Well, it’s been a rough few days bead-wise.
I made this frog yesterday, following the instructions in Corina Tettinger‘s book. It was the first frog I had ever attempted to make, and it came out pretty well for the first try. Right?
Well. Let me tell you… I have this terrible habit of doing something really well the first time and then just laying an egg after that. I don’t know why this is, but that’s what I do. So, today was pretty disappointing. I gave it three tries today, but it wasn’t happening. *Sigh*
Last week was so good and productive, and then this week… I guess that’s how it goes sometimes, but hopefully the rest of the week will be better.
The other thing that I’ve been doing the last few days is trying the Precision 104 glass samples that I got from Frantz at the Gathering. I found three colors that I was able to get color out of, and the rest I couldn’t do anything with. I guess it’s good that I only found three colors that I can work because the glass is very expensive. Still, it’s frustrating. I keep wondering what I’m doing wrong. I mean the glass came with instructions and I’m a bright woman. I should be able to get these colors to work! But nooo… Oh well. I’ll try again at a later date.
So, something positive – I have classes to look forward to:
Sep. 13 – Gerry White (Beads by Design)
This class will explore original PMC, tools, firing, and its uses, with special focus on use in enhancing glass beads. With Gerry’s expert guidance, you will have the opportunity to custom design bead caps, cones or frames specifically for your beads and learn to add them to your cold beads. You will also construct round or cylinder beads from PMC, make molds and learn finishing techniques.
Sep. 14 – Gerry White (Beads by Design)
Create wonders using the new generation of PMC. This clay has a lower firing temperature than the clay being used in Class 1, so it can be used to fire directly with glass objects. Paint the surface of your beads with silver to create an image. Make caps to be fired in place or use syringe clay to decorate. Also enjoy a demo on adding silver to the inside of a glass bead. Make molds and learn finishing techniques.
Sep. 20 – 21 – Patti Cahill (At Flame Tree Glass)
I am melting! Beads and Beyond? In this workshop we are going to stretch the definition of BEAD and learn to create glass pieces with the end project in mind. We will consider techniques for creating glass components for specific types of projects from jewelry to mixed media and explore the structural possibilities of glass. Besides beads, techniques will include making rings, off-mandrel work, and compound beads. You will learn about making intricate and repeatable patterns and the relationship between a pieces shape and its patterning possibilities, choosing advantageous colors for your glass designs, and how to purposely combine both with consideration of how glass displaces when melted. Resources will be shared and ideas will be discussed throughout the class time about finding your own unique inspiration.
Oct. 16 – 17 – Trey Cornette (At Hale Fire Glass)
In this two day class we will explore some of the many possibilities with 104 COE glasses. Our canvas will be large scale tab and tube form beads upon which we will experiment with many types of decoration. I will demonstrate my methods for forming large beads, Scrollwork application, Millifori floral canes, working with Reichenbach 108 (RAKU), and others. I will demonstrate some of the beads I make, the processes involved and help you find your own patterns and styles using these methods. We will also learn how to pull our own Raku cane from the large kilo rods furnace workers use. There will be plenty of time reserved specifically for individual exploration and instruction. Bring your questions and ideas as the class will evolve around them.
Oct. 23 – 24 – Jeff Barber (Sponsored by Southern Flames at Beads by Design)
This is an exciting and rare opportunity to learn from an amazing artist while working with a mesmerizing glass! Jeff’s class will help students dispel some of the myths and mystery of working with Satake glass from Japan. Using an oxygen/propane torch, Jeff will cover basics such as flame chemistry, shaping and annealing that are applicable to Satake glass. Design techniques will include the use of copper, silver and gold leaf as well as adding complexity to your beads with the use of simple murrine, twisted canes and much more. All the design techniques are applicable to other brands of glass, making this a great opportunity to try Satake glass, and still learn a few techniques that can be applied to the glass you already use.