Sunday, February 18

Earth Sampler - New Testing of a Nortel Sampler pack!


This week I am sharing the results of the testing of the glass colors contained in the Sampler pack of Earth colors by CiM - Creation is Messy. 

As I mentioned in my last post, these sampler packs are great for artists that:
- want to "try" a new color without the commitment of purchasing a minimum 1/4 pound of a specific color
- want to create multi-colour beads from a coordinated set of colors.



The second sampler that has Earth based hues contains the following colors:

As I love using silver glass in my testing, this post shares some big hole bead sets using silver glass frit and some handmade shards.

First up is CiM Allspice - an opal brown. Although this glass is showing as Sold Out on the CiM- Creation Is Messy website, it is readily available through Nortel.

Within this set I paired Allspice with Double Helix Helios silver glass. It is a great base glass with little to no shockiness when melting. The reduction of the silver glass did produce an interesting fuming on the surface with a blue hue.


Next up is CiM Maple, a transparent warm golden brown just like the yummy rich dark syrup. The spacers show the rich brown that is quite unique for glass bead makers.
The focal bead is a bubble bead with layers of Helios silver glass over the base of Maple. The dots of glass were reduced, encased in clear and then pierced and encased again to capture the bubbles. 


CiM Ecru is an off-white opal glass. It melted smoothly and much easier than the Effetre opalinos that tend to shock and explode in the flame if not treated gingerly. The focal bead in this set used encased dots of a Double Helix silver “mystery” glass that produced blues and green reactions when encased. This glass was easy to shape and this set contains 2 round and 2 cube spacers.


Last color to share in this post is CiM Adamantium. This opaque warm dark grey is one of my favourite neutrals and In previous tests it never disappointed. Click Here for some of my previous creations with this glass.
This set used Double Helix Helios handmade shards. When reduced, lots of blue was revealed in the shards which is a beautiful contrast to the grey base glass.



Stay tuned this week for the remainder of this sampler packs testing. I have a set of beads in the tumbler right now that I am looking forward to sharing made with CiM's Painted Hills, Autumn and Pistachio Ice Cream. Until then, click the links below to see some of the other beads made with these glass. 

I still have a rod of CiM Mink and CiM Dirty Laundry waiting on the bench to be tested later today.

As always, I encourage you to reach our to Jean at Nortel to pick up a sampler or two.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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