•August 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I didn’t have a spare moment to bead, do metalwork, or anything else remotely creative. We have company coming for the weekend so there was menu planning, grocery shopping, and getting the guest room ready. At the same time, a slew of orders came in for beading kits that had to be assembled, including two “Fantasy Flora” Cuff kits, each of which contain 29 packets of beads (Delicas, seed, Magatama, bicone crystals) of 39 colors! Thankfully, that task is finished!
Looking around, I realized one of my studios was such a disaster area that I would be embarrassed to show it to anyone! My work table was piled high with polymer clay and resin projects and other jewelry-making paraphernalia. Even worse, the corner of the room dedicated to my knitting machines (which haven’t been used in quite some time!) was in complete disarray…balls of yarn assembled in helter-skelter fashion were collecting dust and cobwebs. Vacuuming yarn is not an activity I relish, but it was required before sorting and storing them in bins in the closet, awaiting a day in the future when I once again use the knitting machines.
Sorting through it all was a lot of work…the photo below shows just “the tip of the iceberg”! Of course, I had the cats “helping” me!
Thankfully, after two days of vacuuming, moving furniture, cleaning surfaces, etc., my studio no longer resembles the aftermath of a tornado! If one needs impetus to clean house, there’s nothing like having company coming to speed things along!
•August 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Whether shopping at a bead store or online, searching for beads that have a particular color name can sometimes be frustrating. Problems arise when a supplier changes the name that originated with the bead manufacturer. I’m not sure why some suppliers do this…perhaps they believe it will prevent buyers from purchasing through competing bead suppliers. Take Toho color #2113PF for instance. Toho calls this bead “Silver-Lined Milky Pomegranate”. Some suppliers make it easy for us by using the same color description the manufacturer designated as shown on the pack sold by Aura Crystals. The same size and color bead in the tube shown at left and sold by Simply Beads is named “Permanent Ruby Opal Silver Lined” and the color number is listed as #PF2113. The one thing that is consistent is the numerical listing…2113 although the PF, which translates to Permanent Finish, is listed before the number on the latter and after the number on the former. What’s a beader to do? Obviously, searching for the color number is the surest way of finding the color regardless of the descriptive name it has been given. And, of course, buying more beads than you think you need for a project is always a good idea as manufacturer’s tend to eliminate some colors from their line when new colors are introduced!
•August 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment
All that glitters is not gold. When I found out that Jean Power was offering this collection of 50 pair of Swarovski 12mm crystals showcased in a leatherette tray, each pair ensconced in a little plastic container, I just had to get it! I have no projects in mind, but I’m sure I will find something to do with these lovelies! Until I do, I’ll just keep them in sight where I can view the color and sparkle! Perhaps it’s time to make another “Fit for a Queen” necklace!
•July 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment
After creating my “Marine Life” beaded brooch in lime/lavender/turquoise, I just had to make another! This time I opted for a brooch in bright red/lime/aqua/coral colourway and I used a 20mm one-of-a-kind sea-themed resin cabochon in shades of fuchsia, red, and orange…the colors blend splendidly! I’ve assembled several limited edition kits in each colourway, which you’ll find in my Etsy shop along with a lot of other kits, tutorials, and assorted goodies!
I plan to create two more “Marine Life” brooches…the next will be in black/gold/neutral tones and the final brooch will be in cool blue/iris/sea green tones. My M.O. has always been that once I’ve finished a project, I want to move on to a new and different design, but these brooches weave up so rapidly (a great weekend project!), that I just want to make a collection of them in fantastic colors! Stay tuned…more to come!
•July 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
My “Marine Life” bead-embroidered brooch is a combination of sea urchin and what one might glimpse from a glass-bottomed boat! Featured is a one-of-a-kind sea-themed 20mm resin cabochon accented with Delica, Magatama, dagger and seed beaded embellishments in luscious colors! I’m now working on the tutorial, which will be ready early next week along with several one-of-a-kind kits in other colors! Stay tuned!