I took a beadmaking workshop on raking and masking with Amy Waldman-Smith on January 24 and 25, 2015 and I learned some new techniques. The workshop was at a new studio, the Melting Point, in Sedona, Arizona. Amy Waldman-Smith resides near Toronto, Canada and began making glass beads in 2001. Amy was 2014 Commemorative Bead Artist for the Bead and Button Show: Amy’s work has been featured in many craft publications. She is known for her intricate beads with stacked dots and raked lines and dots. In our 2-day workshop Amy shared her beadmaking techniques for creating these tiny details. She broke down the process of making finely detailed beads into small steps, so that we learned to build up the details, layer by layer, to create our own intricate beads. First we practiced layering dots, marvering to retain a barrel shape, and making strips with stringers. We then made a folk art bead and learned working with large stringers to make thick stripes. We also learned Amy’s technique for raking. Here is Amy’s demo bead: The second day we learned how to make “Ottoman” beads. We applied thick stringers of ivory starting at the end of the bead working towards the center. We then added dots to the center of the bead and raked them. We raked the lines between the thick ivory lines and then continued to add dots and raking. We also learned Here are some of Amy’s demo beads:
It is well worth it to travel to the Melting Point for classes. My husband and I spent a whole week in the Sedona Verde Valley area and still did not go on all the hikes or see everything.
Tuzigoot National Monument
Cliff dwelling at Montezuma Well National Monument
Montezuma Well National Monument
Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde River, Cottonwood
Montezuma Castle National Monument