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.