"Tortuga Verde" series focal bead, now in my Etsy shop. It's 100% for the sea turtles. Get yours now.
Well, this tutorial thing has been a great experience so far. I really enjoyed creating it and putting it out there, and I'm starting to get some good feedback.
It's been a while since I taught anything. The last time was when I was active with the county Master Composters group, and taught composting workshops out in the community. I really got excited about the material, and enjoyed the chance to help people find a personal, convenient way to recycle the organic material in their lives. Who'd have thought the subject of decomposition could get a person so animated?
That excitement has been rekindled in the creation of my first bead making tutorial. Finding an succinct way of communicating an idea is a challenge that I enjoy rising up to meet. Taking pictures with one free hand while melting glass is a different story - I'll have to work on that. But this tutorial has been a great first step toward my goal to get back to teaching. I would like to teach some in-person classes in 2009, and I guess I can kind of count this as my first. Sort of.
So, all you readers out there who make beads - what kind of tutorial would you like me to do next? I've listed some of the bead styles I make in the poll to the right, but feel free to add any others in a comment to this post. I've got some of my own ideas, but I'd like to hear what you think.