.•:*¨*:•. some Critters made up into necklaces .•:*¨*:•.
This wonderful Workbook shows you how to create 15 Critters and 1 Sweet Heart in simple steps that are easy to follow. You are free to make them to sell or to give, as you like.
The Tutorials teach you how to make the Critters on flat bodies, on a sideways mandrel. This really helps people who are new to making Critters because there's no mandrel in the way as you are trying to create and decorate your Critter's facial features.
Making your Critters with a flattened body ALSO makes it possible for people on a Hothead Torch to make larger Critter Beads (that must cool in Vermiculite or Fiber Blankets). Flat bodies are far less likely to crack as they cool AND you can run a cord or chain right through your Critter or Heart bead when they are done!
Can you see how simple it is to create in the round once you know how to make the features?
The main challenge to Critter-making is to create faces and limbs that delight. Once you see how to make their faces and limbs the sky is the limit on what you can create.
For example, the set of 'Astronaut Critters' below was created for the 'Beads in Space' competition to go into Outer Space on the NASA Shuttle Endeavor in 2011. They were made in the round by using the features taught in the complete Critter Tutorial Workbook.
...and the set of Purple Heart pendant beads below was created by using the faces and arms from the Workbook along with the Sweet-Heart bead Tutorial...
there's just no end to the ways you can use these Critters and their Tutorials!
'Critter Tutorial Workbook' below
.•:*¨*:•. This is a VERY detailed Tutorial Workbook .•:*¨*:•.
You could create these Critters from the pictures alone if you wanted to. The Workbook is a full sized, 8-1/2" x 11" in size and is 87 pages long. It is Spiral Bound to allow it to lay flat, for a reference at your torch. There is a clear plastic cover on the front for added protection.
...Here are 3 samples from the Workbook...
They will show you the level of detail and abundance of pictures in each Tutorial...
.•:*¨*:•.DINK The Dino.•:*¨*:•.
(Step 16 & 17 on Dink's Teeth & Eyes from the Workbook)
.•:*¨*:•.MOOKIE The Monkey.•:*¨*:•.
(Step 16. on Mookie's Ears & Hands from the Workbook)
(Step 17. on Blue's Nose, Ears & Eyes from the Workbook)
You can use ANY torch with these tutorials...
Critters pictured in the Workbook were made on a Hothead Torch using COE 104 rods to show that ANY torch can be used to make them. The Tutorials are for Beginner to Advanced Lampworkers, and you can improve your Critter-making skills by working through the tutorials in sequence. A basic knowledge of Lampworking is assumed.
If you are new to making Critters, consider making ONE Critter over and over until you are comfortable with making it. In this way, your skills will advance as you achieve mastery over each Critter.
For you Hothead Torch users who batch anneal, please note that making Critters with a flattened body will allow you to make larger Critter Beads because flat bodies are less likely to crack as they cool.
Here's where you can order the complete Workbook of
.•:*¨*:•.HOW TO MAKE CRITTER BEADS.•:*¨*:•.
Please select your Workbook based on where you live, so that postage is correct at Checkout - there are 3 options - USA, Canada or International Shipping
At this time the Critter Tutorial Workbook only comes as a spiral bound Workbook. This is because it is 87 pages of full-color photographs and is far to huge to be sent as a PDF. When you order we do our best to ship your Workbook the very next day so that you have as little wait as possible. In the USA the Workbook ships by Priority Mail for the fastest delivery.
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The Workbook is $25 plus your area's ship fee.
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