Play Time!

•February 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Our weather of late leaves little alternative but to stay indoors!  Last week we endured subzero temperatures.  Today, every branch, twig, and horizontal surface is glazed with ice!  It’s magically beautiful, but so treacherous!  I find it far safer to enjoy gazing at the ice crystals from inside my studio!  Having just finished my geometric-beadwoven project, “Princess Ahmanet’s Teardrop Earrings”, and spending several days assembling kits, I’m taking time away from beading to create with paper, paint, stencils, inks, crayons, and embossing powder.  It’s a most welcome activity after having been fairly stationary while sitting at my beading table for days and then at the computer typing the tutorial.  I love the freedom of walking about my workspace, moving from one side of the table to the other and back again, playing with color and new ideas for collage and feeling like a kid!

New Earring Designs Are Listed!

•February 2, 2019 • 2 Comments

Artifacts and Ancient Egyptian lore have always intrigued me. As a child I loved watching “The Mummy” starring Boris Karloff in the 1932 film. His reincarnated princess wore beautiful jewelry made of precious metals and gems and intricate, beautifully beadwoven pieces…what’s not to love! I wanted these earrings to have the look and feel of that jewelry and I think I’ve succeeded with this design! The tutorial and beading kits for my latest geometric beadwoven design, “Princess Ahmanet’s Teardrop Earrings” are now listed in my Etsy shop! The tutorial has instruction for the creation of these earrings in two lengths. The shorter version measures 2″ in  length and the larger version measures 2.5″ in length. The “Princess Ahmanet’s Teardrop Earrings” kit is available in a Royal Blues colourway and a Royal Coral colourway.  The kit contains: Delica Hex Cut beads in six colors, Miyuki Rocaille beads in two colors, two beautiful, petite Swarovski 39SS 8mm Rivolis, one pair of antiqued sterling silver ear wires, an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial accompanied by full color photos, and one handmade card stock folder with color photo.  These earrings work up quickly and are so versatile! I’ve just had a thought…single pearl dangling from the top inside peak of these earrings would be a nice addition for embellishment!  I simply love these earrings!






Cry Me A River…

•January 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

After creating triangles, squares, warped squares, pentagons, and pointed oval earrings, it is time to experiment with teardrops. My inspiration for this design is Egyptian artifacts and I have titled these earrings “Princess Ahmanet’s Teardrop Earrings”.  Both pairs are made with Delica Hex Cut beads for the extra sparkle the faceted beads impart. Aside from colors used the only difference in the two pairs of earrings is the bead count along the vertical sides and the optional gold bead embellishment at  the tip of the teardrops shown in the Royal Blues Colourway. The backs of both pairs of earrings differ in color from the front so one can decide which side is preferred to wear facing forward. I’ve antiqued the sterling silver earwires to better blend with the bronze and gold beads that were used as well as the ancient look I wanted the earrings to have. A tutorial is in the works and beading kits should be ready and listed in my Etsy shop by the weekend…stay tuned!

Slow Progress…

•January 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Although I love not having to deal with bracelet clasps, bangles can be a challenge where fit is concerned.  The first version of this bangle was way too small…I have yet to cut it apart and retrieve all the beads for use in another project.  The second version shown above is an X-Small.  It fits my wrist, but it is difficult to slip over my hand.  If my hand were more flexible, there would be no problem, but it is what it is.  I have not yet started a third bangle. Sometimes after a failure or two I feel it’s wise to move on and attempt a redo at another time when the project once again feels fresh and exciting. Keeping track of time spent on this project was a challenge as too many interruptions occur and I rarely bead for more than four or five hours per day, but over three weeks have elapsed since first embarking on the project and I feel a need for a break from it!  Perhaps I’ll clear up one of my workspaces or play with paper for a while or polymer clay or resin…who knows?  As always there are never enough hours in a day!

It arrived in my mailbox this week and…

•January 20, 2019 • 2 Comments

As I was perusing the pages of the 2019 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Wireworking and Metalsmithing catalog, to my delight right there on page 39 was my “Elements” necklace!  I had entered it in the 2018 Metal Jewelry-making contest last January and my necklace won an Honorable Mention award.  It was such a nice surprise to see it featured on a full-page. Needless to say, I love FMG! Offering an enormous selection of jewelry-making components and supplies…literally tons of beads in every shape and size, pearls, crystals, metals, polymer and metal clays, resins, findings, tools, displays, beading supplies, and far more than I can list here, FMG has been a major “go to” source for me and I can attest to the wonderful service they have provided over the years. Thank you, FMG!

It Was a Lovely Snowy Day…

•January 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The perfect day to be indoors warm and cozy as snowflakes gently fell covering every branch, twig, and the remaining skeletons of flowers and grasses in the prairie.  Although, I had every intention of working on the geometric beaded bangle that I had started earlier this week, the seven year old in me just had to play with paper!  I spent the entire day gleefully inking, stamping, cutting, and collaging!  I absolutely love the Sizzix Big Shot Pro machine that Santa brought and I’ve been making a bevy of colorful envelopes in different shapes that will eventually house beading kits.  Some of the envelopes are fold-over style, others are sleeves, and I’ve made more oversized square envelopes too.  All are large enough to allow room for the display of a photo of the finished project each will hold.  It’s really great being a kid again…even if it was just for a day!

Curses…Foiled Again!

•January 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Patience is a virtue of which I possess little…except when it comes to designing.  Thirty-some years ago when I owned Fibre Ltd., a weaving studio and yarn shop, I thought nothing of unraveling yarn from a half-finished sweater because I didn’t care for the way the design was progressing.  I’d start the project over again until I was pleased with it…I chalked up the time spent as not wasted, but as a learning experience. The same scenario holds true for the beadwork I design.  I started this geometric bangle two weeks ago, taking process photos and writing instructions for each step confident that my sizing was true. Alas, after getting this far along, I’m once again starting over. I’ll be adjusting the size and pattern design and retaking photos…it’s all in the game!

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