Monday, February 6

Revisiting CiM - Creation Is Messy's Limeade Ltd Run

In my next couple of IG posts I am revisiting CiM - Creation Is Messy’s glass named Limeade, a lemon-lime cloudy transparent.




This set of hex shaped beads was created with a base of Limeade with streams of Double Helix Chloe silver infused glass.


The silver glass a reduced and encased in clear glass that captures some of the mother of pearl shine that Chloe provides.


The central square pillow focal bead was difficult to photograph to show the blues and pinks in the mother of pearl shine. 


CiM’s Limeade does seem to resemble a “citrine” semi-precious stone look in its striations.
Accent dots of Double Helix OX-376 was added to the central beads.


This mini set of Love Sonnet beads started with the base of CiM - Creation is Messy Limeade Limited Run.
A sprinkling of hand-blended Pendragonfyre glass frit was added and melted in to create the pattern resembling floral buds and vines.




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Wednesday, December 14

Glitter - A Little Goes A Long Way - Sharing New Experiments

In my last post, I shared my initial testing of a few of Lori Riley's dichroic strips.

On her site she describes these as "premium dichroic strips are fused and ready for flame. These prefused dichroic strips help prevent scumming and are much easier to use."

I was also blessed with some Lumiere Lusters glitters that I have only started to experiment with.

I wanted to share a few more focal beads that combined some various new glasses that I am trying out from Double Helix Glassworks with these various glittery treats!


First up, these two focal were created over a clear base with encased layers of Double Helix Oracle Violet Opal (I am not certain which one I have, but click here to review them)
Streams of Double Helix rare silver glass known as BE-462 Purple Luster was added along with Dots of Riley Dichroic Pink & Teal Crinkle strip. 


A final encasement of Double Helix Zephyr completely the bead before the final shaping.



These would be lovely pendants.


This next bead was created on a base of CiM - Creation Is Messy's Maroon, a dense maroon red. Streams of Riley Dichroic Pink Teal Crinkle and Double Helix TC663 test glass


Zephyr clear encasement was added to capture the glitter and the mother of pearl luster of the silver infused glass.


Finally, just a couple of first tries at adding Lumiere Luster's Ion Opal glitter to a simple bead base of CiM’s Midnight




This glitter is much easier to manage than the pixie dust of the "old days" of my lampworking beginnings.


I look forward to testing and trying to find the best way to use this glitter to it's best potential without adding any burnout or scumming that sometimes results from working the bead with too much heat.


Nortel Glass in Toronto has a wonderful selection of these little treasures, so definitely contact Jean or Jennifer to purchase some for your next bead making session!

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#cimmaroon
#rileydichroic
#lumierelusters
#nortel
#doublehelixglass
#pendragonfyre
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Friday, December 9

Why have I never tried Dichroic glass strips before?

On my visit to Nortel back in October, I was blessed with a couple of strips of dichroic glass to experiment with.

These strips of sparkly goodness are the creation of Lori Riley Designs. 

On her site she describes these as "premium dichroic strips are fused and ready for flame. These perfused dichroic strips help prevent scumming and are much easier to use."
They are easy to apply and I have a fun time creating the focal beads in this post, trying out a different one on each bead.

Nortel Glass in Toronto has a wonderful selection of these little treasures, so definitely contact Jean or Jennifer to purchase some for your next bead making session!


All of the beads were created with CiM - Creation Is Messy's Midnight Ltd Run, a dense transparent that color shifts between purple in daylight and navy blue in fluorescent light.
For each of my beads, I feel that the base glass appears more as a black. 
Midnight is a great base for silver glass as well, so I added a few streams of it in each bead as well as I really couldn't resist!


First up.
A base of CiM Midnight with melted Violet dichroic strip and streams of Double Helix Melia 2015. The bead was encased with Effetre Super Clear and hand shaped into the round barrel bead.
The ends of this 35.6mm long bead were decorated with Melia and reduced to a shiny metallic finish.



This 29mm long round barrel focal bead combined Riley's Dichroic strip simply named G/Magenta Crinkle and reams of rare Double Helix KA 357 on the base of CiM Midnight.
The bead was fully enacsed in Effetre Super Clear.


Riley's Dichroic strip named RBA GN Magenta Blue and Double Helix Psyche glass were streams on CiM Midnight. This handformed barrel focal measures 36mm after fully encased in Effetre Super Clear.

Last but certainly not least...

CiM Midnight excelled as the base for Riley Dichroic Aurora C/DK Red and Double Helix Elpis silver glass. This round barrel focal is 34mm long after being encased in Effetre Super Clear and handformed.



Aren't they so pretty and so different?

I recommend trying something new is a great way to finish out 2022 and expand your beadmaking horizons for 2023.

Next post will explore a few more glittery beads that I recently created.

Til next time,
Darlene

Tuesday, December 6

In this blog post, I am revisiting CiM - Creation Is Messy’s glass named Glycerin, an off-white milky opal.

This set of zulu shaped beads was created with a base of Glycerin with a sprinkling of Glass Diversions Sugar Plum Fairy glass frit. 




This glass frit mix is described as "Forest green paired with several shades of pink and a hint of sparkliness". I believe it is green adventurine that gives the sparkles which were difficult to properly photograph.


I noticed with Glycerin in this set took on the hue of the pink glasses in the frit.


Next up this mini set of Goddess bumpy beads started with the base of Glycerin Ltd Run.


Layered dots of Double Helix glasses of their gold pink,
Eros, and Clio Dark silver glass. 



Clear portal dots of  Double Helix Zephyr were added to capture the stormed reaction of the silver glass.



Dots of Double Helix Eros complete each bead.

Note how the silver glass fumed the Glycerin glass with a golden hue.

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#cimglycerin
#glassdiversionsfrit
#nortel
#doublehelixglass
#pendragonfyre
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Monday, December 5

CiM - Creation Messy Color Tests for new Goddess Bumpy Beads

Today's post is sharing a couple of mini sets of my "bumpy" Goddess beads as I was testing out some other color combinations.

Starting on a base of CiM - Creation Is Messy's Lady of The Lake glass, I layered dots of CiM's Birchwood Ltd Run, a creamy opaque ivory with silver, CiM Barrier Reef Ltd Run, a transparent teal, and Double Helix Melia 2 silver infused glass.


Clear portal dots of  Double Helix Zephyr were added to capture the stormed reaction of the silver glass.
                                   

Dots of Double Helix Melia 2 complete each bead.







Clear portal dots of  Double Helix Zephyr were added to capture the stormed reaction of the silver glass.



Dots of CiM's Black Currant complete each bead.


Although the CiM site notes Black Currant as SOLD OUT, it is always a good idea to check in with Jean and Jennifer at Nortel to check their "archive".

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#cimglass
#cimladyofthelake
#cimmaroon
#cimblackcurrant
#nortel
#doublehelixglass
#pendragonfyre
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Thursday, November 24

A Few Bits and Bobs of Beads - Varieties of Glass Combinations

This blog post is a bit of this and that. 😊
A few glass experiments that I completed in a studio session testing out combinations of glass.

First up, a glass frit set created with a combination of CiM - Creation Is Messy's opaque green named Primavera and Val Cox Songbird frit.


I really like Primavera as a base glass. It melts so smoothly and allows each bead to be shaped quickly and allows the glass frit to flow into unique patterns.


The flat tab bead shows for comparison the base of Primavera against the frit patterning.



This focal bead was my experiment with CiM’s Eden, a extremely dense pine green transparent with added adventurine. I started with a clear core and encased it with Eden as I was hoping that the sparkle of the aventurine would be more evident.
The resulting bead is still very dark green and the sparkle was difficult to truly capture with the camera.

The flower petals were created with layers of CiM’s rare Ra, Double Helix Chloe and capped with Double Helix clear Zephyr. Dots of DH OX-376 complete the bead.

                        

The final set to share today is a revisit back to Effetre glass. 
I must admit that I am a CiM - Creation Is Messy bead maker of which 90% of my beads are made. I love the color palettes that produce true tones and quality of the glass.

Effetre glass is still beautiful quality, it just needs more experimentation to consistently produce the results that I expect.

This set of tile beads was created with 2 Effetre glasses as it’s base, Pistachio 415 and Avorio Pervinca 296. Both glasses have striations that produce a more rustic natural look in the finished beads.


The centre twisted stripe of each bead is a Double Helix silver glass tagged as Terranova 2021.


The silver glass produced tones of blues with just a touch of silver fuming in the kiln.


All the glasses used in this post are ready and available at Nortel Glass in Toronto. Reach out to  them to order these affordable options for your glass bead making!
Til next time,
D.

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#cimprimavera
#effetrepistachio
#effetreivoriapervinca
#valcoxfrit
#nortel
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