Sunday, April 11

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Cupcake Ltd Run

CiM Cupcake Ltd Run is an opaque yellow cream. 
It melted smoothly with no problems with shocking or cracking.


It is nice to work with a non streaky yellow cream when I am creating beads with glass frit.


This set sprinkled Val Cox Pink Lipstick frit, a mixture of pink transparent and opaque glasses.


Two spacers of Cupcake show the base glass for comparison.

D.

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CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Brown Eyed Girl Ltd Run

This post will show some beads with another of the 2021 CiM - Creation Is Messy brown transparents. 

It is very similar to SOLD OUT CiM Maple that was released a few years ago and was lovely with silver applications. Click here to see some of my beads are posted on the CiM Maple website page. 

In this bead set, I used Brown Eyed Girl Ltd Run with silver ivory stringer to create dotted beads. Copper foil dragonflies were encased under Double Helix Zephyr capturing the cluster of the copper on the brown transparent glass. 


The focal barrel bead combined these glasses with CiM's Painted Hills Ltd Run, an opaque yellow, which warmed in the torch to a golden hue.


Spacers of Brown Eyed Girl Ltd Run complete the set.

D.

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Saturday, April 10

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Robert E Ltd Run

CiM - Creation Is Messy has always created such beautiful blues in their color range and Robert E Ltd Run is no exception.

Blue transparent glass pairs well with silver glass so this bead set shows off the versatility of it's combination.

The barrel bead was created with limited edition Double Helix 2016 handmade murrini from my stash and dots of Psyche silver glass. I varied the dots and patterns with 99% fine silver wire.

Each bead was reduced and encased in Double Helix clear Zephyr to capture the creamy blue mother of pearl reactions.

The spacer beads are pure Robert E Ltd Run.

Enjoy your Saturday!

D.

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CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Lake Baikal Ltd Runs

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, more than 20% of the world's fresh water and with a depth of over 5000 feet Baikal is the world's deepest lake.

Baikal's age is estimated at 25–30 million years, making it the most ancient lake in geological history. It is unique among large, high-latitude lakes, as its sediments have not been scoured by overriding continental ice sheets.

Here is a photo of Lake Baikal's beautiful winter ice patterns

By © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75211070

CiM - Creation Is Messy glass, Lake Baikal Ltd Run, is named after this beautiful lake is color rich range of blues. 


As it is a cloudy transparent, I created a hollow round bead in order to show the depth of the patterns within this glass. A wrap of 99% fine silver wire gently melted to the surface completes the bead. The spacers are pure Lake Baikal.


D.

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Friday, April 9

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Avalon Misty and Milky Ltd Runs

This year CiM - Creation Is Messy added four new opal colors in misty and milky options. 
The difference between the two options is based on the level of translucency that was requested by glass bead makers.
In 2020, when CiM introduced cloudy opals, I had an issue with cracking of beads when comparing the glass with glass frit. I wanted to retest the 2021 offerings as the formulas have been re-engineered.

First up, Avalon Misty Ltd Run, an opal pale green.
This glass melts easily and behaved in the creation of the hollow bead sprinkled with a band of Pendragonfyre hand blended glass frit. 

The barrel beads were wrapped with 99% fine silver wire that fumed an ever so slight golden cast. 

Pendragonfyre frit was sprinkled over Avalon Misty Ltd Run on the round beads. 
Avalon Misty spacer beads complete the set.


Avalon Milky Ltd Run is a less translucent glass in the same Avalon hue. 
In this bead test, I sprinkled it with Val Cox Trackster frit. 


The bead melted smoothly and emerged from the kiln with no cracks. 
I am so pleased with this successful test! Spacers complete the set.


Til next time,
D.

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CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Bird's Nest and Orangezilla Ltd Runs

In this post, I am showing two new 2021 offerings on the CiM - Creation Is Messy palette. 
I spent one torch session working on a new skill of hollow beads. I definitely need more practice but I am quite pleased with my progress so far!

The first new "streamer" in this post is named Bird's Nest Ltd Run. These three hollow beads are a great way to really see the streamers within the glass. The streamers stayed true and the glass melted smoothly and consistently in order to create these hollow rounds.





A new orange from CiM this year is Orangezilla Ltd Run. It is a bright orange that becomes vibrant in the flame. 
The hollow round has stripes of Bird's Nest. 
The spacer beads are pure Orangezilla. 


The barrel bead in the photo below is a core of Bird's Nest with end caps of Orangezilla. 
Bird's Nest spacer beads complete the bead set.


As a final test, I create a bead to test the orange glass in a layered silver glass bead. 
This flat tab bead was created by layering Double Helix Kalypso silver glass over a core of Orangezilla with a clear glass encasement.

It is important to ensure a thin layer of clear glass is placed between the 2 layers to protect the color of the core. I added copper foil dragonflies, reduced the silver glass and encased in Double Helix ZephyrCreamy pinks and blues resulted with peeks of the juicy orange shows through. 


Have a great day and hope these brighten the corner in your world!
D.

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Tuesday, April 6

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Carnival & Horehound Ltd Runs

 In 2020 CiM - Creation Is Messy began creating a selection of glass rod with complimentary streamers of glass encased in the rod of transparent glass. 

The designers at CiM continued to develop other streamer rod and 2021 brings lots of options in limited quantities. Over the next few posts I will be showing several of these.
In the bead set below, I paired a streamer glass named Carnival Ltd Run, a light blue transparent base with orange, yellow, green, and white streamers.

The hollow focal bead and small barrel beads were capped on each end with Double Helix Aurae silver glass. Each bead was reduced to bring out the metallic shine.  The spacer beads are pure Carnival glass.



The Carnival glass is elegant in my opinion and would be would be beautiful on a simple silver chain.

CiM introduced a few new browns to their existing color line. 
Horehound Ltd Run is a light transparent brown that really sings with silver glass! This set of beads combined Double Helix Helios streamers reduced to glorious gold metallic shine.




The colors of each glass stayed true with no reaction to the silver and are on my list to order before these limited edition glasses are gone forever.


D.

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Monday, April 5

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Colors - Heather & Yours Truly Ltd Runs

In 2020 CiM - Creation Is Messy introduced a cloudy transparent named Heather Ltd Run
It was extremely well received by the glass community as a unique offering of a pinkish purple.
Glass testers loved the color but found it be a bit temperamental and shocky in the melting process.

The CiM family re-engineered the formula and I am pleased to say in my testing that the new 2021 version of Heather is absolutely lovely to work with.

In the bead set below, I paired 2021 Heather Ltd Run with a new 2021 color called Yours Truly Ltd Run, a lovely transparent purple. I sprinkled Glass Diversions Persian Paisley glass frit on the transparent end of each bead and wrapped 99% fine silver wire around the Heather glass end.



As comparison to CiM's 2020 
Heather Ltd Run, I have posted a few views of a set I created last year that seemed to not have been saved to my blog previously.

The barrel bead was created with stripes of CiM Heather and now SOLD OUT CiM's Daydream Ltd Run, A bright blue milky opal that stays translucent. I capped each end with a bit of CiM's Cerulean Ltd Run and wrapped it in 99% fine silver wire. Lots of additional beads were created with each glass to complete the set.


The colors of each glass stayed true with no reaction to the silver and the resulting beads are bright and cheerful for any jewelry design!

D.
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Sunday, April 4

Nortel's Bountiful Harvest CiM- Creation Is Messy Glass Sampler Testing

Just a quick post to show a couple of photos of a new set of beads using base glasses from Nortel’s CiM - Creation is Messy glass sampler named Bountiful Harvest. 

You can order this sampler of 15 colors that are both new and former favourites via Nortel’s new online shopping cart here.

Colors include:
CIM277 Phoenix
CIM720 Autumn
CIM442 Prairie Grass
CIM465 Oobleck
CIM718 Indian Summer
CIM216 Monarch
CIM217 Harvest
CIM106 Fire Cracker
CIM780 Maple
CIM121 Garnet
CIM487 Poison Apple
CIM729 Serengeti
CIM211 Orange Crush
CIM308 Ochre
CIM470 Eden

These colourful beads of layered dots and swirls are just a peek of the colors within this sampler. I hope to create more in a future torch session.



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Revisiting Favorite CiM Colors From the Past

Disclaimer - Though the CiM - Creation is Messy colors noted in this post may still be available at a few distributors, they do appear as SOLD OUT on the CiM website. 
I still wanted to capture these color combinations on this blog for future reference.

In 2020, CiM started producing new style of glass colors known as "cloudy" transparents.
In this set, CiM's Chocolate Ltd Run was wrapped with 99% fine silver and paired with spacer beads. 


This is a lovely glass that I had experienced some issues combining it with glass frit.
Using it with fine silver is a perfect combination to bring out the richness of the hues of chocolate brown and silver.

Two favourite 2020 colors, CiM's Adriatic Ltd Run  and Ra Ltd Run are prefect together for ocean inspired beads. This set of rounds capture silvered ivory waves within each bead.


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Saturday, April 3

CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Color - Study of Oranges - Marmalade & Kniphofia Ltd Runs

In this post we will be previewing beads made with 2 of the new 2021 CiM - Creation Is Messy orange palette.

CiM's Marmalade Ltd Run was tested with Double Helix's Clio silver glass, I experimented to see the reactions between the two glasses based on layering it with CiM's new clear glass.

The round bead with Clio scrolls was created with a clear glass core, layer of Marmalade, scrolled with Clio. The bead was then reduced and encased with clear glass.


The focal bead was created in the similar layering process but an added layer of CiM clear glass was placed as a barrier between Marmalade and the addition of Clio.
The layering process demonstrates the option of getting a batik look of the stringer scrolls vs the soft hues of the pinks, blues and creams.
The spacers are pure Marmalade showing the lovely rich orange hues of the glass.


CiM's Kniphofia Ltd Run is a bright opal orange glass that was easy to strike and juicy in depth of color. It's name is derived from the flower known as the Red Hot Poker plant. Check out photos of the plant here.

Working from left to right, the beads were created as:
- a short barrel bead with CiM clear core, a layer of Kniphofia and Double Helix Melia scrolls reduced to a metallic shine.
- the central barrel bead is a CiM clear core, a layer of Kniphofia and Double Helix Melia dots and endcaps reduced to a metallic shine.
- a square bead with a Kniphofia core, a wrap of 99% fine silver wire and encased in CiM clear glass.. The silver has reacted to a blackened rustic look that some designers seek out.
The spacers are pure Kniphofia.


Similar reactions to silver are seen in these test beads, so layering with clear between orange and silver continues to ensure all stays true.

As a comparison to CiM 2020, I created a few more beads with the now SOLD OUT CiM's Goldfish Ltd Run which I purchased after loving it so much last year.

This focal hollow blown bead was created on a puffy mandrel (I am learning this new technique!). The  ends of the bead are Double Helix Aurae


The spacers show the various levels of striking that Goldfish can provide. I create these spacer beads 3-4 beads at a time, so the heating and cooling of each bead varies as they are added to the mandrel.


Oranges are beautiful and sometimes requires some special attention to pull out the richness of the color. Well worth the effort to add these to your glass collection.
D.

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CiM - Creation Is Messy 2021 Color - Dollhouse Milky and Misty Ltd Runs

CiM's new Dollhouse pink is another of the milky and misty glasses for 2021.
As I mentioned in my last post, the option to have different translucency within the same color of an opal glass is unique to the industry.
This years palette offers four new colors which I will preview over future posts.
This post will show a few comparison beads as a glimpse of the new color and it's reactivity to silver glass and fine silver wire.
Dollhouse Milky Ltd Run and its Misty Ltd Run sister are reminiscent of the SOLD OUT CiM Rose Quartz glass from years ago. 

My "go-to" test for any new glass is to pair it with silver glass or 99% fine silver wire. This allows me to test reactivity in a small bead before creating a full set of beads.
Below are two views of my tests.


Note the slight intensity of the transparent vs translucency in the spacer beads of each set. 
The silver leaf and dots of DH Aurae silver glass used in the Dollhouse Misty Ltd Run was heated and passed in a reduction flame to fume the bead with a golden hue.


The Dollhouse Milky Ltd Run barrel bead was worked cooler in the flame and quickly wrapped with 99% fine silver wire. As a result, there is no fuming and the silver wire had no reaction.

So based on how you treat these glasses and the chemistry of the flame, you can achieve either option. This is why I love CiM - Creation Is Messy glass and our testing community as we provide glass bead makers previews of options for their artistic creativity!

Til next time,
D.

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