Messy Color™ Crocus

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Crocus (511660)<br />A milky opal lavender that stays translucent after annealing- same hue as Wisteria.

A milky opal lavender that stays translucent after annealing- same hue as Wisteria.

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Messy Crocus with raku frit. – Trudi Doherty

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Messy Crocus
Carrie Hamilton
Messy Crocus & Rose Quartz
Trudi Doherty
Crocus, Kryptonite, & Lapis
Melissa Villadiego
CiM Crocus
Chris Haussler
CiM Crocus
Tatyana Boyarinova
Messy Crocus
Harriet Harrison

CiM Tester Feedback

  • In 2018, in response to customer requests, we reengineered Crocus to stay translucent after annealing.
The photos on this page show a mix of both the original and new formulations. If you need further clarification about how Crocus works, please contact
  • Crocus is unique to the 104 lampworking palette.
"Crocus is a bright, basically neon, purple. There are no other colors out there that even come close to Crocus in the purple department. In my experience, it keeps its neon color best when it is not layered over white, or when the layer of Crocus is kept thick." – Bethany Lemasters
  • Testers report that Crocus shifts in color depending on the type of lighting.
  • Special thanks to Elasia for providing the photos in this section.

Laura Sparling made purple polka dot beads with Crocus.
Read Laura Sparling's blog about how real Crocuses share Messy Crocus' color shifting properties.
Check out DragonJools blog testing Val Cox's Pink Lipstick frit on top of Crocus.
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.

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
Crocus with DH Skylla.
Hillary Lawson
"Crocus is an all-time favorite in 104. Semi transparent and a beautiful pale purple color. The best 104 purple, hands down."
Bling Squared Cute Glass
Crocus over Orange Crush.
Gloria Sevey
Left to right:
Heffalump, Rapunzel, Crocus
Claudia Eidenbenz
Indoor lighting
Left to right:
Heffalump, Rapunzel, Crocus
Claudia Eidenbenz
"Here we have Crocus, au-naturel. Reduced, unreduced, it's all the same. I also didn't find that I got much colour change or opacification from Crocus when I repeatedly heated it, which was nice since it happens a lot with other semi-opaques." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
"Fibonacci Sequence" with Crocus & Sangre by Sara Sally LaGrand.
Sara Sally LaGrand
"Crocus is the perfect color for snow cones." Check out Diane's snow cone tutorial.
Diane Woodall
Crocus & Double Helix Clio.
Elizabeth Bunn
"This is Aurae stringer on a lentil made with Crocus. Remember, Crocus does some interesting things, depending on the light. . . This third photo is under a mixture [of types of lighting], in photo tent. Green. I'm thinking that there was some fuming going on from reducing the Aurae, and it has made the Crocus colour shift even more dramatic." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
Messy Crocus with raku frit.
Trudi Doherty
"The top mandrel is CiM Crocus - a truly lovely reddish lavender purple. The bottom mandrel is the same color - with a trail of Double Helix Triton, and reduced. The effect of the Triton reducing on the Crocus is quite dramatic! The Crocus now looks much more pinky." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Incidentally, these are two separate blue frits over Crocus. I was going for less coverage but they spread out a lot! You can see the translucency of the base gives them a glow, though." Read more at Heather's blog.
Heather Kelly
Striking Color over Crocus.
Carol Oliver
“Out of the nine Messy opals that I tested, five of them remained translucent and they were Plum, Rose Quartz, Ghee, Chalcedony and Crocus.” Read more about keeping opal glass translucent at the Frantz Art Glass blog.
Patricia Frantz
"Crocus is an excellent base for silver reactive colors."
Sue Stewart
“Crocus etches normally. This bead was put in etching solution for 12 minutes."
Genea Crivello
"A nice strong colour too - didn't wash out the way Heffalump did. But, pay attention when photographing it. You might have to follow the light around the house to get good pictures." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson