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CiM colour testing: Ice Floe and Trapeze

The last two are a pair of pretty transparents.

Ice Floe


Ice Floe is a lovely pale icy blue. Gorgeous on its own in nuggets. The bead at the back has a base of Effetre clear, rolled in silver leaf and encased in Ice Floe – the silver’s definitely silver, so this could be a handy encasing colour to prevent it going gold. For the ribbed bead, I did a small core of Notos, which has lost most of the iridescence leaving a slightly aqua-tinged centre. Ice Floe did develop some trails of microbubbles in all these beads, but that’s less of a problem in a colour like this – they look watery not scummy. I don’t think I really noticed while making the beads, or I could have tried working it a little differently.



Trapeze is another dark lavender-alike… but this one looks and photographs as purple under halogens rather than blue! It does look *more* purple in sunlight, but it definitely colour-shifts far less than the others. So if that shift annoys you, this is a fab alternative. For the ribbed bead, I encased a base of Double Helix Psyche. That worked much better here than the last time I tried it!


So in sunlight it still has a lot more oomph… but if you weren’t looking at the two pics side-by-side like this, the above one still gives a better impression of the purple than the baby blue you get with dark lavender.


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Daily sketch: “A Winter Day”

I used to frequent CGTalk’s Daily Sketch forum – it’s been an age, but I was reminded about it and had a go again. I am slowwww and out of practice! Each day you get given a topic and a time limit, and have to post what you managed in the time. (You can keep going, but you need to show what you did in the time limit). I’ve linked the CGTalk thread below.

CGS DSF 3518 40 mn “A Winter Day”


This was done in the GIMP with a Wacom Graphire2 graphics tablet. That’s the old entry-level A6 tablet, now there is the Wacom Bamboo. (I’ve never had the need to upgrade. My boyfriend has a Bamboo – apparently the tips are much softer and need replacing fairly often. I’m still on my original one after umpty years).

I’m not going to be doing these every day, but I will attempt to do something now and then.

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