Friday, April 27, 2012
Twisting the night away...
I just bought a tutorial from Heather Trimlett that I thought you should know about - Twists! Heather is the queen of bright, colorful, precisely executed beads, and there is a lot I can learn from her. Yeah, I've been making twisties for years, using many different techniques I've read about or been taught in classes. Mostly they're the micro-twists that get melted in flat to the bead and spread out with heat, like in my Big Fancy Bead tutorial. But it was hit or miss for me to make a nice, crisp, evenly-spaced black and white twist...until I got Heather's tutorial. I wanted to take her workshop at The Gathering this year, but it quickly sold out the day that registration opened. The tutorial was the next best thing and you know what? It rocks. My twisties are now better proportioned, evenly pulled, and applied better than ever. I even made a nearly perfect encased striped bead using some of the twistie shorts. I'd still sign up for her workshop if an opening popped up, but if you're like me and frustrated that you missed out on it, get the tutorial and see how far you can go. I was impressed.
Here are some shots of my twisties before (left) and after (right) the tutorial. My near perfect encased bead is below the discs. Heather's is a technique for making twisties that I'd heard of before, but for one reason or another didn't latch onto. Now I'm thinking it's the fastest, most reliable recipe ever. For now I've been having fun applying these to the edges of some disc beads, but have all sorts of cool ideas about other uses.