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Sculptural Beading Tutorial

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Hi, Some years ago I entered a US beading competition ( a 'physical' one, not online!) with a sculptural dragon I'd made, and was privileged and lucky enough to win both the Judges top prize and the Members' prize. Not much sculptural beading was going on back then, and I made it up as I went along, basically. After the results were published online and elsewhere, I had a lot of emails from other beaders asking for hints and tips and any help I could give them to start their own adventures into sculptural beading, so I wrote this tutorial. Please note, despite the photos, this is NOT a tutorial or a pattern specifically to teach you how to make a dragon like mine, but IS full of tips on how to do some elements of beading on a 3-D form - how to create the structure and then how to bead and shape the 'skin'. The nine pages contain detailed descriptions of a lot of the techniques I used, along with clear diagrams. There may be many other ways of course, but this is how I did mine and it worked! Enjoy!

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My mother taught me to knit at age 4 and I haven't stopped crafting since! I work at a variety of crafts and also write tutorials to help others to find new skills or brush up on existing ones. In 'real life' I'm a qualified antiques restorer. I am fascinated by Japanese Temari and have written a number of tutorials in English to help non-Japanese stitchers to create some of the amazing designs. Although the tutorials are ranked into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, Temari from the upper two levels can quite easily be worked by stitchers with little experience of the craft, as the tutorials give very detailed, step-by-step instructions. Full support is given by email for all my tutorials. If you have a problem stitching your project, drop me a line and we'll solve it together.