In my last post I mentioned how excited I was about my upcoming class with Kim Fields. Well, unfortunately, that class was cancelled. I wanted to cry. Not only had I been excited about taking a class with someone like Kim, but it was a major purchase that was going to be paid for with my business funds and absolutely no personal funds. For me that is a huge deal, most of the major purchases have been paid for by personal funds or bought for my by my darling husband’s business. So I was hugely disappointed for two reasons.
I managed to get over it though and decided if I couldn’t take a class to help learn heat control I would try to do it myself. So now my challenge is sculptural beads. Not only do you have to have good heat control in order not to melt the various features into one another. You also need good heat control to make sure that your piece stays warm enough that it doesn’t break either in the construction process or in the kiln during annealing.
So I tried, and tried, and tried, and tried. And after about a dozen attempts that either exploded during construction or cracked in half during annealing I decided to try something small. I finally succeeded with something small.
I don’t know about you but I think he turned out cute 🙂 He isn’t ornate or complicated but he is in one piece with no thermal cracks. Its a major victory for me 🙂 I even liked him and his cheese so much that I turned them into earrings for myself.
I have officially learned my lesson. I will work on small pieces until I learn the heat control to make larger pieces.
Only the future can show if I suceed.
Heather blogs from her home studio. You can see her work at Square One Beads.