I did a dichroic bead demo for the Pacific Northwest Bead Society last Sunday and one of the beads that I demonstrated was a Gold Pink cored bead with different colored dichroic scraps placed all over the bead.

Dichroic Scrap over Cranberry Pink

The reason I am talking about this bead today is the fact that I finally found a Gold Pink glass that will work inside one of these dichroic beads without cracking it and that is the Cranberry Pink produced by CiM / Messy Color.

I tried for years to make a bead like this using the Gold Pinks that came from Italy, but every time I encased the Italian Gold Pinks they would crack the dichroic encasement and even just plain clear would crack over the pink.  I figured there was some kind of molecular incompatibility between the Gold Pink and Clear glass, but I couldn’t nail down what it exactly was without scientific equipment.  I gave up trying to make this kind of bead for about 10 years, not wanting to waste anymore time or glass.

Recently, I realize that there was a new Gold Pink on the market and had been available for several months, that is compatibility tested with all the available 104 COE lampworking glasses and it is the Cranberry Pink produced by CiM / Messy Color.  When the light finally dawned on me, I was really happy with the results I got when I took some Cranberry Pink to the studio and started making dichroic encased beads with it.

The Cranberry Pink core in one of these dichroic encased beads makes the purples, blues, lavender, pinks and silver dichroic scraps pop, producing a very pleasing color balance.  The colors come out so beautiful that you almost want to eat the beads.

Cranberry Pink dichroic & Goldstone

Cranberry Pink dichroic & Goldstone

The CiM Cranberry Pink that I use for the core of these dichroic encased beads is a Unique Cranberry Pink that is paler than the regular Cranberry Pink.  I use the Unique version of this color because the regular Cranberry Pink is very dense ( so that it can be used in small amounts in detail work and produce a pleasing pink) and becomes too dark, making it difficult to see that it is a raspberry pink.

If you like using pinks in your glass bead making, I suggest that you give the CiM Cranberry Pink and Cranberry Pink Unique a try.

Cranberry Pink & Dichroic Melon Beads

Cranberry Pink & Dichroic Melon Beads

Cranberry Pink with Dichroic Encased in Larkspur

Cranberry Pink with Dichroic Encased in Larkspur