A Comparison of Reds

It’s no secret, I love reds.

I’m always on the hunt for the “perfect red”, if such a thing exists so when I recently got a mixed bundle of CiM reds from Tuffnell Glass the first thing to do was to test them all out and compare with existing reds from my collection.

Comparison of Reds 1

So here we have:
Top Row, L-R: Effetre Striking Red, Effetre Dark Red, Effetre Purple Red, an unknown (possibly Effetre Carrot Red), Effetre Carrot Red, CiM Hemoglobin
Second Row, L-R: CiM Rudolph and CiM Valentine
Third Row, L-R: CiM Bing and Effetre Medium Red
Bottom Row, L-R: CiM Maraschino and CiM Sangre

Misc RedsSo firstly, I have never had much luck with Effetre Striking Red. It always seems to go too dark and almost end up as a transparent brown. I get better red results using Striking Orange but they’re still inconsistent. The bead you see here was an odd rod I got in a mixed bundle which was actually an 8mm rod, something I’ve shied away from on my Hot Head so far. It actually seemed to work quite well so I’ll have to play with this one a bit more.

Personally I find Effetre Dark Red and Purple Red a bit too dark for a plain red bead in general but I’ve included them here for comparison.

Effetre Carrot Red is an interesting one, it’s very organic and the strike is wonderful. I just need to confirm what that unknown rod is. I don’t know if it’s just a different batch to my labeled rod so more investigation of that colour later.

CiM Hemoglobin Ltd Run

CiM Hemoglobin is the result of an odd batch of CiM Sangre and while it’s pretty close, I found it slightly darker. I got a gorgeous transparent bead out of it, but I also got several which were more translucent. I don’t think I’ve seen this with Sangre, but maybe I need to play a bit more!

CiM Rudolph Ltd Run

CiM Rudolph is a wonderful Christmas red. It’s very bright and probably the most transparent on this list (other than Effetre Striking Red). It’s also the closest to orange of the CiM reds I’m talking about in this post. There’s definitely layering potential with this one.

CiM Valentine

CiM Valentine is quite similar to Effetre Purple Red. It’s quite brown in my opinion so perhaps more of a realistic heart colour rather than the bright red valentine hearts that we see everywhere in February. It develops a nice variation in tone across the bead, however the areas around the holes have almost gone matt. Not a full devit effect, but there’s definitely something going on there. It’s subtle,

CiM Bing Ltd Run

CiM Bing is a good bright red, although I did get a couple of beads which were difficult to strike nicely and which ended up that strange orangey/brown which I get from Striking Red a lot.

Effetre Medium Red

At the time of writing (8th Jan 2018) Effetre Medium Red is my favourite and go-to opaque red. I love the colour tone, and I love it’s organic tendencies. It can burn (see the small bead at the back in the first photo) but it’s not the most ugly of burnings.

One thing to note… Medium Red seems to come in different shades of rod from different batches. So far I’ve not noticed much different in the finished bead, but I definitely need to test this.

CiM Maraschino

Oops, forgot to take a photo with the tip of the rod for this one. CiM Maraschino is very similar to Effetre Medium Red but a bit more translucent and slightly more on the orange side of the spectrum. I don’t tend to get as consistent results with Maraschino as I do with Medium Red which is why Medium Red just wins on being my favourite. It’s close tho.

CiM Sangre

CiM Sangre is my alternative to Effetre Striking Red (at this point) even though it’s not really a transparent. It has a lovely colour tone and is generally consistent with the strike. You can also get some lovely swirly effects with the different layers used to create the rod, just look at that spiral on the big bead at the front. If you need a brighter transparent red, CiM Rudolph might be a good alternative.

Comparison of Reds 2

One thing I like to do is to look at the ends and cross-sections of the rods. They’re all so different, and can be used when identifying unknown rods. Here we have (L-R): Maraschino, Sangre, Bing, Medium Red, Rudolph, Valentine and Hemoglobin.

Glass Beads: Post Number 1

Something I am just starting to get into, is making glass lampwork beads.

The Start of a Bead Rainbow

A few years ago, Mum bought us (me) a kit to make lampwork beads after we saw someone demonstrating it at a craft fair. We both instantly wanted to have a go. We didn’t really get into it too much to start with because the little cans of MAPP gas were so expensive we just couldn’t do much. Recently however, we bought an adapter and it’s allowed us to use a much bigger, cheaper gas tank and so we can do much more with it.

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