Messy Color™ Phoenix

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Phoenix (511277)<br />An opaque that can be struck to a range of hues from peach to orange coral.

An opaque that can be struck to a range of hues from peach to orange coral.

"Phoenix reacts with silver leaf, developing a thin halo of black where it meets the silver, and not allowing the silver to melt in." – Bonnie Polinski

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CiM Phoenix
Pauline Chevalier
Phoenix is the orange color at the top of the bead with the dark lines over top. The lines are TAG Zeus.
Renee Wiggins
Messy Phoenix
Gloria Sevey
Phoenix & Peacock Green spacers (some etched, some in Sugar frit)
Yulia Trubitsyna
CiM Phoenix
Pauline Chevalier
Messy Phoenix with Triton dots & goldstone swirls
Patricia Frantz

CiM Tester Feedback

  • Phoenix can be struck to a wide range of hues.
"If you've ever used effetre's Powder Pink, this color is like that but yellow-tan/orange hues. The more or less you strike, it goes through the color phases . . .  First the tan, strike more and it will go orange . . .very fun to use and play with the color changes." – Elasia
"At first I thought, here we go with more orange/coral tones that Effetre bombarded us with a year ago, however Phoenix rises to the top of my coral red favorite list.  Solid beads unstruck are a lovely vibrant medium shade terracotta peach tone.  Fully struck, a deep terracotta roof tone.  Perfect glass for sculpture as one can selectively strike areas to produce all of the above tonalities in one object.  Color is sensitive to annealing temperatures which can work for or against you.  The lovely cream light peach tone will darken quickly in higher anneal temps of 975 +.  Plan projects ahead and place objects made of Phoenix in the annealer last." – Starleen Colon
"Phoenix is very comparable to Eff. Peachy Perssimon Coral, or other darker orangy corals. It's a very rich, creamy color. I tend to work my beads for a long time, so I wasn't able to get the light peach color to work for me, but the dark orange color is nice just the same. I wanted to test if this color reacts with silver colors, and it does . . . the reaction is very similar to what I've experienced with other corals as well." – Renee Wiggins
"I love this colour.  I use a lot of Effetre coral and I'm really excited about using Phoenix instead.  I love the different tones, as shown in the pic of spacers." – Julie Fountain
"When you first melt the rod of Phoenix in the flame and make a bead, the bead cools off to a beige color. When you reintroduce the bead into the flame, it starts to take on color and the first color that develops is peach. The more you heat the bead as you are working on it, the darker the coral becomes. You can super heat Phoenix throughout the beadmaking process to bring back the beige-peach color, but it works easiest if you make simple beads and only strike it once.  It takes practice to control the striking process and it doesn't always go the way you think it should - but that's what's fun about beadmaking!" – Patricia Frantz
  • Testers report that Phoenix rods often look different from batch to batch, but once worked they are a consistent hue.
"Got a new batch of CiM Phoenix in - and the rods look distinctly greyer than the original - but it is not labelled as an 'Unique' - CiM - for 'odd lot.' Unusual for CiM to not put a new product number on the colour if it is going to be different. So I thought I'd try it anyway. And the verdict is: if you strike it - the two batches are virtually indistinguishable. But if you don't - they are quite different." Read more at DragonJools blog. – Dwyn Tomlinson
  • Special thanks to Elasia, Genea Crivello-Knable, Julie Fountain, Dwyn Tomlinson, & Pat O'Brien for providing the photos in this section.

Darlene Collette made confetti dots beads with Phoenix and Effetre cocoa, orange, butter yellow, & ivory.
Darlene Collette made beads with Phoenix & 99% fine silver wire.  
Check out DragonJools' peach made from Phoenix & Commando.
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.

Check out Claudia Trimbur-Pagel’s Pirate bead tutorial in the January 2013 issue of the Soda Lime Times.
Claudia Trimbur-Pagel
"As you can see, both reducing silver glass and striking silver glass do really amazingly well on top of Phoenix." Read more at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
"Phoenix, silvered ivory, and fine silver wire." See more at Amy's blog.
Amy Hall
Phoenix and Aurae.
Darlene Collette
Check out Diane Woodall's starfish tutorial made with Phoenix in the April 2012 issue of the Soda Lime Times.
Diane Woodall
"Grande Amulet Basket" - Blown and torch worked glass. 38" high, 29" long.
Laura Donefer
"Base of Phoenix, a peach to orange coral opaque glass. Each goddess bead was then layered with dots of Effetre Dark Ivory and a mixture of CiM's Black Currant and silver infused glasses including TAG Absinthe and Double Helix Olympia Rain. Double Helix glasses, Aurae and Triton, complete the metallic highlight droplets on each bead." See more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
Phoenix face cabochons with varying re strike amounts.
Robert Jennik
Diane layered Marshmallow over Phoenix to make a translucent peach color. Check out more at the online magazine for lampworkers, the Soda Lime Times.
Diane Woodall
"Lashings of Effetre Ivory, silver leaf and beautiful striking shards made from lovely Coral/Orange Phoenix." Read more at Kitzbitz Art Glass' blog.
Jolene Wolfe
"I've been wanting to try Red Copper Green for a while now but have to say it wasn't really anything special - at least not for my skill level." This bead is Phoenix with RCG. See more Phoenix beads at Chris's blog.
Chris Sanderson
“Two spacers of Phoenix over clear that are a wonderful orange coral. Long bead capped with Tuxedo and a stripe of Psyche on the Phoenix. The Psyche reacted well and got a gorgeous oil slick look. It crept out a bit over the Phoenix and seemed to fume the Phoenix a bit as it is a darker shade than the spacers. However, it could also be darker as I worked the glass longer.”
Leslie Anne Bitgood
"The first has silver leaf on the surface and was reduced. The second is a plain round and has more of the lighter colours in it. The third has raised trails – I was hoping for more different colours but didn’t keep them." Read more at Heather's blog.
Heather Kelly
“These pictures show simple spacers made from Phoenix, some I have struck and some I have left unstruck for comparison. For the beads that I struck, I allowed them to cool outside of the flame until they lost their glow and introduced them to the top flame again to bathe them in gentle heat. The colour of the struck beads is a rich soft orange opaque which was easy to achieve with a single strike. I am intrigued by the large variation in colour that can be seen in these images through comparing the struck and unstruck beads.” Read more at Craft Pimp.
Jolene Wolfe
"Phoenix reacts with silver leaf, developing a thin halo of black where it meets the silver, and not allowing the silver to melt in."
Bonnie Polinski
"When hot - the glass looks white to grey, and cools to a light colour. If you put it in the kiln at that point, it will come out of the kiln a light peach colour. However, re-introducing it into the flame striking will produce a blush of colour that gets darker the more times you reheat it." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"Phoenix has the look of the much loved Coral “Peach Persimmon” that has been very popular. Unlike the Peach Persimmon Coral from Italy, Phoenix has a wide range of colors that can be developed in the flame by controlled striking." Read more at the Frantz Art Glass blog.
Patricia Frantz