My new Fortune Teller is taking an age to complete. All of my little variations have added up to create an enormous piece, I’m still not really sure what it’s final incarnation will be. Will it be a bangle or a bowl, a crown perhaps? I’ve clocked up 35 hours work so far and I’m still increasing the horns.
While weaving, I take care to treat the work lightly, gently cajoling beads and thread in to the correct alignment; never using force. It dawns on me that potential buyers, may not understand the delicate nature of beadwork and I find myself unsure how to address the issue without giving the impression that the quality is somehow substandard.
Bead weaving is basically threads of nylon or polyethylene which have been spider-webbed together – under tension – using tiny pieces of glass as connection points. As with anything that is under tension, these threads and beads have a breaking point. Bead work should be treated with great care. Contraptions like the Fortune Teller with it’s horns, spikes, and thin walled cylinder beads, even more so; such pieces are art and not for mere casual wear. Take care not to twist or squash your beadwork from it’s natural form, treat it like you should a living thing and it will reward you with longevity.