Happy Geek – Free Tutorial

by anna on May 5, 2012

in Anna's Blog

Hello, everyone!!! 🙂

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:








The Glorious Flight of Recycling                                                              Arabesque

Made using a recycled hair clip                                                             Made with hammered round filigree

My musings :):








Summer Wreath                                                                                                 Chinese Bouquet

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.

A few notes about the project:

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!

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