What's what and whose is whose
One of the most difficult things my course students encounter is deciding on which colour of glass to use out of the selection of 14+ rods they get to choose from! Now there's absolutely nothing I can do to help them with that little dilemma, but what I do like to do is to keep a running log of what beads they've made as the course progresses, so that I can answer questions like 'What colours did I use for my spotty bead?' or 'Was the one before last aqua or teal?'.
This way I have the answer at my fingertips! Having a list is particularly important when I have more than one student at a time. Everyone's beads go into specific sections of the kiln, so I know whose is whose, and I have never (in over fourteen years!) mixed anybody's beads up with anybody else's.
It also ensures that when I send the beads off to my students the day after their course, after they've been kiln-annealed for lasting strength, I string them in the order in which they were made - which naturally is very helpful in showing their progress!
Pictured is a list of the beads Clare made with me today, in the order in which she made them. Sorted!