Thursday, January 31

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Cerulean Sparkle Ltd Run

The question of the day - does this new glass sparkle?

Today's post experiments with a new offering this spring by CiM - Creation Is Messy.
Kathy and the team have created a couple of new colors with accompanying versions incorporating gold aventurine. 
Today's post is discovering Cerulean Sparkle Ltd Run

What is aventurine? Click here to read the full details at Wikipedia.

An excerpt describes the "name aventurine derives from the Italian "a ventura" meaning "by chance". This is an allusion to the lucky discovery of aventurine glass or goldstone at some point in the 18th century. One story runs that this kind of glass was originally made accidentally at Murano by a workman, who let some copper filings fall into the molten “metal,” whence the product was called avventurino. From the Murano glass the name passed to the mineral, which displayed a rather similar appearance.[1] Although it was known first, goldstone is now a common imitation of aventurine and sunstone. Goldstone is distinguished visually from the latter two minerals by its coarse flecks of copper, dispersed within the glass in an unnaturally uniform manner. It is usually a golden brown, but may also be found in blue or green."

The challenge in this glass was to see if the sparkle in the rod would transfer to a completed bead. My initial test used it layered with clear glass in an attempt to "magnify" the effect. 
A still photo it doesn't capture much sparkle even when holding it up in sunlight.

Then the lightbulb above my head appeared and I pulled out my iPhone and tried a video.
Although the "sparkle" is not front and centre, in the movement of the bead there is a sense of iridescence in the bead. 
Check out the video here. As the bead is moved, I do see a sparkle like sheen so I will be testing it again as a base of a bead to allow a more concentrated foundation.

The Verdict?  Maybe the recipe needs more concentration of the aventurine bring the sparkle to life. It clearly needs more experimentation, which I have planned for future test beads so stay tuned. 

All the new CiM colors are available through Contact Jean for your glass needs!

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