Friday, September 16, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 546 Quetzal, CiM 313 Painted Hills, and CiM 548 Barrier Reef

Hi, everyone! It's been quite a few months since the last test, but the good news is that Creation in Messy just sent a huge batch of new colors for me to try out and blog about. There are a whopping 20 new shades of glass in the batch - all of which are limited runs (which I think will be the trend for the forseeable future). I'll try to get to most of them, I think.  There is only one opal color in the batch, which excites me because virtually all the new colors are ones I can really use and layer with.

CiM went a little nuts with the blues and greens this time - there are a ton of new shades that are great additions to the 104 palette that we don't usually see.

So first off, we have Painted Hills - an interesting light creamy yellow that really reminds me of the lighter batches of Effetre's famous Opal Yellow.

Painted Hills is a striking color - tending toward the lighter, almost washed out side when encased with clear, unless you strike it by cooling and reheating a few times. When used as a base, you can get blushing creams and yellows with a hint of rosy ivory at times. 
The longer you work it, the more color you can get.

The glass does behave somewhat like Opal Yellow in the flame as well - it can spread, especially when layered with a transparent color, but not to the point of being unusable. I really like this color as an alternative to Opal Yellow, because it is lighter, and because it doesn't have the air bubbles and holes that Effetre's handmade colors tend to have. So it doesn't have a shocking problem, and is pretty well-behaved.  If the price is right, I might completely replace my Opal Yellow with Painted Hills until they run out!

Next up are two teal shades called Quetzal and Barrier Reef. I used these two together because they complement eachother really nicely.

Quetzal is an opaque medium blue-green that sits somewhere between turquoise and teal to my eye.

Barrier Reef is a super intense dark transparent teal that can really only be seen when layered or encased - otherwise it looks almost black.

Encase Quetzal with Barrier Reef and pull into stringer and you have a magnificent deep rich teal that I just love!

Quetzal is very well behaved for a turquoise - it doesn't pit, doesn't striate nearly as much as a lot of greenish opaques, and is a lovely consistency.  It also doesn't go silvery like the Effetre turquoises. It will lighten a bit when encased, but still stays a lovely color. There's no shocking with this one either. It will bleed a little out the sides when making stripes if you're not careful to cover the edges well.

Barrier Reef is slightly stiff and very, very dark. It also turns really green in the flame, so don't let that surprise you - it goes back to teal when cool. Use it in thin layers to bring up the color - especially when using it as a base. Layer it thinly over a lighter opaque and then encase with clear.  I had no problems with bleeding, scumming or shocking.

In the beads shown here, the three new CiM colors are used with CiM Indian Summer, which is layered with the Painted Hills for a range of colors from light rosy amber to deep rusty amber.
you can see the Quetzal bleeding on the edges just a little

lovely shade of teal is made by layering Barrier Reef over Quetzal, then putting a small amount of clear on top.

scrolls of encased stringer make lovely teal striations under the pale flowers.

Painted Hills makes a wonderful base color for layering ambers and oranges.

Painted Hills can create lines of tiny bubbles when layered and melted in on top of clear, so watch for that.

Barrier Reef over Quetzal makes a wonderful dark teal stringer. Indian Summer over Painted Hills yields a soft rosy amber.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 725 Toto Ltd. Run and 721 Ceylon Ltd. Run

We're looking at some lovely shades of CiM brown today - one that is a bit familiar and one that is a brand new shade in the 104 coe color palette. The two colors work really well layered together.

Both colors are limited runs - in fact, most every color I've tested recently has been a limited run. CiM doesn't seem to be adding any new color to their existing line permanently. My guess is because it has been hard for them to duplicate their newer colors exactly, and they seem to be really concerned with the accuracy of their hues. I'm not complaining, though - I like consistency, and I love trying colors that are just slightly different.

First up is Toto, and opaque, light brown that is the color of a latte. This shade seems to be very similar to CiM Moccasin, at first glance, but can strike to a warmer shade if you work it long enough.

Toto is a really nice glass to work with - smooth and easy to melt, with no apparent shocking or bubbling. This makes it a fantastic alternative to Effetre Sage Handmade, which is a similar color, but is shocky and can contain bubbles.

When first melted, Toto stays light brown/tan and is somewhat muted. After working it for a few minutes, it can strike to a more caramel shade, darkening and warming a bit - especially if you melt other colors on top of it. By itself, as in spacers, it can take awhile to strike.

Like many opaque light browns (and greens and blues...), melting scrolls into Toto will create separation - little ghost lines that can be really pretty.

For a nice chocolate/coffee color, layer Maple on top and encase in Chateau or clear.

For a cooler, softer brown, pair Toto with this next color, Ceylon.

I actually really love this shade! Ceylon is a transparent medium color that sits halfway between grey and brown, and is really muted, making it a wonderful layering color. It's kind of a transparent lighter Adamantium, I think.

The glass itself is a nice consistency - not too stiff and not too soft. I had no real bubbling or scumming issues, and no shocking at all. The clarity of this color is wonderful.

Layering Ceylon on top of Toto creates a soft sable brown that's a really nice neutral.

In these sets, Ceylon and Toto are paired with shades of pink. You can see where the Toto darkens under some of the layers, but stays lighter when closer to the top.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 624 African Violet Ltd. Run

It's been a good long time since CiM has released a darker transparent purple that wasn't on the red side - this is really exciting for me, since I am a purple freak! CiM's new African Violet is a lovely shade of soft purple that is very much on the blue side - an indigo for sure.

plain spacers
At first glance, the rods are pretty dark - like looking at purple in the middle of the night. Not nearly as dark as Gypsy or the new Cleopatra, but dark enough. When melted, though, African Violet loses some of its saturation and turns a little bit greyish. It's still purple enough, though.

For my purposes, I like a brighter purple, so I tried layering this on Heffalump, and the results are perfect.

African Violet is similar to Effetre Ink Blue in hue, but not quite as saturated.
left - encased in clear, right - layered over Heffalump, then encased in clear.

layered over white
The glass itself is pretty dreamy to work with - it's not too stiff and has no issues with scumming or bubbling. I also didn't have any problems with shocking. African Violet stays put without bleeding or sinking, and layers really well.  Encasing thins out the color a little bit, but not too much.

Below are some bead sets I made with the Heffalump/African Violet, along with Leaky Pen and Laguna

This purple is one of the easiest and prettiest glass colors I have used in awhile. Luckily, all the new CiM colors have been released and are available to buy over at Frantz. And the prices aren't too bad!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 438 Meadow and CiM 909/910 Charlotte/Paris

 So I just got another batch of CiM glass to test - and I haven't nearly finished with the last batch! Time sure flies....  :)

First up is a pair of pinks from the last batch - Paris and Charlotte. The CiM website says that these are basically the same color. However, because lots of people are really picky about pink tonality, they decided to keep them separate.  Both Charlotte and Paris were made while attempting to duplicate Sakura, and didn't turn out to be as orangy. So they renamed them and put them both on the market.

I must say that while I am super-aware of most tone differences even in the closest colors, I cannot tell much difference between Paris and Charlotte, no matter what light source I am using. One of them might be a teensy bit more saturated than the other, but I can't tell which one after it comes out of the kiln.

On top of that, both colors are virtually interchangeable when it comes to stiffness, workability and consistency. So I am pretending like they are one color.

Both colors are slightly stiff, like most transparents. This means that when layering with opaque pinks in Effetre/Vetrofond, you'll find that the opaque may spread out from under the pink a little bit, especially when doing something like raised floral petals or stripes. For that reason, I prefer to use these shades over pinks which are stiffer. At this point, the ones that work best for that are the CiM pinks - Gelly's Sty is pictured here. Because Gelly's Sty is a bit opalescent (contrary to CiM's website which calls it a true opaque!) the result is a light, glowy pink, reminiscent of shampoo or bubble bath.

As with many pink transparents, Charlotte and Paris like to be worked on the cool side, with less fuel than normal. Work them gently to avoid that pesky bubbling and scumming. It's a bit of a balancing act keeping these cool enough not to bubble, but warm enough not to crack. Staying on the higher edge of the flame works best for me. Paris/Charlotte make gorgeous spacers as well - a brighter pink than any of the Effetre transparents, and less orangy than most.

Next up is Meadow - one of the colors from the new batch.

Now, if you look at CiM's website, you'll see a vivid medium green. Meadow is not nearly that bright in person - I think they really need to change that picture.  Meadow is a soft spring green that looks to be a bit brighter/less muted than Leaf Men. It's a lot like the other mid-greens we have seen from CiM in the past - Shrubbery being the closest, in my opinion.

Meadow works up really nicely.  I didn't have any shocking at all, and the glass is smooth and melts easily. As is usual for opaque greens, Meadow will striate, but not nearly as much as Olive or Leaf Men. It can spread out a little from underneath transparents, but not enough to cause any issues. It encases beautifully, erasing much of the striation underneath, and lightening the color a little.

I think this makes a perfect soft color for earthy spring designs, especially since those greens which are close in hue are not readily available anymore. Like Shrubbery (*sniff*).

So there are a bunch more colors I have to test - hopefully there won't be such a long time between posts!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Glass Color Testing: CiM 436 Leaf Men

It's officially fall and one of my favorite fall colors is green.  The glass color I am reviewing today is one of the pretty new greens by Creation is Messy, called Leaf Men. This green is similar to Olive, but a little lighter and somewhat less yellow-y. It's a wonderful shade for autumn, and seems to go well with other fall colors.

Leaf Men was a tiny bit shocky - it cracked and split just a little when introducing the rod to the flame.  Slowing down helped somewhat. The glass isn't too stiff, though, which made layering pretty easy.

Leaf Men does striate a lot. Lines of darker green will form, especially when used alone as a base. I think it's pretty, but you want to keep that in mind when layering.

I found that CiM Mojito made a really nice transparent complement to Leaf Men, bringing out the olive tones while keeping the color saturated.

 Like most CiM greens, Leaf Men didn't bleed much, and encased well, making it a wonderful color for florals and melted decoration when used under a transparent. When melted into dots on its own, you can see the color separate and form darker spots in the center of the dot.

This color fits right in to CiM's extensive green family, making up for the discontinued Shrubbery, Army Men and others. Keep making those greens, CiM - I love them! :)