Messy Color™ Wisteria

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Wisteria (511628)<br />A misty opal lavender- same hue as Crocus.

A misty opal lavender- same hue as Crocus.

"For this initial test, I tried pairing Wisteria with Double Helix's popular silver reduction glass, Aurae. The silver glass did fume the surface of the Wisteria bead slightly, but the result is still very beautiful. The spacers show true color of the glass." Read more at Darlene's blog. – Darlene Collette

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CiM Wisteria, Rapunzel, Evil Queen, Your Majesty, Peppermint Cream, clear
Kandice Seeber
CiM Wisteria
Melanie Graham
CiM Wisteria
Suzy Hannabuss
Base is Effetre white encased with Peppermint Cream, Wisteria body, Alley Cat eye & beak, Anole leaves
Suzanne Cancilla-Fox
CiM Wisteria
Gloria Sevey
CiM Wisteria
Hillary Lawson

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  • Wisteria is a misty opal version of Crocus.
I’ve always loved Crocus so working with Wisteria was a joy. It’s a smidge pinker than Crocus and a very lovely glass indeed. – Laura Sparling
Wisteria is a Misty Opal that is a remake of Crocus that is supposed to have more translucency after annealing. I would say it does succeed in that regard, lending an almost pinkish cast to the glowy lavender shade that is Crocus, because more light is getting though. Read more at Kandice's blog. – Kandice Seeber
Wisteria is the perfect baby sister to Crocus as it has the same hue but is more translucent. Those who have enjoyed using the lighter batch of Crocus to encase with [over orange was popular for a hot pink], are going to adore Wisteria. – Trudi Doherty
Wisteria is close to Crocus, but more vibrant. – Suzanne Cancilla-Fox
  • Wisteria is a color shifter.
Wisteria, like almost every other lavender glass on the planet, is a color shifter; it goes bluer under fluorescent lighting, and fades out under some of the new energy efficient bulbs. Under my Reveal bulbs, it stays true glowy lavender with a pinkish cast. Read more at Kandice's blog. – Kandice Seeber
Like most lavender glasses, it is a color shifter- it goes bluer under fluorescent lighting, and a warmer pink cast under natural lighting. Read more at Darlene's blog. – Darlene Collette
  • Special thanks to Claudia Eidenbenz & Caroline Davis (x 2) for 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.

"Wisteria is so beautiful when blown."
Suzy Hannabuss
Hillary Lawson created this gorgeous tutorial featuring CiM Firecracker, Crocus, & Wisteria. Visit Glass Alchemist for the video portion of the tutorial [and other tutorials as well].
Hillary Lawson
“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
"Wisteria is a misty opal version of Crocus, and is officially the prettiest lavender that I've ever used. . . . I got a few bubbles in these initial beads that I made, but Wisteria is not a bubbly colour. It works up with minimal fuss, and its colour stays true whether your flame is oxidizing or reducing." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
Base of Alley Cat encased with a thin layer of clear then encased in Wisteria.
Michelle Veizaga
"Left and Centre are Crocus, the one on the right is Wisteria. Crocus is unClear, Wisteria is more Watery." Read more at DragonJools' blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"For this initial test, I tried pairing Wisteria with Double Helix's popular silver reduction glass, Aurae. The silver glass did fume the surface of the Wisteria bead slightly, but the result is still very beautiful. The spacers show true color of the glass." Read more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
"In the new run of colours from CiM is a shot at making colours that match but have different translucencies. So in the case of this new colour Wisteria, it was to be a more translucent version of 660 Crocus. I would say that they nailed it. On the left is the Wisteria, on the right, the Crocus. You can definitely see the Crocus is translucent, while the Wisteria is a little misty." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Wisteria is an absolute stunner. It was designed to be a misty opal version of Crocus - misty opal means just a hint of opacity. This glass utterly delights me, the result is this precious looking glowing lavender purple. Wisteria seems to have a very slight colour change/reaction with fine silver foil." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"Oh Wisteria, you are so beautiful. It is a translucent dreamy purple. In my testing it was very similar to Crocus in color but slightly more vibrant. My Wisteria rod shocked once on the cut end but once it got going it melted beautifully. This color is very high on my list to buy."
Caroline Davis
"Wisteria melted smoothly with no shockiness or bubbles. Crocus was already a wonderful color and Wisteria is no different and brings a new color to the 104 palette. I am loving the new translucents and misty opals. These are great and don’t bubble and boil like some of the alabasters and opalinos. I am definitely going to want some more Wisteria."
Paula Schertz
"I predict that everyone will have histeria over Wisteria! This is an easy glass to work with and encasing with it is a dream. I have used it over CiM Rose Quartz which gave an intense bright shade of purple, and over Glacier it gives a dynamic lavender."
Trudi Doherty
"Wisteria was not too stiff, and melted nicely. I was able to use it as encased stringer - I layered it on top of Rapunzel [CiM's opaque pale lavender] and pulled a stringer that worked well for scrolling. It held up well when used that way - which is a nice change from the usually persnickety opals, which tended to pop off and crack when used as encased stringer for scrollwork. I think Misty Opals would probably be better used as a base, or as raised decoration, rather than as layered dots." Read more at Kandice's blog.
Kandice Seeber
"This colour is amazing, just like the colour Wisteria, semi translucent. This colour blushes beautifully inside with a mystical and ethereal appearance, so easy to work too."
Juliette Mullett
"Wisteria is a lavender periwinkle opal. Much more vivid than Crocus, this clean glass is fresh and unique. The cupid kissed color has a subtle glow of magenta that would be perfect for floral sculptures. No shocking or bubbling occurred during testing."
Heather Sellers
"Wisteria is an absolutely splendid colour - a vibrant light purple with a tinge of pink when the sunlight hits it. It melts perfectly; very smooth with no bubbles or shocking. I found that the longer I worked it, the more the misty opal effect happened. The spacers were literally heat, wrap, heat, round up, and into the kiln, and this no-faff fast working method has left the spacers way more transparent than the heart bead. The heart was hand-sculpted and took about twenty minutes of heating, shaping, reheating and reshaping and all the while its translucent milkiness developed. This effect remained after the heart was annealed. The photo was taken indoors in natural daylight." See more at Laura's tumblr.
Laura Sparling
"My very favorite new color is Wisteria. Easy to use and the color is wonderful."
Pati Walton