1. WOODEN STICK/S OF ANY SHAPE UP TO 10
LONG. The stick itself or its branches must be
sturdy enough to embellish. Find a stick that “speaks to you.”
You are looking for a stick that has some unusual feature/s to
it whether the feature is the shape of the stick itself or how
it bends, twists, splits into two or more branches. Perhaps it
has an interesting texture, holes, or knots. You may perceive a
figure (human, animal, or imaginary) when you look at the stick.
Better yet, look for a stick that has interesting facets so that
when you turn the stick you see something completely different.
If you find a stick in which your perception of what you see
changes as you turn or move the stick, then you have found THE
STICK for you. You may also consider something other than a
traditional stick. Perhaps you are drawn to a root or some other
material. Materials that come from the ocean usually do not hold
up for our purposes.
Here are a few suggestions for preparing your stick before
coming to the workshop:
Leave any stick you find in a covered area outside your
house for a few days before bringing it inside.
Using your pocket knife and/or your fingers, remove all
or some of the bark from your stick. You can then see the
grain of the wood. I find it easier to remove the bark if I
first soak the stick in water for several hours. The bark
almost peels away, though that may depend on the type of
wood you choose.
You may also add bleach to the
soaking water, to
bleach out the color of your stick giving it an appearance
more like bone or driftwood.
Consider shipping your stick ahead if you are traveling
by air. Carrying a stick on board is not within
the federal guidelines! Be sure to surround your stick with
plenty of bubble wrap if you are packing it in your luggage
or shipping it.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS CAN BE FOUND IN MOST BEAD STORES OR ON
THE INTERNET. Please contact me if you are having difficulty
finding these items.
ON TO THE BEADS! Please note that my materials list is more a
list of suggestions than requirements. Choosing your seed bead
colors probably evokes more anxiety than anything else you bring
to the workshop. My basic philosophy is, if in doubt, bring it
with you. Ship the beads ahead if necessary.
2. SIZE 11 AND SIZE 14/15 JAPANESE SEED BEADS:
use size 11 and/or size 14/15 seed beads for most of the beadwork.
Choose a palette of colors that you love, including subtle
shading and high-contrast selections. Please include both shiny
and matte BLACK seed beads in both sizes 11 and 15. Choose
a variety of bead finishes as well as a range of colors. It is
very useful to have the same seed bead color in both sizes: 11s
and 15s. Bring as many colors as you wish. The more colors you
bring, the more choices you will have. The quantity of seed
beads that you bring will depend on the size of your stick. If
in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. You may also
include Japanese “one cut” (also called true cuts or
Charlottes), “three cut” and triangle seed beads in these two
sizes. If in doubt, bring it.
3. SIZE 8 AND SIZE 6 SEED BEADS. You
probably won’t use as many of these as the smaller beads. You
will need three high-contrast colors of size 8 seed beads to use
while learning free-form right-angle weave.
4. OTHER BEADS: lentils, teardrops, daggers,
off-center hole beads such as fringe beads, 2mm, 3mm and/or 4mm
firepolish, 2mm, 3mm and/or 4mm crystals (use crystals carefully
as they tend to cut your thread), pressed glass beads such as
flowers, leaves, etc. If you are bringing pearls or gemstones
please make sure they have holes large enough to use with
right-angle weave, as few do. In other words, any bead you wish
that works with right-angle weave.
5. BEADING THREAD/S of your choice.
6. BEADING NEEDLES. Two packages each of
sizes 11 and 12. These can be regular or short, whichever you
7. TACKY TAPE, which is a brand name of a
very strong double-sided tape and can be found in bead stores or
on the Internet. It comes in three widths. It doesn’t matter
what width you buy, as you will be cutting it into small strips
8. SMALL SCISSORS
9. BEES WAX OR MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX
10. BEADING SURFACE (beading mat)
11. TASK LIGHT
12. MAGNIFYING GLASSES OR VISOR
13. FLAT-NOSE PLIERS for pulling stubborn
needles through a bead
14. SAFETY GOGGLES
OTHER ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU
Micron drawing pen 0.5.
ACRYLIC PAINT. You can buy craft-store-quality paint sold
in plastic bottles to use as an undercoating on your stick.
Bring a variety of colors that are similar to or relate to
your choice of bead colors. These can include acrylic
metallic colors as well. Craft-store-quality acrylic paint
dries quickly and is water-soluble.
NYLON PAINT BRUSHES IN A VARIETY OF SMALL & MEDIUM SIZES.
A CONTAINER TO HOLD WATER FOR CLEANING THE BRUSHES.
STICKS TO STIR AND
MIX THE PAINT COLORS.
WATERCOLOR DISH TO MIX PAINT COLORS. This is a plastic
or ceramic dish with small wells to hold the paint you are
BLACK PERMANENT MARKERS, medium and fine point.
Extra-fine point markers get clogged too quickly. Sharpie
markers work fine for our use.
SANDPAPER: coarse, medium, and fine.
SMALL WOOD FILES/RASPS. These are useful to shape your
WOOD GLUE. Wood glue is needed to make repairs or to join
pieces of wood together.
- Dremel tool with accessories
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife
- Small vise
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