It has been a very long time since I have done a Workbench Wednesday...
Not because I have not been creating.
I just have quite a mess going on in my studio this time of year.
Today I wanted to share some of the process of bead making.
First I hand-form my beads and components from Sculpey polymer clay.
Then I cook them in my toaster oven.
Next is the adding color process.
Sometimes I use dyes.
Sometimes I use paints.
These were dyed.
I did not have any photos of the finishing processes.
There is a lot of steps and layers to the final steps.
Once the beads are done, I keep them in various containers.
First they go in a can or plastic container.
Next I sort them into my printer's trays and shadow boxes.
I started putting them there in the spring last year.
They sit on my dining room table most of the time.
I find just looking at them makes me so happy.
I am known to be a bead hoarder.
I love pretty ones but if I allow myself to actually buy them, I am afraid to use them.
Now that I am making my own beads, I am much better about this.
I know if I use them up, I can just make more.
I am a texture girl.
How about you?
Do you love color or texture?
I also love beads that are special in some way.
I like to incorporate cool embedded items, new bales, shimmery colors.
I find that when I look at other people's work, I am fascinated by how they made it.
I want to try to get the same look.
I also like to play around while I am working to see what happens.
I am 1 part scientist and the rest artist...
Maybe all artists are more scientific than they think.
Thanks for stopping by...