Friday, February 12, 2010

CiM glacier

Featured today is CiM glacier. I'll confess, I am a sponge for ideas and like to play with them. Dragonjools posted on this a while ago and I was impressed with the possibilities in this color. Bead 3, for instance, is my take on her weird result. Being a devout self teacher, which is a good thing since I don't have access to anyone to teach me except once a year, I had to play with this.
Bead 1 is a self spacer, pretty plain and boring. The color is too grey to be appealing to me and isn't even really shiny. I got the shape a little better on
Bead 2. This is encased with Effetre clear, the same rod I've been having problems with since I'm too cheap to change rods before I've used the first up. There isn't a lot of scumming on this one, but I don't know if this is because I got past the bad part or because I managed a relatively thin layer this time and there isn't a lot of clear to scum up.
3 is the reason I got this color in the first place. I love reactions between colors and wanted to replicate this and see what else it would do. I didn't get exactly the same effect Dragonjools did but I think my glacier dots on top are a lot larger and I don't have the stringer control she does.
4 is on ivory and the blue dots on top just sort of disappear. I'm noticing this color is another one that gets lighter on contact with other colors rather than under encasement. Please ignore the stringcutter spike on the end. I'll file that down because it annoys me.
5 is with yellow and white twistie. I wanted to see if glacier acted like sky blue or turquoise when combined with yellow. When I started this bead, I realized that I didn't have any yellow stringer to hand and did have the twistie, hence I tested yellow and white at the same time. Now I know that glacier acts more like a periwinkle.
6 is probably my favorite of the bunch, combined with copper green. What an Easter egg kind of combination. I like periwinkle and mint. For me, this works. No reactions, but I don't think I would have liked them in this case anyway. The glacier dots on the copper green are invisible in the picture, but not in the bead.
7 is with triton, melted in, reduced and encased. I didn't do a good job of reducing the triton with the dropping gas pressure, so I am not surprised that I didn't get many neat color effects. What did surprise me was that the yellowing reaction with the silver glass happened on the plain portions of the bead but not the encased ones.
8 is with reduced triton, unencased, and the yellow thing happened here. I don't like this effect, I'm sorry to say, and I wish they could come up with a periwinkle tone that didn't do this. If I wanted greenish I would have used green glass.
9 is with EDP scrolls, melted in. I was still thinking spring and wanted to see what would happen with the Easter egg in mind. The EDP spreads a lot, doesn't it? Note the lightening of the glacier in the areas it is in contact with the EDP.

My overall impression of this color: I'm glad I have it because I like the combination with copper green and will continue to play with its reaction with black. I may or may not get more. Easter is coming. I wonder what it does with crocus?


  1. Those look great! The reaction in #3 looks interesting. Glacier is a very fun color to play with :)

  2. Thank you. This was Dragonjools idea and I just had to try it. I will definitely be playing with this some more.


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