First of all, what these four colors have in common is that they are a bit brighter in rod form than they end up being after spending some time in the kiln. These colors are essentially shades of grey. For me, this isn't a bad thing at all - I love muted colors. These four are on the cool side of grey.
|spacers, plain and encased with clear|
The name of this color is slightly misleading, I think. For me, this color reads grey - if a tiny bit on the cool side. In rod form, it certainly looks like a steel blue. But after time in the kiln, the blue fades and you get a medium cool grey.
The consistency of this glass is really nice. It does spread a little bit - but not enough to mess with your other colors. I didn't have any problems with bleeding when encased in clear or any of the other three transparents I tested it with. Blue Steel isn't particularly stiff, either.
I did notice a little bit of a reaction when white stringer was melted into a base of Blue Steel - the white fades somewhat and you get the pretty little reaction lines around the scrollwork. Not an unattractive feature to be sure. Striations in the color as a base go away when transparents are layered on top.
All in all, I really like this color as a layering basic grey. It's much cooler and a bit lighter than the other CiM gray, Adamantium, so it's a nice edition to the line.
Next, we have Eventide, a medium transparent color that looks like a muted lavender in rod form. However, this color essentially goes cool grey with just a tiny hint of cool lavender left over after it's annealed. I love muted purples, so I was kind of disappointed that Eventide faded so much. Still, it makes a nice layering transparent color if you want a cool grey.Dusk - just lighter and with less of a tendency to go brown.
If we had an opaque navy blue in this line, Eventide would be the perfect complement to it. :)
Pale transparents are nice for layering, but are known for having a tendency to burn and scum really easily. I had that problem with both of these. However, once I was careful not to overheat them, I was able to melt the colors without too much bubbling. I turned my torch (a Nortel Minor) down and worked up a little higher in the flame to avoid the scum.
When used in melted decoration, I couldn't tell much difference between the three transparents at all.
Soooo, what's the verdict? Well, I think all four colors are very pretty, for when you want cool neutrals that behave pretty well. I will likely buy Eventide and Blue Steel. I will probably only buy one of the other two, depending on what's available, since they are limited runs. But which one doesn't really matter. Have fun! :)