Posted on October 11 2017


Thomas Grimmett


Company News, New Color, Product News

The Making of the CFL Palette

Making glass is in my DNA and imagining what glass could be and making it a reality is an important part of my artistic process. I am always listening to customer feedback, but sometimes I am working on something totally new that our customers haven't even thought of yet.

Back in 2014, I started working on our first CFL colors. At the time, the term "CFL" was not used by anyone in our industry to describe a color or its characteristics. No one asked me to make a color that intentionally shifted based on the light source, but I had an idea for a new line of colors that I felt everyone needed to see.

In a future blog post I will talk more about my R&D and new color development process, but for the sake of this post, I can tell you that when working on a brand new color, the process takes time.  A new color family is not born overnight. There is a lot of trial and error and a lot of exploration that needs to be done.

From the time I started working on Serum in 2014 to the time we released Serum in the Summer of 2015, I went through well over one hundred R&D tests on a handful of new colors.  We managed to keep these colors under wraps for months as I was working through different formulations. 

By the time we released Serum, I had developed formulas for Purple Potion, Blurple, Terps and Voodoo. 

When Serum hit the streets your enthusiasm exploded.  Do you remember the @elboglass iG post "It Changes Color!!"?? This was the first CFL activated color on the market and it made waves.  At first people weren't quite sure what to make of it and some actually made fun of it, but before long Serum became one of the most widely copied colors on the market. 

It took a long time for the intense demand for Serum to loosen up. Once it did, we had our filtration system in place, and I was able to focus on Terps, the first cadmium based CFL color.

We released Terps this Spring and followed it up with the recent release of Potion!! 

In addition to these CFL colors, we also have a Serum / Terps hybrid, code named "Serps" available in the Test Lab section for a limited time.  

The best news of all is that all four colors are current available and in stock on!!!  Check out Serum, Terps, Potion and the new Test Lab "Serps" here and stay tuned for more exciting CFL action from Glass Alchemy, the pioneers in color development.

Peace - Thomas


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