Saturday, 30 January 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
We're having the back garden sorted out this week (it's a right old mess as anyone who has been for a lesson knows) and as such my propane is out of bounds but I should be able to get to it tomorrow so beadmaking will occur then.
In the meantime I'm writing a little beadmaking eBook. Muchos typing. It's bigger than a tutorial but shorter than a novel so I reckon that it definitely qualifies as an eBook. It will contain step-by-step sections but on the whole it is more informative than instructional.
For the time being I'm keeping the subject of my eBook under wraps although I'd wager that some of you can probably guess what it's about .....
It'll be available shortly so do stay tuned for more information.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Curse my big fingers .....
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
This time it's a gorgeous colour called 'Blue Lagoon' and just like the green stuff I can't stop squeezing and smooshing it!
Well yes. But it's probably one of the most important things a beadmaker will ever learn.
Over the past five years I've taught many people how to make round beads and when I teach total beginners I tell them that in lampworking making a basic round bead is one of the hardest things to master. There is so much to learn and so much to remember.
I've decided to write down all I know and all the advice I have when it comes to making a basic round bead. This will hopefully be quite useful for beginners and intermediate beadmakers alike. I've taught intermediate beadmakers who can't make consistently round beads. I'm hoping that my waffle (and be warned, there's lots of it) will help you tame that molten glass.
In this ten page tutorial I show you how I make a round bead in detailed step-by-step photos and I also show you how to make consistently-sized beads. There's a section on troubleshooting too which should help you with any wonky bead issues you may have.
The PDF tutorial costs £4.99 and ordering details can be found by clicking here.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
I am here and fully aware of my lack of blogging. I've been busy doing other things like :
- Working on a couple of PDF beadmaking tutorials
- Gradually getting rid of my bout of Beadmaker's Block
- Catching up on Cupcake bead orders
And talking of Cupcake beads, I have come to a decision.
They're coming to an end.
Yep, you heard (read) it here first. I'll do an 'official' announcement on my website and mailing list shortly but I suggest that if you'd like or need some Cupcake beads that you get your order in now.
You see, I have a busy few months ahead. Chris and I are buying a house, then I'll be moving and then did I mention we're getting married?! ;o)
So with all that stuff going on I can't (and don't want) to have the added pressure of bazillions of Cupcake orders that'll need making. Yes, they make me money and yes they're nice and all that but I only ever intended to make them for a short while. I think with all the stuff I've got coming up that the Cupcake beads have reached their natural end point. I will probably stop taking orders for them at the end of February but in the meantime you can place your orders by clicking here.
Big thanks to everyone who has purchased my little glass cakes - I've made hundreds and hundreds of the little things and they've been a blast.
I will have some new beads to show you next week!
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Along with those emails have come the inevitable wedding-related questions. Vik at Wild Fire Fibres just left a comment on my last post which encompasses virtually all of them. So here are her questions followed by my answers :
"Firstly a massive CONGRATULATIONS!!! Do you have a date yet? Dress ideas? Are you going to handmake some of the things for your wedding? Or are you just going to do it cheaply (like us) and whenever you get round to it (again, like us - been engaged 4 years!)? It's lovely to have a ring on isn't it :)"
Yes, there is a date set. It's in September and I'll let you know the actual date when it's all been totally one hundred percent confirmed.
I haven't picked one yet but I know what colour it might be - kingfisher blue. Well, that's what I have in mind right at this moment. It could change. It won't be a 'proper' flouncy wedding dress. Again, I have a style in mind but I'm saying no more as Chris reads the blog and the finer dress details are staying secret until the day. He knows the colour I'm currently leaning towards but that's it.
Cambridge. It's going to be a register office do on a very small scale. There will be no reception or evening bash as such. We're still undecided - maybe we'll take our small wedding party out for a meal afterwards. The wedding will be small because neither of us want a big shindig. I've never ever wanted the big huge wedding thing and Chris certainly hasn't. I was shocked that he even proposed! So the wedding is going to be pretty unconventional, I guess.
Yes, there is one. Chris and I went to choose it on Saturday and again, it's not your traditional engagement ring. I don't actually have it on my finger as the jewellers are ordering the correct size in for me. There will be photos of the engagement ring as soon as I have it which should be in a couple of weeks.
So there you have it. In short, we're talking about a very small do without your usual wedding bells and whistles. The best wedding I've ever been to was the smallest, most unflashy thing you can imagine and it was just perfect. I hope ours will be too!
Anyway, these two pairs of socks are the same pattern knitted in different yarns. The pale blue ones are Rowan Cashcotton and the variegated ones are Wild Fire Fibres Manyana in 'Pixie'.
The pattern is my own design and the socks are named Triton after the Greek god of the sea. The recurring lace motif is a bit like a trident and the wavy pattern in between them is quite sea-like.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
I've just noticed that I posted the snow one at 11.56 and the yarn one at 23.56. How odd that I published posts at both 11.56s in the same day. A truly bizarre coincidence.
There is a lack of beads ..... but then you'd already noticed that, right? It would appear that I have started the year with a bout of bead funk. Long-term readers will know that this happens occasionally. There's nothing I can do about it - I just have to ride the bead funk wave and wait for it to disperse. I used to stress about it but I've learned that doing so just makes it worse so please bear with me and I'm sure that in a few days I'll have some glass pretties to show you.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
Stay tuned to see what type of bead I'm on about .....