There is a Pleat Bead challenge running on the Bead Buddies forum. I had a go making some a couple of weeks ago (Tonbo Dama, the Japanses Glass Artist, features them in his book), and Sooz thought it would be an idea for those who could be tempted to have a go. Everyone is doing really well. It's great seeing the colour combinations people are trying.
Also, if you like beads, like working with beads and are a serious beader, get yourself along to the Bead Buddies forum (link below). They (we!!) are a great bunch.
I am a self-representing artist handcrafting flameworked glass beads in my home studio in France. My work has been featured in Step by Step Beads magazine (collaborative piece with Lynn Davy/Nemeton), and can be seen on pages 46 and 125 of the Kimberley Adams/Michele Sauvelle published book - Verre et Flame: Creation de perles de verre (available from www.Amazon.fr)
Items listed for sale can be viewed at
www.billiejeanlittle.etsy.com or purchased from The Art of Good Taste gallery in Limpertsberg, Luxembourg.
I am SRA and SRAJD registered, and a member of ISGB and GBUK.
As well as being a glass artist, I am mum to two beautiful girls - Daisy (aged 6) and Ruby (aged 4), wife to James, and carer of two house rabbits _ Twinkle and Luly.