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Old 2014-05-25, 6:05pm
chevygirl70 chevygirl70 is offline
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Question Shocky CROCUS CIM batch? (early 2014)

Posted here and in customer service, not sure who reads what.

Ordered a 1/2 lb of that "come on you have to admit I'm the sexiest purple you've ever seen" Crocus CIM in February - from Frantz - whipped it out yesterday for the first time. What a sadomasochistic experience!!! Thought I would have to power wash my effin chair after trying to use this glass!!!! Despite my usual slow warming at the tippy top of the flame like I do with every rod I work with and slowly massage it into the heat - the Crocus rod freakin' exploded all over hell in literally seconds in spits and chunks. The pile of stubby $&!* left all over my damned bench also continued to break whenever introduced in the top part of the flame with my tungsten tweezers - WTH??? I could not even punty it to clear to even use any of it!!!! Now, I admit, an ex-boyfriend said I had "cold hands" but jeez, I'm beginning to think this glass is truly psycho!!!!

Anyone else experience this with Crocus in general (I've never splurged on this expensive stuff before) - or maybe gotten a batch from February 2014 - by any vendors - and had the same "shocking" experience? (Maybe that's why there appears to be a shortage of it now based upon the other post I've seen in Customer Service section about seeking Crocus.) I purchased other CIM colors with that order, no issues with those, just Crocus.
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Old 2014-05-26, 7:40pm
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I'vehad some shockiness too. I only let it happen once a now pre heat the rods in my kiln. Love that color so i can'twaste any of
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Old 2014-05-26, 10:43pm
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Haven't run into that with a couple of older batches. Love the. Olof!
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Old 2014-05-27, 3:39pm
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yep also happens with chai bummer
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Old 2014-05-27, 9:27pm
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Thanks again for the suggestion about putting it in the kiln for pre-heating. I was wondering if this was just a batch from hell and vendors were getting feedback like mine from other people - or if Crocus is just a pain in the keester... She's a diva, will deal with it! Thanks!
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