I've learnt many lessons in my glass beadmaking journey; like not picking up stringers (thin rods of glass) you've just pulled as they're still hot and will give you blisters!
|Ice doesn't always end up in my drink!|
As for proper lessons, I've had 2 so far, my first was when I very first started, and my second was a LONG time after - just before I bought my own kit.
|The 1st beads I ever made!|
Both were 1-1 tuition and absolutely brilliant, I'm saving up for my 3rd and I've also booked a weekend class in something I have no prior skills in, so lesson no.3 will probably be before that class!
As you can see there's quite a difference between Lessons 1 & 2!
|Beads from my 2nd lesson.|
I'm lucky where I live as I'm about an hours drive away from a great Glass Studio that has visiting teachers - the only thing that holds me back is the money to spend on classes. That and the fact that I'm quite a slow maker, group classes are often aimed at the more experienced beadmaker so I have a bit of a way to go before I would get the most use out of these, and indeed not hold the class up!
It's one of the reasons I've chosen a beginners class at Flame Off, whilst I'd love to do the glass glasses I'd be worried that I can't keep up at the moment, or don't have enough skills, but group classes are definitely on my to-do list!
In the meantime it's tutorials, books, YouTube for me!
How did you learn to do the things you do?