I have been totally fascinated by mandala beads since I saw my first. I've watched a couple of videos on how to make them but not found anything written down so have been finding it hard to get my head round how to make them.
But this week I decided to have a go anyway.
The first was a complete mess.
The second started to get the idea.
Then I made a break through realising I needed to drag the dot down, not the space between the dot!
Then I realised that less dots is better!
And now it's just a matter of practice and, as always, dot placement.
Resting my work on top of my torch really helped too, as my hands shake when I try and do the detailed work. And remembering that I don't need to panic, I can take my time and reheat if needed also helps.
I had two afternoons working on them over a bank holiday weekend and I can see the progress I've made, especially when I compare the last one from the first afternoon and the last from the second afternoon. There is still work to be done, but I can see I'm going in the right direction which is the key.
|Afternoon 1 on the right, afternoon 2 on the left|
And looking at photos of others work on instagram, I've also realised that I don't have to melt the drag mark in, which I've found reduced the size of the bumps. Something to try when I'm back at the torch. Always learning!