I was making my usual blog rounds today when I noticed at Krissy Beads, Krissy was sharing photos and links to artist she met at a holiday gathering. I was checking out the links and look what I found... Heather Trimlett. Check out her "What's New" area... she makes really cool disks!! I would love to learn how she makes sweet bicone shape. It has to be some kind of marver but I haven't seen one with that tight a shape before. She has some awesome color combos too.
So, I didn't make beads last night, but I did practice some thing new... TWISTIES!! Yep, all by myself, my own twisties. When I was at Studio 34 on Sunday testing torches, Marilynne gave me a five minute mini twistie lesson. I had never seen one made in person before and it made a world of difference to watch how it was done. I made a bunch of black and white ones. Then this afternoon, I made a bunch of different white, turquoise and aqua ones. I have some test beads in the kiln right now. I finally made a few beads with my "squeeze" press. So they are twisty squeeze beads in blue and white... I wonder how they'll turn out. I know the more I do it, the better I will get at the twisties. And that is going to be a great thing to get to add to my own style.
Time to get dinner going. I'll check in tomorrow with the twistie squeeze bead results. But, for most of the day tomorrow, I'll be teaching a private class at the studio. I was requested for a private wire lesson. Kinda cool, huh? It'll be a four hour class on wire working and some finishing techniques for straight strung jewelry. I also have a private lesson on the Berry Wine bracelet happening at my home studio this weekend. I think I am going to like the one on one classes.