Yesterday I mailed all 20+ pages of my final assignment on beads, so can now take this
opportunity to THANK YOU for all the great responses--and there were a lot! I got
e-mail from a number of people whose names I didn't recognize from the group; they must
be too shy to post here. They had some wonderful ideas, and I want to encourage them to
post their ideas next time.
Thought everyone would want to see a compilation of the ideas posted here and sent by
e-mail: using foil around soda straws as well as magazine pages; adding beads to
weaving projects; use buttons and other found objects as beads; make clay beads; in
"Africa" (no tribe specified)--picture is drawn and beads are sewn on picture; Zulu and
Yoruba--woven bags, headdresses, sculptures in seed beads; research the Huichol Indians;
make beaded gourds; use FIMO for beads, faces, animals; Native Am. loom beading; the
work of Liza Lou--beaded, life-sized interiors; use Egyptian paste to make scarabs; make
decorative objects like beaded curtains; work of Manuel Vega (though sender wasn't sure
of name); work of Bettye Saar--assemblage; royal art of Benin; using findings to create
And a few responses to some of your suggestions:
1) I had already decided not to do clay beads because of the time involved with forming,
drying, firing, glazing, firing; this is for an A.H. class.
2) Though Native American beadwork would be included in the History of Beads, I had
decided not to include it as a separate activity since we are located on a reservation
(where some women do beadwork, BTW). I usually have a local friend who's a collector
and bead expert come in with samples to discuss.
3) Someone thought the students "would get tired of beads"; I agree, it's a lot of time
to spend on one unit in an A.H. class, but the requirements of the course I was taking
mandated five distinct lessons. In the past, we've spent maybe three days on beads.
4) Some of you expressed an interest in my lesson plans, or doing an exchange in the
fall. Sounds good to me, but at 20+ pages I would either have to fax it to you or ask
for a couple of bucks to copy and mail. The exchange sounds do-able.
Thanks again for all your help.