Messy Color™ Marshmallow

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Marshmallow (511859)<br />An opal white.

An opal white.

Genea experimented with Marshmallow, Cirrus, and effetre Anice White to see which worked best to show steam over a coffee cup. She found Marshmallow & Cirrus lost their translucency & appeared clear when worked so small. Read more at Genea's blog. – Genea Crivello

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Messy Marshmallow & Sapphire with Hades & Cirrus ribbon cane
Patricia Frantz
Messy Kryptonite & Marshmallow
Leslie Anne Bitgood
Base of Vetrofond clear with a layer of Effetre medium amber then a thin encasement of Marshmallow & Hades stringer
Claire Morris
Messy Aegean, Marshmallow, Cirrus
Joy Munshower
Messy Marshmallow
Laura Sparling
Messy Marshmallow
Kevan Aponte

CiM Tester Feedback

  • Marshmallow is an opal white, Peace is an opaque white, and Cirrus is a translucent white moonstone.
  • How does Marshmallow compare to Italian opal whites?
"Marshmallow is easy to work, doesn’t explode all over the place when I try to melt it, doesn’t turn into a mass of bubbles and scum, and isn’t always cracked when I take it out of the kiln. The Italian opal whites do all of those things." – Kathy Coon
"Same for the most part but better because 1. it’s not shocky as heck 2. it has some great reactions with silver glass that I myself never got with white opalino." – Elasia
"Marshmallow is a lot easier to work with . . . much less shocky and more compatible with all other colors I’ve used together with it." – Sue Stewart
"It seems to burn far less than the Effetre opaline colours." – Claire Morris
"I found Marshmallow to be really shocky. I guess I needed training as I don’t work with any of the opal colors, so my technique was too abrupt. If you soothe her and gently heat her up you will get great results." – Gail Witt
"I don’t work with opals because they are too shocky for me. However, I didn’t find Marshmallow to be shocky." – Jan Whitesel-Keeton
"Marshmallow can be pretty shocky at times, but I’ve never had problems with boiling or pitting like what I’ve heard can happen with other opalinos. I love how it looks like vintage milk glass!" – Lori Bergmann
"I do not use Italian opals at all, because they are so shocky. Marshmallow is much less shocky, so I use it, if I ever need opal whiteish glass." – Maija-Leena Autio
"Marshmallow seems to be a little more translucent. At first the rod cracked and popped a bit, but then it settled down and melted smoothly." – Marcy Lamberson
"It has a great porcelain look especially when white is too heavy on a big bead. Looks like opalino without the bubbling and burning." – Pat O'Brien
"If you ever discontinue this color, I want a years notice so I can hoard 40 pounds of it. For starters it can be encased. Does not opaque up during long hot annealing cycles. A bit more translucent than opal white silk. Not as shocky as anise white and alabaster whites. No incompability issues with other colors even under encasement." – Starleen Colon
  • Special thanks to Genea Crivello-Knable (x2), Claire Morris, Caroline Davis, & Claudia Eidenbenz for the photos in this section.

Patricia Frantz demonstrates zigzag feathering with Marshmallow & Sapphire.
Genea Crivello-Knable used Marshmallow for dandelion puff flowers.
DragonJools used Val Cox's Silver Lake frit on Marshmallow.
Visit DragonJools blog for a review of Marshmallow.
Read about Lori Bergmann's tutorial using Marshmallow in the Summer 2009 issue of The Flow.
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.

“I might mix several colors in with a neutral - I love doing this with the bellflowers I make, especially with Marshmallow. Bunches of petite translucent flowers with hints of rubino, Crocus, Halong Bay, or Poseidon make slight variances that create a white palette.”
Jody Lee
"All of my jellyfish are made with Marshmallow and Cirrus."
Joy Munshower
"You can layer Marshmallow over another color like Electric Avenue. The fact that it is translucent makes Marshmallow react almost like a transparent, only with more muted results. The thinner your casing layer the more translucent it becomes and the more the base layer will show through. Marshmallow allows the freedom to expand your palette simply by layering it over other colors." Check out more at the online magazine for lampworkers, the Soda Lime Times.
Diane Woodall
"Marshmallow beat Peace hands down for ease of use, it has a very nice stiffness for sculpting and it isn't easy to scorch. I'm tough on colors in the flame so I was thrilled when I had such good consistent results with Marshmallow."
Lauren Bramble
Genea experimented with Marshmallow, Cirrus, and effetre Anice White to see which worked best to show steam over a coffee cup. She found Marshmallow & Cirrus lost their translucency & appeared clear when worked so small. Read more at Genea's blog.
Genea Crivello
"Marshmallow is denser and smoother than Opal White and does not boil or bubble. This bead is half of each color and I tried reducing. Opal White turned a slight brownish color and bubbled. Marshmallow is a wonderful color and a great addition to the CiM line."
Leslie Anne Bitgood
"I'm always on the lookout for new glasses that don't react to a wrap of silver wire - sadly, I won't be adding any of the CiM whites to my palette." Read more about Marshmallow testing at Lush blogs, including tests with Hades dots on Marshmallow, Triton hearts on Marshmallow, and etched Marshmallow.
Julie Fountain
"The longer you anneal Marshmallow the more it opacifies, if you are garage annealing it is best to leave it until later in your beading session if you wish to keep its opaline qualities. Also, if you work it too long and too hot it seems to 'curdle' like in this bead. This glass seems to like being worked cool and not for too long. However, it's curdling effect seemed to work well and look 'cloudlike' in the 'Moonlit Fog' pictures. Using Marshmallow as a thick encasement layer is it's most useful quality and creates a whole world of design possibilities!"
Claire Morris
"Marshmallow vs White Alabastro? I prefer the White Alabastro - but that is specifically for it's stiffness. While the CiM Marshmallow is stiffer than say, an opaque white, it is not as stiff as the White Alabastro, and I found that I kept losing detail in finished areas with just the general 'keeping the bead warm' process." Read more about Marshmallow vs White Alabastro at DragonJools blog.
Dwyn Tomlinson
"It's a lovely, stiff white that doesn't seem to smoke up the same way as other whites do when confronted with the oil-mixed enamel/paints."
Dwyn Tomlinson