Messy Color™ Maple

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Maple (511780)<br />A transparent warm golden brown.

A transparent warm golden brown.

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"This is a dark, transparent amber. You might characterize it as a smokey topaz colour. The bead on the left is over white." Read more at DragonJools blog. – Dwyn Tomlinson

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Maple with silver & reactive frits
Claire Morris
Base of Maple with black-backed dichro swirls and Gunmetal endcaps
Carol Oliver
Messy Maple
Trudi Doherty
Maple, Peachy Keen, and Sepia
Genea Crivello
Effetre ivory with CiM Maple and Garnet
Suzy Hannabuss
Yulia Trubitsyna

CiM Tester Feedback

  • Maple is unique to the 104 lampworking color palette.
"Originally, I was comparing it to Effetre medium or dark amber, but while pulling out all my samples I was rather excited to discover that it is much closer to Czech Smoke Topaz." – Serena Thomas
"Photo shows it with Effetre’s Dark and Medium Topaz, which at first glance, rods of Maple may look like. But as you see it is a brown and the others are more orange/amber color." Read more at Elasia's blog. – Elasia
"Maple is a more true brown; topaz has a more orangeish tone to the brown. I found them to be quite different. My personal preference was the topaz, but it would really depend upon your desired result." – Donna Dorman
"Maple is more to the yellow side, not so much the red side as the topazs. It's a very nice shade." – Renee Wiggins
"Topaz is more amber like [more red in the mix]. Maple is a warm brown but not amber like. Maple is a nice unique addition to our shelf." – Starleen Colon
  • How does Maple compare to Italian topaz?
"Maple and the Italian topazes are very comparable. Not much difference except Maple might melt a bit easier, making encasing with it smoother." – Chris Haussler
"Maple seems more saturated to me and a nicer colour, I much prefer it." – Claire Morris
"Topaz is orange. Maple is brown." – Elasia
"I was not expecting to be impressed with this color. It doesn’t look much different than regular Moretti Topaz. I began using it for making raised dots and let me tell you I was really blown away. This glass melts like nothing else. It’s smooth and creamy and pulls into stringers or encases beautifully. If you could make all glass melt like Maple I would be a happy lady!" – Gail Witt
"Just made a bead using Butter Pecan as the base and streaked Maple over it. Have made similar beads before using Italian Dark Ivory and Med or Dk. Topaz. Major difference! Using Italian glass, neither color 'swallowed' the other – both stayed where I put them. When using Maple, I was very surprised to see that the Butter Pecan really swallowed up the Maple, resulting in a very organic look. Nice!" – Kathy Coon
"I like the shade of Maple, as it is more like real brown than golden brown. Maple is stiffer. At first I thought that Maple might be a striker, because it became so dark in a flame when used in a triangle bead, but after it had cooled it became lighter again." – Maija-Leena Autio
"Maple is not as intense as I thought it would be. I use this shade for hair/fur and other sculptural items and I would choose Maple for a lot of the applications over topaz. It’s slightly toned down." – Marcy Lamberson
"Maple is a truer brown which I like. Topaz has more red/orange tint." – Elizabeth Long
  • Special thanks to Genea Crivello-Knable, Serena Thomas, Elasia, & Jolene Wolfe for providing the photos in this section.

See how Kandice Seeber used Effetre Mud Slide as a base for Maple.  
Kandice Seeber made a focal with a Tamarind stringer encased with Maple on a Tamarind base.  
Darlene Collette included Maple in her set of organic etched Rock Candy beads.  
Darlene Collette's autumn inspired beads were created with Canyon de Chelly, Bordello, & Maple.  
Genea Crivello-Knable used Maple to make a bead set inspired by her sister's comforter.  
Genea Crivello-Knable made a series of brown lentils including Maple.
Darlene Collette made a set of beads with Maple inspired by Pocahontas.  
See Serena Thomas' blog of how Maple compares to other transparent browns.  
Check out Genea Crivello-Knable's Coffee Sky beads  made with Maple, Tamarind, and Smurfy.
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.

"Maple is a transparent warm golden brown. I have used this glass many times in the past and it is a go to brown when paired with silver or silver glass. This set of beads were decorated with my own hand blown shards of silvered ivory." Read more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
"The Maple spacers show the rich brown that is quite unique for glass bead makers. The focal bead is a bubble bead with layers of Helios silver glass over the base of Maple. The dots of glass were reduced, encased in clear and then pierced and encased again to capture the bubbles." Read more at Darlene's blog.
Darlene Collette
Maple encased with DH Aion.
Gloria Sevey
Vickie Christian uses Maple frit to create 104 compatible frit blends. Find more blends at Vickie's Emporium.
Vickie Christian
"This is a dark, transparent amber. You might characterize it as a smokey topaz colour. The bead on the left is over white." Read more at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
Maple over Effetre opal yellow encased with DH stringer.
Yulia Trubitsyna
Maple with Tibet and violet dichro.
Sue Stewart
Maple with Double Helix Aurae.
Darlene Collette
“Effetre Dark Ivory has a really cool reaction when applied over Maple and spreads and crackles like crazy when heated up!” Read more at Lori’s blog.
Lori Bergmann
"The colour of Maple after melting it is FAR DARKER than the rod colour would lead you to believe. The unmelted rod colour is similar to how Maple looks when it is applied over Clear, but once melted the colour of Maple significantly darkens." Read more about Maple including tests with silver leaf, silver glass frit, copper green, & ivory at Melanie's blog.
Melanie Graham
"Maple doesn’t boil or scum and makes an excellent base for the silver reactive colors. It also blends beautifully with Mink. Those two colors together make a most outstanding reaction."
Sue Stewart
“What's particularly lovely about Maple to me is that it does not strike and does not react - it stays that true medium brown. It's not so dark that you can't make spacers with it, but not too light that it won't show up when encased.” Read more at Kandice’s blog.
Kandice Seeber