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Reading the Label on Creation is Messy 104 COE Rods

Reading the Label on Creation is Messy 104 COE Rods

How can I tell if a Messy Color is a transparent, opaque, or opal?

Creation is Messy organize their colors in more ways than just "by color"!

All of Creation is Messy colors fall into one of the following categories:

  • Opaques (Effetre calls these "pastels")
  • Opals (of the variety that turn opaque-ish after annealing- similar to Effetre's "opalinos" or "alabasters")
  • Milky Opals
  • Misty Opals
  • Moonstones
  • Cloudy Transparents
  • Transparents

These categories are not just about color, but also about the behavior of the glass.  Moonstones, for example, are etch resistant. Opals turn "opaque-ish" when annealed while misty/milky opals will not.

 comparison photo by Jenefer Ham

How are CiM item numbers organized?

CiM item numbers are composed of three parts. The first three digits "511" are the manufacturer code designated for Creation is Messy by Frantz Art Glass (in the same way that 591 indicates Effetre, 791 indicates Vetrofond, etc.)

An example of a Messy Color tag on a rod label

The fourth digit indicates one of the different families of colors as follows:
1 red
2 orange
3 yellow

4 green

5 blue
6 purple
7 brown
8 neutral
9 pink

The last two digits indicate a number for the color.

All Messy Color rods are between 4 and 7 mm in diameter. Some Messy Colors are available in thinner or fatter diameters. To indicate diameters that are not 4-7 mm in our item number system, they add an -S after the initial six digits of the item number. Further numbers indicate size as follows:

-S01 1-2 mm
-S02 2-3 mm
-S04 4-6 mm
-S06 6-8 mm
-S08 8-10 mm

An example of a tag on a Messy Color stringer
(Note: CiM no longer manufacturers stringers)

An example of a tag on a Messy Color large diameter rod

An example of a Messy Limited Run tag on a rod




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