It’s been a crazy, busy week…

•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!

Studio - Assembling Kits_edited-1

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.

Studio - Cleaning Closet_edited-1

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!

Studio - Sorting Yarn_edited-1

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!

 

 

Looking for a particular bead color?

•August 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Blog - Bead Color Names

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! 

And now for something completely different…

•August 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Marine Life Bead Embroidered Brooch - Black-Green Tones Beauty Shot

Just kidding! I’m still having fun with the “Marine Life” brooch design. This black-lime-green rendition is the latest. Several kits in this color combination are now listed in my Etsy shop along with red-lime-blue and aqua-lime-lavender colourways. If you want just the tutorial, you’ll find it there as well. Although this brooch is primarily a bead-embroidered piece, there is a bit of geometric beadwork surrounding the beaded bezel, which creates tiny peaks that are adorned by Magatama beads!

I plan to make one more in cool blue and lavender tones with some interesting modifications before moving on to something else. Several projects require my attention. This weekend will be devoted to assembling two more carts that will be used for more bead storage (it’s probably time to start destashing, but I’m not there yet!). I also haven’t worked with metal clay in quite a while and need to make more bronze components for my “Tide Pool” and “Bollywood Bling” beading kits. And I want to create more resin cabochons for use in bead embroidery. Oh, I so wish there were more hours in a day!

Proof that…

•August 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Swarovski Crystal Assortment

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!

FitForAQueenNecklace_BeautyShot

A Second Colourway…

•July 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Marine Life 2 - Bead Embroidered Brooch - Red Tones - Signed
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!

Marine Life Bead Embroidered Brooch - Kit - Red
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!

You Asked For It!

•July 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Marine Life Bead Embroidered Brooch - Tutorial - Etsy

And here it is…my “Marine Life” Bead Embroidered Brooch tutorial is finished! And I’ve assembled several limited edition “Marine Life” kits, each featuring a one-of-a-kind sea-themed resin cabochon. The luscious colors used in this brooch are the same as those offered in the kits, but I’m hard at work creating the brooch in several other delicious “eye candy” colors! Stay tuned!

Marine Life Bead Embroidered Brooch - Kit

Just Finished…

•July 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Marine Life Bead Embroidered Brooch - Side View

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!

 
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