the translucent (top). Definitely a winner here.

Budgie (my vote for name-most-likely-to-be-shortened) (right) and Ectoplasm (left) are another matching pair, with Budgie being the misty opal (yes) and Ecto being the translucent (also yes.) And good colour match.

Anole (left) and Elixir (right) are another matching pair (I sliced up the photo to put them side by side), with Anole being the tranlucent opal and Elixir the misty opal. Colour match is also good.

And finally - Elixir Sparkle, which doesn't sparkle, or match Elixir, so not sure what to say about that. It's a pretty cool colour, actually, the poor thing just look drab in the company of all these other juicy greens. It's not easy being green. ;-)

The option to use various degrees of translucency looks like a lot of fun, and these bright happy greens are certainly a welcome addition to the palette - so yay for greens!