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Another 2008 post/page pair: I started the following around 1mar08, scattering half-completed posts about this bracelet with wild abandon, completing none of them...till now.

Not only did I indulge myself with the January retreat (most of which still needs to be documented) I also took a little mini-workshop with Kathleen Robinson, formerly of the Burning Bead studio. This post documents my efforts with the technique.

But, getting back to that retreat, one of the unexpected things I learned, probably from a lampworker who was also a school art teacher, was that #6 plastic could be used to make shrinky-dinks —which, given that f2tY has been complaining that we never do anything fun and also that the new art teacher "sucks", might be a fun parent-child project...

My retreat-mate was able to tell just from the sound whether the plastic was good to go, but I recommend looking for the number;) Unlike the tutorials for which I provided links, she advised incorporating the ridged parts of the plastic right into the design, a suggestion that immediately appealed to my "let's-turn-this-broken/awkward/problem-into-an-asset" mentality.

But if no salad containers loom on your horizon, well, here's today's post—only six years, 1 month and sixteen days late.


Today's FridayFugly is what happens when one is insufficiently imaginative. I wasn't crazy about the focal and positively loathed the color combination of the beads provided in the kit. The result—blech.

This is sad, because so often being forced to work outside one's comfort zone often leads to new, fresh variations; but sometimes, the will just ain't there. However, this ancient (from 2008) post, with the equally elderly intro, at least allows me to collect all the bracelet pages together.


Well, gee, my french beaded flower index seems to have gotten lost, so I'm reposting it today. <—I wrote this about six years ago, but the statement is still true...



And here's part II of the long-lost six-years-old heart-shaped tut...which I actually only finished writing 13apr14:) (Man, I'm like two weeks ahead on these blog posts, an all time record. Too tired/frustrated/slightly ill to actually make art...)

I like Mandolin's writing on Amp's blog, but her sf&f (admittedly only one short story comes to mind) didn't do much for me—not to say the story wasn't well-written or that it didn't follow through to its logical conclusion, just that I like this old-fashioned stuff except with feminist ideals, and the two often don't play nicely together. In fact I find links to online sf all the time, not just Mandolin's recces, but others as well; and usually the taste the present doesn't get me to, as they exhort, ‘keep reading’.

But Vonda McIntyre, along with Joan Vinge, were my go-to authors back in the 80s: both wrote wonderful stories, with sfnal settings, interesting science, and great feminist characters, McIntyre in particular: her Dreamsnake is very sex-positive. Leaving aside ST adaptations and the like, her last novel (that I've read) was the equally splendid Sun and the Moon, an alternate history sf novel set in the court of the Sun King. It has period science, some interesting conundrums, fabulous historical detail and romance. (Dreamsnake also has romance, cool genetics, a vivid setting, and sympathy for characters not typically tall or pretty. Plus fancy patterned horses, which always gets my attention:)

Plus, I was pretty impressed with the aliens in “To Bell the Cat”, what with their sessile and mobile parts (only problem is, Joan Vinge, not Vonda McIntyre wrote that, but my mistaken memory still contributed) so I figured what the heck, and clicked. —And was duly impressed. Written—or at least published—in 2005, the images of the sentient, partnered spaceships reminded me of Octavia Butler's Imago trilogy; and like the commenter to Mandolin's post the alien biology, obviously based upon anglerfish also reminded me of Tiptree sans the horror.

Or, if you'd rather fight your way through the second part of this overly involved french beaded tutorial, well, be my guest:)


Heart shaped leaf pattern. I started this page, complete with intro, just about a month shy of six years ago. It's nice to finally get it posted.


Today's post has only been sitting in the queue a year and a half—hardly late at all!

And with this flower, I have posted all the finished french-beaded flower posts, so far as I know, with an index page coming up tomorrow. Thursday. We get a leaf tut inbetween:)