I know this is really late. I realised I have not blogged about my short glass beads class. The beginners class was two months ago, and I was the only student (it was wonderful to be the only student). Beads were made and I have been wanting to buy equipment to start making my own from home, but still waiting on the return of our rental bond so I can use some of that cash. I’ll be able to make beads for my own use, but to sell, I will have to anneal them first. My instructor has an annealing service. I think it was $10 per batch + postage.

Some photos:

These were from the first day of the class. Very simple stuff, but I had some trouble getting the right amount of glass for accent dots.

Second day’s haul. Lots more complicated beads, but also more fun to make. I liked making raised flowers.

Difficult! I had trouble with making the heart shape. It’s really hard to keep the bead warm and constantly moving, while you are also trying to make a shape or pattern. My barrel beads turned out terrible, but I flattened the scenic one on the left (photo on right) and it looks better.

I still do want to make more and practice, but it’s such an expensive hobby! After getting into Blythe, it sure isn’t easy to save money. I’ll also be starting my metal-smithing short course in May. The course runs for 8 weeks, 3 hours per week. That should be interesting too! I can’t wait to solder, and then I can do this at home with a crème brûlée torch. I can’t wait to combine this with my polymer clay jewellery and also with glass beads.

Last night, instead of just doing nothing or working on polymer clay, I decided to make something using memory wire. I must say that I’m not good at designing with it. There are so many wonderful styles that can be accomplished. I even ordered a couple of finished bracelets from Etsy sellers. They were so pretty. I want to learn from the designs, but definitely not to copy and sell… I just admire them. They’ve been on my favourites list for ages. Here’s what I bought: New Years Resolution and Lavender Pixel Triplets.

So here is what I made…

It’s single layer, pretty much like a bead bangle, really. I joined the ends together, because the bracelet kept opening up. It’s a little too big for me, but that’s how I can manage to get my hand into it.

The bracelet is asymmetrical, yet there is a visible pattern. That’s also one reason why I think it looks good. Forgive me, all my design terminology has flown out the window, so I cannot analyse the bracelet any further. 😛