I had a very rare (for me) spurt of bead production, getting ready for the Bead Bazaar, September 8-9. I haven’t made enough of anything in the last few years to submit beads or pendants for the guild’s booth, and production doesn’t come easily to me. This year I had a sizable store of ripple blade veneers from the prep I did for my demo at our retreat. Although I really don’t love production work, I think it’s a good idea to do some occasionally. Repeating the same basic steps many times over can really help to refine techniques, especially finishing.
Sorry about the less than stellar photos. I only had time to take a couple of quick record shots with my iphone before I sent the beads off to my friend, Michelle, who generously organizes the details of the Bead Bazaar. I did relearn a lot making these beads. My finishing skills were quite rusty. I hadn’t done much sanding and buffing in years and it was satisfying bringing up the shine on some of these beads.
My daughter took one look at my beads and asked me if I had gotten the ripple blade craze out of my system yet. lol
The answer to that is NO!, but I think I want to venture into combining the patterns with other patterns or textures.