Wednesday 28 April 2010

CiM Testing : Pumpkin

CiM Pumpkin - Plain and EtchedYou know how I feel about yellow beads - I blogged about it a few weeks back. As I said in the comments for that post I am drawn to warmer, slightly orangey yellows and CiM Pumpkin is one of those.

Pumpkin is a rich, smooth mango colour. It also reminds me of tinned peaches! Below is a set of test beads that I made in order to show you how Pumpkin compares to other yellows and yellow-oranges :

CiM Pumpkin Test BeadsBeads from left to right : Pumpkin, Pumpkin etched, Pumpkin thinly encased with Vetrofond clear, Pumpkin thickly encased with Vetrofond clear, CiM Creamsicle, Effetre 412 Dark Yellow and Effetre 416 Bright Yellow.

As you can see, the Pumpkin is lighter in colour and less streaky than the Effetre Dark Yellow. I found the Pumpkin very nice to work with - it's got a middle-of-the-road consistency. It encases really well too and looks absolutely beautiful when it's etched.

Pumpkin has an element of translucency about it and that is always a sign that the glass may not lend itself to the kind of fine, crisp stringerwork that I am do. My suspicions were confirmed. The photograph below shows Pumpkin as polka dots on a CiM Peace bead cased with CiM Simply Berry.

CiM Pumpkin Polka Dot BeadsAs you can see, the dots have lost a bit of their yellowness and as linework the stringer loses its crispness and definition. That's not just limited to Pumpkin - a lot of the 104 yellow-oranges do the same thing. As I say, I think this might be related to its slight translucent properties.

But as a base glass and for raised dots and relief work CiM Pumpkin is a stunner. The Pumpkin beads below are encased with a thin layer of Vetrofond clear and the stringerwork and spacers are CiM Lapis.

CiM Pumpkin and CiM LapisIf you're looking for a smooth and fruity yellow-orange then I suggest you give the lovely CiM Pumkpin a whirl. I can imagine that it would look ace with bright pink, rich purples and darker oranges and reds.


  1. OH Laura, I am SO loving the pumpkin!

  2. Oooh, nice! I'm busy trying out other colours at the moment but I'll put it on my list of "must trys" and I'll be rummaging around in my amber and citrine tins for stones to go with it.

  3. I'm never keen on yellow unless it's on a flower, but the combination of the yellow with the deep blue is eye-poppingly wonderful!

  4. Beautiful colour - love it etched.

  5. I love this color! I love that you're a tester!


Your comments are much appreciated. Fire away!