Monthly Archives: April 2010


This is a photo I took with the KaleidoVid application on my iPhone. Just point your phone at everyday objects and this app turns them into beautiful kaleidoscopic images. My flickr photo stream is now littered with these images. There is also a new group on flickr for images made with this app. I think it’s a nice diversion from bead pictures. It is also extremely fun to see how things look when chopped up and flipped a zillion different ways. Here are just a few of my favorites that I’ve taken over the last couple of weeks:


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New Direction

Well, it has been a long time since I made a blog post. I did make a few more baby seal beads, but they aren’t quite as cute as the one I posted. I will try making more at some point – it will have to be soon because I promised one to the Southern Flames silent auction. But other beads have been occupying my time recently.

I had a very wonderful class with Caitlin Hyde. That was February 18th and 19th. She makes wonderful beads and is an excellent teacher. One of the things I liked best about her class is that there was an individual project, so each student came out of the class with a unique bead she (or he) could call her (or his) own. I made a lion bead that I still need to work on a bit to find the right color of yellow.

After the class, I started making beads like the ones pictured here. They are very difficult and time consuming to make. And, they are still a little rough around the edges – not quite straight, not quite centered, not quite symmetrical. I think they are still cool though. And, they look a lot better in person than they do in a large photograph – so if all you have is the photograph, look at it small.

I’ve taken quite a few classes since 2008, with a lot of really good teachers, and learned a lot of good things, but this is the first time that I actually started making beads directly influenced by the class afterward. Oh sure, I would use this bit of information here, and that hint there, but the overall type of beads I was making wasn’t influenced. So, this is new for me. And, I feel that these are beads that might possibly be in something I could cautiously call ‘my style.’

I find myself drawn to graphic beads more than anything else. I like patterns. But, these beads are difficult to execute – straight lines, centered dots, etc. I find myself expecting to make something beautiful each time I sit at the torch and with these beads, it isn’t happening to the degree I would wish. I definitely need to practice a lot more to get these beads to where I want them.


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