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DMC Metallic Floss to DMC Light Effects conversion chart and link to color card. 
23rd-Feb-2006 07:53 pm
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DMC metallic floss (art. 317) originally came in twelve colors. In the summer of 2005, DMC renumbered the existing colors and discontinued 5291 Royal Blue, expanded the range to 36 colors and renamed the 6-ply metallic floss to Light Effects. The new numbering system begins with E followed by the approximate DMC cotton floss color.

New NumberNew Color NameOld NumberOld Color NameKreinik Equivalent
E699
Green Emerald
5269
Green008 Green #4 Braid
E815
Dark Red Ruby
5270
Red061 Ruby #4 Braid
E5200
White
5272
Iridescent White032 Pearl #4 Braid
E301
Copper
5279
Copper021C Copper Cord
E3821
Light Gold
5282
Gold002C Gold Cord
E168
Silver
5283
Silver001C Silver Cord
E3852
Dark Gold
5284
Dark Gold002J Japan Gold
E317
Titanium
5287
Dark Silver105C Antique Silver Cord
E316
Pink Amethyst
5288
Pink007 Pink #4 Braid
E3837
Purple Ruby
5289
Purple026 Amethyst #4 Braid
E3843
Light Blue Sapphire
5290
Electric Blue014HL Sky Blue Hi Lustre #4 Braid
none
none
5291
Royal Blue006 Blue #4 Braid


A Light Effects color card is available on the DMC website in English and French.

edit 7 Mar 06: Kreinik has posted a DMC Light Effects to Kreinik #4 braid conversion chart on their site. I have added that information to the table earlier in this post, with a little editing to the blues. My skein of DMC 5291 looks much closer to Kreinik 006 Blue than DMC 5290, which the Kreinik link suggests 006 Blue as an approximate match for. In the chart, I moved 006 Blue next to DMC 5291 and eyeballed my Kreinik color card and a skein of DMC 5290 before deciding that 014HL is a closer match to the lighter blue shade.
Comments 
24th-Feb-2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks much!

And this explains why I could never find 5291!!!
24th-Feb-2006 03:49 am (UTC)
You are truly awe inspiring to me. You can find anything cross stitch! It's so great. Thank you for being so good at what you do. *hugs*
24th-Feb-2006 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! This explains why I couldn't figure it out.
24th-Feb-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
This is a very useful list! Thanks!!
24th-Feb-2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when they first introduced Light Effects I thought it was some sort of new formulation that would be better than the old metallics, so I bought a couple skeins. It's not better, it's the same damn thing. Back to Kreinik for me.
24th-Feb-2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
thanks for posting this! I've been pondering buying the packs, but keep putting it back, since it's US$12/pack @ Michaels. If it's nothing really special, I'll hold off until I really need them.
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