My name in the SCA is Lærimoðir Maricka Sigrunsdotter. I was honored to become a companion of the order of the Laurel in January of 2020. I live in the Kingdom of An Tir in the Barony of Blatha an Oir. I am a historical bead maker and bead making teacher. I started making beads in 2011 and fell in love with historical beads from all time periods. They are such a rich part of our history and have been prized and loved objects of adoration for thousands of years.
I am the co-founder of The Northwest Viking Alliance, Inc. A living history organization in the Northwest of America and B.C. Canada, founded in 2013. I am also an Elder in The Glamfolk Inc.
Modernly I am a bead artist and create both new and historical beads. My studio is http://www.sunnaglassworks.com and is located in Tacoma WA USA
I created the bead boot camp for the following reasons;
1) To provide documented beads, with full color examples, to use as a visual for making accurate historical beads. Sometimes it is difficult to look at a drawing of an old bead, or a photo of an old bead, and be able to tell precisely how it was made or even what color it was originally . These sheets will help create historical beads much more accurately. I included tips and tricks on how to make the beads, which will help bead makers new or experienced, become more versatile and knowledgeable in their bead making technique.
2) Being a bead making teacher, I realized that a lot of people may not have access to an instructor in their local area. I wanted to be able to provide an interactive daily study on making beads. It starts with the most basic shape and will work into more challenging designs that can assist bead makers in becoming consistent with lamp working in general. The sheets can be worked on alone or in a group environment.
3) Having gone on a short break from bead making in the past, I realized that for experienced lamp workers, that have been off the torch for a while, this boot camp could assist in helping get back into the full swing of bead making in a relatively short period of time.
4) I am a firm believer that repetition and practice of one type of bead, during the same bead making session, will allow a bead maker the ability to create much more consistent beads. Over time, this will allow each bead type to becomes easier to create.
My personal tip:
Whenever I start my day on the torch, I always make the first bead on this boot camp sheet. I will make 3-6 of them. This puts my mind and hands into bead making mode and enables muscle memory to make beads. It also kick starts your ability to become consistent. After I have made my first beads, I go forward and start more complex patterns.
This educational resource is free to use for personal use only. I only ask that you give me credit for my work and link back to my website. If you wish to use this as a resource for a handout for making historical beads in a class environment, you have permission to use it as well. You may not sell it, profit from it, or use it for a business.
Here is the download of the Bead boot camp. This is an updated file.
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Thank you for this. I’m using this as my template for getting back up to speed with bead making. I like your selection of beads for this project, too. If you want to see what I’m doing with the bead boot camp, feel free to look: https://manytalentsinalaska.blogspot.com/
You are most welcome! I am so happy that you are finding it a useful tool for getting up to speed making beads. Thank you for the link back to the bootcamp on your plog pages. You do wonderful work and I am looking forward to seeing more!
I just did the Day 16 bead. I approached it a little differently from how you did.
I like how you did them and finding an original example of the style really helps! I had done the ribbon as well and got a similar result as you did but I was going for the same look as in the drawing. The pointed edges with the rounded inner circle of the detail work. Now seeing the original, and me now having a working historical bead furnace and bellows that I have used, I would say that they used a ribbon stringer and marvered it in. Great job!
Wow! Do you have anything online about your bead furnace? I’d love to see it in action. That’s one of the many things I hope to build and try someday, but I don’t really have a place to put it at this time. And I don’t know the most effective configuration for it. But I’d sure appreciate pictures if they are around.
And I have now finished all 21 days of beads. This was a good project. You can see them all on my blog, including some of the mistakes (not all of the mistakes, but the ones that actually taught me something). https://manytalentsinalaska.blogspot.com/
Yes. I see now that you do. I should have checked for updates to your blog before asking about that furnace.
When you do have a chance to blog about the historical bead furnace, would you please share your choices about clay, about how you shaped the interior, safety considerations, and about what your biggest challenges were in using it? That is just so wonderful. (I’d have commented on the page, but comments are apparently not enabled on that page.)
I really want to make one of these, now. I’m totally geeking out about that project.
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I will for sure! It will include the entire process of course. What I used. What I changed. The challenges. Successes. All the things! It has been several years in the making so there is a lot to write about! 🙂