Wednesday, October 31, 2018

CiM Substitutions - Equivalent colours

Run out of a colour and you are stuck? Try this substitution list for a reasonable facsimile. Remember, the list works in both directions too - it all depends on what you have on hand.

CiM Substitutions List


 

Name
Closest 104 compatible replacement
511109
Bordello
121 Garnet or 122 Maroon
511128
Sangre
123 Hemoglobin, 120 Ladybug, or Effetre transparent red
511204
Peachy Keen
214 Nectar
511241
Creamsicle
216 Monarch or 217 Harvest
511351
Stone Ground
313 Painted Hills or 312 Yellow Brick Road
511422
Aloe Juice
463 Siren
511441
Dragon
435 Ogre
511443
Spearmint
462 Chrysalis
511448
Dirty Martini
440 Pistachio Ice Cream
511450
Chartreuse
461 Jelly Bean
511451
Inchworm
461 Jelly Bean or 478 Oz
511475
Commando
455 Troll, 464 Camouflage, 466 Amphibian
511476
Olive
436 Leaf Men
511483
Slytherin
456 Eel Grass for hue, 432 Loch Ness for density
511508
Leaky Pen
527 Anchor
511550
Chalcedony
589 Zachary or 509 Poseidon
511562
Ming
571 Cornflower, 542 Blue Arrow Frog, or 555 Sacre Bleu
511570
Grumpy Bear
589 Zachary or Effetre dark periwinkle
511590
Great Bluedini
534 Aegean for hue or 548 Barrier Reef for density
511653
Larkspur
652 Count von Count, 626 Enchanted, or Effetre dark lavender
511660
Crocus
645 Heffalump
511701
Ginger
703 Butter Pecan
511815
French Grey
816 Nimbus
511820
Hades
Effetre intense black
511834
Clear
Effetre clear
511835
Peace
817 Foam or Effetre white
511872
Tuxedo
Effetre regular black
511885
Gunmetal
Effetre metallic black
511907
Rose Quartz
904 Gelly's Sty or 910 Paris
511915
Pink Champagne
911 Venus
511921
Blush
909 Charlotte, 910 Paris or 908 Tutu
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Effetre 258 Tongue Pink

I have used Effetre 258 Tongue Pink in the past, and never been able to get any strike out of it at all.

The story goes, and this may be completely wrong - but what I heard was that Tongue Pink started as a contaminated batch of white, that some people liked, and so it was re-branded. Is it true? I don't know for sure.

Anyway - it finally occurred to me that it might do interesting things when worked in a dragon - due to the lengthy working time and repeated heatings and coolings. And worst case scenario - I had a white dragon.

And, in fact - it did strike - it came out quite nice.


For comparison, here is the Powder Pink dragon (on the right) with the Tongue Pink dragon (on the left). Really - you can't call either of them pink - the Tongue pink is a shaded vanilla and salmon, and the Powder Pink is a milk chocolate with cream - but if you ignore the disappointment at neither of them being actual pink - the colours are quite nice and useful in an earthtone palette.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Effetre 262 Powder Pink

Powder Pink is one of those variable colours that you use for how it interacts with other colours, not so much for it's inherent colour. It's earthy, not "pretty."

So here it is in a sculptural use, where you get a lot of heating and cooling going on.

And in this use, it is very nice. The variations in colour make for very nice shading and highlighting.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

NanoGems

I heard about the new "nanogems" for firing and including in Metal Clay. Cubic Zirconias that are "fire in place" can be used in lampwork (assuming they are small enough) - and you know - emailing the company and asking what the COE of the item is - that's a lost cause. First you have to explain what COE is. Then you aren't going to get an answer anyway.

So - I just bought some and tried it.

Verdict is: Nope. Encased or not. The bead doesn't survive and neither does the nanogem.

Oh well - it was worth a shot.

Well - doesn't work with 104 COE glass. Maybe I should try with boro?




Thursday, August 09, 2018

Effetre 238 Navy Blue

I reviewed this before - and totally forgot about it. As before - I don't really consider this to be "Navy Blue," more of a Confederate Blue.

And, as before, it tends to get a metallic dull grey sheen on it.

However, unlike before, this time I etched it ...











And what I got was a lovely slate blue-grey.



This is definitely a colour that responds well to etching.

I like it a lot better now. ;-)

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Desert Adventures

Jean at Nortel has been putting together CiM sample packs, new colours, or coordinated colourways, so that you can try different colours without committing to a full pack of each.

She put one together (at my insistence) that is called Desert Adventures. It looks like a pack of brownish neutrals - hence the desert part of the name, but is made up of CiM colours that can do tricksy or interesting things. Primarily - I wanted to be able to test the different colours - so there might have been a wee bit of self interest in my urging. ;-)

If you want to explore a pack of neutrals/browns/naturals/earthtones for animals, landscapes, or just earthy inspired images - this is a great way to go.

Here be dragons:

Top row, from the left:  CiM 722 Canyon de Chelly - etched, with dots of Effetre 238 Navy blue. Next, CiM 313 Painted Hills - turned out surprisingly light. Next, CiM 719 Moccasin, with turquoise in the base bead, and last in the top row, CiM Canoe, etched. This is my new favourite colour.

Bottom row, from the left, CiM Phoenix. What a great dragon colour! and finally, CiM 727 Van Dyke Brown.

There are more colours in the Desert Adventures, but as you can imagine, making a dragon is non-trivial and takes a lot longer than a simple spacer. ;-) And I wanted to let you know about this colour pack, cuz I think it's cool.