Thursday, November 16

CiM - Creation is Messy New Color - Bone

CiM - Creation is Messy created a new opaque neutral glass in this fall's release of Limited Run colors.

Bone Limited Run is a light neutral shade that is not an ivory. It seems to be a shade between white and ivory that some testers say reacts to silver but not to colors that normally react with ivory.

I don't use many neutral glasses so I was stumped as to how I would use it in a test. When in doubt, test with Raku!

For this set, I sprinkled each bead with Glass Diversions Persian Paisley glass frit and twisted and swirled the frit into the surface of the CiM Bone glass.

We got lots of brown hued reactions along with the highlights of pinks and blue.

Tuesday, November 14

Revisiting CiM - Creation is Messy Siren! Happy results!

This post is revisiting CiM's Siren Limited Run
This is a transparent green that I had tested in a previous blog post. 
Click here to review that post.

This time I used Siren as a base glass for testing a rod of mystery silver glass sent out by Double Helix in their 2016 Garage Sale box.
I used it in twists and swirls over CiM's Siren and then added droplets of handmade silvered ivory stringer. The two glasses allowed the silvered ivory to be float and be suspended once the whole bead was encased with Double Helix's Zephyr non-reactive clear glass.
Various levels of reduction and the mix of blue and green hues seemed to glow from inside each unique bead.

These two big hole beads are beautiful suspended on the silver chain!

Sunday, November 12

CiM's Greens - Turtle Power , Jelly Bean and Apple Pie Limited Runs

This week’s post is highlighting a few more CiM - Creation is Messy Fall Colors that were released a few weeks ago.

First up, CiM's Turtle Power Limited Run green opaque glass. This set uses this glass as the base on which hand-blown glass shards were applied.
Making glass shards is an art in itself as it requires patience and just the right amount of air pressure in blowing the glass bubble. It's loads of fun, but I certainly not a pro at it.

If you want to see the process, click here for a video by Scarlett Impressions. In this set, the shards are Double Helix Helios silver glass that was applied and then reduced to a metallic shine. The Turtle Power green stayed bright with no reaction to the silver glass.

Next up is CiM's Apple Pie Limited Run which is described as an opaque minty pastel green. In the rod, the glass is a light green with a blue undertone. I decided to try it out with a Glass Diversions frit named Kismet. It held the glass frit well and allowed it to be twisted while retaining it's patterning.

One last green for this post is CiM's Jelly Bean Limited Run. This green is a bright opal green which I thought would be perfect with lots of bling from Double Helix Aurae silver glass frit!
Again this green stayed bright and cheerful with no fuming reaction from the silver glass.

I had a small bit of Jelly Bean left after making the set, so I swirled some silver glass and encased it and it held it's color and allowed the silver glass to create some beautiful color and mother of pearl reactions. 

Very difficult to photograph it's glassy goodness.

Til next time,

Monday, October 9

New CiM Colors for Fall 2017 - Blues and Greens - Tardis and Juniper

Blues and Greens - CiM - Creation Is Messy offers many hues of limited runs and the color palette is wide across the spectrum from olive greens to teal greens, from grey blues to deep indigos.

This season only two blues was introduced, CiM's Poolside teal transparent and CiM’s Tardis Ltd Run

Tardis is an opal blue that I paired with a basic frit and formed it into cubes.
It is a muted blue base and flowed beautifully as a great background for Valerie Cox’s Sunflower Fields artisan frit.

There were 5 true greens in this season’s offerings. I first tested Chrysalis and Siren Ltd Runs. Click here for the post

I have another to share with you below. 
This is CiM’s Juniper Ltd Run. It is a dense opaque green that I tried in different ways.

I tried it with Double Helix silver infused Triton and melted it in a hot flame and allowed it to flow and stream. I was testing to see if when worked hot and then encased with CiM Siren transparent green and formed in a heart.

I also tried CiM's Juniper Ltd Run paired with other CiM colors, Tardis, Bone and rare Indigo within a multi-layered spotted bead. 
CiM’s Bone Ltd Run is new and melts as a nice non-reactive ivory that spread evenly. 
CiM’s Indigo Ltd Run, now sold out, is a dense dark transparent blue and stood out on the bead’s shoulders. 
I found Tardis, being an opal, seemed to become washed out as it spread over the centre of the bead.

Finally, the last bead (left side) was a base of Juniper and portals of Double Helix stormed Triton layered over drops of CiM Indigo and capped with clear glass portals.

Til next time,

CiM Colors for Fall 2017 - Poolside, Enchanted and Rapunzel

It is early Thanksgiving morning here on the east coast of Canada. The autumn season has arrived and the colors are brilliant!
I have a few more sets of beads to share with you from my recent testing for the new season’s color offerings from CiM - Creation Is Messy.
First up, CiM Poolside Ltd Run, a transparent teal.
I am a avid fan of pairing transparent glass with metallics. It reminds me of evening gowns and dramatic jewelry designs.
In this set, Poolside was paired with Double Helix silver infused Aurae frit. The frit was reduced to glittering droplets.

Continuing with the transparent and metallic pairings, CiM’s Enchanted Ltd Run was complemented by Double Helix Aurae shards. The silver glass seems to fume a golden hue over the transparent purple glass.

CiM’s Enchanted Ltd Run is a beautiful transparent purple that when I first opened the box of test glasses attracted directly to the other purple offered this season. CiM’s Rapunzel Ltd Run. This is a bright opaque purple that I describe as a happy color with pink undertones.
I paired the 2 glasses in hand rolled barrel beads with silvered ivory stringer twists. I really love the two colors together. 

Enchanted worked in a cooler flame has no bubbles. I did find that Rapunzel needed to be warmed gently to reduce any shockiness in the glass. Once it was warm it flowed smoothly and evenly.

On to the next post!

Thursday, October 5

New CiM Colors for Fall 2017 - Enchanted and Siren

A quick post to show these new limited run colors paired with Double Helix silver infused Aurae shards.

The centre bead was created on a base of CiM's Siren Ltd Run, a green transparent with a slight teal hue.

The two beads on left and right are CiM Enchanted Ltd Run bases, a transparent purple that seems to color shift between a purple and blue violet under different lighting sources.

In an upcoming post, I will be pairing CiM's Enchanted with another new CiM purple called Rapunzel and will be testing the colors under several light sources. 

Til next time,