How to Make Silver Lined Dots
“What on earth is she doing, giving away someone else’s secrets?” you might wonder – but no worries, Diana has “released” this technique many years ago, not only in her classes (during which I asked her whether it would be okay to share…), but also in writing, on page 13 of Jim Kervin’s booklet on Diana East, published in 2005:
All of Kevin’s booklets on some of our favorite beadmakers (Pati Walton, Leah Fairbanks, Sharon Peters, Akihiro Ohkama and more) have so much wonderful information (Diana East’s is probably my favorite), you would have to buy 5 or 6 e-tutorials to gain the same amount of knowledge presented in one 32 booklet. His language is a little tedious at times and layout can be a little confusing – but the information makes well up for it. You can find these booklets either on Amazon, or from your favorite glass supplier, like Frantzartglass, ABR Imagery etc…for just $ 15 or less….
They are not a design in themselves, but more a little “dudas” to spice up a bead that needs a little “pizzaz”, kind of like a broach on an outfit…here are a couple of examples from my archives.
This free tutorial is a combination of written comments and YouTube videos – personally I actually prefer written information, but Sheri wasn’t around to take pictures, so I duct-taped my ipad mini to the tripod, attached a didymium lens and created this 3-part video (pitifully, I have not yet figured out how to edit videos in iMovie….considering that I worked for television for 10 years, I should be ashamed…sorry!) Oh, and I word of warning: Part 2 ends with “Damn it”….so that part is probably R-rated….
Before you dive into the videos, there are two things I have pictures for:
Cutting the SILVER FOIL (silver leaf won’t work) into little squares, but cutting some “fringes” first and then cutting across to get the little squares (it’s always a good idea to cut more than you need, they have a way of floating away as you breathe….)
(Okay, not the most descriptive picture, but I’m sure you get the idea)
Having said all that, I hope you enjoy the videos (you can watch them in full screen….) – sorry about part 2, but I thought you might like to see a little screw-up as well….