At the end of last week’s creature drama, I had to re-do all my head parts because I didn’t like the first ones. So, here are the new ones-an upper and lower mandible and 3 eyes of varying sizes. Eyes are really important. You’ll want to make extra so you’ll have some combinations to choose from when you make your creature. It’s also entirely possible that your creature will want more than two eyes and you’ll want to be prepared for that.
The next step involved reheating the upper mandible bead and the eye beads (which had been removed from their mandrels and cleaned) and then somehow sticking them together. I thought this was going to be hard to do by myself on account of the fact that I have a Chili Pepper kiln and I was going to have to hold the hot upper mandible bead and get the door open while reaching in with a punty to grab the eye beads.It actually wasn’t that hard to do–it was just hard to do well.
Yeah. Several mistakes were made here but you know, I think they only add to the creature’s charm. I mean, it’s my creature, so what if I grabbed the wrong size eye and stuck it on at the wrong angle.
Important point alert: When I pulled this head out of the kiln my first thought was “Great. It looks like a really wonky Wayne Robbins bead.”
Wayne Robbins is one of my favorite beadmakers. I don’t know if he attaches separate eyes to the head or not but it kind of looks like he does. Though I do think of Wayne’s work often (usually those little angler fish beads–I love those) I was not thinking of it when I made this head. It’s a good thing too because had I been thinking “Spheres attatched to a dome shape=Wayne Robbins bead” I probably wouldn’t have made this head in the first place. Weird but true.
While it’s frustrating that my new idea does not seem like mine anymore I can take comfort in the fact that I learned a process that was new to me. I’d rather both create something that does not remind me of something else AND learn a new process but you can’t always get what you want. There are only so many ways to make creatures.