Messy Color™ Cirrus

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Cirrus (511806)<br />A milky clear moonstone with a slight blue hue.

A milky clear moonstone with a slight blue hue.

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"Didn't these turn out yummy? Base is CiM Cirrus, and trails of Double Helix Clio, struck and lightly reduced. Like caramel on a cloud." Read more at DragonJools blog. – Dwyn Tomlinson

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Messy Cirrus, Marshmallow, & Aegean
Joy Munshower
Messy Cirrus
Dwyn Tomlinson
Messy Cirrus
Claire Morris
Messy Cirrus
Lucinda Storms
Yulia Trubitsyna
Cirrus with dichro
Kevan Aponte

Messy Tester's Feedback

  • Cirrus is unique to the 104 glass color palette.
“It has an opal like cloudiness that presents a unique color. Used in larger pieces it has an amazing depth.” – Tim Gottleber
Beautiful Hard to capture the iridescence in photos, flashes of color just like an opal.” – Elasia
  • Cirrus is a striking color.
“Striking glass, as you see on the bottle, handles are much lighter and more clear.” – Elasia
“Halong Bay, Peacock Green and Cirrus are my favorite CiM colours because of the way they can be worked to get the desired amount of opalness or translucency.” – Juliette Mullett
Cirrus strikes by cooling and reheating in the flame. If you leave Cirrus in the flame continuously, it is likely to just stay transparent. By cooling and reheating you can strike Cirrus to the level of translucency that you desire. As you strike Cirrus, it becomes more translucent but is unlikely to return to its transparent state.
Cirrus is less likely to strike on smaller beads especially anything under 15 mm, or on flat thin pieces, though if you spend enough time you can achieve a bit of translucency.
Cirrus’ translucency level looks the same when you take it out of the annealer as when you put it in. This is difficult to compare, of course, if you follow our recommendation to put the bead in the annealer hot.
Cirrus was engineered so that you could get it as milky as you want it to be through repeated striking for use in a number of different applications. If you work fast, Cirrus is less likely to strike. Take your time and be patient.
  • Cirrus, when reduced, turns yellow or brown.
“Reducing it produced a scummy yellow bead that was not attractive." – Janice Laster
“Reducing it will turn brown.” – Teri Yount
  • Cirrus is a temperamental glass.
     Cirrus was specifically formulated because we had many requests for a moonstone glass that could be worked in the torch for long periods of time and annealed properly that would still maintain translucency.  
      However, we noticed that a number of Messy Color testers described Cirrus with phrases like: tricky to strike, shocky, boils easily, sensitive to reheating, difficult to make focals, frustrating, etc.    
      At the same time, many other Messy Color testers [especially those working on Hot Heads] found Cirrus easy to work with.
  • Work hotter.
“One thing I have noticed with Halong Bay, and this might be true with Peacock Green and Cirrus, but it likes to be kept warm, more than the other CiM colors.” – Melissa Villadiego
“The handling characteristics of the opal glasses is "stickier" and heats more slowly and cools more quickly.” – Tim Gottleber
  • Put your beads in the annealer hot.
“They become REAL sensitive to cooling before annealing. I do several beads on one mandrel, usually. I lose about 1% of them to cracks when I anneal them. With Peacock Green, Halong Bay, and Cirrus, I lose between 8 and 10%.” – Tim Gottleber
  • Adjust your annealer to a higher temperature and/or hold for a longer time.
“Can be shocky, likes to be worked hot, and I do anneal hotter than usual, normally with this glass around 1000 to 1300.” – Elasia
  • Stick to smaller mandrels.
“It is much easier to get the effect you want with the Cirrus using a smaller mandrel. Working on a big hole mandrel you will need to use your brain power and start back to basics with heat control. Like any new glass color rod, shard, frit, you have to be willing to experiment, to push your limits to broaden your spectrum.” – Vonna Maslanka
  • Cirrus does not etch in the same way as other 104 colors.
“Cirrus etched with Etch-all liquid but you have to leave it in longer. I left mine in for 30 minutes.” – Tina Lamasney
Cirrus is a beautiful moonstone that looks white, but the subtle blue tone gives it an especially brilliant whiteness when etched. Like Peacock Green and Halong Blue, it can't be etched with acid [trust me, I left some in an acid bath for six hours, and at best you get spotty damage] but it can be tumbled to a 'sea glass' finish in a lapidary tumbler. The result is identical to etched clear glass in terms of opacity, but the subtle blue tone gives it an especially brilliant whiteness." – Celia Friedman
  • Celia Friedman's tumble etching recipe for Cirrus:
"Put your beads, a drop of dishwashing soap, a handful of small glass beads, and a spoonful of silicon carbide grit in a lapidary canister, add enough water to cover that plus a bit more, and tumble for 2-3 hours.
Time and grit rating will determine the finished product. 1000 grit for two hours gives a smooth, subtle frost with a pearly gloss coming through, while 800 or 600 will give rougher results.    
The extra beads should be small, and many sources suggest 3-4 mm, but if you are tumbling large-hole beads those will get stuck in them, so I use mostly 6 mm.    
Tumbling doesn't texture glass inside grooves or depressions, so unless you like the artistic effect of a partially etched bead, it works best with evenly rounded or perfectly flat beads. Because dimpled hole ends don't etch, I make my tumbling beads with flat ends and dremel down the edges later.    
NOTE: once you put silicon grit in a canister you can never, ever use it, or anything you put in it, for polishing metal." – Celia Friedman
  • Special thanks to Elasia, Patricia Frantz (x 2), Stephanie Risberg, Genea Crivello-Knable, Vonna Maslanka, Teri Wathan, & Suzy Hannabuss for providing the photos in this section.

Amy Houston made a Cirrus goddess.
Genea Crivello-Knable used Cirrus for dandelion puff flowers.
DragonJools notes that Effetre 226 Alexandrite resembles Cirrus in rod form.
Claudia Eidenbenz’s "Vetrothek" (glass library) is a great resource for color comparisons.
See Kay Powell’s frit testing samples.
Browse Serena Thomas’ color gallery.
Check out Miriam Steger’s CiM color charts.
Consult Jolene Wolfe's glass testing resource page.

“Testing the old CiM moonstones against the new misty opals. Top row is the moonstones [Halong Bay, Cirrus, and Peacock Green]. Bottom row is the misty opals [Wisteria and Budgerigar]. As you can see when the moonstones are worked longer they are more cloudy than the misty opals. You can see the dichro sparkle much better in the misty opals.”
Caroline Davis
"I use Cirrus for its etch resistant properties. It looks great on top of a transparent bead- so when you etch it, the regular transparent goes like seaglass and the Cirrus decoration stays shiny! All the raised decorations on these hearts are Cirrus. It's a fabulous design feature."
Trudi Doherty
Cirrus used as an acid etch resist.
Claire Morris
Cirrus, Hades, and silver foil.
Claire Morris
"Cirrus has a fabulous reaction line with fine deep Reichenbach black stringer."
Jolene Wolfe
"These dots are Double Helix Triton on Cirrus. I just love the way Cirrus 'receives' certain reactive glasses!"
Martina Marugg
"Cirrus is really difficult to strike back to milky opal with something this small [10-15 mm]."
Robert Jennik
"A recent post about hand-mixed colours got me inspired to try a combination of Cirrus and Effetre Cobalt. I was really pleased with the result. The Cirrus lightened up the cobalt enough that it really is a wonderful blue in real life." Read more about mixing colors at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Cirrus with Lauscha pink...a gorgeous, GORGEOUS pale pink variation that reminds me exactly of real rose quartz."
Dana George
Cirrus & Phoenix. "I really love how versatile Cirrus is when handmixing and I get such unexpected results...sometimes it's a combination of translucency and opalescence, other times it looks almost like agate or quartz. Other times it's just plain gemmy. I love it!"
Dana George
Cirrus & Effetre light violet premium. "Here's a great example of how very gorgeous Cirrus is when hand mixed with transparents! You can keep lots of depth by controlling how much of your catalyst [in this case, Cirrus] you use versus how much of the stain [Effetre Light Violet Premium] you use. It creates incredible variation that is just beautiful! And I can't sing the praises of Cirrus enough...because as you can see, it adds a wonderful translucency to the previously transparent Effetre glass!"
Dana George
Cirrus & Effetre copper green. "Now this one was a real shock! Cirrus does an amazing thing when hand mixed with Copper reacts strongly and pulls out the copper in the glass! You'll also notice that Cirrus mixed with any opaque can create both agate like passages in the beads or translucency...depending again on the ratio of catalyst to stain."
Dana George
Cirrus, Celadon, and Halong Bay. "To get even more variety in this handmixed set, I used both Cirrus and Halong Bay as my catalyst, and Celadon as my stain. A lot of the resulting coloration depends on how much of a ratio of catalyst to stain you use, and also how frequently you heat, cool and reheat. It definitely allows for a lot of creativity [and requires patience!], but I think it's worth it!"
Dana George
Cirrus & Atlantis. "Cirrus creates even greater translucency and beauty in opal glass like Atlantis. I loved the variation in this set, and I felt that it looked exactly like Apatite."
Dana George
Cirrus & Reichenbach multicolor 104. "When I first mixed these two colors, I was unimpressed with the result. It was a sort of muddy, translucent ochre. But then a lightbulb went off and I decided to see what they would look like a difference! Soft wispy clouds of tans, ochres, ambers, slate blues and grayed greens all made an appearance! Once again, I really love the way the Cirrus created that 'cloud-like' effect - even inside the encasing. Wonderful!"
Dana George
Cirrus & Effetre transparent red. "I was curious about what would happen if I combined Cirrus as a catalyst with a transparent stain that you had to strike. Here are the results. I really think you could get an almost unending and varied palette just by hand mixing Cirrus with nearly any other color - transparent, opalescent, or opaque."
Dana George
Cirrus & Effetre light teal. "I've found as I've been experimenting with all of these Cirrus hand mixes that it plays well with nearly any 104 COE glass. This mix made for beautiful opal and translucent pale aquas...and the more I struck the glass, the more opalescent it would become."
Dana George
"To get the beautiful milky, moonstone color, I form the rounds [10-12 mm in back, 7-8 mm up front] in a neutral flame and let them cool a bit before striking. Because this glass melts fast and clear [like white], it’s really difficult to figure out how long to strike them. By the time, they’ve taken on a yellow glow, they’re most likely a puddle underneath my torch. Instead I strike the bead and pay attention to my turning mandrel more than the bead. As soon as the mandrel on both sides of the bead begins to glow, I move the bead  out of the flame, let it cool slightly, and check results which take a few seconds to show up. If I want a milkier bead, I repeat the process until I’m a satisfied customer."
Gloria Sevey
"It was the Cirrus that looked misty, and that makes sense - that's what it does. So where did my mistiness go [when making spacers]? Either the Cirrus needs critical mass - i.e. a thin encasement just doesn't show any colour, like a very pale transparent, or a lot of working, heating and cooling, emphasizes it's mistiness. Or maybe the scraps and trails of string play a bigger part - in that it reflects the colours internally and takes on the colours of the stuff around it. Whatever it was, matching spacers did not happen." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Didn't these turn out yummy? Base is CiM Cirrus, and trails of Double Helix Clio, struck and lightly reduced. Like caramel on a cloud." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"This is now my favorite bead. It is Cirrus with my magic stringer, encased in Count von Count and Larkspur together. Do you see that little 'pearl' in the center of the swirl? That's Aurae and when reduced it gets this platinum look to it."
Sue Stewart
"I'm always on the lookout for new glasses that don't react to a wrap of silver wire - sadly, I won't be adding any of the CiM whites to my palette." Read more about Cirrus testing at Lush blogs, including tests with Hades dots on Cirrus, Triton hearts on Cirrus, and etched Cirrus.
Julie Fountain
"The beads are much nicer looking in person too, the opalescence is subtle and the camera didn’t pick it up too well." Read more at Two Glassy Ladies' blog.
Amy Hall
"Cirriusly Gold frit blend is made from Messy Cirrus, an ethereal milky, cool-toned translucent white color similar to moonstone, and if that wasn't cool enough, we've coated it in a glittery gold powder for an awesome new effect."  Read more at JetAge Studio's site.
Renee Wiggins
"When worked, Cirrus looks a lot like high quality Moonstones which are a semi-precious natural stone that you can find made into beads of every imaginable shape and size. . . I really like to use these colors as encasements over intense dichroic scrap beads." Read more at the Frantz Art Glass blog.
Patricia Frantz