Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Got a notice from Fire Mountain that two of my necklaces are in the finalist round at for the Gemstones Contest. I know I have those photos in my computer somewhere, but for some reason I cannot find them today. Will wait and let the far better photographers at Fire Mountain make a picture for you. Or hope I find where I filed them. It is that kind of day. Beautiful summer day!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Have been doing fish and have one yet to do. Need to order more!
Monday, June 21, 2010
She kindly offered me a copy of the instructions, which I thought I did not need until I got the bracelet done and did not know how to finish the sides. Being a peyote 2-bead up the outer edges are raw. On the wide one I tried sewing down more 11s along the edge to cover the holes and threads and with the narrower one (below) I used a three-bead picot. It is interesting to see how the 11 bead color changes from being within the pattern and off the edges (top one).
Thanks Sue for the new idea and the return of my fish. One of the drop in visitors bought one and is coming by this week for another one. Our 'show 'n tell' table very often brings sales as people visiting the arts center see our open door and stop by.
Sus, the Executive Director, invited the group to have a table for sales at the Big Car Event on July 17. Already he has over 80 special cars register to be shown. The crafty among us is thinking men, cars, jewelry. . .
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Make Jewelry really covers all the bases with ideas for polyclay, felting, PMC and even wood carving on beads in addition to all the stringing ideas. As gift, each magazine comes with a packet of beads to jumpstart even the most hesitant. I am greatly impressed! Off to investigate a 'contest' they offer with prizes of products from their advertisers. Excellent idea! Energy seems to radiate from this magazine!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Then I remembered watching an "Auntie's Beads" You-tube demonstration of the "flat spiral stitch" and to my amazement I was able to remember it and do it. It was so easy and worked up so nicely that I made all of these. I have one still going that is lovely with light greens and clear ABx2 crystals. The crystals have opal-like fire that is very exciting, but what to put with those bright orange 'flames' that doesn't look like Halloween?
*I have do often noticed that when I make up something for a certain event, or in this case, many fish examples for Sue, people will not pick the newest made items, but pick out the older ones. I have wondered if the new pieces have not yet 'jelled' or combined themselves into a unified unit - a state that only comes when the beads have had time to get acquainted.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The parts about how she establishes stores for her designs was also interesting as that is what I would be doing if I were 40 years younger. As it is, I am thinking of making a web site of my beaded works.
I nixed the stuff on Etsy. That was not working for me and I had no great ideas on what to do that would attract attention out of that mass of offerings.
In the evening I did go back to stitching up strips. Sometimes I look at the work hanging there in the corner of the living room and wonder why I am doing this. It has no earthly purpose and probably will never sell, and yet it excites me and fills me with determination to finish it even when the phases I am now in are rather boring.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
While I sat and listened to a local author's woes in hoisting her book up to a website so others could download it, I was idly staring at the work across the room with about 1/2 of my brain.
To my amazement, like a special effect in a movie, I saw the yellow, green and blue beads rise up and move to the top of the main branch that was still hanging. At first I though I was getting the message that the piece really did need those colors at the top, as I had first visualized it. Maybe I had been too hasty in removing them because the piece really needed them. Then, like a slap on the side of the head, I realized that the day before I had found out how easy it was to slip the tubes of beads over the branches.
I barely got the phone hung up before I was slipping the bead tubes off the little branches and finding similar sized branches to fit them on. Because of the smaller twigs on the little branches these tubes best fit on the smaller branches at the top of the main one. As I stepped back I could see that the colors were all arching out over the top just the way I had wanted them to look. Perfect! No more of those awkward places of branch over branch. The arrangement of the twigs had the natural look of having grown there just like that.
I still have four of the long straight lower limbs to cover but I am quiet knowing that I can do what I want to do.