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July 17, 2021

First Look :: Solar Storm

I think CiM Solar Storm (CiM224) might be my favourite 'streamer' colour so far. I am looking forward to trying the rest of them because I really like the streaky look they give. It's like the streaks you get when you apply coloured frit to a bead using a clear gather to transport and spread it except that the end result is easier to control and more predictably coloured. There's a time and place for both and I am glad to have this option in orange :)

With all of the streamer colours, I've found that it's important to use a contrasting opaque colour underneath them as the bead 'core' so that they have something to sparkle against. Otherwise, the lighter streamers get really lost against the bead hole.

Here are some fun beads that I made with Solar Storm:

July 10, 2021

First Look :: Jacaranda

CiM Jacaranda (CiM636) is a very pretty transparent lavender. It's a bit pinker than Effetre Dark Lavender, and I expect that it does the same colour shifting thing.  I think CiM Jacaranda is exactly the same colour as Crocus, but because it is more transparent it just seems brighter. I added some to the order I already placed after I made these beads because I really enjoyed using this colour. I used to have a small hoard of Crocus and Wisteria, but I've used a lot of it up, so I am really happy to welcome this colour into the fold.

Silver stays silver under Jacaranda.

Here are some fun beads made with Jacaranda.

June 30, 2021

First Look :: Scotch Broom

I am intrigued by this new, beautiful orange-yellow opal colour from Creation is Messy called Scotch Broom (CiM327). It's like nothing else I've ever tried, and everything I made with it so far is pretty ugly because I just don't have it figured out yet. The only thing a girl can do in this situation is buy a full pound of it and really buckle down to figure it out, so I just messaged Nortel to ask them to add a pound of Scotch Broom to my order.

OK, so why, if everything I've made with it so far is icky, have I just ordered a pound of Scotch Broom? Because I love the colour so much in the rod and in the plain spacers I made that I really need to figure it out. It's completely unique and crazy beautiful.

This is Scotch Broom in spacers. It seems like it is slow to strike back to opalescence, so these beads just look transparent. What a gorgeous, warm colour!

These little beads are Scotch Broom with silver leaf. The bead on the right is encased with Effetre 006 Clear.

The only surviving things I have made with this colour are truly ugly, and out of those, this is the least embarrassing one that made it past the water jar, so this is the one I'll put here:

This bead has Kniphofia in the core, encased with Scotch Broom. I made an incorrect assumption when I started using this colour that it would end up more opaque like the rod, and that was not the case. I got more opacification of it in this bead than in the little spacers, so it seems like working it longer can help with that if opacity is what you're after.

No one will ever know what possessed me to put blue and aqua flowers on top of this colour, and I did not expect the flower petal colours to let so much orange through. The flower effectively looks brown. 

I will repost about this colour when I've been able to give it a better workout. My results here definitely don't seem reflective of its potential.