Published March 9, 2012
Art , Craft , Learning
Tags: amazing, aqua, beads, blue, bright, glass, jewelry, shiny, stripes, turquoise, twisty
Here are the beads I made last week with Debby. First she taught me to make “watercolor” beads, where I start by melting a white core, and then “paint” on top with various transparent colored rods.
Next she taught me to pull a stringer (the twisty coral/turquoise strip in the foreground). Then I made a transparent, pale aqua bead and melted that stringer onto (and into) it.
Actually, Debby made two of the beads pictured, but I’m rather proud of myself that it isn’t immediately obvious which ones 😀
I’ve had a few lessons on making lampwork beads, something I’ve been wanting to learn for years and years. This small handful represents two sessions of progress. The first week I made a bunch of smallish plain black beads and the polka dotted ones. The second week I made the fancy flower ones. I’ve labeled the two made by my teacher, Debby Weaver, so you can see what I was going for on those flowers.
Debby taught me using black glass because it is visibly obvious how molten the glass is, whereas some of the other colors take more experience to work with. A few of my polka dotted beads cracked clean in half in the kiln because of temperature irregularities before I put them in there.
I really wish I had the space and money to take this up as a real hobby. I love doing it, and I feel like I’m pretty good at it, considering that I made that black/periwinkle/mint polka dot bead in the center on Day One! I wish Debby weren’t going back home to Maryland next month!
Published June 17, 2008
Tags: jewelry, school
Our small school had 11 graduates this year, our biggest graduating class ever! We’re by no means big enough to go in for those big, jeweled, engraved class rings, so I crocheted each of the kids their own ring, using different Koigu, Scottish Campion, and Socks That Rock yarns. I then sewed these plastic beads on in matching yarn, showing the initials of our school.
I’d like to point out here that I have quit biting my nails!