Wednesday, June 8

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2022 Color - Fjord Milky Ltd Run

This simple set of jewelry box beads were created on a base of CiM's Fjord Milky Ltd Run, bluish teal milky opal, sprinkled with Val Cox Sadie Hawkins frit currently available through Nortel Glass in Toronto


Two crystal shapes, four rounds and two spacers make up this set.



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Tuesday, June 7

CiM - Creation Is Messy Color 2022 - Dusty Rose Ltd Run

Kathy at CiM is always sharing with her testers a few extra surprise rods each testing season. Dusty Rose Ltd Run was one of the special rods for 2022 due to a very limited production run.

It is a cloudy transparent with a peachy pink tone.

Starting on a base of this glass, I layered dots of CiM's Buttermilk Ltd Run, a creamy opaque ivory with silver, and a silver glass from my stash of 2016 Double Helix Garage Sale simply labelled as OP.e, opaque purple speckled luster which I treated in the flame 2 specific ways (see below)


Clear portal dots of  Double Helix Zephyr were added to capture the stormed reaction of the silver glass.
  • The double bump beads - the silver glass was not reduced before adding the Zephyr
  • The single bump beads - the silver glass was slightly reduced before adding the Zephyr.

The resulting difference is very noticeable as the reduced silver glass has a blue mother of pearl shine vs the golden amber storms under the Zephyr clear portals on the double bump beads.


Dots of Double Helix Aurae Light complete each bead.
Spacers are pure Dusty Rose. 



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Monday, June 6

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2022 Color - Arctic Milky Ltd Run

As many CiM testers have communicated, CiM's Arctic Ltd Runs for 2022 have not behaved as expected. In the rod it is a light blue milky opal.

My testing results for Arctic Misty Ltd Run resulted in a dark bottle green brown when I paired it with silver glass.

In anticipation of similar result in testing the Milky version, I intentionally used Double Helix Aurae fine glass frit to create this set of beads.



Double Helix Aurae fine frit was sprinkled and reduced on this set of round beads. The spacers are solid Arctic Milky. 


It is a belief of mine, that a kiln environment with silver glass present may be a clue to why this blue glass changes color so dramatically.


Either way, this set of beads are beautiful with various shades of metallic brilliance.


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Sunday, June 5

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2022 Color - Atoll Milky Ltd Run

Creation Is Messy’s 2022 Atoll Milky Ltd Run is a green milky opal leaning to the blue side of the spectrum. 

Starting on a base of this glass, I layered dots of CiM's Birchwood Ltd Run, a creamy opaque ivory, and a silver glass from my stash of 2016 Double Helix Garage Sale simply labelled as TC366, a blue speckled cluster (maybe a prototype for Keto)



Clear portal dots of  Double Helix Zephyr were added to capture the stormed reaction of the silver glass producing the most brilliant blue portals that shine in the light.


CiM's green glass stayed true to its original tone and melted beautifully and stayed stiff enough to maintain the layering without drifting or shifting.


Dots of Double Helix Aurae complete each bead.
End bead are solid Atoll Milky.


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Thursday, May 26

Follow-up Testing of CiM - Creation Is Messy 2022 - Elegance Ltd Run

In my last post, I mentioned my challenge in testing CiM's new pink - Elegance Ltd Run.
In the set of beads where I used layering with silver glass and Super Clear, the glass turned an opaque pastel pink rather than staying opalescent.
I noticed that even in the spacer beads with no silver glass, the solid opaque pink was still the result.

I decided to complete a controlled experiment. 

Here are my steps and results:

- I have 2 kilns running when I am making beads. Both are started at the same time and beads with silver glass are placed in my right hand kiln leaving the left side kiln for non silver glass beads.
At the end of my day, I created two sets of spacers made from CiM Elegance. 

  • Each were made within 5 min of each other. 
  • One mandrel of 3 was placed in the right hand kiln, the other mandrel of 3 spacers in the left kiln.

- Both kilns were ramped down at the same rate and durations.

  • - The spacers placed in the kiln with other silver glass beads turned opaque.
  • - The spacers in the "non-silver glass" environment kiln remained translucent. 


Coincidence or does exposed silver glass create a kiln environment that change opacity of a glass?

A little mystery that may need more testing...for this beautiful precious pink!

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Wednesday, May 25

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2022 Color - Elegance Ltd Run

Glass beadmakers are always on the hunt for a new pink - everything from a pale rose to a hot bubblegum pink. The ingredients to create a pink glass are pricey so each time a new pink comes out for testing it causes me a bit of anxiety to ensure that I am properly handling the glass for optimal testing results.

My "thing" is to test with silver glass, most notably Double Helix, so I embarked on creating this set of beads with high hopes.

CiM's Elegance Ltd Run is described as an opalescent pink. Yikes... Will I be able to maintain the opalescence?
I consulted with the CiM Testing team and found that some were successful in maintaining the glass quality and translucency while others appeared to create more opaque pink beads.

 
 
This set of crystal and round shapes are the result of my tests.

 
 
Layers of CiM Elegance, Effete Super Clear, Double Helix Aurae, 99% silver wire with a final encasement of Super Clear was shaped in to crystal and round beads.

 
Was it the shaping of the beads that caused the pink glass to turn opaque?
I definitely need to come to a better experiment and hypothesis on this new pink glass.

Stay tuned for my next post for more details.


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