I'm teaching in Deland, Florida at Kathi Truba's Glassic Arts Studio on November 12-13th. The class is called "Creative Forces" and teaches you how to interpret photos, words or items into 3-D sculptural beads or as surface decorations on traditional bead shapes.
I make these for the Beads of Courage Dream Beads, but also these simple techniques work so well for custom orders, holiday ornaments and even for those family members who you hate to turn down when they say, "can you make me a _____?" (Do you get those requests too?)
I've shown you a little sock monkey bead that I made for one of the kids in the Beads of Courage program. That was the request. Below is my picture that I used as a frame of reference. I modified my piece for shorter monkey limbs (sturdier for little hands playing with it), and added the letter C for the child's name. Here is the photo that I used as a basic inspiration.
So come join me for class in sunny Florida. You'll come home with fresh and new ornament and bead ideas and more importantly, some great techniques that will just get better. You can tell by the photos, that Kathi's studio is a lovely place too.
Now here's another great part...Kathi and I have put our heads together and we're donating part of the (very reasonably priced) class fees (both the students' and mine) to Beads of Courage. So click here to find out more about the class.