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CiM colour testing: Velveteen, Toto, Allspice

These were the new CiM limited edition colours out in spring 2016. I am somewhat behind on writing this post as Flame Off happened…

Also, I got into fountain pens recently, and decided to use my post to practise my italic handwriting so that I got both the thing I had to do and the thing I wanted to do done. Pics thereof at the bottom.

Velveteen

This is a pale peachy brown opalino that can develop mottled striations on the surface. I made four spacers and etched two of them; they do etch and it makes the striations more visible.

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I made a pair of rounds with 006 clear cores. One has a band of silvered ivory around the centre, and the other has a couple of wraps of fine silver wire, melted in so it balls up. There’s a bit of brown fuming from the silver – not a huge amount. The SIS wrap has a clearly demarcated edge and has not spread a great deal.

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I made a sculptural gremlin (with bunny ears – could do with a redesign!) with a clear core. It is opaque enough not to have the teeth show through the lips, which is a disconcerting look when it happens. The striations are easiest to see on the body, which is worked longest, but there are also a couple of larger dark areas on the ears.

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I did a little silver glass testing. First is a bead with a clear core, encased in Velveteen, with a stripe of Double Helix boreas. This was reduced (oxy down) and encased. There’s some darker brown fuming and the boreas is a lovely bright iridescent purple with some mottling.

The second silver glass bead has okeanos instead, again reduced. It has ended up with a variety of colours, from yellow-green to light turquoise to deep blue, again with interior mottling. The stripe has remained thin and not expanded. In the centre of the bead, there is a pronounced dark line at the edge of the silver glass, bordered with a light greenish and the deep blue pushed into the centre of the stripe.

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Toto

Toto is a soft milky brown with a touch of grey. My spacers came out a uniform colour. The etched pair look softer and lighter.

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This pair of rounds have cores of 006 clear encased in Toto. One has a wrap of silvered ivory stringer which has spread and fuzzed at the edges. The surface has some darker grey areas. The second bead has two wraps of fine silver wire around the centre, melted in. It has fumed a dark brown line where the silver has melted in.

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My sculptural gremlin is a fairly uniform colour on the front – it has some of the darker grey visible on the back and the soles of the feet, which are cooled swiftly when I flatten them.

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Silver glass beads: core of clear, encased in Toto, spiral of silver glass which is reduced and encased in clear. The first bead uses boreas, which has not come out well – it is mostly a greenish brown with only the slightest patch of iridescent purple. The base is visible as a dark brown next to the boreas. The okeanos came out much better and has struck to blue-purples with green at the ends. The Toto shows through as a warmer brown with separation lines where it meets the okeanos.

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Allspice

Allspice is a fairly dark amber brown opalino. Used on its own, the spacers are a lovely warm and deep colour. The etched spacers have a nice inner glow.

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The pair of rounds with cores of 006 clear and surface decoration have a wrap of silvered ivory stringer and a couple of wraps of fine silver wire. The SIS has not spread much and has sharply defined edges. The silver has a small dark outline immediately adjacent. These beads both have some mottling in the surface of the Allspice. (So do the spacers a little, but it isn’t so evident to the naked eye).

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In my sculptural gremlin, the Allspice is just thick enough for the white of the teeth not to show through. There is only visible surface mottling on the back.

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In my silver glass beads, the wraps did not spread and the edges and swallowed, giving very narrow bands. These beads have a core of clear, encased in Allspice, a spiral of silver glass, reduced and encased in clear. The Allspice has visible mottling. The boreas has a shiny band of purple surrounded by a darker brown – the same colour as the mottles. The okeanos has narrow very dark edges surrounding the centre stripe with ranges from brighter to darker blue, with some lime green near the holes.

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Handwriting

For anyone interested in fountain pens.
Here is my normal handwriting, where I composed the text. I can write reasonably straight without guides.

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These were written with a recently-acquired Osmiroid 75 fountain pen with an italic extra fine straight nib. The ink is whatever was in the pen – I’d just added enough water to get it going and decided to write it empty because I just discovered piston fillers take forever to clean out by sucking up and expelling water… You can see it ran out during the third composition – I’d added more water but it was too faint by then so I finished cleaning it.

Here’s the first go – this was still with the old ink. I’d printed out some guide paper and this was the first time I’d used it. I was trying to get it all on one sheet (and failed) hence the lack of paragraph spacing. I was also putting one letter in each grid box, meaning my spacing is rather odd – the ‘m’s are very squished and some words are over-expanded. I used this calligraphy paper PDF generator printed out on my normal printer paper.

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I aso realised I hadn’t practised capitals at all…

Second post: ink had run out so I refilled with Diamine indigo. The two look closer in the pics than they should – the original ink was a nice blue/blue-black and indigo has more of a steel grey tint in it. This time I used slightly smaller paper – 0.5 rather than 0.6mm nib size, and with halfway vertical guides too. I mostly ignored the guide boxes this time, just using them to go vaguely in the right direction and not for spacing. Also less obvious in the photo, it starts out with wetter writing so the letters are darker, then for the rest my writing angle must have changed, as I have drier writing and it also gets bigger. That was partly the fault of writing without bright enough light coming from the right direction, as I couldn’t always see the guidelines… The part at the bottom is darker and smaller again. I couldn’t work out how to write the correct s at that size – it’s supposed to be a narrow letter and it was very difficult not to write it wider.

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Third: I went back to the bigger size but kept the extra verticals. It’s looking a bit better, though still various irregularities.

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Some practise, may also show the ink colour difference a little.

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Big practice, back with the Lamy Joy and 1.9mm nib. I managed the s shape once or twice at this size!

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CiM colour testing: Ogre, Leaf Men

Continuing my writeup of the September batch of new CiM colours, here are a pair of opaque greens: Ogre and Leaf Men.

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Ogre was a remake of Tortoise that came out an entirely different shade – I must say, I love it more than Tortoise. The light green and warm brown it develops are a lovely autumnal combo, cleaner than the purple that Tortoise gets.

I took a picture on the mandrel so you can see how the spacers struck. (Making more than three spacers of this size on a mandrel does not work for me – if I do more and let the early ones cool, one or two will crack, no matter how careful I am not to let the flame brush the first ones. So I do the ‘keep all three warm’ method and they survive). On the mandrel with three Ogre beads, the one nearest the end went into the kiln a light grey-blue, which is the colour this looks when not struck at all – it went green in the kiln.

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Ogre gremlin on its own: multiple strikings on areas has given the pinkier brown.

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Ogre and Leaf Men spacers side-by-size. Ogre is lovely and soft etched.

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Leaf Men is streaky as you would expect from green and nicely… leafy. Not bright, not olive.

Leaf Men gremlin:

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CiM colour testing: Aladdin and Boysenberry

Two purples here – both a similar colour but with different saturations. They’re both described by CiM as moonstones, so have a little bit of mistiness and aren’t entirely transparent.

Aladdin

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The two spacers on the right are etched – you can see they didn’t etch well in the time I left them in, when it was fine for the opaques coming later. This wasn’t entirely surprising, as it tends to happen with moonstones and more transparent opalinos. In hand you can see more easily the slight mistiness of the moonstone.

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I made a gremlin – the body has a core of clear, so lightening it up a bit. This gremlin has been experimenting with cosmetics! I added some Gaffer purpur frit on the lips to prevent the teeth showing through, because this colour isn’t dark enough to block that.

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This egg has a stripe of Aladdin round the centre – that was a couple of wraps, allowed to melt down and spread. It’s a low saturation with a shadowy edge. (The other colours are caboose and chamomile – chamomile is yellower over the white, and something in the heating and rolling of the surface has made caboose misbehave somewhat with slight devit).

Boysenberry

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The more saturated moonstone. I had a thicker rod of this, which may have had something to do with it, but I found this one pretty shocky and kept losing chunks when I was carefully rewarming it. It seems to lose heat relatively quickly too, so make sure you’re keeping your bead warm.

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Boysenberry again doesn’t etch well, and is really dark when used as spacers. You can still tell they’re purple rather than black, but only just. It’s a good berry colour.

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This gremlin again has a clear core, and you can see slightly that it lightens the body. No problem with being able to see through the lips here!

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This egg is Effetre white with small and large dots of boysenberry, allowed to move with the heating and shaping. You can see the difference in saturation between the different dot types – the small ones have spread a lot more – and the white has formed separation lines between the dots.

Comparison

Here’s the two colours side-by-side, so you can see the difference in saturation.

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Colour testing: Lauscha SNT 219 red, 05/13 batch

Lauscha have made a new batch of SNT 219, the more transparent of their reds. I was sent a sample to test, and here are the results.

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Firstly, this is an absolutely gorgeous red. The 05/13 is a darker colour than the 02/13 batch and it is a true transparent. I made a plain lentil bead first, and there is no mistiness or opacity developing at all. (The last batch began to go a bit misty). New lentil is in the bottom left.

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You can see that in colour it is more like a transparent version of the old SNT 220 I have, while the other two lentils are a brighter red. The clarity and depth of colour is beautiful.

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I did some layered dots: here we have a base of red, tehn dots in white and red. By the light shining through on the bottom right you can see that this bead is still transparent (it is harder to see that on this type of bead because the opaque dots block the light). You can see the dots show as orange when used so thinly and do not spread quite so much as the brighter reds. The dots struck and unstruck as I added more layers: it isn’t hard to strike them at all and in larger amounts no deliberate striking is needed.

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I made two dotty ladybird beads – these have a core of SNT 219, encased in SNT 100 clear and black dots on the surface. You can see they are definitely still transparent. I then etched them to give a nice inner glow.

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I made a rose to compare with the others. The difference in transparency is huge! This is still a true transparent. The edges of the outer petals have an orange cast – this is fairly typical since the glass is thinner there and is not worked for long. The heart of the rose shows as the darker red.

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Finally, the new rose on its own!

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I love this colour. Like all the Lauscha transparent reds, it doesn’t go brown when worked for a while and it’s also very easy to strike. And it has the bonus of being truly transparent!

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Dark steel grey

Or “Cunning plans that go wrong”.

Not quite black

I wanted to do some nice beads in dark steel grey that had some layers to them. But I hadn’t realised quite how dark it is once you’ve made beads out of it. Stupidly, I made them over a core of tuxedo – I was imagining something a bit like clear over black, but with more of a tint to it. Nope. I got beads that you could just see weren’t black if you held them up to a bright light. I’d also cleverly put stringer work in black as well as white on top. The black was mostly invisible, of course, except on the hollow where it was on top of the white scrollwork and both went fuzzy round the edges.

After laughing at myself a bit when I got them out of the kiln, I etched them because I had a vague idea it’d make the surface more visible. What I discovered is that etching makes dark steel grey remain very dark, but the surface gets a slightly sparkly effect, different from etched black.

Many times doh!

Dark steel grey with pearl mica

Here we have two spacers and a hollow in dark steel grey, coated in pearl mica. I was given a small amount of it as a newbie gift and hadn’t got round to trying it yet. I think I overheated it, judging from the slightly reddish cast it has. I also added too much for the effect I was going for – I wanted just a light sprinkling.

Sometimes it just isn’t your day…

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