Wow, it has been a while since we last talked! During this time I’ve been busy as a bee. I’ve recorded and processed a free tutorial for you, which you will see in just a minute, I was learning to compose music to go with my tutes (just some success here :)), with Ken we created and submitted designs for the 2012 Bead Star contest (you can see the designs and links to them below), we opened a new Etsy store, The Gray Havens (check it out! :)), and currently preparing an assortment for the store, I’m learning new cool graphic programs… the list goes on! 🙂
Anyway, here are the Bead Star designs
Ken’s glorious creations:
Made using a recycled hair clip Made with hammered round filigree
My musings :):
Made using plastic garland Made using an actual mini-vase
Now, let’s move onto the other goodies – the free tute! Here’s the link to the YouTube video.
1. Use a memory stick with a non-transparent cap. Also, make sure the cap is very tight, so you don’t lose your necklace while wearing. Advantage of my way of stringing the necklace is that you can use the memory stick without taking the necklace off.
2. You might want to use a piece of scrap wood while drilling the holes in the cap. This will ensure that holes don’t continue down into your working table :). Also, don’t forget to wear an eye protection while drilling.
3. All layers for the mokume gane pattern were rolled out on the 3rd setting. Using a thinner setting will give you a more complex pattern, which also will be much easier to screw, if you cut too deep. Thicker layers take longer time to establish a pattern, but also give you more control over it.
4. Use silicone glue for flexible plastic memory sticks and epoxy – for non-flexible (stiff) ones. If you use epoxy on a flexible, rubber-like, stick, it will make it stiff, and you won’t be able to use it (the cap won’t come off/go on properly).
Have fun and happy creating! Send me links to the ones you’ll make ;).
Here’s to geeks!