A few years back I bought an odd lot of Vetrofond amber. It was a really pale champagne colour. It was in 10mm diameter rods which made it hard to work with but because the colour was so pretty I persevered and the few bead sets I made with that glass were really popular. CiM Flax is almost identical to that Vetrofond odd lot. Flax is a very pale yellow; think white wine or champagne. Unlike champers, the glass is bubble free and it's a superb consistency. It etches like a dream too.
I paired the Flax with Hazelnut Mousse which is a light beige, pale sand colour. It's gorgeous. Streak free, perfect for stringerwork, a nice base for encasing. It kept nice crisp edges even when pulled out really thinly for the scrollwork beads. Again, it etches really well too.
I made this set of beads using just Flax and Hazelnut Mousse.
From left to right ...
- Small cylindrical core of Hazelnut Mousse heavily encased in Flax, Hazelnut Mousse decoration and etched
- Small cylindrical core of Hazelnut Mousse heavily encased in Flax, Hazelnut Mousse decoration
- Round core of Hazelnut Mousse thinly encased in Flax, Hazelnut Mousse decoration and etched
- Round core of Hazelnut Mousse thinly encased in Flax, Hazelnut Mousse decoration
The spacers are a mix of normal and etched.
I absolutely love this pairing of two fantastic CiM glasses. It's delicate, neutral and ever so pretty.
Both of these colours are limited runs. The Flax is available now and I think I'm correct in saying that the Hazelnut Mousse will be available later in the spring, so keep your eyes open for that one.