Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CiM 121 Garnet

CiM Garnet - a very, very rich dark red. I, frankly, had some problems with this one - although I see from the CiM site that it might well have been from not heating it enough to start. Ha - me working too cool, who would have thunk it?

In all fairness - I made no effort to strike this, as red generally strikes as you work it, and I often like the slightly unstruck fire opal orange edges.

However - this glass seems to develop a greyish streakiness that does not go away by itself.

First off - the rod. This is a very dark, very dense red. Garnet usually is. 

This looks quite orangey - but is strongly side-lit. You can definitely see where it has developed colour unevenly though. 
 Same piece, backlit.
and just regular light.
This one, I encased. It had grey streaks when I encased it, and they did not go away. I expected them too.
Maybe I'm being overly picky, it is definitely red - but not a sparkling juicy red.
Very strong side-light.
And again, on the other side. Maybe you can actually plan for this and use it to good advantage.
Two curly doo-dads - (I am currently taking a break from bead-cleaning) - encased in clear - three different lightings. If nothing else - this shows you what a difference the light can make.

And the same three approaches to some leafy bits.

And a banner. Here - where the glass is thin - it really shines as a colour.

And this one I rather like. Again - thin enough to really show the colour.

Unfortunately - you can see some cracking in the glass around the wire.
Still - I like this piece.
Garnet - I would suggest trying the heat-to-clear approach with this, and make a point of striking it instead of leaving it to strike in the kiln or just as you work it. It's very dark and may be daunting to the beginner.

Round 2

I decided that with that little stumpy end, I wanted to see what happened if I melted it clear - got it so hot that it went clear. And this is the lovely little jewel that resulted. I got it drippy hot, completely clear, wound off the bead, and watched it cool and go red before my eyes without striking. And popped it in the kiln. Beautiful!

And with the tiny bit I had left - you just can't get it that hot and put it on the wire - the wire won't handle that kind of heat - due to being that much thinner. I encased it, and pulled it - which cools it quite quickly. I got some grey streaks and this time - spent rather a lot of time trying to re-heat them and strike them out. Fortunately, that reduced them significantly - although I won't say they are completely gone.

 Same leaf - stronger light.
 And here is the leaf and the bead together. A very dramatic difference in colour.

 Not sure what to make of all this. Definitely a glass that can challenge you. The spacer bead is gorgeous, in other applications - you are going to get different results.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vetro 976 Key Lime

I don't know that this will help you much - I don't know if you can buy it anywhere - but maybe you have some and have been saving it. I probably have less than a pound, and I'm certainly not selling it.

This is Vetro - Vetrofond - 976 - Key Lime. 

It is an acid yellow green - and not like any other colour I am familiar with. A true chartreuse.

It is so vibrant and it just pops. It is an excellent accent colour with other colours.

Anyway - if this is a colour you love - you're going to have to hunt for  this - but you'll probably have to haunt ebay or etsy for it.

Anyway - just wanted to record it - before it is all gone. Vetro made two extraordinary colours - this and 977 Parrot Green, which we just haven't seen the likes of since.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

CiM 542 Blue Arrow Frog

CiM Blue Arrow Frog - named for that colourful poison frog - Dendrobates tinctorius azureus - the whole poison frog thing is very interesting - you should read it. They get their poison from their diet - not by manufacturing it, for instance. 

And maybe make a frog bead too. Turquoise frit. Some black frit for the dots - or maybe a dark iris reduction frit?

Anyway, this super pretty opaque dark blue is virtually indistinguishable from Effetre 242 Medium Lapis. How indistinguishable, you ask?  

Well - that centre bead has dots of Medium Lapis on it. 

Maybe from this angle? 
 How about now - right up under the light?

Yep - that's how close they are. I think you can fairly safely consider Blue Arrow Frog and Medium Lapis to be interchangeable.

What a wonderful colour. Mmmm - bluuuuuuue. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CiM 540 Class M Planet

CiM Class M Planet. Maybe you've been looking for one of these? (Cuz this one seems to have some issues - is the warranty about to run out?)

CiM's website says that this is a "opaque blue laden with silver" - which causes me to wonder what other tricks it might have up it's sleeve?

The rod is an opaque, slatey blue.

From the left - two self coloured spacers and one with dark ivory dots. 
 You can see the greenish tone on the spacers and the dotted spacer. Note also the bleeding/feathering and light reaction at the edge of the ivory dots.

And, a round bead, in honor of the name. 
 Here - however, in a more worked piece, you see this colour start to differentiate itself.
 A greenish blush has formed, apparently relative to cooling and heating.
I suspect this glass will need more playing with to understand it's full potential.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CiM 122 Maroon

CiM Maroon - no five, thank you very much - is one of those very dark reds that leaves you wondering if is a transparent or an opaque. CiM describes it as "dense," and dense it is.

It is a dark cherry-jam colour that will function as an opaque, but if you use it very thin - it will reveal itself as a transparent.

Try it over white or clear, in stringers, twisties or filigrana. 

Two self-coloured spacers.

 With the light hitting at just the right angle, you can see some light gleaming through the edge of the bead.

The tips of these doodads are not completely struck out.
 And backlit - you can appreciate the colour.
 And if you get it thin enough - it's a pretty glorious red!

And, of course - it is stiff like a transparent - so if you need that - this might be better than an opaque for you.

As with the CiM reds in general - I see no trace of "livering" - that unpleasant brownish cast that plagues some of the transparent reds.