Heather Trimlett’s 40-Bead Challenge

A couple of years ago I participated in Heather Trimlett’s challenge to improve my beadmaking skills by making 40 beads using her instructions:
• 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)

Heather posted the results on Pinterest. My beads are the red and white ones.

Hayley Tsang Sather challenged beadmakers on Lampworketc to do the 40-bead challenge and I decided to do it again. I had been teaching myself to make round beads using Bullseye glass. Bullseye glass is much stiffer than I was used to. I started using pink and french vanilla, but there was not enough of a contrast. I ended up using nougat and gold purple and am happy with the results:


Shown are 39 challenge beads and 1 solecism.

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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2 Responses to Heather Trimlett’s 40-Bead Challenge

  1. Kashmira says:

    Wow!! These are gorgeous all of them. Love the color choice too!

  2. Monique U says:

    Very cool challenge, Inge 🙂

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