Friday, May 28, 2010

Glass Testing: CiM 492 Sherwood

Where the heck have I been for, like, the last 3 months?? I know, I know, it's been awhile since I have brought you anything new. What can I say? Life has been busy. I could bore you with all the details of medical issues with both my husband and me, traveling to see family, financial fun (or not)....but I think I would rather talk about new glass!

A few days ago I got the newest CiM color Sherwood to try out. So I made a couple of small sets using it and another color I have never tried - Effetre Dark Periwinkle. I thought they would look pretty together and I was right! At least I think so.  These colors were tough to photograph together, so the blue looks way too blue, but the green is about right on my monitor. 
Sherwood is a pretty typical opaque medium green - and by typical, I am not talking about the color, which is lovely. What I mean by it is that this green, along with most opaque greens in the 104 COE palette, tends to be quite dominant. It can bleed a little, and suck up other colors which are applied near it. It's not nearly as bad as some of the Effetre greens, which means it can be used as a layering color as long as you're careful.

It also does have a tendency to be streaky even after encasing. I wasn't all that bothered by it, though, because it is such a pretty shade of green. It falls right into the palette - not as yellow as Split Pea, less vivid than Soylent, and greener/darker than Celadon.

When compared to other brands, Sherwood is probably closest to Effetre Petroleum Green, but is not quite as blue, less streaky and slightly less dominant.

Like most other CiM colors, Sherwood has a great consistency when melting - not too stiff and not too soupy. It does encase well - only bleeding slightly, and makes really pretty encased stringer. I didn't find it to be shocky, which surprises me, as many opaque greens can be very shocky.

All in all, a really pretty medium to dark forest green shade.


  1. Great blog post on the use of the colors, and I love your work!!


  2. Does it get reduced easily like petroleum green? If not, I need some! Great post and beautiful beads.


  3. Thanks guys!

    Andrea - in my experience, neither Sherwood nor Petroleum Green reduces on its own - which makes it nice to work with when making florals or geometrics or anything that you don't want any kind of patina on. :)

  4. I can't find Sherwood anywhere -- do you know which glass company I can buy it from?

  5. I'm sorry - I meant to mention that Sherwood is a brand new color and is scheduled to be available in June. Frantz Art Glass usually gets new colors first, in my experience.

  6. What a beautiful set Kandice. I got a rod of this and have yet to try it out, you have given me some inspiration to try it out. I like it etched as in these pictures.

  7. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for showing us Sherwood.