Messy Color™ Tardis Ltd Run

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Tardis Ltd Run (511552)<br />A navy blue opal.

A navy blue opal.

"These Tardis beads are small so they’re showing off their translucent qualities beautifully." – Gloria Sevey

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Heather Sellers
CiM Tardis with Val Cox's Sunflower Fields frit
Darlene Collette
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Pati Walton
CiM Tardis over Effetre light turquoise with Monarch, Turtle Power, and Buttermilk
Caroline Davis

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  • Tardis is a unique addition to the 104 lampworking palette.
Tardis is a new shade to the 104 palette. It is a mid toned navy blue - the phrase stonewashed indigo denim springs to mind. – Jolene Wolfe
Tardis is definitely unique. – Gloria Sevey
"Here is Tardis with some other blues for reference. It's pictured with CiM Chalcedony, CiM Poseidon, Effetre Dark Periwinkle, Effetre Laguna, and CiM Electric Avenue. Ideally, I would have included a picture of CiM Atlantis in this picture to show how much bluer Tardis is than Atlantis, but I didn't have any so you'll have to just take my word for it. Tardis is most similar in colour to CiM Electric Avenue, but is somewhat more muted and a touch deeper in colour than CiM Electric Avenue. It also retains its translucency a little easier/better than Electric Avenue, although it, too, can opacify with repeated heating and cooling." Read more at Melanie's blog. – Melanie Graham
  • Special thanks to Trudi Doherty, Jolene Wolfe, & Melanie Graham for providing the photos in this section.

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.

"These Tardis beads are small so they’re showing off their translucent qualities beautifully."
Gloria Sevey
"I live in a house with several TARDISes [my husband’s, not mine] and I can confirm that Tardis is a good police box blue. It’s a fuss-free opal with no striations or webbing. In my opinion, there’s not really another blue glass quite like it. It’s not a royal blue or a navy - it’s somewhere in between. Pale aquamarines and teal-blue shades aside, there’s no other blue glasses that I would actually wear, but this I would. It’s just a really lovely colour. I had no issues with scumming or shocking and Tardis melted and moved really smoothly. These photos were taken indoors in natural daylight." Read more at Laura's tumblr.
Laura Sparling
"Tardis is a beautiful navy blue opal, it is a new color to the 104 palette. It melts beautifully, I have a tendency to stick a cold rod right in the flame which causes it to shock, like all opals this glass prefers to be warmed up a bit more slowly. I noticed no bubbling or scumming. I did have a problem with cracking when I layered Tardis over an Effetre opaque, I have had problems with layering opals over opaques before. I was using a new press so it's possible that I didn't reheat it enough. It doesn't really etch well, it is patchy so be aware. I really really love this color, it is definitely on my list to buy." Read more at Caroline's blog.
Caroline Davis
"Tardis melted just slightly stiff, but was still easy to work with. I didn’t have trouble with shockiness or bubbles. It is a unique color in the 104 palette, it seems a bit more saturated in color than the other semi-opaque Messy Color blues. It encased beautifully and I didn’t have any reactions with the colors I used with it." Read more at Paula's blog.
Paula Schertz
Left to right:
Atlantis, Effetre 356 dark turquoise alabaster, Tardis, Electric Avenue, Mermaid
Claudia Eidenbenz
Left to right:
Mermaid, Tardis, Electric Avenue, Atlantis
Claudia Eidenbenz
"I think I was expecting a somewhat brighter blue than this slightly translucent and rich smokey blue. Is it like any other soft glass colour - well no, and sort of." See DragonJools blog comparing Tardis and Keto. "I do think that it is a very, very nice colour - a little more into the black than Electric Avenue. Richer than most of the sapphires. More translucent than the lapis analogues." Read more at DragonJools' blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Tardis is a gorgeous semi-opaque blue glass. In thin layers and if you don't strike it in the flame, it stays wonderfully translucent. My rods of this colour had great workability, not shocking, bubbling, or scumming in the flame. Here, in the rightmost bead, you can see the Tardis beginning to opacify after giving it an extra blast of heat in a reduction flame. The reduction quality of the flame isn't important for this - repeated heating and cooling of this colour in a neutral flame has the same effect." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
"The four spacers that I made with Tardis all stayed translucent. It’s kind of a denim color and it’s gorgeous."
Gloria Sevey
"The first pair of flower buds have a core of Tardis with Effetre clear petals swiped over the top. The second pair have a core of Effetre white with Tardis petals. Tardis looks bluer as the base of a bead and less saturated when used in a thin layer on top of the white core. It is a stiff glass, melts smoothly and is well behaved in the flame." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"Tardis is a polar blue. The color is vibrant in sunlight, yet subtle under indoor lights; a bluish green Ming of sorts. No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing. The round shown here is Tardis with silver foil." Read more at Heather's blog.
Heather Sellers
"It's hard to see in the photograph [I have tried in daylight and a light tent]. Tardis is an opal glass that veers towards slate / steel blue. I normally pre-heat opal glass, but I tried melting this from cold and it gave me no issues at all, it was smooth and lovely to work with. A new colour to the 104 palette."
Trudi Doherty