Friday, October 20, 2017

Comparison: CiM Siren, Apple Pie, Juniper, Turtle Power

Here are the latest greens from CiM, side by side.

From the left, Siren; Apple Pie; Juniper; and Turtle Power.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CiM 460 Turtle Power

Sadly - my sample of Turtle Power (Heroes on the Halfshell) was less than heroic. In fact, it shocked like a turtle dropped on its shell, quietly blowing off an inch at a time. It was a challenge to make anything.

It's possible that the entire batch is not all like this - in fact - other testers had no problem at all - and say it is a dead ringer for Split Pea.

However, if you are having shocking problems, I would suggest you treat it like Celadon*, and put the rods in the kiln to pre-heat. I usually put three rods in the kiln at a time, with about a third of the rod sticking out of the door. I pick them up in a rod holder, wipe the kiln dust off with a folded paper towel, and use them from there.

My verdict is - "Splinter" has too much influence on this Turtle Power. ;-)

*Also good for EDP - if you have any.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CiM 459 Juniper

CiM Juniper - a bluey green opaque.

It is a well-behaved, somewhat streaky green with no overtones of yellow - in the bluer sage family of greens. It doesn't remind me of anything, so it may be a unique color to the glass palette. It doesn't seem as dark as it shows on the CiM green palette page, though.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CiM 728 Canoe

Canoe - what a beautiful colour! It reminds me of Canyon de Chelly. I strongly suspect that this will do some interesting things with silver, but until I try it - I'm not sure what. Other testers are also loving it, and reporting nice reactions.

I tried working this at different temperatures, and I have to say - across the board, I got pretty consistent results.

This little unicorn horn was worked quite cool - just warm enough to twist.

This pressed starburst - I worked it very hot - this glass goes clear when very hot, then white, and back to brown as it cools. This was heated to clear, and then stamped with a graphite press tool, on a a graphite marver, which  cooled it very rapidly.

There is some variation in colour - I didn't get it quite as hot at the wire end when firepolishing it, but for a streaky glass - this compared to the other pieces are pretty consistent.

I'm looking forward to experimenting with this one some more!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CiM 315 Buttermilk

CiM Buttermilk is an attempt to re-make CiM Cake Batter (307). I think that is a more neutral shade, and, in fact, may be the non-reactive ivory you've been looking for. I haven't been looking for it, I like the reaction, but it is nice to have the option!

I didn't care for the recent CiM Bone as much, because while it is a nice cream neutral - I like the warmer shade of the Effetre Ivory. In fact, I adore Effetre Ivory - it is one of my faves. And the CiM Bone can look similar if you reduce it, but otherwise - it seems to be a rather cool colour.

However, the Buttermilk might be right on the money. It not overtly coloured, but it has a slight hint of warmth to it. But, if you read the other tester's reactions on the CiM site, you will see there is a certain amount of variation of opinion.

CiM classifies this with the yellows, but for me - it is in the neutral family.

And it really hasn't reacted with the turquoise. That is a flat dot with a raised dot - so that is not extreme bleeding.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CiM 458 Apple Pie

Why oh Why
Is an opaque green
labeled "Apple Pie"
Honestly - I don't have an answer for that.

I do know that Apple Pie is a light green opaque in the family with Mint Chip, Primavera, It Ain't Easy Being, Sherbert, Cardamom, Sprout. I highly recommend the CiM page for comparisons, because I don't have any of those with labels on!

Overall - I found it easy to work and trouble free.
There are quite a number of greens in this latest batch - so stay tuned! Posts come every other day or so, or if you subscribe to my facebook page - you can see them there!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

CiM 463 Siren

The Siren call of the sea, or the Sirens of the Sea. This is a sea-green. It is supposed to be a re-make of CiM Aloe Juice (422) - but as I have no reliably labeled Aloe Juice, I can't speak to that. Other testers do report that it is a dead ringer though.

However, like Aloe Juice, I did have problems with it boiling and scumming a little. I tried working it cooler and slower, and it helped a little.

 You can see from this close-up - quite a lot of bubbling at the edges.

Whether you can use this to your advantage in your designs, i.e. a trail of bubbles from a fish in an aquarium bead, or if it will just make you crazy - that is up to you.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dichro on Color Glass - from Riley Designs

Once upon a time, I got my hands on some dichroic glass that was on coloured glass, instead of just clear or black. I loved it, but sadly - soon it was all gone.

But now - Riley Dichro has made some  - and it is gorgeous! 

 Now, some people have said to me - what is the point? You can just make a bead in whatever colour and then put the dichro on clear on top. Well - yes - but it doesn't look the same. For one thing, there is a layer of clear in between. Or you put the colour on top, but that changes the dichro. Or you flip the dichro over, but that gives you a clear on the outside. It means bigger, more layers, less intensity. And completely eliminates some shapes because of having to build the layers and the encasing.

Oh, just try it and see what I mean.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Double Helix Thallo - Eye Candy

Just some eye candy. Off mandrel pendants made with Double Helix Thallo, reduced more or less.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Double Helix Keto revisited

Remember that I was somewhat disappointed with the Keto when it came out of the kiln? Well - yes, once again it was the result of my kiln "eating" the reduction.

Because this is what they looked like when I tried it again with the kiln at BeadFX.

 For comparison - the two on the left were annealed in my studio kiln, and the rest in the BeadFX studio kiln.

I'm going to try fiddling with the temperature I have my kiln set at. This is ridiculous.

Anyway - the Keto really is stunning, isn't it?

Accidentally snapped one, but you can see the inside - the colour is still the same, right down to the white speckles.  The reduction is sitting on the surface.

 The Double Helix site shows Keto reduced and encased, so I thought I would try that too.  
A spacer, encased in Zephyr. 

And a focal, Keto, reduced, encased with Zephyr, and the encasing textured with a blade. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

CiM 626 Enchanted

CiM Enchanted is a colour shifter - a colour known as Alexandrite (after the stone) for those of you who are used to buying commercially-made beads like Czech Firepolish and Swarovski crystal. Enchanted was made to replace CiM Jellyfish - another colour-shifter, or to be like the Effetre 081. I don't have either lying around reliably labeled at the moment, so I can't speak to that.

I can say, however, that it has a definite colour-shift - depending on the lighting. IMHO - it is most beautiful in sunlight. Check out the videos to see the effect.

Just wandering around my studio - from the photography area - over to my desk, from expensive highly tuned compact fluorescents to LEDs to whatever.


And to outdoors in the sunlight - which I think is the loveliest.


I did see some scumming/small bubbles, but as I worked further down the rod, it seemed to be less of a problem, but you can see the results here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CiM 217 Harvest

CiM 217 Harvest is a streaky orange that goes grey when hot like most of the coral colours do.  It cools back down to orange, but is quite streaky and variable in colour.

Your mileage may vary - as you can see from the link to the other testers, they find it to be an even and consistent colour - so you need to remember that we all have our own variables and our own way of working. If you don't get the same results as someone else - it doesn't mean there is something wrong with you! 

Below, for comparison, we have Harvest on the left, waves and rod, wave and rod of Monarch in the centre, and mermaid tail and rod of Creamsicle on the right. With the strong studio lighting - Monarch and Creamsicle appear closer in colour than they are in real life.

Harvest is a nice organic orange, not a fluorescent or bright neon orange, and good for fruit and pumpkins and flowers, I think.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CiM 825 Spooky

CiM Spooky was  - according to the folks at Creation is Messy - an attempt to make an Amber Opal. They were disappointed to have the batch come out white, like Cirrus. According to the other testers - it is a lovely white.

However, what I got was ... well - more like an Amber Opal.

I started with two beads - self-coloured spacers, and I was working hot - on the big torch (Mid-range). Right away, I noticed streaks and trails of colour - but at that temperature, I wasn't sure what was going on, or if I had just burned the glass.

I switched to the Mega, and made my wave on a wire. It showed zero signs of streaks or color, and went into the kiln almost water clear. It was lovely. 

For comparison, I did a mermaid tail on wire in Cirrus - on the right in the photo above. 

Same glass - on a grey background to show it off better - Spooky on the left, Cirrus on the right.

I'm thinking it struck in the kiln. The leading edge of the wave always gets more heat, and there is more colour concentrated there, but there was no hint of colour when I kilned it. Maybe I just worked hotter than the other testers, and possibly my kiln runs hotter (maybe that's why I keep losing the metallic reduction on glasses like Thallo and Keto in my kiln?)

So - the Amber is in there - you just have to figure out how to coax it out of there.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CiM 462 Chrysalis

CiM Chrysalis is a translucent seafoam/amazonite colour - although lighter than CiM Seafoam, like that odd batch of Effetre Light Turquoise that looks green - but then works up to be the right color when you heat it. It is lighter than the Kryptonite too.

The goal was for Chrysalis to be an opaque version of Kryptonite, in fact, and while it is more opaque - it is lighter in saturation and hue too.

It gets quite a bit lighter too went worked, and goes more opaque. It's not as translucent as the opals (i.e. Kryptonite), and mostly - it will function as an opaque if it is used, say, as the base of a bead. But if you use it thin, or so that light can shine through it, like a thin leaf or wing - then you can see the light shining through. So I'm not sure how it will fair as, say, small dots on a strongly coloured background. You might need to back it with white then.

This photo show Chrysalis at the top, and Kryptonite below. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

CiM 216 Monarch

CiM Monarch - named for the butterfly (presumably) - is a streaky, variable orange that is perfect for autumn. It is a little less saturated in hue and so not so much the tropical mango orange - more of a natural colour. 

 You can see from the end of the rod - that it changes a bit as it heats, and the over all effect is of streaky variability, which, of course, I like.
 For comparison, on the left is Monarch, and on the right is Creamsicle - which is a brighter, more orangey orange. If it is close to any other colour - I would say that it is more like Effetre 408 - the confusingly named Medium Lemon Yellow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CiM 553 Poolside

CiM Poolside is like a refreshing splash of water, a like tropical aqua that is a little on the green size of true aqua, but not as dark as CiM Agean.

It does get pale when it gets thin.

This is from a different angle, with the lighting set up differently. However you shoot it - it is a super pretty colour and I think it will become rapidly very popular. I see it paired with pink or orange for super pretty or very tropical sets - the sorts of things of which I am completely incapable of making ... . ;-)