I started out testing CiM new colors for testing feedback but fell in love with most of the colors and ended up using a number of the colors in my new Citrus Collection being developed for the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee in June.
I'm finally getting around to posting my results from the CiM testing with the new batches of blues and greens. I tested Eclectus Parrot, Mantis, and Budgerigar. Eclectus Parrot is a limited run and in limited quantity. I was able to find 5 lbs of Mantis, and it’s nearly the same color as Eclectus Parrot, so this fits the bill and makes a beautiful swirl for the Pomelo collection.
Mantis is a super easy green to work with. No shocking. very smooth. Slightly stiff so it needs a little more time to melt. I like to work hot and fast and this glass tolerates that without getting too bubbly like a lot of transparent glass does. I might reduce the heat just a smidge to control the bubbling but generally it tolerates my working speed.
I mixed the color with Peppermint Cream and Venus to create the swirled version.