Monday, 11 May 2009

Patience, grasshopper

Am I the only one who always wants to make beads way beyond my skills? It didn't take me long after my first lesson to decide that round doughnut beads would not be the be-all-and-end-all. I still have the first bicone I was happy with. It's maybe an inch long. When I got into sculptural beads, my first roses looked like something the sugarplum fairy might have left behind...from *her* behind. And you've already seen Cyril the dragon. So why can't I settle in a comfort zone? And why do I always want to know more than I do?

Have you noticed? It's not just me. It seems to be a trait inherent in bead makers, no matter their level of skill or experience. If you can fume, you want to paint with enamel, if your dot placement is perfect, you want to sandblast, electroform and engrave. Is it just me, or is this hobby salvation for the easily bored, those always striving to push themselves somewhere new? Here's that first bicone. Lest we forget how far we all have come :-).


  1. It isn't just you ;)

    I've been making beads for two years now. I have never ever pursued a single hobby for this length of time. But then again, this is no longer a hobby. It's a way of life; as much a part of me as the air that I breathe and the food that I eat.

    Keep on pushing the boundaries!

  2. Thanks Heather - I hadn't realised you were only a few months ahead of me :o) It is a way of life, isn't it? A nice way of life.

  3. It's exactly the same for me. When I first started making beads, I really wanted to make encased florals.. so I just dove right in! I couldn't even make a round bead yet, but I was determined! Needless to say, my first efforts leave much to be desired! Your hard work has definitely paid off, Sabine. I adore your beads :) xox