Messy Color™ Watermelon Ltd Run

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Watermelon Ltd Run (511219)<br />A cloudy transparent orangish red.

A cloudy transparent orangish red.

"Looks just like watermelon with a streaky hue- can look like spun silk if applied in layers and swirled. Pretty lush colour, perfect for summer." – Juliette Mullett

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The heart pendant is just Watermelon on its own. Used this way the colour is dense and you can just about see its wispiness.
Laura Sparling
CiM Watermelon
Marcy Lamberson
CiM Watermelon & Avonlea
Suzy Hannabuss
Base of Effetre Opalino White, Frit (Glittering Prize colour “Strawberry Milkshake”) and Watermelon wrapped over the 2nd and 4th bead.
Heather Johnson
CiM Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Lovebirds, Persian Green
Suzanne Cancilla-Fox
"This is Watermelon, a transparent with opaque pigment in it. Gorgeous color, really. I’ve paired it with a test batch of Rhea. Spacer beads are pure Watermelon."
Lori Peterson

Messy Tester's Feedback

  • Watermelon is a cloudy transparent color that is a unique addition to the 104 palette.
  • Some testers reported that our cloudy transparents were more prone to shockiness or boiling. **Please pre-warm / pre-anneal rods accordingly.**
"Watermelon is a bright coral cloudy transparent that darkened a little as I worked it. I really liked it. In general, I have found the Cloudy Transparent colours to be a bit shocky. For the most part, this was quite manageable and well worth the effort, at least for the colours I've tried so far. Another thing common to all of these colours [so far] is that they can be easy to boil, so you really have to watch your heat. This is true not only with fine stringer, but also when applying the glass from the rod to your bead. Work higher up in the flame and a bit cooler to avoid this problem." Read more at Melanie's blog. – Melanie Graham
"I experienced neither shockiness nor boiling with the cloudy transparents. I did use a cool flame though. I’ve changed my method of introducing glass rods to the flame which reduces shocking considerably [almost non-existent unless there are holes in the rod]. I rotate the tip of my rod way above the flame for a short time and then slowly rotate it downward into the flame. It’s usually starting to melt by that time. That said, not everyone uses this cautious of a method and might have rods being shocky because of being put into the flame when they’re still cold." – Gloria Sevey
"In the new Cloudy colors it does seem the thicker the rod the more saturated the color seems to be. I had zero issue with Heather, Morgan and Watermelon. However my beloved Pink Lemonade and Vintage Rose were super shocky even with kiln warming. I still love those two colors so if I can find more I definitely want some!" – Michelle Veizaga
"Heather is a little shocky but not as shocky as I’ve found Crocus to be so a little pre-warming and careful introduction to the flame is all that’s needed. It certainly makes a lovely bead on it’s own but I wanted to try it layered over other colours. So far I’ve not had a lot of luck as Heather layered over Effetre White cracked [probably thermal] and when I tried over CiM Peace I got all sorts of crazy cracks. I found Chocolate a bit shocky, certainly more so than Watermelon which surprised me since they are made in the same way. However pre-warming the rod seemed to help and the shocky-ness certainly wouldn’t put me off." – Heather Johnson
"I had no issues with any of the new colors apart from a little bubbling in 1 or 2 of the very pale cloudy transparent pinks." – Juliette Mullett
"I really like to see the wispy effects. So I made a clear base and encased with the cloudy transparents, but sadly the beads cracked. With Heather [another cloudy transparent], I did find it could boil if you worked it too hot. I like to work it cool and with not too much oxygen in the flame. I find this also generally works for most pale transparents. Obviously everyone's torches are a little different!" – Trudi Doherty
"It seemed like some of the cloudy transparents were not mixed well before being pulled and I had rods of colors that were light as well as rods that were very dark. I made some beads with the dark rod of Watermelon and very little light came through the glass and the color was unappealing to me. However, the dark rod of Chocolate is a very nice brown. With such a huge difference between the lighter and dark rods, I think it’s kind of a confusing sale if dark and light rods are presented as the same color." – Gloria Sevey
I experienced micro cracks when combining several of the cloudy transparents with 96 COE frit. – Darlene Collette
"I didn’t had any problems with the cloudy transparents! They weren’t shocky or boiled, but I have to admit, that I work in a cold flame and very carefully to prevent any bad incident." – Claudia Eidenbenz

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.

"I made this set using Firedragon, Watermelon, Sangre and Clockwork with gold foil on the surface of the beads. There was no problem with any of the glass in the flame, no bubbling, shocking or scum. They are all lovely colours. I particularly like the bright scarlet of the Firedragon."
Josephine Wadman
"Watermelon is a very good color! A little problem with cloudy transparents like Watermelon- they are very delicate and easy to burn. That means that on the bead surface white foam is visible. These color needs to be heated on a very small fire."
Olga Ivashina
"Watermelon is an interesting 'cloud power' glass that is new from CiM. The rod that I was given to test had quite a few bubbles making it a bit shocky so prewarming it in the kiln was necessary to conserve the glass. This set of beads used CiM Unicorn as a base with Watermelon encasement and original Poison Apple ends. Note this is the older formula of Poison Apple that turns opaque after annealing. Dots of Double Helix Oracle Black created clean dots on each bead. Spacers are solid Watermelon and Poison Apple." Read more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
"Watermelon is a unique, gorgeous, cloudy, swirly, orangey-pink. Very, very nice!"
Gloria Sevey
"Watermelon is my winner for the latest round of testing. It's a brighter, more saturated colour than Fruit Punch. It's hard to describe the colour, more of a light red than a pink. I like it." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Watermelon describes this colour perfectly. Quite an orangey-red on its own, this glass can add a lovely tint when layered over other colours. It melts smoothly and easily. Very much a no-fuss kinda glass." Here shown plain and over Effetre white.
Heather Johnson
"Looks just like watermelon with a streaky hue- can look like spun silk if applied in layers and swirled. Pretty lush colour, perfect for summer."
Juliette Mullett
"Watermelon is another cloudy/streaky transparent. I keep wanting to call it strawberry. I think it is more in between watermelon and strawberry."
Suzy Hannabuss
"Watermelon is one of the new 'cloud power' colours that CiM has developed, made with clear glass that contains colour pigments giving a striation effect. The first bead I made was the heart bead, made purely with Watermelon. This made the bead look more like a solid colour, as I wanted to see the striations, I decided to experiment by adding layers of clear. The round one in the middle was made with a layer of clear, encased with Watermelon and repeated. The donut shape bead on the right was made with a thick clear base and encased once with Watermelon. Both of these show the special effect of the glass, and means a little will go a long way! Watermelon is an interesting glass and you can get different effects depending on how you use it."
Trudi Doherty
"This heart pair is made with solid Watermelon. I really like the bright juicy colour and semi transparent 'powdery' look. The negative with this glass for me is that I like to add small dots of glass at a time to the faces of heart beads and press several times to build up the perfect shape. I am finding that the tip of the rod boils easily and leaves micro bubbles when I add the extra glass." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"Watermelon is an orangey red cloudy transparent and it’s lovely. Again, it’s a very well-behaved glass and it requires no striking or faffing to get consistent results. The photo shown here is all Watermelon over Effetre White 204." Read more at Laura's blog.
Laura Sparling