Monday, 29 March 2021

CiM Testing: Kniphofia

Handmade lampwork glass beads made with Creation is Messy Kniphofia

Kniphofia (Latin name for the red hot poker plant) is a deep, rich, translucent orange.

Handmade lampwork glass beads made with Creation is Messy Kniphofia

Kniphofia melts smoothly with no shocking and it’s got a nice working consistency. Like other transparent oranges, it does lose its colour as you work and it requires a level of striking to get it to return but fear not, it’s dead easy to strike; just use it and it’ll do the work for you. The photo below shows a bead with its polka dots added, before I melted them down flat, and you can see that the colour of the Kniphofia is uneven. I didn’t do anything to rectify that except for melting in my polka dots (quite slowly because that’s how I work) and by the time I’d done so the Kniphofia was a uniform orange all over.

Handmade lampwork glass bead

These beads have a core of CiM Foam encased with a thin layer of Kniphofia. I stuck with the red hot poker theme and used Effetre Pastel Yellow 418 for the polka dots and spacers.

Handmade lampwork glass beads made with Creation is Messy Kniphofia

The first two photos were taken indoors in natural daylight and the one just above was taken outdoors in full sunshine.

2 Comments

Carina Flodin said...

Very beatyful colour.

Laura Sparling said...

It really is, Carina. A very lovely orange.