What beader wouldn’t get excited at the words “treasure chest”? Put it together with components, and I was hooked. I’m always looking for new bits and pieces to include in my jewelry, and this sounded simply delicious!
This is the second in a series of posts about Beadfest Philadelphia in August. This post and the next will be about classes I took.
Debora Mauser, our teacher, is a lovely southern lady who wanted to make sure we got our money’s worth. It so happened that there were no beginners in the class. Now, don’t get excited. I don’t have anything against beginners. I used to be one myself. All I’m saying is that allowed the class to move along at a pretty good clip, so Debora had time to demonstrate five or six more components than the promised ten.
And, oooh, the excitement. Here’s a look at some of the components we learned to make.
The peacock bead is Debora’s invention. It involves several different techniques and as you can see, has a several different parts. At the upper left is a bead embellished with the herringbone weave.
At left, you can see an Egyptian coil with a bead. We also learned a traditional Egyptian coil (not pictured), and at the very bottom of the picture, you can see my lame attempt at a kuchi bead.
This was an excellent class. Debora demonstrated each step, and then had plenty of time to assist anyone who needed a bit of extra help. She also made sure to walk around and check on everyone from time to time.
Debora has a great sense of humor and kept the class light-hearted. She has perfected “the look”, which she uses on people (me) who are obsessing over ridiculous details.
We also got to ask questions about wire-working in general and to shop from her selection of tools. I bought a coiling tool called Mister Twister which has more mandrels than the Coiling Gizmo and is portable. Because after taking her class, I must have more coils!