Messy Color™ Sapphire

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Sapphire (511543)<br />A transparent cobalt blue.

A transparent cobalt blue.


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"This set of 11 goddess series beads was created on a base of CiM Sapphire blue transparent glass with layered dots of Effetre Dark Ivory & CiM Hades. Trautman Art Glass rare silver infused Absinthe creates the swirls in each storm portal. Highlights of Double Helix silver glass, Triton, create the bling for these beautiful storm portal beads." Read more at Darlene's blog. – Darlene Collette

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Messy Tester's Feedback

  • Some testers report that Sapphire is easy to "boil" or "scum."
"I had great luck with Sapphire, but I work in a cooler flame." – Donna Dorman
“My experience with Sapphire is that it likes to be treated on the gentle side, not using lots of heat.” – Leslie Anne Bitgood
“Sapphire is the only color I have a huge problem with boiling/froth—it happens immediately when I try to melt it like I do everything else [approximately 4” from torch tip]. I have to work it at least 7” away from the torch to get it to calm down. I normally don’t have to do this with any other color." – Lori Bergmann
“I love Sapphire, no problem with pitting or boiling, it tends to come out darker than I expect though.” – Julie Fountain
“Sapphire scums for me, if I work it too hot. But I have found those cobalt based blues are a bit tricky sometimes. When I made beads with a Hothead, I rarely even used the Italian transparent cobalt blues, because they got smoky so easily. Aquamarine blues are easier!” – Maija-Leena Autio
“I find that you need to warm CiM colors more carefully to avoid the cracking, boiling. Even though I have observed bubbling and frothing, I find it’s from working the glass too hot. When I move it out a little further, the issue resolves. CiM seems to need to work just a smidgen ‘cooler’.” – Jennifer Borek
"Since I turned down my flame considerably, I don’t seem to have a problem with boiling or scum." – Jan Whitesel-Keeton
 “I prefer ALL of the CiM turquoise family colors to the Italian colors simply because they melt so much better and smoother.” – Renee Wiggins
“I love Sapphire. I had no sign of sparking or foaming. I was able to give it the necessary heat to let the glass flow enough for encasing and pressing.” – Gail Witt
  • Special thanks to Genea Crivello-Knable, Vonna Maslanka, & Maija-Leena Autio for providing the photos in this section.

DragonJools encased Heffalump with Sapphire.
Check out how Darlene Collette used Oz, Pulsar, & Sapphire with 99% fine silver.
Darlene Collette made a set including Sapphire with 99% Fine Silver Wire.
Genea Crivello-Knable made a button with Sapphire.
Pat Frantz demonstrates zigzag feathering with Sapphire & Marshmallow.
Liz Long shows how Stone Ground pairs well with Sapphire. See Liz's  bead on her blog.
Visit the CiM Resource Page on the Kitbitz Art Glass site.
See Kay Powell’s frit testing samples.
Browse Serena Thomas’ color gallery.
Check out Miriam Steger’s CiM color charts.


"Sapphire shifts to a smoky grey blue under fluorescent light."
Deborah Dunkerton
Vickie Christian uses Sapphire frit to create 104 compatible frit blends. Find more blends at Vickie's Emporium.
Vickie Christian
"This set of 11 goddess series beads was created on a base of CiM Sapphire blue transparent glass with layered dots of Effetre Dark Ivory & CiM Hades. Trautman Art Glass rare silver infused Absinthe creates the swirls in each storm portal. Highlights of Double Helix silver glass, Triton, create the bling for these beautiful storm portal beads." Read more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
"This one made me do a double-take. Why does Sapphire look like an orangey-brown colour on top of Copper Green? This is one of the weirdest things I've seen in a while. Where I used Sapphire on top of Copper Green, in addition to the odd colour that the Sapphire turns, something funny also happens underneath. The Copper Green does not get its metallic patina, and separates into two different colours of turquoise. On top of Sapphire, the Copper Green develops a turquoise outline and then the insides of the dots and stringer lines look faintly pinkish." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
"Sapphire, a transparent medium blue before heating, comes out of the kiln a much darker blue, and actually, more of a true gemstone sapphire colour, as opposed to the very blue sapphire colour that is usually indicated in the world of commercially made glass beads!" Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
“I made a vessel! I used Sapphire because I love the color and it is perfect for it. It is stiff enough to hold its shape while I fool around with it in the flame and stable enough to not crack when I forget to reheat as often as I should.” Read more at Carol Tannahill’s blog.
Carol Tannahill
“This set of classic blue rounds are based on shades of blue transparent glass including CiM's Sapphire, Effetre Light and Medium Blue.”
Darlene Collette
“If I could only have one shade of transparent blue in my palette this would probably be it." Read more about how Sapphire compares to other 104 blues at Carol Tannahill’s blog.
Carol Tannahill
"Sapphire always surprises me, it looks much lighter in the rod." Read more and see more comparison beads including etched versions at Lush Blogs.
Julie Fountain
"I like it best layered over clear or white to lighten up the color just a bit and really let that beautiful blue color shine. You can see the difference in the strand of crystal beads shown below the solid colored bead." Read more at Lori's blog.
Lori Bergmann
"Warm the glass slowly in the flame. When you work it slow, the way it wants to be worked, the resulting beads are crystal clear.  . . If I warmed it too quickly, I could feel the rod pop and see shattering through the glass, although the glass didn't actually splinter off. I would warm the glass again and still form a bead which would then include hundreds of bubbles and created a look similar to seeded glass." Read more at Kanna Glass Studio's blog.
Jennifer Borek
"Sapphire matches Swarovski Montana crystals."
Bethany Lemasters
"Sapphire does not have the tendency to boil and scum that many transparent blues have. It is a very user friendly glass, very easy to work with."
Carol Oliver