2012 CiM Sample Strand
Yeah, Creation Is Messy...

Here's my 2011 CiM sample strand, revamped (more or less) for 2012 (& finally posted 2020):

I pulled the discontinued colors from 2011, and inserted as many of the new for 2012 colors in:)


Tag is between solid & hollow sample of a given colour. Frantz's CiM prefix (511) is omitted: only the last 3 digits of inventory code is listed, along with the name. The list starts with the transparent purple bead in the upper right edge of the photo. I include a basic description of the colour if it isn't obvious from the name (e.g. blue, green)

  • 618 simply berry
  • 915 pink champaigne (purple)
  • 660 crocus (purple)
  • 543 sapphire (blue)
  • 500 azure (blue)
  • 563 pulsar (blue)
  • 508 leaky pen (blue green)
  • 590 great bluedini
  • 413 green peacock
  • 497 appletini (green)
  • 478 oz (green)
  • 482 mojito (green)
  • 483 slytherin (green)
  • 780 maple (brown)
  • 742 sepia
  • 229 clockwork (orange)
  • 101 marachino (red)
  • 128 sangre (red)
  • 109 bordello (red)
  • 926 cranberry pink
  • 921 blush
  • 907 rose quartz
  • 904 gelly sty (pink)[1]
  • 957 dessert desert pink
  • 701 ginger (pinkish brown)
  • 241 creamsickle (opq orange)
  • 277 phoenix (orange)
  • 351 stone ground (brown)
  • 722 canyon de chelly (brown)
  • 349 ghee (yellowish brown)
  • 430 elphaba (green)
  • 448 dirty martini (green)
  • 481 split pea
  • 476 olive
  • 475 commando (green)
  • 487 poison apple (green)
  • 492 sherwood (green)
  • 449 kyptonite (green)
  • 492 celadon (green)
  • 499 rainforest (green)
  • 568 fremen (blue)
  • 469 smurfy (blue)
  • 498 atlantis (blue)
  • 547 electric avenue (blue)
  • 550 chalcedony (blue)
  • 562 ming (blue)
  • 570 grumpy bear (blue)
  • 589 zachary (blue)
  • 519 glacier (blue)
  • 645 heffalump (purple)
  • 667 poi (purple)
  • 658 plum
  • 661 evil queen (purple)
  • 654 grape ape
  • 655 eggplant (that spacer sort of tied on)
  • 632 thai orchid (purple)
  • 820 hades (black)
  • 872 tuxedo (black)
  • 885 gunmetal (black)
  • 874 adamantium (grey)
  • 788 mink (grey)
  • — peace (white)
  • 839 marshmallow (white)
  • 806 cirrus (colourless, couldn't get it to strike)
  • 834 clear colourless

Studio notes:

Note: This is as close as I could come to an accurate transcription[2] so here are common abbreviations I use: add'l/additional, btw/by-the-way, ctr/center, dk/dark, eff/effetre, med/medium, opq/opaque, pita/pain-in-the-ass, purp/purple, sm/small, smaller, std/standard,tr/transparent (occasionally translucent), v/very.

  • 16feb 2 sets 12mm plus-or-minus 1mm CiM 5 ea sample strands[3]
  • 20feb: more CiM sample beads:
  • 921 blush (trans pink)
  • 618 (or 610) simply berry (tr. ame[thyst])
  • 590 great bluedini tr. (dk teal)
  • 589 zacchary tt.(?) blue, similar to peri[winkle]
  • 413 peacock green translucent lt mint
  • 483 slytherin[4] –v. dark tr. olive
  • 830 maple – tr. golden brown
  • 21feb: 570 grumpy bear med opq blue
  • 654 grape ape– dk opq purp (both somewhat reactive)
  • 22feb: more samples
  • [long break, doing other things]
  • 19apr11 v. bad CiM samples
  • 28apr thumb issues, CiM
  • rose quartz, phoenix, pink champagne;
  • 01may: tuxedo–a stiff black
  • plum–opq
  • (plus petrol green practice)[5]
  • 02may: glacier, electric avenue
  • 08may: dirty martini–pretty opq
  • celadon–thick rod with bubble, therefore poppy—one sample bead has a ‘vacuum’ dimple from trying to spot-pop a bubble
  • kryptonite–use[d] this colour years ago in TE tests—beautiful & creamy to work as ever, so much nicer than eff(etre) opal(inos)/alabastros (300/500 series)
  • 11may finished 223 pumpkin – this colour ‘self cases’ in trans if heated hot enough[6]
  • add'l 505 french blue
  • solid CiM started.
  • 09may: reamed lynx, long ports fine, short ones a little clogged.
  • One of the GRAPE APE solids cracked, let's try fiber blanket...[other projects]
  • finished grape ape (pretty opq mauvey purple)
  • started pumpkin
  • 11may finished 223 pumpkin[7]
  • add'l 505 french blue (joined & annealed rods)
  • started 957 desert pink,
  • —slightly scummy, cf to other opqs
  • 12 may desert pink, cont. less scum using sm[aller?] slightly oxygenated - i.e. blue flame. 1 rod had a bubble half-way thru, otherwise easy to work *AND*** color reacts well, doesn't burn out. Started oz. (trans green)
  • 13 may finished solids.
  • bordello & eggplant hollows...
  • 18may11 CiM samples
  • 19may STRIKING GHEE. (see notes below)
  • Heffalump—ctrs (equators more heat) opacified—area near holes (more) translucent—quite a pretty effect, I liked it
  • thai orchi: devit, silver grey streaks (despite my best efforts)
  • 20may lipstick; dk brick red opq
  • mermaid–nice creamy –color separates into zone[8] -stiffer than petroleum?
  • peace—end of (non-preheated) rod popped off
  • butter pecan—pretty pale ‘flesh orange’ – v. suitable for white people faces
  • 22may: peace—poppy unless strongly preheated–shocky–last dropped off, sloppy (low viscosity) frustrating
  • sherwood—creamy & easy to work, similar to mermaid
  • crocus—this trans[lucent]. purple needed to be worked cool, but otherwise easy.
  • [long break, other projects]
  • 28jun made some CiM samples—ming, lipstick, etc
  • 30jun CiM samples, most *AWFUL*** ...cirrus would not strike
  • 6jul asst. CiM makeup colors
  • 07jul CiM 3 dk aqua no marvers in a row[9] Man this color sublimates (sparks) in the flame...
  • 8jul CiM clockwork orange takes forever (i.e. 45 sec? or more?) to strike, plus it distorts easy. (n.b. as of 2014, this was no longer a problem.)
  • the gold ruby (cranberry) was prone to shattering in layer off rod, but retained its color if worked relatively cold. (That is, it's easier to strike than the effetre gold pink.)
  • mojito & creamsickle (v. pretty orange, btw) both easy to work
  • 18jul cranberry–easy to strike, holds color well.
  • split pea–koi
  • adamantium (dk opq gray 2/5[10] beads) rod snapped off 3/4" from end (like BE[11] )–last 1/2 rod v. annoying
  • CiM clc: similar to std eff.
  • azure 511500- similar to czech [i.e. check glass, sold for many years by Jan Burrow.]
  • capri(?) - sparky, esp on bead (burning sparkles) but worked cold & gently did not scum when marvered—less ‘spark’ than other dk trans aqua?
  • clockwork—still a pita to strike
  • canyon de chelley – beautiful hi-Ag (silver)bearing turns white (i.e. yellow) in flame. this rod a darker, grayer lot than prior & (region by) holes (typically coolest esp for hollows) struck more of a grey-blue violet than the brownish red—gave it minor cool down & brief cool strike—warmth to darken ctr. of bead (typically don't)
  • 18aug poison apple 511487 – beautiful translucent yellow green
  • sepia trans 511742 – v. high tint of ame. tr.; slight boiling at tip of rod
  • sapphire 511543 – slight boiliness std. tr. Cobalt
  • kryptonight[12] – translucent seafoam green, v. pretty
  • appletini 511497– v. pretty transp. coke bottle green
  • 19aug– pink champaign
  • gunmetal–make bead, let cool slightly (about 15sec?) strike/reduce @ v. dully cherry red high in flame approx 5"
  • commando; desert pink; mink; rainforest & atlantis–all transluce[nt] (opal) colors that work at temp w/o boiling. Olive cools rapidly (possibly from running fan...)

*striking ghee*** (19may)

Ghee is a translucent yellow, similar to effetre alabastro 328 "amber yellow." Made as a solid bead it struck anything from pale yellow to a beautiful golden brown. It can be struck as a hollow as well, but is a little trickier.

  1. Make bead. It will be a translucent white.
  2. Let cool in air until it becomes[13] to strike, i.e. become just pale yellow. (This probably takes 10-20 secs—seems like a really long time!)
  3. work high in flame. color should deepen, shifting to dk yellow to lt. brown. (dk brown, was [un?]able to achieve, though I tried.) Or bead can be left as a plain “goosefat amber” yellow

[1]And, imo the most repulsive colour name evah, Which is a shame, the colour itself is nice.

[2]with the exception of spelling out therefore for the logic symbol & similar for the tilde.

[3]IOW, I tried to maintain a relatively consistent size, so the stand would look more attractive.

[4]oh PLEASE—i've written 2 snapefics & dacian has a greasy black mane –a sour disposition for a reason, but still...

[5]presumably, rainforest

[6]An effect I thought very nice, though perhaps not everyone's taste.

[7]This color self-cases in trans. if heated hot enough.

[8]As for ivory—it's a viscosity effect.

[9]IOW, I sealed up small hollows without having to marver the lips of the two halves along the ‘equator’ —which in aqua tends to cause scumming.

[10]The guild as a whole divided up the colours and everyone made enough solids for each person to have a sample strand. In addition I made 5 hollow beads of all of the colours. I kept one set, one was donated to Cindi B, who did the work of organizing the sample strand project, Kathy Seamands, who donated the glass, got one, Don Miller, who for many years hosted our guild got one and the last one was donated to the ISGB to auction off.

[11]Bullseye is notorious for this...

[12]Whoopsie, little eggcorn there...

[13]I meant start, obviously