Monday, June 29, 2015

CiM 533: Blue-Yah!

CiM Blue-Yah! - a well-behaved, dark transparent aqua. Just an absolutely gorgeous dark aqua, intense enough to be used thin and still be colourful, and not so intense that thick layers of it no longer read as a nice, useful colour.

As you can see from the mostly used rod, what you see is absolutely what you get. 

The colour seems very familiar - like I've seen it somewhere before.

And you know it is hard to photograph aqua and get an accurate colour. Maybe I need something for reference ... .

Wait a minute ... .

 There you go! CiM Blue-Yah! is exactly the colour of Windex.

Now, I don't know if there are regional variations in Windex. I don't know if US Windex is tinted a different colour from Canadian Windex, or if Windex in Sweden is a different colour from Windex in France. 

Hmmm  - according to the S.C. Johnson website - that colour is Liquitint® Sky Blue. How cool is knowing that?

Here they are, back lit.

I'm pretty sure that naming this colour "Windex" would be a major bad idea and rain down lawyers - but having a glass the colour of glass cleaner is a nice little piece of apropos, don't you think?

And if you have ever looked at a bottle of Windex and thought - damn, I wish there was a glass that colour - well - there is. Blue-Yah!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CiM 214: Nectar

CiM's Nectar is cast in the vein of Eff 068 - a pinkish rod that goes deeper and richer in colour when worked.

I think Nectar goes a little warmer in color and a little less orange - but I'm basing that on memory - so don't rely on it.

The rods are a slightly pinkish colour, but the worked glass is a rich honey coloured amber.

Here you can see the contrast in colours.

It does seem a little prone to air bubbles - possibly working it cooler than I do could stop that. 

Ah - but here's the thing - layer it over silver foil and you get a rich, antique gold look. Effetre's 068 will do this, not quite as dark, as will Effetre 049 Straw Yellow - which will also give you a rich, deep gold effect over silver foil. The schmutz on the bead is kiln dust - it wiped off - after I took the photo, of course.

Other side of the bead. No need to mortgage the house to buy gold leaf - just use silver foil and encase it with Nectar. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Eff855 Grigio Verde

Another obscure glass from the vaults - this is Effetre's Grigio Verde - which translates to Gray Green. It is a sagey, greenish grey.

 It's a little streaky, as you can see, and photographs very nicely.

It's a very organic colour - and you could use it for frogs and leaves and cactus and making stuff that needs to look natural. Maybe even an elephant.

It's not a colour I would revel in and use just for the gloriousness of it - but hey - it's grey, so there you go.