Thursday, December 18, 2008


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 :)



Vickie Hallmark said...

Nice idea, Lene! I'm going to make a list of my own. I've signed up to take an intro boro class with Gail Crossman Moore in Jan, so I guess 'try boro' will be my first month's idea. I'll work on the others.

Profusion said...

I don't know which one to take first yet, but there is time still to choose.
Good luck with your class. I will stick with the soft glass for now. There are still thousands of techniques I need to try out before switching the COE. Those inside-out beads I have seen around look very intriguing though :)

Lone Ringskær said...

I would put encasing and buttons on a buttonmandrel on my list. The ladder is so much fun and the buttons are really pretty on a bracelet or leathercord.
Great idea, by the way. Let us know how it turns out.
Mabe we schould make a lampwork-a-long?

Profusion said...

Hm, encasing, yes. I should definately work more in transparents. I hardly ever does it seems, and that is a shame.
Wel, it would definately be nice to be held to my plan by others. I have a tendency to let things slide :/
(and I liked your buttons too, just never said so, sorry)

angelinabeadalina said...

Isn't it amazing, all the different things to try with glass?? Like your list!

Profusion said...

It is amazing, and I keep discovering new things I want to try. Yay! for working in glass :)

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