Messy Color™ Scuba Diving Ltd Run

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Scuba Diving Ltd Run (511577)<br />A transparent teal with mica mixed in which creates an underwater/aquarium effect.

A transparent teal with mica mixed in which creates an underwater/aquarium effect.




"This glass is a beautiful teal with mica inclusions. It’s not the fine powdered mica that you use to add shimmer to the surface of beads; it’s tiny microflakes of the stuff. I was very wary about heating this glass up because inclusions can sometimes make a glass shocky and holy heck was I right to be cautious! This stuff pops and shocks like crazy. I lost about a third of the rod due to it popping and flying about the place . . . But I persevered, the shed didn’t burn down and I still have my hair, so it was all OK in the end. The colour of this glass is lovely. I wasn’t overly-wowed by the mica side of it until I got it on the slate for photographing and the afternoon sun hit it and I was won over. The effect of the mica is neither bubbly or sparkly but there’s something eye catching about it. It reminds me of the clouds of microbubbles I’ve seen in my sister’s scuba diving videos." Read more at Laura's blog. – Laura Sparling

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CiM Scuba Diving
Joy Munshower
CiM Scuba Diving
Laura Sparling

Messy Tester's Feedback

  • Scuba Diving is Poolside with mica added.
Scuba Diving was an experiment. We added mica into one of our most popular teals, Poolside, hoping for a sparkle effect. Testers reported a disappointing lack of sparkle in Scuba Diving, and also that it is prone to shockiness due to the inclusions. **Please pre-warm / pre-anneal rods accordingly.**   
 
Some testers loved the effect of the mica, which created an underwater look. We've had many color requests for an "aquarium" blue with just such an effect. Please do not try Scuba Diving expecting to get any sparkle out of it- but if you are looking for an aquarium style blue- Scuba Diving might work for you.
"I formed a pressed petal bead and there are a few mica flakes showing in it but nothing significant. It might be that there’s just not enough mica to make a good presentation. It’s a thumbs down from me." – Gloria Sevey
"I am not a big fan of sparkle, but the rods with mica are not enough glittering." – Claudia Eidenbenz
"I got sparkles in Scuba Diving. I work on a Nortel minor with two oxygen concentrators but I work much cooler than other beadmakers." – Darlene Collette
"The mica glass needs more sparkle. You can see it - but it really just reads as mucky clear." – Caroline Davis
I saw no sparkle effect. – Olga Ivashina
  • Special thanks to Olga Ivashina for the photo in this section.

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.


"This glass is a beautiful teal with mica inclusions. It’s not the fine powdered mica that you use to add shimmer to the surface of beads; it’s tiny microflakes of the stuff. I was very wary about heating this glass up because inclusions can sometimes make a glass shocky and holy heck was I right to be cautious! This stuff pops and shocks like crazy. I lost about a third of the rod due to it popping and flying about the place . . . But I persevered, the shed didn’t burn down and I still have my hair, so it was all OK in the end. The colour of this glass is lovely. I wasn’t overly-wowed by the mica side of it until I got it on the slate for photographing and the afternoon sun hit it and I was won over. The effect of the mica is neither bubbly or sparkly but there’s something eye catching about it. It reminds me of the clouds of microbubbles I’ve seen in my sister’s scuba diving videos." Read more at Laura's blog.
Laura Sparling