It’s Interesting How One’s Tastes Evolve..

•January 19, 2018 • 2 Comments

When I first learned to bead a decade or so ago I preferred to work with beads that were muted in color…transparent or silver-lined or accented with rainbow or metallic finishes. I am still fond of those, but suddenly I find I am attracted to opaque bright-colored beads.  This is quite a leap for me because I found those colors rather garish back then. They were just too “loud”!  I truly don’t know why I find them so appealing now. Perhaps because we are in the midst of winter…the landscape is so white with snow and many days are overcast and grey. There is no color in the neutral tones outdoors at the moment. The frigid temperatures seem to contribute to a craving for the warmth of tropical colors! I’ve just ordered a selection of Delica beads and 4mm round Czech Druk beads in intensely bright shades…juicy yellow shades of mango and pineapple, vivid reds and sunset orange, kiwi and palm frond greens, turquoise and deep Caribbean blues! Just a few of those colors are shown here.  I can’t wait to start a new project using these beads…I can almost hear them sing “Happy” to me!

Repurposing again…

•January 13, 2018 • 2 Comments

I love giving objects a second life and having just finished with the holidays, I found that many of the gifts we received were packaged in wonderfully sturdy, reusable  boxes! This particular box housed teabags in four  individual compartments (each measuring 3.25 x3.25 inches) that are ample enough to hold tubes and jars of beads as well as other supplies and ephemera. An additional feature is its magnetic closure hidden in the overlying flap on the lid!

After consuming the tea that came in this box, I stamped and decoupaged colorful torn papers and text and covered up any surfaces on the box that contained lettering. It was a fun project and this box now  graces my beading table!


Faux is great!

•January 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t worked with bronze metal clay in some time…I just haven’t been “into” it!

But I recently ran out of the flower-shaped disks that I include in my “Bollywood Bling” Beaded Ruffle Cuff design. Then I had an idea…why not use Polymer clay to make the disks? It makes sense because Polymer clay will never tarnish and it’s smoother than metal so it won’t abrade beading thread. Metal clay shrinks while firing so the finished size is always iffy whereas Polymer clay remains the same size both raw and cured. Plus it’s less expensive so I’m able to sell the kit for less! I used Premo! Sculpey Gold #5303 and the finish on these disks is really phenomenal…so rich in color that I doubt Midas could tell the difference!  Win-win!

Santa was most generous!

•December 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been working with paper most recently. Well, Santa brought me a lot of new dies from which to create more tiny boxes, envelopes, bags, and if you look in the center of the photo, you’ll see a garland of tiny geometric components.

I’ve just started to play with this die and after making a few components from paper, I can see these worked as beadwoven pieces and I’m also wondering how this design might translate in polymer clay! Obviously, this geometric component will provide hours of exploration and I haven’t even had a chance to experiment with the other dies. Thank you so much, Santa!


I’m sending…

•December 22, 2017 • 2 Comments

Best wishes to you and yours for magical Holidays filled with awe and wonder!

Yes. Most Definitely…

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I will get back to beading and metal work, but every now and then I need to step back from it all and delve into something totally new. In this case, I’ve wandered off into working with paper collage, creating tiny one-of-a-kind boxes, pillow envelopes, bags, and notecards and adding stamped and cut-out embellishment to each. I’m really having fun making these and am finding they are coming in very handy for holiday gift giving! Thus far, they have been very well received! Changing direction periodically and working with a different art form is beneficial because I feel refreshed and ready to return to beading and metal work anew! In the past three weeks I have been making so many little treasure boxes and bags that I’ve decided to list several collections of these in my Etsy shop…just in time for the holidays!

Do you remember this piece?

•December 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is my “Loch Ness Sea Dragon III” Wrap design (inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork).  I entered it in the Fire Mountain Gems 2017 Seed Bead Contest and the results have just been announced.  Lucky me!  This piece won a Bronze Medal Award in the Fashion Accessories category!  They’ve sent me a gift certificate, which I’ll use to buy more Delica beads and other goodies!  

FMG holds four contests each year: Metal, Creative Clays, Seed Beads, and Swarovski and I always try to have a piece ready to submit by each deadline. I’ll be entering the Metal Contest before it closes in February.  In the meantime, I’ve just renewed my listing for the “Loch Ness Sea Dragon III” Wrap beading kit as well as the tutorial. You’ll find both in my Etsy shop. Happy Beading!

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