HOW TO BEAD A ROGUE
…A Guide For The Aspiring Bead Artist
by Warren S. Feld
Excerpts From This Ever-Evolving Tale.....
I don’t mean
to drag a poor Elephant by its tail, kicking and screaming, into our bead world
against its wishes. Nor do I perceive the elephant to be a threat, like you
might see an Elephant in the boudoir, or the fine china store. And I don’t
want you to shut your eyes and pretend not to notice that this Elephant is here,
standing shoulder to shoulder with every beader and jewelry maker around.
The Elephant is not a joke. And the fact that it is “Rogue” makes it more important than ever to figure out why it’s here, among size #10 English beading needles, and Czech size 11/0 seed beads, and Austrian crystal beads. It seems so worldly, yet other-worldly, our Elephant. It’s not our muse. It’s not our Cassandra. It has no secret plan or strategy. It does not depend on its size to make its point. It does not hesitate to stomp and chomp and clomp because the beads before it are raku or glass or gemstone or crystal or metal or plastic. But a Rogue Elephant in the middle of our craft room forces upon us a completely different logic, so that we can make sense of it all.|
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What To Look For In A Bead
- Smoothly dimpled hole. If you see any chips or rough edges around the hole of a bead, it is usually a sign that this bead will break easily.
- No sharp edges or rough spots
- Balance and symmetry
- Pleasing color
- Consistent color through out
- No unexpected flat spots
- Durability of finishes and treatments
- An understanding of how the bead will “age” over time
- Size and straightness of the hole and its channel
- If any kind of markings or matrixing, that this be pleasing, as well
COPYRIGHT, 2011, FELD
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