Messy Color™ Gellys Sty

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Gellys Sty (511904)<br />A creamy, smooth and vibrant true opaque pink.

A creamy, smooth and vibrant true opaque pink.

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"Gelly's Sty on the left, Dark Pink Alabastro on the right. Both pink. Both nothing alike." Read more at DragonJools blog. – Dwyn Tomlinson

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Jennifer Borek
Messy Gelly's Sty
Laura Sparling
Messy Gelly's Sty
Jolene Wolfe
Gelly's Sty base with stripes of Crocus, Simply Berry, & Evil Queen; gold leaf, encased with clear, pink twistie, Gelly's Sty & Effetre rubino dots
Debra Byrne
Gelly's Sty, Crocus, Cranberry Pink & Blush with dichro
Lisa St. Martin
Messy Gelly's Sty
Melissa Villadiego

CiM Tester Feedback

  • Gelly’s Sty maintains its bright pink hue when used as the body of a piece, but loses its saturation when encased or used as a dot or in stringer work. Please examine the photos on this page carefully as we have chosen them to demonstrate this quality.
“I did an encased floral with white dots under Gelly's Sty, which made it a very pale, soft pink. The last bead in the group shot [top photo on right] shows dots of raked rubino on a base of Gelly's Sty and encased in Moretti clear. As you can see, although I burnt the rubino a bit, the pink didn't burn or fade.” – Gelly Davis
“The saturation level is controllable- if you want a light pink, use a small stringer, want more color, you need to use more glass. It is something like a transparent glass in that regard.” – Tim Gottleber
“It tends to go purple when layered over other colors. I used it over Effetre Black and both times it went a little purple on me. That could be due to it being a tiny bit translucent.” – Dianna Trout
  • Gelly’s Sty occasionally devitrifies, but this can be controlled by working it extremely hot.
“I noticed devitrification while initially working with Gelly's Sty, but I am used to ignoring devit. With EDP I let it devit or even burn all it wants. When I am finished with the bead, I heat each area using high oxygen usually it's lips and toenails on Phants to chase out the devit. With your glass I found I did not have to chase it away. I would assume that those whom it concerns need to work your glass hotter, I work like the devil on a mission and it's never hot enough!” – Loco
“I didn’t have too much of a problem with devit. I don’t work my beads in a really hot flame, but didn’t have any issues.” – Gail Witt
“I experienced devitrification if not worked hot enough.” – Tina Lamasney
“I also experienced devit. But when I worked it really low in the flame, the devit went away.” – Stephanie Risberg
  • Gelly’s Sty is unique to the 104 glass color palette.
“A great pink! It fills a void in my palette. It is a wonderful color.” – Tim Gottleber
“It is a wonderful pink in a world of glass that does not have many good pinks. It presses well, makes great focals, combines well with other colors, and holds it color. On occasion it can even be a little streaky. . . This glass will become one of my staple colors. It gets lots of compliments from people that have seen the finished product. I can’t wait to work more with this glass.” – Jan Whitesel-Keeton
“The best pink there is!” – Tina Lamasney
  • Gelly’s Sty likes to be worked hot.
"I have noticed that this glass is more easily thermal shocked, so I add heat more often to account for that . . . work it with a neutral to oxidizing flame and keep it really hot. I put it in the kiln after a thorough heat through." – Kimberly Affleck
"Gelly’s Sty doesn't hold heat like all my other pinks do. It cools very quickly, so I had to give it extra heat the whole time I was working it. It is much stiffer than Moretti, I kept thinking it's 'chewier.' It doesn't get drippy, which works well for someone like me who does lots of sculpture work.” – Gelly Davis
  • Gelly’s Sty has a translucent or luminous quality.
"This pink is a little too pinky for me. I did use if for some flowers, and it was pretty, although it never really looks totally opaque.” – Gail Witt
It really reminds me of chewed up Super Bubble bubble gum. It's not transluscent, but it does have a sheen or shimmer or something to it." – Gelly Davis
  • Gelly’s Sty etches easily.
“It etches just fine. It seems to lose some of its intensity when etched, it becomes a softer pink.” – Tim Gottleber
“Etches easily.” – Tina Lamasney
"Gelly’s Sty was sometimes streaky. But when I etched it, it lost the streaky look.” – Stephanie Risberg
  • Testers report that Gelly's Sty shifts in color depending on the type of lighting.
  • Special thanks to Gelly Davis, Laura Sparling, Vonna Maslanka, Claire Morris, Jan Whitesel-Keeton, Elasia, & Dwyn Tomlinson for providing the photos in this section.

Take a look at how Amy Houston made spacers with fine clear “sugar” frit on Gelly's Sty.   
See how Amy Houston made raised floral tile beads and dot beads with Gelly’s Sty.  
Amy Houston made a series of pink spacers with Gelly's Sty, Pink Champagne, and Blush.
Join Trudi Doherty's FB group Lampwork Colour Resource Sharing Information for a catalogue of color study.
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.

"Gelly's Sty on the left, Dark Pink Alabastro on the right. Both pink. Both nothing alike." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"You can see this yellowing in the leftmost bead of this pair as well.  It must be reducing it that makes Gelly's Sty turn yellow, since the unreduced beads in both sets of test beads do not have the yellowing and the reduced ones do." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
Melanie used Gelly's Sty frit in her blend "Strawberry Crème.
Melanie Graham
Learn how to make a bead with Gelly’s Sty and pixie dust in Amy Kuczewski’s tutorial in the February 2013 issue of the Soda Lime Times.
Amy Kuczewski
Gelly's Sty, Kryptonite, & Electric Avenue, sand blasted & etched.
Jeri Warhaftig
Diane Woodall uses Gelly's Sty for the ears of a mouse in her tutorial in the May 2012 issue of the Soda Lime Times.
Diane Woodall
"One thing I like is the different color Gelly's Sty takes on when used on the black base without a dot of white under it - it brings out a bit of purple to the pink and I like that when used with the more traditional color of the Gelly's Sty." Read more at Chris' blog.
Chris Sanderson
"I haven’t used Gelly's Sty before but my beads came out completely translucent. I noticed that some of the comments about it were that it was mostly an opaque pink and that’s how you describe it also. As you can see, my beads are all translucent. They’re even more translucent than the photos show."
Gloria Sevey
"They are perfect for somebody battling cancer, or has fought and won!"
Teri Yount
Diane uses Gelly's Sty for her ice cream cone beads. Check out her tutorial in the October 2011 issue of the Soda Lime Times.
Diane Woodall
"I have a friend who has survived breast cancer and in preparation for the Race for the Cure she asked me to make some pink beads- I used Gelly's Sty among other Messy pinks." See more pink beads at Chris's blog.
Chris Sanderson
"Now this is a nice pink, and well worth the money. It melts a little bit slow, but does not boil or scorch and otherwise is well behaved. One of the best pinks out there, and the color saturation is pale, but most definitely pink! Not fussy at all, you can work this glass in a good flame without problems." Read more at Laura's blog.
Laura Critchfield
"Creation is Messy makes wonderful pinks. That's what first drew me to the CiM glass - and I'll bet the same applies to many others." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
Gelly's Sty is named for Gelly Davis's delightful pigs. Thanks, Gelly, for always making us smile!
Gelly Davis