27/08/2017

Messy testing - Canoe, Harvest and Monarch ltd run

There is a lovely trio of Autumnal shades on the way from CiM. From left to right these colours are called Canoe ltd run, Harvest ltd run and Monarch ltd run. My favourite of the three is Canoe, it has lots of character and strikes to a range of soft warm brown tones. When you melt Canoe it looks like a washed out and pale beige, the colours come in when you bring the bead back to the flame to strike it.

Canoe also strikes in the kiln, the spacers in this set were made 2 to a mandrel, the first spacer was struck as the second was made and the second went into the kiln un-struck. As you can see, all of the spacers have come out of the kiln a uniform shade. There is a reaction between Canoe and fine silver leaf, no colour change as such but a lovely metallic sheen is left when the leaf is vapourised in the flame.

These little flower bud beads have a core of Harvest ltd run with some Orange Crush ltd run petals swiped on top. The stamens were painted on with an encased stringer (Loch Ness ltd run over Daffodil ltd run).

Harvest is a very pretty mid orange opaque, slightly brighter than Creamsicle and quite similar in appearance to a long time sold out favourite of mine called Alley Cat ltd run.
The core of this next pair of metal beads is made with a pretty pale orange opaque glass called Monarch ltd run. Looking through my glass stash, the only glass I found that looked at all similar in rod form was Effetre yellow ochre -  but the beads that came out of the kiln were not even close!



The Monach beads have dots, the Effetre yellow ochre beads have black hearts. The yellow ocher came out of the kiln looking more like a caramel brown than the beautiful apricot orange of Monarch.

Jolene x


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