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Old 2008-07-01, 1:26am
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Thank you so much everyone for your feedback about the CIM and silver glass. It's all great information to help with bead making. Thank you
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Old 2008-07-01, 7:37am
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Hi Carolyn, where can I find Diamond clear?
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Old 2008-07-01, 8:55am
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http://www.fineartbyrocio.com/ is one place you can buy diamond clear.
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Old 2008-07-01, 12:49pm
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Those of you with bad Lauscha experience should try the new formulas.They are much more compatible with the silver glass and the batches coming through are great. Clears all do seem to be batch dependent when all is said and done.
eta We sell Diamond Clear too...
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Old 2008-07-04, 11:06am
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Deb, Get yourself a "Spaghetti Noodle Jar" fill it with your "clean" clear glass and rubbing alcohol. When you need a rod take it from the bath, dry and use.... You wouldn't believe what will come out of the rods even if their "cleaned" before going into the alcohol bath.
I had trouble finding something deep enough - finally found a great plastic container, filled it with 5 quarts of alcohol and put the rods in. This makes a huge difference in clear!

Thanks for the great hint
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Old 2008-07-10, 12:11am
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In my most humble opinion, CIM clear is the best. BUT...if you plan to use any of the silver reactive glasses or silver foil...even gold and in some cases, dichro, copper mesh, any type of inclusions basically, use only the CIM Clear...not the Unique Clear. That one will crack your inclusion beads in a heart beat.
Also, besides cleaning with alcohol, use KIM Wipes...like for your eyeglasses to dry them off. Even paper towels can add scratches to the clear glass. Would you wipe your $400 eyeglasses with paper towels or Kleenex??? Not me anyway...
Always burn off the first glob off the end of your rod since you will always get bubbles/scum where a rod has been cut. Work with a little less propane/a little more oxy...that too will help.
And...as easy as it might be to use 1-2mm stringers for encasing, larger rods actually will give you less scratches...causing more bubbles/scum. I hardly ever have to peel my clear rods anymore...
I encase 99.999% of my beads and all these tips and tricks I have learned over the years plus the new CIM clear make life so much easier.

Good luck.

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Old 2008-07-10, 9:00am
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I appreciate everyone's input on this.

I was doing great until last night - the electric power to the garage - opps, studio - went out. Not the breaker, but everything from the switch out. It really is bad timing, I am taking a lighter course load at school over the summer and acutally had torch time.

Hopefully the electrician can get out here quickly.
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Old 2008-07-10, 9:18pm
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Default What's the deal with Messy Clear?

Creation is Messy is committed to making the most optically clear Clear (no green or blue tints) in the 104 market. We use the highest grade of raw materials to melt Clear. During the inspection process, we are careful to remove rods that are not a consistent 4-7 mm diameter, to check that the rods are straight and smooth without bumps, and to remove any rods with impurities like seeds, bubbles, stones, black spots, or dust.

We also limit handling to prevent scratches, and we package the rods by individually wrapping in tissue paper to prevent scratching during shipment.

Like all Messy Colors, our Clear has been formulated and tested to be 104 compatible. (You can read more about our testing method here: http://www.creationismessy.com/compatibility.aspx.) We strive to be as consistent as possible from batch to batch, and to reproduce the Clear on a timely basis so that it is available when you need it.

Our testers have confirmed that we have achieved the above goals in making an optically clear Clear. However, they were sharply divided about whether or not they like the Clear because of what a number of testers described as “scumming,” “boiling,” or “frothing”. A large portion of testers reported that they loved Messy Clear and experienced no problems. An equally large portion of testers reported that they could not cope with the boiling and returned to their previous clear of choice almost immediately. I think you’ll find that similar sentiments are expressed in this thread.

Thanks to our testers, we’ve been able to establish that the wide range of responses is due to the wide range of working atmospheres. Since everyone’s torch and flame adjustment are different, everyone’s working atmosphere is different.

The artists who express a preference for Messy Clear have a tendency to describe their working style as “cool,” or are quite often using a torch that is widely reputed to be cooler (like Hot Heads). In general those that do not prefer Messy Clear describe their working style as “hot.” Several testers who could be described as working “hot” noted that they were successful in using Messy Clear without boiling it if they worked it very slowly (much slower than they preferred to work) in the outer reaches of the flame.

If you find yourself to be one of the users who can’t seem to prevent Messy Clear from boiling, then I would advise you to wait for us to find a solution for those of you who work like Loco. (Hot, hot, hot!)

I would also like to point out a relevant point about the ends of our rods. As part of the quality control process, the rods are divided into bundles which are stood vertically and ground over a disc to smooth the ends. Our purpose is to remove any sharp and potentially dangerous edges. Several testers noted that the ground ends of the rods had a tendency to scum. Many testers found that if they clipped the ground end of the rod then Messy Clear would be less prone to boiling when worked. I’m planning to talk to our quality control manager about how we can safely clip the ends of the rods without grinding them when I visit China next month.

Thank you to our illustrious testers who have given us this great feedback! CiM’s goal is to make a Clear that will be your Clear of choice in every application. I hope that those of you who like the Messy Clear will continue to enjoy it and provide feedback on how it can be improved. Those of you who experience boiling, please wait for us to find a solution that will work for you!

If there are any questions, please feel free to e-mail me directly at kathy@creationismessy.com.


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