Messy testing Pachyderm, Koala and Hemoglobin ltd run

Koala ltd run is a cool opaque grey glass. It is one of two opaque grey colours coming out in the next release of new colours from CiM. The other is called Pachyderm ltd run.

I like the bright crisp tone to this pretty grey, it does not appear to have striations when worked. The heart here is made with a base of Koala decorated with Peace, Hemoglobin ltd run (a new red coming out in this release also) and Reichenbach dense black.

Here is a side by side comparison of Pachyderm ltd run (left pair) with Koala ltd run (right pair). Both sets have been decorated with flowers made with Hemoglobin ltd run.
Pachyderm is a warm brown toned grey which has lots of striations and will strike to even warmer tones in the flame. This set has been made with a base of Pachyderm ltd run with Elphaba and Smurfy decoration.

 And because it was it was an irresistible temptation to make one, here is an Ellie bead made with Pachyderm! This bead is a much better example of the colour variation you can see within Pachyderm. I think this will be a fun glass for sculptural designs.

Jolene xx

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Messy Testing Sea Mist, Yangtze and Cornsilk ltd run

Three more gorgeous colour from CiM coming out soon. From left to right these hearts are made with Sea Mist ltd run, Yangtze ltd run and lastly Cornsilk ltd run.
Sea Mist ltd run is a pretty exciting glass, looking up the end of the rod you cans see concentric circles of alternate layers of clear and pale blue, like veiled cane. When worked you get a lovely soft pastel misty blue.

I found that Sea Mist can bubble easily when the tip of it placed directly in the flame or when flame cutting the rod away from the bead. I found that moving the rod in a small circle when flame cutting sped up the cutting process and cut down any scumming at the tip.
Turning the heat down helped a lot as I tend to work on the hot side (two oxycons on a Carlisle Mini CC). I also increased the oxygen content of the flame and worked a little higher in the flame than my usual spot to slow the melting speed down. Lastly I didn't place the tip of the rod directly in the flame but instead heated the part of the rod just behind the tip in the flame instead. These adjustments practically eliminated any micro bubbles formed by boiled glass. Working a little slower and cooler is no bad thing, especially for results as pretty as this!

Yangtze ltd run is also a veiled cane, this time the layers are alternate clear and pale pastel yellow. I worked this glass in the same way as I did the Sea Mist, as cool as possible and it came out looking lovely. It makes me think of traditional barley sugar boiled sweets, yum!

I popped the Sea Mist and Yangtze nugget beads in a rock tumbler for and hour and half with some glass shot and silicon carbide grit and water to give them a soft velvety matt finish.
Cornsilk ltd run is a very pretty cream opal colour with a gorgeous putrescent lustre. It is very well behaved in the flame, melts easily and on the slightly stiffer side to work with.

Cornisilk looks pretty with silvered ivory stringer. The nugget set has been tumble etched to give them a soft velvety finish.

Jolene x

Messy Testing Safari and Van Dyke Brown ltd run

These beads have been made with Safari ltd run, one of the new colours available soon from CiM. It's a pretty brown that gives several shades within the same bead ranging from french mustard to warm chocolate brown. The darkest areas show where I have formed facets by pressing the hot glass with a graphite paddle. The stripes pair are made with silvered ivory stringer. Safari has not reacted with the silvered ivory in any noticeable way. It looks lovely when tumble etched.

This next collection of nugget beads are made with Van Dyke Brown ltd run. There is less of a range of colour variation within this glass than with Safari. It can give visible striations where later wraps have been melted down over the original base bead. I would describe the colour as dark brown tending towards grey. There is no noticeable reaction between Van Dyke Brown and silvered Ivory stringer (used for the dot beads) and it looks like stone when tumble etched.

Jolene xx


Messy Testing Inchworm and Chartreuse ltd run

There are two gloriously happy shades of  green opal glass coming in the next release of  new colours from Creation is Messy.

First up is a fabulously bright opal lemon green called Chartreuse ltd run. These hearts are Chartreuse with Reichenbach deep black spots.
Chartreuse seems to have a kind of inner glow of its own. The leaves here show the subtle misty opal effect you get when this glass is pressed thin.
This yummy bright opal green is called Inchworm ltd run. I love the misty semi translucence that this glass has. The colour just looks juicy and delicious like sour apple boiled sweeties.
Inchworm ltd run leaves, so pretty. I'm absolutely loving both of these colours!

Jolene x


Messy Testing Denim, Aloha, Pixie and Splash ltd run

This post looks at a few more of the new colours coming out from CiM very soon (check out the artists preview page here). First up today is a chic steel grey blue transparent called Denim ltd run. The first pair shown are made with Frost ltd run wrapped with a 1mm Denim stringer. The second pair are made with a core of denim encased with Effetre 006 and finished with a silvered ivory wrap. The last pair show what Denim looks like as different sized dots over Frost. Denim is such a pretty and unique addition to the 104 palette. It is definitely on my wish list.

I have teamed up two of the new pretty cool toned opaques with Frost. The first two pairs of hearts are made with Pixie ltd run on the top half and Frost on the bottom half separated with a band of silvered ivory.

The two pairs on the right hand side are made with Aloha ltd run on the top half and Frost on the bottom half. Pixie is such a pretty shade of green, slightly pastel and minty looking. Aloha is a pretty mid turquoise shade similar to Smurfy.

Last but not least is Splash ltd run which is a lush bright light sapphire blue transparent. The nuggets here are simply made with Splash on its own and a ribbon of silvered ivory stringer. They seem to have a lovely glow to them.

The trio of heart pairs here are also made with Splash on its own. I have tumbled them with some silicon carbide grit in a rock tumbler to give them a velvety matt finish. Splash etches beautifully.

Jolene x


Messy testing, Yellow Brick Road, Painted Hills, and Bashful ltd run

Two new earthy shades of glass coming out soon from CiM side by side. On the left is Painted Hills ltd run decorated with Emperor over Peace. Painted Hills is a pretty pale faun colour which tends towards grey. It can give subtle pretty striations between melted in wraps.

On the right is Yellow Brick Road ltd run decorated with either dots of Emperor ltd run or Denim ltd run (also coming out soon) over Peace.
I have teamed up Yellow brick Road and Painted Hills with Bashful ltd run in these pretty hearts. Yellow brick road is a fascinating colour, warm caramel brown tones with a blush of warmer and darker milk chocolate brown in places. It is easily going to become one of my favourite glasses to play with.

Bashful ltd run looks like a soft and pretty warm toned grey in combination with these earthy brown and faun colours and silvered ivory stringer wraps.

These classic nugget shapes are made with Bashful ltd run which has been decorated with silvered ivory stringer.

Jolene x


Messy Testing Prairie Grass, Blue Arrow frog, Spearmint and Envy ltd run

This deliciously bright new opaque green is called Prairie Grass ltd run. I have decorated it with dots of bright orange Butternut ltd run (that came out a while back) and fine stringer lines made with a lush new dense opaque mid blue called Blue Arrow Frog ltd run. I will write more about Blue Arrow Frog in my next blog post.

Next I want to show you this pretty opal pastel green called Spearmint ltd run. I have decorated these hearts with stringer made for another new green glass, a mid green transparent called Envy ltd run.The red petals are made with Maroon ltd run.

Envy sits about halfway between Oz and Emerald City in shade. The beads below are made over a base of Primavera ltd run. They have been decorated with vines made from fine stringers of all three shades of transparent green for direct comparison.

The beads on the left with yellow flowers have Oz stringer, middle with red flowers have Envy stringer and on the right hand side with orange flowers the vines are made with Emerald City stringer.

Jolene x


Doodle a day challenge week 4

This weeks doodles are following that zentangle vibe in the main. The day 2 doodle was completed from start to finish during a couple of longish car journeys (I was a passenger of course) which means I made good use of what would otherwise have been thumb twiddling time. the later part of this week I have been looking at Henna tattoo designs and incorporating them into butterfly wing designs.


Messy Testing Dragon, Class M Planet and Quetzal ltd run

Next up in the newest round of Messy Testing posts are these three stunning new formulae called Dragon ltd run, Class M Planet ltd run and Quetzal ltd run, shown below in rod form.

In rod form Dragon looks like a flat pastel greyish green. After being worked in the flame it comes alive, becoming stunning striated mass of subtle colours from warm grey through pale pastel sage green and even some pale browns. The ferns and flowers were created with dots of Emperor ltd run over Effetre white.
Class M Planet ltd run is an absolute stunner. It's a silver rich blue that is just so pretty. As you can see here it gives striations and lighter patches of blue in places. The ferns are created with dots of Emperor over Effetre white and the flowers are Effeter aqua over white.
Quetzal ltd run is a vibrant petrol blue green that has deeper green striations. It is very bright and yummy. The ferns are created with dots of Emperor over Effetre white and the flowers are Effetere cobalt blue over white.

Jolene x

Messy Testing Barrier Reef, Mockingbird and Maroon ltd Run

This lovely trio of heart pairs are made with a lush new intense green transparent glass coming out soon from CiM called Barrier Reef ltd Run. I have pulled a fine stringer of Barrier Reef from the end of the rod and used it to decorate hearts made from a base of Frozen ltd run. The petals on the floral pair are made with a lush new red called Maroon ltd run.

These Frozen hearts are decorated with a stringer of  a new pretty and subtle transparent grey called Mockingbird ltd run. The flowers petals on this floral pair have also been made with Maroon ltd run.

I chose Frozen ltd run as the base for these new colours as it a beautiful opal white and I wanted to get a real feel for what shades I would get from Barrier Reef and Mockingbird from very fine stringer.

Interestingly, whilst messing about with the newer colours I found that Frozen kiln strikes a bit to something more opaque. I made the Barrier Reef dot and wrap beads first then got called out of the studio for over and hour and left them to keep warm in the kiln. Those first two pairs are markedly more opaque looking than the others.

Jolene x


Doodle a day challenge week 3

Week 3 of my doodle a day challenge and it seems to be going well. I am feeling pretty positive and think I am going to be able to keep the momentum up...or at least to be able to create 7 doodles over the course of a week. I am wondering if I build great habits and  keep it up for a year....

This weeks doodles include sketch pad size zentangles, ATC size zantangles and my first dabbles with watercolour paints.