Sunday, 15 March 2020

CiM Testing: Goldfish

Handmade lampwork silver core big hole charm bead by Laura Sparling made with CiM Goldfish

Goldfish is a transparent deep orange that reminds me of neat Aperol, and it’s lovely. It’s a striking glass, meaning that it requires some cooling and reheating in order to bring out its colour. The rod is already orange (some striking colours don’t look anything like their ‘finished’ colour, or are much paler) but I managed to make it a tad darker orange during the strike.

Handmade lampwork silver core big hole charm bead by Laura Sparling made with CiM Goldfish

The glass melts really smoothly and I had no bubbling or shocking.

Handmade lampwork silver core big hole charm bead by Laura Sparling made with CiM Goldfish

To get a nice even, uncloudy strike you need to heat the bead until it is uniformly transparent – no streaks, wisps or foggy bits – and then let it cool outside the flame for a bit. At this point I reintroduced it to the flame and added the Effetre White 204 scrolls and just working in the gentle top part of the flame was enough for the strike to occur without me even trying. If you’re keeping the glass undecorated, just carefully reheat it in the top half of the torch flame until the colour blooms.

Handmade lampwork silver core big hole charm bead by Laura Sparling made with CiM Goldfish

Goldfish is quite similar to CiM Clockwork.

The bead was photographed indoors in natural daylight.