If you were to choose 12 techniques of beadmaking, one for each month, to practice through all of next year, what would it be?
I haven't quite come up with 12 things yet, but here is my list, in no particular order:
Stringer/heat control: dots (placement, size) and lines (keeping them straight, nice un-lumpy ends)
Fuming: Just got Andrea's tut, and am eager to go. Just need a bit af a boro stick to get started.
Sculpting: to evenly divide by 5 or other uneven numbers. 4 is easy, but 5 is much more appealing to me.
Sculpting: evolve on the organic shapes I love so much (and eventually fume them :)
Vessels: I do have a hollow mandrel to blow through. Only did it twice, though I loved the results
Off mandrel pieces: I made two little heartshaped clumps of glass this year. I have room for improvement. Might need some tools for that. My tweezers doesn't have a good grip.
Longer beads: barrels (they always break for me?) and bicones (never breaks, yay!)
Lentils: I have just bought my own christmas gift, a pair of lentil mashers, yay! I have wanted to try this shape for a long time, and soon I will. Simple ones first of course, then decorated and sculpted ones later.
I also want to study colours and how to combine them. I don't think I will ever be tired of the look of ivory, but a bit of colour would be nice too.
There is also the electroforming I really want to try at some point, and I know I will eventually.
What techniques would you most like to evolve in?
Doesn't have to be beadmaking :)