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  • Test Results :: Siren

    CiM Siren (CiM463) is a pretty, pale teal green transparent colour.I found that this colour worked up sort of cloudy, giving me the same boiling/scumming experience I am prone to with the other light CiM transparents. Working cooler and higher up in the flame really seems to help with this, but is unfortunately not second nature to me. More practice required, I suppose :)Siren is, huewise, right between Effetre Pale Aqua and Pale Emerald, although it is more saturated than either of those.Siren ...

  • Test Results :: Chrysalis

    CiM Chrysalis (CiM462)  is a very pretty, almost-opaque robin's egg blue. When Chrysalis is reduced, it loses some of its vibrancy. You can see that in the rightmost bead, the colour is subtly greyed out and muted.Silver webs and turns a golden colour on top of Chrysalis. When the silver is reduced and encased, it turns whiteish.It's amazing how different the same reducing silver glass frit blend can look, depending on what colour you put under it. If you look at my other recent blog p...

  • Test Results :: Harvest

    CiM Harvest (CiM217) is a pretty medium orange. I found that Harvest boiled a little while I was using it, but not seriously enough that it affected the surface finish or colour of the finished beads, so if you are using it and it foams up on you a bit, just carry on.Like Phoenix, Harvest is a bit of a striker. Repeated heating and cooling turn it a more uniform, darker orange than you would get working it cool and without multiple reheatings.Here, you can see that Harvest is lighter and a littl...

  • Test Results :: Multicolor

    Reichenbach Multicolor (RL6209) has changed a little since the first time I used it, indicating to me that it might not be all that consistent from batch to batch. This most recent supply that I got is much easier to strike and a little darker than the last batch of this colour that I tried.This colour is less saturated hue-wise than Multicolor Dark, more reactive with other colours (the reactions are similar, just more intesnse), and I found it a bit slower to strike.Multicolor is fairly stiff,...

  • Test Results :: Enchanted

    CiM Enchanted (CiM626) is a pale lavender-pink transparent. I found this colour a little boily/scummy, but not as troubling in that respect as the new CiM Venus, which I reviewed a few weeks ago.I found that Enchanted did not change colour when reduced (leftmost bead) and that it does have a bit of a tendency to boil and create bubbles. Working it cool helps to avoid this.Here is Enchanted both under my photo lamps and in natural light. You can see that it looks darker and pinker in natural ligh...

  • Test Results :: Lilac

    Reichenbach Lilac (RL6221) is a medium to dark purple that has blue overtones. It is a little less purple and a little less bright than its close cousin Purple Rose, but has better workability since it doesn't boil, pit, and devitrify the way that colour can. It's very, very streaky.In the leftmost bead here, you can see how crazily streaky this colour is, with the streaks looking both bluer and darker than the rest of the bead. When this colour is reduced, it goes dark and slightly shiny.Adding...