Another week and more tweeking to be done. It's endless, but fun. I've been struggling with the writing of a tutorial and I'm getting near the end - fortunately, I have a couple of wonderful people who have offered to try it out and see if my instructions are as clear as I think they are - but I suspect that after they try it there will be some revisions to be done. It isn't nearly as easy as you might think to tell someone how to make something....
It has been a tremendous help to read other people`s tutorials to see how they lay out the material and illustrate it. Thanks particularly to Shannon of missficklemedia and Lynda from scDiva, both of whom write great tutorials. Check out their stores on Etsy if you are interested in some new techniques!
The first basic tutorial is one I've had in my mind for a while, namely, how to make hollow forms without armatures or core material. For myself, I've found that working this way has given me tremendous freedom to explore form in a way that is not possible when you commit yourself to a mold or a core to build over. Beads can evolve and change while you work on them. Later, I plan to do another tutorial to explain how to decorate the hollow form in various ways while it is being made, so that the decoration can change with the piece, rather than being imposed on it after curing.
I 'm so hoping that people will be interested in this tutorial - I have plans to sell it in a couple of places, but more on that later. While tweeking the content, I made this bead to see if I could push the limits a little! Apparently I can make beads this large..( and larger if necessary, but is it necessary?).This could easily have changed into a large hollow lentil at the last minute (a nice feature of this technique) but I wanted to finish a really large round bead. When I went to pick up my husband at the arirport today, I saw 2 or 3 necklaces walking around (on women, naturally) with round beads this large or larger. Maybe someone would use it...heck, maybe I`ll use it!
Here are a few more shots of the big bead, I've even included a shot with the ubiquitous penny (so annoying, I know...) so you can see the scale more readily. It measures 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Bigger is possible if you remember that as you increase the surface area, the amount of clay needed increases exponentially.
So what have you been up to? And more importantly, would you put this big sucker round your neck?