Yet more beautiful glasses from my CiM testing bundle.
This time I put Tuscan Teal, Trade Winds and Absinthe together. All three of them next to one another screamed "Mermaids! Underwater! Marine!" at me so I decided to listen to them and I made this 'Aqua Marina' set.
These three CiM colours are all similar to others in the existing CiM palette but they're just a little bit different at the same time.
*Tomorrow's World face* Let's have a look ...
Trade WindsA beautiful transparent blue that's very much like Leaky Pen except again, I'd say Trade Winds is a tad bluer. It's not quite as intense as Leaky Pen but it's still best used in moderation as opposed to on its own. This deep kingfisher blue is gorgeous but like Leaky Pen it does have a tendency to pit and fizz whilst in the flame; you just need to keep working it and the pitty-fizziness will stop happening. It etches with no trouble at all.
AbsintheNow, when I looked at this in rod form I was all "Absinthe? But it's a bit blue?" and I've seen enough Moulin Rouge and read enough books about 1800s French art to know that Absinthe is green. Not just green but greeeeen. Admittedly, this glass loses a lot of its blue and becomes more green when heated but it still has a blueish hint about it but ... hey, that's just its name, Laura, now can we talk about the actual factual glass itself, please?
Why, yes, of course we can. The glass is a stunner. I love it. I want to buy all the Absinthe glass because it's truly magnificent. This is one of CiM's 'moonstone' glasses which means that when used for anything more than about a 10mm plain round, it'll start to develop milky, translucent wisps. The greenish 9mm spacers in the 'Aqua Marina' set at the top are Absinthe and they are transparent but the heart is a different story.
The more you work and re-work this glass (the act of striking, I guess, whether intentional or not) the more likely you are to achieve the 'moonstone' effects. I've tried my best to capture these effects in a photograph but nope, it's one of those things that your eyes have to look upon in real life.
It's a pretty similar glass to CiM Peacock Green and just like Peacock Green, Absinthe won't etch. Mind you, that's no bad thing because the light playing through shiny Absinthe beads is a thing of eye-pleasing wonder.