Thursday, May 18

Stormy and Bumpy Weather in Beadland!

I had a few hours last week to play with some of the darker new glass colors by CiM - Creation is Messy. 
In some of the colors, I found that they are so dense in color saturation, that using them as bead bases tend to make the bead sets too dark and hard to photograph.

So it was time to experiment to see what would happen if these dark colors were mixed with the neutral silver infused glass. Below are some of the results:

In this first set, I mixed CiM's Barrier Reef Ltd Run with Double Helix Olympia Rain silver glass.
Barrier Reef is a very dark transparent teal which resulted in stormed portals of dark greens and blues mixed with ivory and yellow storm streaks.
It was a challenge to capture the storms with the camera, so I have posted two photos to show in the variety of lighting.
The base of the beads is CiM Musk Ltd Run, a brownish green transparent with the storms captured under clear encasements and highlighted with dots of Double Helix Aurae and rare OK380 silver glass.

In this next set, I mixed CiM's African Violet Ltd Run with Double Helix Olympia Rain silver glass. African Violet is a dense and saturated transparent indigo that is so dark unless it is diluted. Mixing it in the storm technique, some amazing reactions appeared bringing out blues, purples, and golds in the portals magnified under the clear glass bumps.

The base of these beads is CiM's Ceylon Ltd Run, a transparent brown glass with Effetre Light Ivory base dots under the stormed portals finished off with highlighted with dots of rare OK380 silver glass.

The final set for this post is another experiment with CiM's Barrier Reef Ltd Run with Double Helix Olympia Rain silver glass.  This stormed stringer created additional bubbling in the storming process and I did not use a light ivory base for each drop.
The greens really came out in the portals with lots of bubbling. 

The base of these beads is CiM's now sold out Blue-yah Ltd Run, a transparent blue with silver glass highlights to complete each bead.

Tuesday, May 16

Summer Bead Sets - Pastels and Silver

This post is to share some new interchangeable necklace beads for summer.
Pastels are always beautiful for summer.
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The set below features a focal bead with lots of stormed and reduced silver glass encased under a clear glass. It glows with pinks, purples and blues.
The spacers are CiM Bubblebath Ltd Run, a pale opal purple.

CiM Bubblebath Ltd Run is just a wee bit fussy with 99% fine silver wire when it is melted in and the silver takes on a slight golden fume as seen in the photo below.

In the set below, CiM Bubblebath Ltd Run runs in a narrow trail in the focal bead between shoulders of CiM Cornsilk Ltd Run. Cornsilk is a soft opal yellow glass that really compliments the pale purple and silver wire surface decoration.

CiM Cornsilk Ltd Run is not reactive to silver so the beads with 99% fine silver wire really glow with it's soft yellow hues.

Last set for today is another pastel for those love blue-greens. This shade of CiM - Creation is Messy glass is appropriately named Spearmint Ltd Run

Beautiful sets for summer 2017!

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 20

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Peat Moss

The final glass of the CiM - Creation is Messy Spring 2017 palette is another green called CiM Peat Moss
It is a transparent earthy green with an olive tone and is a unique color within the COE 104 lampwork palette.

In this set below I paired it with Double Helix Triton silver infused glass shards that are carefully applied to the base glass to create a gleaming "armoured" look. The metallic coating when reduced brought out gleams of gold and copper that complimented the olive toned glass.

Now that I have completed this season's color testing, the only question that remains is:
What do I create next?

Til next time,


Wednesday, April 19

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Troll

I am down to only two more new glass colors to test for this spring. 

It was an awesome experience to play with the CiM - Creation is Messy colors and I hope you have enjoyed seeing the creations!

In this post the featured color is CiM Troll Ltd Run.

Described as an opaque gray green. Doesn't sound that exciting at first glance.

I wanted to really test it against silver, so I created some beads with a coating of 99% fine silver foil and a sprinkling of my handblended Pendragonfyre frit. 

Normally I would tumble etch these "dragonscale" style beads, but they are pretty with the gloss finish.

My frit has rare purple rose mixed with raku and a few extra ingredients that when layered on silver foil brings out the micro-dots of silver in veined patterns and the rich tones of purple, magenta and blue.

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Yangtze

In response to requests for streaky rods, CiM - Creation is Messy created a new limited run color named Yangtze with "a core of clear, encased in transparent yellowish green, encased in clear."

The description doesn't sound all that exciting, so I was not sure what to test with it. When this happens, it is always better to go simple - less is more. So I paired it with 99% fine silver wire.
There was just a slight reaction to the silver with small trails. There was some scumming and micro-bubbles, but I encouraged it from the glass as it gave an antiqued sea glass glow even though I left them with a shiny gloss finish.

The result is a simple yet elegant set of beads that would be awesome in a ivory bridal set of silver jewelry.

Tuesday, April 18

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Pachyderm

As I am working through the testing of CiM's - Creation is Messy Spring 2017 palette preview, one of the offerings is a grey brown that is infused with silver called Pachyderm Ltd Run. 
CiM only has a few glasses with silver infusion, so it is fun to test it out with my other go-to brand of silver glass - Double Helix.

On a base of Pachyderm, I layered Double Helix Terranova shards and scrolls of Terra 2.
I heated and cooled the glasses multiple times to see the browns bloom from each striking and the resulting chocolate tones are wonderful for an organic feel.

Again, this is a limited edition glass that will no doubt sell out very quickly.

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Two Shades of Brown

The varieties of browns in the glass palette across all manufacturers can be limited to grey based or orange based browns. To find a brown that is a true caramel-chocolate is difficult and elusive.

Let's take a look at these limited runs.

First up, CiM's Van Dyke Brown Ltd Run.
Described as a opaque dark brown that when used in plain spacers has potential to bring out caramel tones. I experimented using it with Effetre light ivory and some silvered ivory stringers I had on my studio table. It definitely created webbing and striations where the glasses met. If you like mixing glasses or an organic feel, this glass would be worth experimenting with. 

Next up, CiM's Safari Ltd Run.
Described as "a yellow-toned opaque brown". I tested it with a sprinkling of Glass Diversions Coffee Bean frit. 
This created a striated look that reminded me of a giraffe print. 
The spare tab bead is the true color of Safari with no frit.  
Although there is little "caramel chocolate" in this brown glass, I can definitely see it's potential for animal or exotic prints.

Monday, April 17

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Cornsilk and Sea Mist

This post has some new Big Hole Beads in two of the new colors from CiM - Creation is Messy for Spring 2017. Both are limited edition glasses only available for a limited time.

First up, CiM's Cornsilk.
Described as "a soft opal yellow".  I really like this color as it is not reactive to silver so it can be used with layers of silver glass or wire without that yucky brown reaction.
I really like this color for it's buttery look and inner glow. 

The photo below the set shouldered by plain spacers and:

  • Second from the left is paired with fine silver wire
  • Second from the right is my goddess style bead with portals of Double Helix Kalypso silver infused glass layered over rare CiM Black Current Ltd Run and captured under clear glass portals.

A new blue-grey glass, CiM's Sea Mist.
This is a new offering from CiM, a veiled glass described as a core of clear, encased in transparent blue, encased in clear. This "streaky" glass created an "sea glass" style of bead with lots of potential. I liked working with it and any bubbles that normally can drive a bead artist crazy. I think it added to the end result. 
Again with testing, I like to try different techniques (left to right)

  • Base of Sea Mist with my handblended Pendragonfyre frit. The purple rose in the frit really bloomed with no icky reaction to the raku within the frit.
  • Base of Sea Mist with some Triton shards and dots. Notice that the silver glass fumed the Sea Mist to a light grey tone.
  • Last bead is wrapped in 99% fine silver wire. If you look closely, there is a slight reaction to the silver, but it gives off an antique look with the base glass. 

Til next time,

Sunday, April 16

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Hemoglobin

A new red from CiM - Creation Is Messy
CiM over the past few years has introduced a number of new red limited runs. I have been fortunate to test them prior to their general release.

My fellow bead artists know how hard it is to get a reliable and beautiful red. Sangre has been my favorite out of all of the current glass palettes available. I always get a rich and glossy red that went into a set that was published in Bead Trends August 2010 magazine. 

Here was the set called Heart of the Matador. See the full post here.

I was super excited to see the most recent one based on what was posted on the preview page.
"Hemoglobin is a mismelt of Sangre. It is very close to Sangre- many of our testers suggested we "pass" it. However, we know many artists use Sangre for production work. Based on the slight difference we are now calling this batch Hemoglobin.

We are offering Hemoglobin at a reduced price to Sangre"

Now on to Hemoglobin Ltd Run
I wanted to see if it worked with silver glass as well as Sangre did and below is a photo of some flat tab beads with Double Helix silver glass murrini and Triton dots. The color stayed a true red with no liver or browning. Definitely a keeper!

It is glossy, rich, and AWESOME! As noted above it is being offered as a limited run at a reduced price, so grab it while it lasts.

Til next time.

New CiM Colors for Spring 2017 - New Green Hues

This post will introduce you to more new green hues that CiM - Creation is Messy has released this season.
Note that these colors are limited runs, so grab them up while they last!

First up, CiM's Peridot Ltd Run. 
Described as a "transparent gemstone green". It is a yellow green almost pale in hue.
I wanted to test it against silver glass, so I sprinkled one of my "go-to" fine frit, Double Helix Ekho.  With the frit coating, you don't see the micro-bubbles that occur when you work the glass in a warmer flame, so if you want crystal clear beads, definitely work in a cooler flame.

Described as a "natured inspired transparent green". I love this green as it is not too yellow and not too blue. Just right as a spring green.
I paired it as a base in my goddess style beads with layers of Effetre Light Ivory, CiM's rare Black Currant Ltd Run and some Double Helix mystery silver glass (maybe a Terra). 
The portals ranged in pinks and blues with some micro storms. 
The single bead on the right side shows the color of the glass alone. The silver glass didn't fume and the green shade stayed true.

Next up, CiM's Inchworm.
This is a juicy bright opal green!
I wanted to run it through several tests so making some bigger hole beads were in order.

This set from left to right:
1. Single spacer bead showing the true color in all it's glory!
2. Wrapped in DH Triton silver glass shards.
3. A Goddess bead with DH Kronos portals
4. Simply wrapped in 99% fine silver wire. 
5. Single spacer bead
6. Barrel bead with streams of rare DH Kronos melted in.

This glass works beautifully with silver with no adverse reaction lines. It seems to have an inner glow that is bright and cheerful for this spring and summer!

Spring is here and the greens have it!

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 30

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Prussian Blue

CiM's new Prussian Blue is a color that I am not sure if I like or love.
As testing the color allows me to work with one rod of the color, I wanted to vary my sample test beads this time around to see how the color would behave.

CiM Prussian Blue is a opaque blue laden with silver.
The following are a few examples of it's reactions:

Test 1: Mix it with more silver. I melted and rolled the glass in 99% fine silver foil and pulled a stringer.
These beads are a base of new CiM Koala grey.
As you can see from the photo below, Prussian Blue created extremely dark, almost black dots with defined dots with minimal bleeding. The micro-dots of silver are quite lovely.

Notice the beads on the left? The glass seemed to shift from grey to a green cast. 
Prussian Blue has been reported to behave in this manner when it is worked hotter in the flame. It is an interesting but unpredictable result.

Test 2: Encasing in clear glass.
This bead on the left is a mixture of a base of Koala with the silvered stringer layered and encased with clear. The stringer has much more of a navy blue hue with the captured microdots of fine silver.
The right bead is solid CiM Prussian Blue that I found was striated with very dark, almost black lines thorough the bead.

Test 3: Glass Frit
These beads used Valerie Cox Wild Raspberry Frit. This frit is described as " a very high gold content pink. This makes it a deeper and darker pink than any other opaque pinks in the line. Combine this with silver foil for a rich golden hue."

The pink opaque does appear as well as the golden tones as it mixed with the silver content in the Prussian Blue base glass. There is a cast of green through the bead as well.

Test 4: Silver glass overload!
I took what was left of the rod of Prussian Blue and added loads of TAG's Cezanne, Taxco Silver, Double Helix murrini and dots of clear. I worked it hot and rolled and twisted the heck out of it. 

It resulted in an oil slick reaction that which varies depending the angle. 

It was a difficult bead to photograph, but lovely in natural light in person

So in summary, this is a glass to definitely experiment with as what you may expect is not always what you will receive along with some pleasant surprises !

Tuesday, March 28

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Chartreuse

Spring is definitely on it's way and that means another new green from CiM - Creation Is Messy!

This post introduces Chartreuse.

CiM's Chartreuse is an interesting color that I have experimented with some silver glass to see if it mixes well without reaction.
In the photo below, you get a preview of the color in solid spacers. It is definitely a lime green opal glass. Bright and sunny!
The bump bead has silver glass dots encased in clear bumps to magnify the reaction.

These single beads were experiments with Double Helix silver glass murrinis that were melted in and swirled. No adverse reaction between the glass and Chartreuse base glass.

This last bead has lots of silver Double Helix glass swirled and worked into the base Chartreuse glass. The bead was bathed in a quick reduction flame to bring out the silver oil slick reaction.
Side 1

Side 2

Sunday, March 26

New CiM Color for Spring 2017 - Refresh

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be testing and posting about the new color palette being launch by CiM - Creation Is Messy glass for Spring 2017.

First up - Refresh
These beads were made on a base of CiM Refresh, a new light green transparent.
I added Valerie Cox's Desert Spring frit to create the floral like beads.

This second photo gives you a better look at the glass itself. A very pretty light green very aptly named. The glass if worked too hot did have some bubbles, so it is best to work on a cooler flame.