Ltd Runs are colors that we are unsure we can melt consistently.

Many Ltd Runs are experiments. We frequently make new colors in response to color requests. Since we have to melt a color 3-5 times before we know if we can melt it consistently, we wait until we've melted a color repeatedly before removing the Ltd Run label.

It is common knowledge that color consistency from batch to batch is difficult in the glass world. Some of our Ltd Runs are "mismelts," which occur when we replicate a formula as exactly as possible and yet the resulting color is different from previous melts. Our colors are quality controlled so that the hues are consistent from batch to batch. If they fall outside our tolerances, we give the color a new name and call it a Ltd Run.

I like to use my rods down to the nubs. How can I remove the Messy stickers?

If you soak the stickers in water for a few hours (or long enough to become saturated with water), they will detach themselves from the rods. A glass cleaning solution will help remove the residue.

Why are Messy rods so uniform if they are hand pulled?

CiM experiences the same difficulties and irregularities in glass production as other manufacturers. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality glass rods, so we reject production runs that do not test compatible or can otherwise be characterized as just "bad" glass.

When a production run does pass our compatibility tests, we hand inspect each rod to check that they are straight and smooth, consistent 4-7 mm diameters, free from irregularities, stones, bumps, dust, scratches, bubbles, etc. Basically, we only sell the very best rods of the cane pull to our customers.

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.)
Messy Color tag
An example of a Messy Color tag on our rods

The fourth digit indicates one of the different families of colors as follows:
1 red
2 orange
3 yellow
4 green
Messy Color tag
An example of a tag on a Messy Color stringer
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, we add a -S after the initial six digits of the item number. We then add more numbers to indicate as follows:

Messy Color tag
An example of a tag on a Messy Color large diameter rod
-S01 1-2 mm
-S02 2-3 mm
-S04 4-6 mm
-S06 6-8 mm
-S08 8-10 mm
Messy Limited Run tag
An example of a Messy Limited Run tag on our rods

A Limited Run is a color that may be difficult to find in perpetuity. For more information about Ltd Runs, please read above.

Do you make stringers of Messy Colors?

We sell stringers for Hades, Tuxedo, Peace, and Clear.

We know that stringers have traditionally sold in 2-3 mm diameters. However, our testing team expressed an overwhelming preference for the 1-2 mm size, so we offer both. Messy Color stringer size comparison

We have packaged as carefully as possible to prevent breakage. Each quarter pound bundle is wrapped in tissue paper and tagged. We do not tag the stringers themselves as we found this cause for breakage.

Stringers are more difficult to pull than 4-7 mm rod and the prices are higher accordingly.

We introduced stringers in a variety of other Messy Colors to test the marketplace but found there was little interest other than Hades, Tuxedo, Peace, and Clear. Messy Color paddle showing stringer availability
Messy Color paddle showing size availability

If you would like to know if stringers are available in any given color, simply look at the paddle image for size availability. If a size is listed, then the color is available in 4-7 mm and the listed size. For example, Messy Hades, as shown here, is available in 1-2 mm and 2-3 mm as indicated as well as 4-7 mm.

If there are no sizes on the paddle, then it is available in 4-7 mm only.

Do you sell Messy Color frit?

We no longer sell frit. You can find some CiM colors in 104 CoE Fritty Bits by Melanie Graham. We encourage you to browse Melanie's fabulous blends for inspiration.

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

Messy Color formulae can be divided into four categories:

Opaques (Effetre calls these "pastels")
Opals (similar to Effetre's "opalinos" or "alabasters")

Messy moonstones are Cirrus, Halong Bay, and Peacock Green. The formulae and working properties for these three are different and distinct enough that we cannot lump them into the other categories.

We make a note of whether each color is a transparent, opaque, opal, or moonstone in the description for each color. Please see the image below for the location of the description on our color pages:

Messy Color descriptions

Or the location of the description on the palettes page:

Messy Color descriptions

Which Messy Colors work best with silver & reactive glasses?

We asked our testers which Messy Colors work best with silver & reactive glasses. Hades won hands down. Here are other notable colors: Canyon de Chelly, Great Bluedini, Sangre, Crocus, and Sepia.

Do you have a favorite Messy Color + silver glass combination? We would love to post it on our site. Please submit a description of your beads and photo sized 800 x 800 to

How can I tell if a Ltd Run is about to sell out?

We publish a Watch List of Ltd Runs that we will soon run out of in our e-newsletters. You can register for the CiM e-newsletter here.

Where can I find a printable palette of Messy Colors?

Here is where you can find a downloadable or printable .pdf of the Messy Color palette that we are committed to keeping available and in stock.

Messy Color Palette

What is the difference between Peace, Marshmallow, and Cirrus?

Thanks to Genea Crivello-Knable for this photo.

Messy Peace, Marshmallow, and Cirrus

Where can I find a color gallery that includes Messy Color?

Serena Thomas' color gallery is a great reference for the 104 glass color palette:

Serena Thomas' Color Gallery

Miriam Steger's color charts are available free online and also as a printed poster for purchase (sorted either by color or by manufacturer):

Miriam Steger's Color Charts

And our very own Messy Color palette:

Messy Color Palette

What are your top ten bestselling Messy Colors?

Dirty Martini
Cranberry Pink
Gellys Sty

What are the Messy alternatives to ivory?

Canyon de Chelly
Ginger Unique -3
Dirty Martini
Butter Pecan Unique -5
Butter Pecan Unique -4
Stone Ground

Messy alternatives to ivory