(Photos by Fred Fuerst)


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We were honored to have Caitlin Hyde at our February meeting.  After teaching all day, she stayed for our meeting and showed the group how to make a pictorial bead that she did not make in either of her classes. 

The bead that Caitlin made at the demo had a crow on the front and a mandela on the back.  She paints these "pictures"  using simple shapes  masked with lines or dots and/or pulled into points or curves.   Note the twisted stripes on the ends of the bead - this is a signature design component that is found on many of Caitlin's beads.

That is Caitlin Hyde - a beautiful photo of a beautiful lady taken by Fred Fuerst who took all of the demo photos on this page. 



Caitlin always starts her base bead by making a large gather of glass.


The gather is rolled into a barrel shape.  Then the barrel is elongated into a tube by adding glass and working one end at atime.  This techniqu requires careful monitoring of the heat on the bead surface and the bead core.



One end of the bead is worked at a time.  The other end is cool.  Here Caitlin is straightening up the ends.


  The base bead is made of black glass and 2 ivory stripes are laid at the end of the beads and marvered into bands.


Lines of black stringer run from one black end to the other. Caitlin says that if the stringer breaks when you are laying it down, it means that the base bead surface is not warm enough.

The lines are melted in and another band of ivory is laid at the bead midline, and marvered in.

The ends are shaped a bit and allowed to cool.

The center of the bead is heated thoroughly and then the marvered in one direction only.

This creates the stripes on both ends.


The base bead is flattened and  Caitlin is ready to draw the crow and the mandela.

The faces of the flattend bead are heated to get rid of the chill marks.

The body of the bird is made by laying down a curved line of glass.  Small areas are heated and shaped into points by using an ivory stringer to pull on the ivory background.

The mandela is started with a large dot and 2 crossing stringers.

Note that Caitlin works on one side of the bead and then lets it cool.  While it is cooling she turns the bead over and draws on the other side.  This careful control of heat if important for creating the crispness in the shapes that Cailin draws.  Here the body of the crow is added and the tail drawn out.

Again the bead is turned over and an ivory dot added to the center of the black one and pressed in by carefully heating and cooling it.

Back to the crow side to make the wings.

The feet are added with small lines of stringer which are then pulled at the bottom to create the birds's feet.

A black do is added to make the beak.


An even smaller ivorydot is placed half on the black dot and then pulled into points.  Voila!  a beak.  Caitlin's techniques are pure magic.

The bird is complete.

An eye and a moon are created using dots - the eye is white overlaid with black and the moon is black overlaid with white.

This photo of the completed bead was taken the day after the demo when it came out of the kiln. 



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