My Personal Bead Challenge 2011:
Okay so here is an idea I'm copying from that movie called Julia and Julia or whatever that one about the chef was called. I decided I was going to go through Corina Tettinger's book, "Passing The Flame" 3rd edition, and do something from each chapter. This will give me a good review of things I already know but can always improve on and also force me to try some of the things I have skipped over, didn't like, or was too intimidated to give a try. I hope to do something out of her book once each week but if I get a few more in or a few less I'm not gonna stress about it. So up first is "The Basic Bead." She shows 3 ways of how to make a basic bead. This is obviously something I do every time I make a bead but figured I would give all 3 ways a go and see if I like something better than what I learned at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion - which is an awesome place to go for lessons and watch some wonderful and talented glass artists!
I actually liked the Winding Method and I think I will use this quite a bit as it is a bit faster for me and can produce a rounder (less doughnut shape) bead which I am finding I prefer as my decorations get more detailed. The Fast and Furious Method produced the roundest bead but I have to admit I struggled to get clean bead hole ends as the footprint is very large when you use this method. I may have some good uses for this though and will keep an open mind.
Now for a few Silvered glass experiments.
I had limited success today with silvered frit - frit can often give me fits:
Here is a photo of the same beads in direct sunlight - it shows some of the colors a little better:
Now for the beads I really liked today:
First up in this series:
4th bead in the series:
Next set of beads in the series:
The next bead is a single bead of a color combo I wanted to retry from a prior day. It is CIM Sherwood and lt. Sky Blue. I kind of like it:
The next photo shows the beads I made with CIM Sherwood, that mystery blue in my stash - I think it's CIM French Blue, and lt. Sky Blue:
I'm totally in love with this bead:
Last of my New Years Day beads are some of my favorite style to make. It's just pure fun using 3 colors and creating patterns. I could make these all day:
What a first day of 2011 I had! Can't wait to do it again soon!