Tag Archive | Fire polished beads

The Designing Process

il_570xn-1050051277_g9yxThings are still hopping in our bead shop, and while we’re busy with that, I thought I’d share another of my original designs with you.

When I’m not teaching art, or working on my books (yes, I’m a published author, too), or travelling, or being involved with the day-to-day routine of life, I find inspiration to create from the world that surrounds me. Last year, I designed an easy beaded Christmas ornament cover that proves to be a huge hit with my customers time and again.

Just like with anything else, designing a project is easy, and it’s not. The Beading Muse was kind to me with my Noelle Christmas Ornament Cover project. One evening, I was organizing my Czech glass beads and came across some pretty pink ones I forgot I had. I paired them with some green ones, and liking the combination, it was natural for me to accent them with some silver lined seed beads and a few larger black beads. They looked good on the beading mat and would look even better as an ornament cover.

The color combination may seem unlikely Christmas colors, but my thinking is that if you like it, it works. For example, I’ve seen Christmas trees decorated with all purple – ornaments and lights – and though that’s not my preference, it works for others. Anything goes.

So, I settled into my studio, dug out a clear, round ornament, a needle, scissors, and Fireline ® and got to work. After a few tries and a few restarts, I was on a roll to creating this ornament cover. The picture of how it should look was in my mind; I didn’t even sketch it out first, as I usually do, for each method is different in creating something.

This particular project turned out well, in spite of all the backtracking and a few restarts. The trickiest part was actually taking clear photographs of the steps, then adding diagrams to each to show what needs to be done to create a pretty finished piece. Lighting was key to producing clear images, of course.

As I mentioned earlier, this became my most popular ornament cover tutorial to date. It takes little time to make and can be made in your color combination. Several of my students and customers shared pictures of their finished ones, which I will share here at a later date. Their color combinations are creative and pretty!

If you’d like to learn more about my tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Happy Beading!

©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

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The Importance of Culling

This morning, I am working on a large wire work/beading order.  Part of this includes using fire polished beads.   

When I begin any project of this type, I first go through the beads that I’ll be using, looking for broken ones, misshapen ones, odd sized ones, et cetera. 

This morning I found one of the fire polished beads didn’t quite make it to being a true fire polished bead.  As you can see in my photograph, the one on the right is what a fire polished bead should look like, facets and all.  On the left, well, that’s just a smooth round bead.FirePolishedExamplesI cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that all of your beads for your project meet your approval before you begin.  It’s awful when you’re deep into a project and discover a bead or two aren’t up to par and you don’t have enough beads to replace them right away.

The extra few minutes culling your supplies will save a lot of time, aggravation, and money.  Luckily for me, this was the only “wrong” bead in my supply.

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.