Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CiM Testing: Flax & Hazelnut Mousse

Lampwork glass beads made in CiM Flax and Hazelnut Mousse

My latest bundle of Creation Is Messy testing glass arrived last week and yesterday I finally got the chance to sit and have a play with two of the new colours. The Flax and Hazelnut Mousse just seemed to want to go together so who was I to argue?

Lampwork glass beads made in CiM Flax and Hazelnut Mousse
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. 
Lampwork glass beads made in CiM 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.

Lampwork glass beads made in CiM Flax and Hazelnut Mousse

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.

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