Thursday, September 29, 2016

CiM 444 Pixie

CiM Pixie. To me - this is almost indistinguishable from Celadon.












It's a little streaky, reacts with dark ivory and is a very pleasant turquoise green colour. Definitely a keeper!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CiM Pollen 311

I thought for sure I had already mentioned this one - but apparently not. Unless I grievously misspelled it!

Other testers seem to have gotten a brighter, purer yellow. With this particular piece, which is just heat and cool, and not a lot of re-heating - the glass a really interesting streakiness from transparent to opaque.

It really is very reminiscent of yellow pollen on say, goldenrod. Which is another colour by CiM. Which is more an acidic, pure yellow.

If I had to say, I would say that Goldenrod the glass looks more like Broom the plant, and Pollen the glass resembles Goldenrod the plant. My perspective may have something to do with spending my weekends knee to waist deep in both of them with the dogs.

This colour is not from the yummy new line up I published a teaser of last night, but an older release - I just thought I would share it anyway. 
 


Monday, September 26, 2016

New CiM

Oooo - new CiM colours to play with!

Results to come!

CiM 546 Quetzal

Here is a lovely colour to get excited about. Turquoise!

Quetzal is a slightly streaky, opaque turquoise blue.  I forgot to try reducing it - so I can't speak to it's behaviour in a reduction flame. You can see that I had no issues with it going grey and leaden however.

It really is a beautiful, classic shade of turquoise.


This is 3 self-coloured spacers and one with Eff. Dark Ivory dots. The turquoise/ivory reaction is quite strong. But this was dark ivory.





Absolutely adding this to my colour palette!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Khaos

Double Helix Khaos. Looking over my past notes - my results have not been too spectacular. However, I found the "Striking Guide" on the Double Helix website, and applied it to the Khaos, even though it is not listed on the guide.

I have to admit - I don't actually remember the rods being this honey/amber colour before.

I remember it as being a dark brown. I could be wrong, or this could be a different batch. 
 




 















 However, by following the instructions, I did get much nicer results.




this is Khaos, struck following the instructions. 



This has a little trail of Triton (I think) at the end - the dark blue. 

They do look different depending on the lighting, back lit vs front lit. 
Heat to translucent - not clear
cool to not glowing
strike at the tip to orange glow
fiddle with strike time or glow and strike a second time.

I like the first one with the blue haze better.

Honestly - I think the photos look better than real life though. You can see detail that you just don't notice otherwise.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Hat Pins

I just found some hat pins over on BeadFX that you can lampwork onto!

They look like stainless steel - although the description says nickel silver. In any case - they held up fine in the flame - although, admittedly - I wasn't blasting away on the mid-range - just using a smallish flame on the mega - because I was trying to keep the end decoration small.

The metal darkens in the anneal, but a quick swipe with super fine sandpaper brightened it back up. It doesn't seem to darken as much as a mandrel - so maybe it is nickel silver.

Anyway - you could do this your self with fine mandrels if you have a grinding wheel and wanted to point the ends up, and then source the clutch that goes on the pointed end - but you know me - I'd rather melt glass.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Effetre 263 Mou - revisited

I reviewed this back in 2011, and it was completely different. Then it was a transparent golden amber that reduces to a metallic.

Now - for one thing - it is almost stringer width - and two, it is like a kissing cousin to EDP and other similar glasses.

It devits. Like crazy.

And goes wild sunset colours.

I don't know if this is mis-labeled, or just a wildly different batch. Anyway - it's very interesting.  Very interesting indeed.


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Blue Aventurine Frit on ...

Blue Aventurine (Goldstone) frit - well - this frit is so fine that it practically a powder. Can't begin to remember how long I've had it - and only just found something cool to do with it.














 Blue Aventurine frit over silvered ivory

  Blue Aventurine frit over ivory - too dark.
  Blue Aventurine frit over Effetre turquoise. Nice!