Read ALL the directions!
That is a rule that I should know by heart by now. Even if I extend it to "study ALL the pictures", I should have this down. But, sad to say, I had to re-learn it yesterday.
I started the day with some 'warm-up' beads. I did two beads with stripes. One is round and the other is the same technique, but I added some textured by rolling it over my marver.
Then, I started working on my 'triangle' beads.
My first attempts look no different than the ones
I had done before.
So, I decided to re-read ALL the directions.
I realized, I had missed a step. I was not allowing the dots to melt into the bead before I put the clear glass over the bead.
So I decided to give this a try.
Now, you might think "there is nothing wrong with that bead." And you are right. It is a great bead.
It is just not what I was trying to do.
I let the dots melt in and as I was trying to add the clear glass on the top, I got the whole bead too warm and the dots were dragged all over the bead.
I like the bead. Don't get me wrong.
It was just not what I was trying to do.
So, I tried again.
And this time, I think a did a whole lot better. They are not perfect and I will be making lots more till I can do them in my sleep, but they are better.
I also found a great way to wear my Red, White and Blue beads that I made the other day.
Those silver plated hoops are going to get a lot of mileage in my house. On my trip to Wally World today, I will probably pick up a few more packs.
Have a great day!