Anyway enough about me.When I first saw the Melanie Moertel workshop advertised on the Mango Beads website I hadn't heard of her before, so I Googled her beads and can't say that they were of a style that appealed to me that much. (You can see her beads by looking at her Flickr album here). But when the description of the workshop mentioned the magic words 'stringer application' I decided this was a workshop for me.
Having done a workshop at Mango Beads in November last year I was lucky enough to get a reservation at the Crossways B&B where I stayed previously which is so conveniently located in the same road as the studio and only 10 mins walk to the town of Barnstaple.
Melanie started the workshop by telling us a little bit about herself (she's from Germany) and going through her favourite tools, she then asked all the students to introduce themselves and tell her about their lampworking experience so that she could gauge how much we knew.
She has taught before and explained that she used to ask her students what they wanted to get out of her class but as the answer was always the same - stringer control - she stopped asking.
|That's me on the right!|
Today we got to make a heart bead, an elephant bead and one of Melanies signature bead 'The angel bead'.
Melanie told us a story about how each bead design came to her, demoed and then it was our turn.
These are all the beads I made over the weekend. The bottom right one is the heart bead, the top right one is the elephant and the bottom left is the fairy bead. I didn't really like the fairy beads at first but I have to say they have grown on me. Not the best of beads but we all have to start somewhere.
Here are some photo's of beads she brought with her to sell.
|Melanie's signature Fairy Bead.|
Thanks for looking.