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.