My son passed the GED with great scores. That's a load off my mind. It's great to be officially free of lower education. That was quite the ridiculous journey. If anyone reading this happens to be in a dire situation with public school and considering homeschool or something alternative to a public education, my advice is to burn every bridge and don't look back. It doesn't get better. But I'm jaded.
Whatever the case, we're looking forward to college classes around here. Seems unbelievable. I feel like we were just reading Magic Treehouse books. Anyway...
I am quite pleased to announce that I was asked by Sculpey to write a tutorial for their website demonstrating the technique I use to make the polymer clay faceted beads. Now you can try your hand at it! You can find the tute here: http://www.sculpey.com/projects/rustic-faceted-bead-bracelet
There's also a bracelet tutorial along with it. This is the bracelet featured therein.
So, if you do try the technique and you want to use the Sculpey blade to make the cuts, you're going to get an effect on the facets that is a bit more concave, sculptural, and overall just gives the bead a bit more dimension than the ones in my shop. I like both effects. I use a regular loose razor blade to make the ones in my shop--it gives a flatter surface to the facets. It's a trade off I suppose. If I made mine in smaller batches I would probably be more inclined to use the Sculpey blade for variety and more texture because I think it photographs nicer too and that's always good at Etsy.
But it's just that slightly more difficult due to managing the longer blade and it's more taxing on my hands. It probably wouldn't even be a blip on the radar for someone with normal hands, though. So, try both blades if you've got them and see what you prefer. I'm rambling.
I'm still stuck on grey. I wanted to show off a couple things I made using items from the shadow exchange box. I happened to get a TON of new supplies all at the same time when the box arrived, so I don't even have it all out of the box yet, but I pulled out some plastic silver bicones that I love and also this amazing locket that is just so great. Who put the lockets in? I love them.
The bicones are just used as-is here.