Monday, February 13, 2017

Glass Testing: CiM 527 Anchor

A brand new batch of CiM glass colors arrived at my door the other day...and as excited as I am about those pretty things, I still have some blogging to do about colors I got before the holidays.

This is one of those colors - too pretty to pass over for the new ones! Anchor is a really dark but very saturated teal blue - slightly darker and a bit more blue than Leaky Pen, a color I tend to compare all teals with these days.

 Anchor is so dark in fact, that it look black in rod form and in plain spacers. It's even pretty dark when encased in clear. So to lighten it up a bit, I paired it with Effetre Periwinkle, a light cornflower blue that is my go-to for layering with super dark blue colors. This pair makes a really nice layering team - especially in melted-in designs, and as encased stringer.

The one drawback for this jewel tone is that it's slightly stiff, so when I made raised flower petals, the Anchor didn't spread as well over the softer Periwinkle. Since CiM opaque colors are usually stiffer than Effetre's, I would definitely choose a CiM blue next time I want to layer the Anchor.
Other than that, Anchor is a lovely color - the glass itself works nicely without much bubbling or scumming, and has no shocking issues that I can see. Thin layers work best, to keep it from being too dark. It really sings when melted in and encased under a thin layer of clear.

These beads were made with Vet. Black, CiM Hades, Moccasin, Chateau, Anchor and Effetre Periwinkle. The clear is DH Zephyr, and the metallic is DH Helios.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Glass Testing: CiM 822 Mockingbird Ltd. Run

Now that Thanksgiving is over, time to do some more glass testing! Today's blog is a short one - just one color - CiM's new neutral grey, called Mockingbird.

Mockingbird is a lovely grey that reminds me a lot of CiM Twilight, but slightly on the bluer side and just a hair lighter. There aren't a lot of cooler greys in the 104 palette, so this is a nice edition.

The rods look a little more blue than what the glass actually comes out as after being annealed. CiM also reports that Mockingbird is a color shifter, but the difference under fluorescent lights vs. daylight bulbs is very, very slight.

One nice thing about Mockingbird is that it's not as stiff as Twilight was, so layering it is pretty easy. And it's a nice, clean color without a lot of pitting or scumming - an added bonus. I also didn't have any shocking problems, or any bleeding or spreading of color. Working this glass was pretty effortless.

In the beads shown below, the bases are Mockingbird layered over Adamantium, then encased in clear. This cools the Adamantium a little, resulting in a nice charcoal grey color, which I just love.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 544 Aloha and 444 Pixie

Two more lovely Creation is Messy colors reviewed today!

This has so far been the most fun batch of new CiM color I've tested. All these lovely blues and greens have been relatively easy and are just so pretty. I know I've gushed over CiM colors a lot lately - believe me, if I get a color I am not fond of, you guys will know!

Both of these are of course limited runs, so get them asap if you love them.

 First off, we have Aloha - a really nice bright opaque aqua/turquoise. While Quetzal (see post from two days ago) was slightly on the green side of Effetre's turquoise, Aloha is slightly on the blue side and a bit brighter. It's also a shade darker than CiM Fremen, and a bit bluer than Smurfy. It's not really an exact match of any other color that I am aware of, so it's a wonderful addition to the palette.

Aloha plain and encased with clear
What I really love about Aloha is that it's not as reactive the Effetre turquoises. There's no silvery patina on the finished beads, and there's not a lot of striation - just a smooth, consistent bright aqua.

Aloha makes a nice layering companion with any of the transparent aquas CiM has - In the beads below, I layered it with Zoe.

Aloha melts easily and smooth - not stiff at all. I didn't have any shocking issues, and the glass doesn't bubble, scum, bleed or spread.
petals are Aloha with Zoe on top

Next up we have a fun shade of opaque blue-green called Pixie. It's hard to classify this color, because it's kind of green, but not real green. If that makes any sense. It's too dark to be called Celadon, (in fact, CiM's Celadon glass is lighter.) It's kind of sea-foam-y. It's gorgeous, and I love it.
Pixie plain and encased with clear

Pixie is a perfect layering match with CiM Aloe Juice, which sadly I can't find anywhere anymore. But you can also use Effetre Light Teal or CiM Appletini if you want a color to layer on top of Pixie.

Pixie worked up pretty much like Aloha - no problems so far. Pixie striated a little bit more, which showed through the layering, but not enough to be annoying.

Both colors did really well making encased stringer - they hold their shade nicely and don't wash out when melted in. Both were smooth to melt and had a really nice consistency while working.

I love that CiM is filling holes in the 104 color palette - I just hope these don't sell out too fast!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 540 Class M Planet Ltd. Run

The current batch of new colors from Creation is Messy came with a couple of colors that contain more silver than most, making for interesting reactions and striking. I'm reviewing the first one here - a lovely lapis blue called Class M Planet (points for the Star Trek reference, of course!)

In rod form, this color looks like a muddy blue. But what you get when melting this glass is not much like the rod color.

I had a hard time controlling Class M Planet at first - that is until I started just putting clear on it. (in this case, DH Zephyr, to avoid any reaction.) The first spacers I made turned a dark forest-y green color, and stayed that way until I tried to strike the glass. The longer you work this color, the bluer it tends to get.  It will go back green as you strike, until you start layering or encasing it. This large bead was a base of blue with clear stringer melted in, then encased again in clear. Some color striations appeared, but stayed mostly blue.

Melting this glass is pretty easy. It does have a lot of silver in it, so it's not as smooth and buttery as most opaques, but can take some good heat. Encasing it with clear and pulling stringer gave me a soft lapis blue color that I quite like. However, because this color as a lot of silver, your stringer can be lumpy if not hot enough when pulling.

It doesn't tend to bleed, but can spread a little bit when melting it in as decoration, but not enough to make me mad. :) For the most part, as I worked the glass in the beads below, Class M Planet stayed a pretty lapis blue, sometimes fading to a teal-ish color here and there. But in the kiln, most of it went back to blue. This is especially true when heavily encased. The green shows up more when the color is "naked" and raised. I preferred the blue, so that's mostly how I used it.

Even though Class M Planet is a glass that contains a lot of silver, I didn't get any reaction when using a reduction flame.  The metallic effects on the beads below were done with DH Elektra.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Glass Color Testing: CiM 541 Denim and CiM 625 Bashful

So, I had planned on blogging about a completely different color scheme a couple of weeks ago. Then, my computer's new solid state hard drive took a complete dive and I lost all the pics and notes about the new Creation is Messy color I had tested the week before. Soooo, I'll have to redo that one!

In the meantime, I have a bunch of other colors ready to blog about - and here are the first two. Both are limited runs (as are all in the latest batch), and both are relatively neutral colors. These days, my mood is darker, so I am in the mood to make dark beads! :) 

First up is Denim, which is aptly named, as it's a very dark, transparent grayish color that sits between green and blue.  I personally prefer more of a blue cast to my denim, so I like to layer it with a bluer opaque color. This time, I used CiM Blue Steel as the opaque to layer Denim with, which turned out a little more grey than I was hoping for, but still bluer than when Denim is used alone. It's still really pretty, especially if you like those dark futuristic neutrals as much as I do.

For me, this color is too dark to work on it's own as a base, so layering it thinly on top of opaques or clear is the way to go. It made gorgeous encased stringer with the Blue Steel!

Denim is a nice smooth glass to work with. It didn't shock, pit, bleed or bubble at all, and it's not too stiff for layering - which is really nice! I actually really loved how it melted in when placed on top of the Blue Steel, on clear-encased black (below) - it created very crisp flowers.

Denim is definitely a winner in my book. There's no other color like it that I know of, and it fits right in to a neutral palette.

Next we have a pale tint called Bashful, which reminds me of sepia tones without the yellow. CiM calls this a pale purple - which personally, I just don't see. I see a very pale grey/brown that reminds me of the color of champagne, or black diamond crystals. It's however not as dark as CiM Chateau.

At any rate, this is a lovely tint that I thought looked really great layered on top of the paler cream colors that CiM has - in this case, Antique Lace or Butter Pecan. The result is a neutral off-white or ecru that doesn't have the yellowish cast to it that cream usually does.

This is another glass that is almost problem-free. I only saw the tiniest amount of scumming if I heated the end of a stringer too long or too hot. As with most pale transparents, use a delicate hand when heating, and you'll be fine.

Encasing stringer with Bashful over Antique Lace yielded a very pale color that was kind of an eggshell - almost white but not quite. Lovely on top of black, and paired with the Denim. This is a wonderful color if you're looking for light cream without the yellow cast, but don't want to go into the light brown range.

More CiM tests coming soon!

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.