Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CiM 549 Sea Mist

CiM Sea Mist - a translucent grey that evokes fog and rain and mist.

It starts as a translucent blue, but comes out of the kiln rather more neutral

 In fact, it seems to be doing a bit of a colour shift in the camera - it is more of a foggy grey than what I am seeing on the monitor - which looks a bit yellowed.
In fact - this is closer to what I am seeing - but gok what your monitor/screen/cell phone will render it as.

I do have to say that the limited amount that I have tried had some significant shocking going on. Not the kind of continuous blowing off the tip and turning into frit shocking that makes me just toss a rod as being unworkable, but when it shocked - it shocked big time - blowing a big shard off the side or cracking off a couple of inches. Might have just been what I had, might be the nature of the beast - but just so you know.

I am really quite take with this colour - regardless of that. But I have a soft squishy spot for the translucent colours.

Monday, March 20, 2017

CiM 452 Peat Moss

I am weirdly excited by this colour - it is a yellowy-browny-green. Maybe it is the hard-to-classify colours that appeal to me - they are more complex, harder to categorized and stretch the perception a little bit.

Like the CiM Eel Grass, CiM Peat Moss was also inclined to form lots of small bubbles.

When you put this next to the bright greens, it looks brown, but on it's own, you would just classify it as a green in the olive family.

I like this one - I can definitely see using this!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CiM 514 Cornsilk

CiM Cornsilk is a translucent yellow that is, well - the colour of corn silk.

It has an ethereal quality, and is light enough to need some contrast to show well. 

Compare the white background to the black background below. 

It goes deep yellow when heated, giving you the initial impression that it might strike, but cools right back to the original rod colour.

Better on black. JMHO.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CiM 451 Inchworm

If you though CiM's new Chartreuse was juicy (and it is) - then Inchworm is a close second.

Less yellow, but a very bright, green - translucent - not quite a totally transparent colour.

Another wonderfully springy green.

Comparison: Inchworm on the left, Chartreuse on the right.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CiM 456 Eel Grass

CiM Eel Grass - a pretty, transparent, muted green. I really like the colour. I do have to say though - that it really wanted to form tiny little bubbles. I found that working it in a softer, slightly bushy flame helped, but if you are looking for a flawless encasing colour - this one will make you a little crazy.

See the bubbles in the edges? It got better with subsequent pieces as I softened up the flame, but just something to be aware of.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CiM 551 Prussian Blue

CiM Prussian Blue is an opaque, dark steel blue. When it is hot - it goes blue and green, and looks very much like Class M Planet.

Once out of the kiln though - the colours are more of a blue and a steel grey, darker than Class M Planet. Interestingly, the final brush with the flame across the glass brings up a colour that is more like a periwinkle, before it goes in the kiln - but there is no sign of that after it comes out. That actually seems to be where the bulk of the steel grey is after - so some experimenting with heating would be in order, I think.

Interesting. Not sure what to do with it yet. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Effetre 248 Light Grey

And now, apparently I'm doing opaque greys. What is the world coming to?

Effetre 248 Light Grey is a warm grey with a hit of brown - a tendency to develop streaky brown bits.

I don't know if you can eliminate this by turning up the oxygen - as it almost looks a little sooty there too. 

 For comparison: from the left, Eff 268 Pearl Grey, Eff 248 Light Grey, and Vetro 250 Medium Warm Grey. Quite a wide range!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

I am not alone: Bits on Wire / Headpins

I've been making these lampwork things on wire for a while now - and been feeling a bit like a voice in the wilderness. I mean, I'm not making beads here. There's a possibility that the bead police will show up and revoke my torch.

Except - while cruising pinterest looking for something else - I found lots of others making headpins in leaves and flowers and even vintage Czech stuff.

So that's cool. I am not alone after all.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Vetro 250 Medium Opaque Warm Grey

An old batch of Vetro grey. You can see that the rods are quite variable, and the end result is a little streaky.


Just for comparison, here they are next to the last post's Eff Pearl Grey. Worlds apart. Again - how can one word describe both of these?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Effetre 268 Pearl Grey

What, more grey? She-who-hates-grey is doing more grey? What is the world coming to?

Effetre Pearl Grey is a very neutral, pure grey, but quite light in saturation. And when you put it on a black back ground - it looks even lighter! 

Saturday, March 04, 2017

More Triton - eye candy

Again - done at the studio at BeadFX. Really wish I got these results at home.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Comparison: CiM 904 Gelly's Sty vs ... Effetre 380 Dark Pink Alabastro?

The pink that put Creation is Messy on the map. Still a great colour. Gelly's Sty.

Now this - I THINK, is Dark Pink Alabastro. It's either an alabatro or an opalino, and given that it is even boil-ier than usual - I'm thinking the alabastro.

 Funny how all those organic characteristics like the boiling and developing odd colours bugged me when I made beads, and now that I make ... whatever these are - I just accept the idiosyncrasies.

Gelly's Sty on the left, Dark Pink Alabastro on the right. Both pink. Both nothing alike. One word to describe both colours just seems inadequate. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Bullseye 2050 Salmon Opal

I picked up a pound or two of this dirt cheap ages ago, as it had been dropped and broken into little pieces about 4 inches long. But apparently pink is what I need right now - so I dragged it out.

It's a funny glass - almost shaded - a bunch of rods together look almost like venetian blinds. (Roll them, and the blinds close!) There is a strip of colour along one side, and the end result is stripey - almost like filigrana, but with a blur.

Pretty, isn't it?