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Still thinking about it...........
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« on: September 17, 2013, 11:14:53 PM »

I have been without a shedio since November, but my new one is up and running.  In the meantime I have been reading lots of lampy stuff, including a thread on another forum about Heather Trimlett's  40 bead challenge, and I thought it would be an ideal way to get back into the beady groove.

Would anyone like to join me?  (I have been in touch with Heather and she gives us her blessing)

It's not a swap, or a competition, just a learning and developing process.  The idea is to make 40 beads using no tools whatsoever, all a similar size and only melted in dots for decoration.

This is a note from Heather about her challenge:
 "For the 40-bead project I want them done one per mandrel. It's not about making the beads fast, it's about thinking about the one bead you are working on. This whole thing is as much about watching your brain process – that's why I want them made over a period of time rather than all at once – as it is about learning how the glass moves."

It is in your own time, no deadline, so you can do it at your own speed and join in when you want.  I will keep the thread updated with people's progress, and a list of who is participating with details of their colour choices.  Please post pictures of your progress, Heather suggests we do them in small groups, maybe 5 per session, so we can digest what we have learnt, and plot and plan new variations.

Here are the rules, please click on the link to download the entire PDF with important information:

Don't forget to send a picture of your 40 beads to Heather at the end of the exercise! Her email is on the pdf. She will post them in her Pinterest board:

Excerpt from Heather:
• 1/8” mandrels (I didn't have any 3mm mandrels so I used 2.4mm)
• Two colors of highly contrasting opaque glass rods (for example, black & white, or turquoise & lapis etc.). Use only these two colors.

• NO TOOLS! Heat & gravity are your only “tools”. (I am watching you!)

Make 40 beads:
• about 1/2”–5/8” in diameter
• using DOTS only as a decorative element
• melting ALL dots in - NO BUMPS at this time
• 5-6 beads at a time and take a break, work over a series of days (NOT 40 beads in one day)
 Only one bead per mandrel

Make each bead with a different pattern; random dots are fine, but experiment with precise dot patterns as well. Vary the size & placement pattern of the dots. Use no tools other than your mandrel. Yes, I love tools too, but I want you to understand the glass and how it moves, and you can’t do that if you are manipulating it with a tool.

Keep your beads on a string in chronological order. You will be amazed at the progress you make between bead #1 and
bead #40!

I need to know your name and what colours you choose so I can make my list.

I hope lots of you will join me.  I have chosen my colours and done my first beads.   Will post photos in another post.


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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 11:19:31 PM »

anfrank - Turquoise and Ivory
Angie -
AnnaSpanna - Anna Reichenbach Opal Raspberry and Eff Light Grey
Bearyboo - Danielle Black and Effetre Yellow Ochre
BettytheChook - Fiona   Intense Black and White
Binty - Lime Green and Black
BlueKilnBeads - Yvette  CIM Gunmetal & Ivory
Calico Cat - Carole Dirty Martini and CIM Cornflower
CarolB - Black and White
Damselfly Jewellery - Lt ivory and Turquoise
Debbie G -
DementedMagpie - Black and Dark Turquoise
DragonArtGlass - Andrea effetre 212 opaque lime green, and effetre 428 opaque light red.
Enchanted Cobwebs - Helen   Sky blue and Dark Red
Essexgirl -  Medium lapis and Periwinkle
Failariel - Colette Coral and Sky Blue
Flowerjasper - Sandy Effetre pastel Pink & Effetre dark grey
GaysieMay -
GlassByNiki -
GlassyLou- Lou  Lapis and Light Sky Blue
Helenfc - Helen
Helsbels - Helen CIM Adamantium unique and CIM Key lime pie
Ilona - Effetre Dark Silver Plum and Effetre Opaque Grey.
Jayspangles - Janet   CIM Adamantium and Effetre Light Ivory
Jeannette - light red and yellow pastel
Jenefer - Bullseye Cobalt and Periwinkle
Justjules - Pale Sky Blue and Marc Pastille
katherinem - Seashell and Adamantium
katie78 - Purple and Pearl Grey
Kaylee - Vicky Cim Fremen and Grape Ape
Lynnybobs - Lynne.  CIM Tuxedo and Peace
k00m - Kerra  Eff 452 Dark Brown Red and Eff 247 Light Lavender
Kimster - Kim Dark Ivory and Turquoise
MadelineBunyan - Eff purple272 and lt turquoise
marklaird - Lapis Cobalt Blue and Turquoise
Mel - Apricot yellow and petrol green
MoiraHFG - Dk ivory and Copper Green
Nammie - Anna Effetre Purple red and Dk ivory
Nicknack - Nick Effetre Dark Sky Blue and Petal Pink
Nikki - Apricot yellow and Black
Pam - CIM Valentine and Creamsicle
PreciousROC- Rebecca
PurpleCobwebs - Gaynor Lime and Black
Sangemarie - Sandra Lime Green and CIM Grumpy Bear
Sarah- dark periwinkle and dark ivory
Sarah A - Purple and Light Pink
Silkworm - Mary Pistachio green and black
SilverGems89 - Gemma Effetre Purple242 and Black
Skyblue - Lorna Orange and Smurfy
Tish - Blue and Reichenbach opal orange
Tomcat - Mark.  Effetre Periwinkle 1220 and Effetre Black 1064
Trudi - CiM Lapis and Effetre soft grey
Veeka - Middle Blue and White
Yellow friend - Sheila Sage Green and Carrot Red
Yeske - Jeske Ivory and Opaque Brown
« Last Edit: November 12, 2013, 05:18:26 PM by JaySpangles » Logged

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 11:28:28 PM »

I did this in the spring. It's a great challenge!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 11:31:49 PM »

This challenge is right up my street as I love working with stacked dots.

Not sure on colours yet, will confirm later x

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Hot Cheeks

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 06:29:31 AM »

I'm with Helen! I just love making different patterns and generally working with dots! I shall have a rummage in my stash and pick out a colour combo later and let you know!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 06:37:31 AM »

Great to have you on board guys, I look forward to seeing your colour combos.

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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 06:57:31 AM »

Can I join this please? Might be just what I need!

I am not sure on colours. I will confirm this later

Danielle x
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To bead, or not to bead? ..... stupid question!

« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 07:24:42 AM »

I think this might be very good for me!  Have to ponder about colours, though.

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Silver and gemstones <3

« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 07:41:27 AM »

I think I might enter Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2013, 07:47:09 AM »

Me too, im not sure on colours either will know by the end of today.

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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2013, 08:40:17 AM »

Welcome all, I have updated the list and look forward to your colour choices.
I started off quite confident in my colour selection (having merely picked up two I liked out of my stash), merrily started making my first five, but then realised I didn't like the reaction I was getting when working the glass a bit longer.  I then started to do a few tests with similar colours until I came up with a combo that I was happy with.  Should have done the few tests before I started!
Lesson no 1 !!!!!!

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2013, 08:43:11 AM »

Mangobeads workshop ladies are on the case too !!

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2013, 08:50:59 AM »

First six by JaySpangles, on Flickr

Here are my first six, Adamantium and light ivory.  The first thing I notice is the one second from the right (no 2) is significantly bigger due to the extra layers of dots.  Note to self, for more layers start off with a smaller base for more stacking.

Note about size:  As NO tools allowed, I made myself a plain bead in the size I thought was about right, then left it on the mandrel on the table in front of me as a visual guide for the starter bead each time.  Seems to work as long as I take into account the amount  of dots I am going to use.

I can see this is going to be a very useful exercise.

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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2013, 09:04:16 AM »

I'm in!
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2013, 09:25:27 AM »

Hi,  Can I join in too please - I think it would do me good. 
not sure about colours yet though  Roll Eyes

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