Category Archives: Beads and Wire

FACEBOOK JEWELRY-MAKING INTEREST GROUPS

It can be exciting to see what others are doing with their jewelry-making. I especially like to look at wire-wrapped and/or woven pieces, to see if there might be something I want to learn about.

Here is a list of Facebook groups which focus on making jewelry (as of 2/21/18). To find them, just key in the name in the Facebook Search. See you there!

JEWELRY IN GENERAL

Jewelry Making Love hosted by Linkouture
Lisa Yang’s Jewelry Group

WIRE-WRAPPED AND WOVEN-WIRE JEWELRY
Fantasy Wire Wrapped Jewelry
IMNIUM tutorials
Wire Wrap Sculpted Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials
WireWork & Metal Jewelry Artisans
Wire wrapped jewelry
Wire Art & Wire Wrap Jewelry
Let’s Wire Wrap Jewelry

TUTORIALS FOR WIRE-WRAPPED JEWELRY
(some for free/some for fee)
Free Wire Wrap Tutorials
Wire Wrapping Jewelry Tutorials

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PLAYING TOO MUCH

I do believed I’ve been playing too much on Facebook and Pinterest, although I am starting to get some ideas of what to make next.

I have found some cool beading groups on Facebook where people show their latest wire work creations.  It’s fun to get to know the people and see what they are doing, even if I know I will probably never do anything like that. It does give me ideas of what I might do.

Pinterest…. oh, Pinterest!  I love to see what new things Pinterest will show me in the way of beading, wiring, or any of my other interests.

To my credit, though, I do not look at Pinterest or Facebook when I could be making something. Oh no! I have other ways to waste my precious time.

Actually, recently, I’ve been going through all my files in Google Drive, and putting them into some kind of order, so that I might be able to find what I am looking for a little more easily.  I’ve also updated a couple of the pages on this blog, with on-line places to buy, and places to find tutorials, as well as various other useful information.

 

AM I AHEAD OF THE GAME OR WHAT?

I just posted about  Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year yesterday, and, I swear! I got two emails from on-line jewelry supply vendors announcing the Pantone Color of the Year about 1/2 hour ago, *this* afternoon!

 

 

ULTRA VIOLET: Pantone Color of 2018

Pantone has declared Ultra Violet to be the color for 2018.

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The Pantone site declares “PANTONE 18-3838   Ultra Violet   Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.”.  Pantone assures us that “Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.”

Often, I do not like the color they pick, not even a little bit.  This is one reason why freedom of choice is a good thing.

This year I do like the chosen color. I like it very much. Purple is one of the two colors I like and wear with any frequency, the other being black. This year, I’ll be fashionable, and right on trend.   

There is a variety of purple stones to choose from, among them amethyst, sugilite, charoite, and tanzanite.  Amethyst is my usual go-to.

Pantone’s “declaration” on Ultra Violet sounds kind of woo-woo, as proclamations by “authorities” often do: “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today. – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.”   Yes, yes, I say, grasping a handful of strands of deeply purple beads, holding them to my heart.

Excuse me, please. I’m going to go make a purple necklace right away.

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HAPPY TUTORIAL SEARCHES

Don’t mean to bore you, but I’ve just figured out that, in looking for my tutorial files on Google Drive (where, happily, I discovered most of the tutorials that I had accumulated over the years, as I’ve previously mentioned), there’s a way to search for a particular file or kind of file. Nifty! It’s especially helpful since, for some odd reason, my tutorial files are not where I would have expected to find them and I can’t seem to always remember where they are hiding.

So, off I went, again in search of my Eni Oken tutorials. There they are! As I have mentioned in the past, Eni was my first teacher, and I have since learned that a lot of my e-friends have learned from her tutorials, as well.  You can find Eni’s tutorials at https://enioken.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/EniOken

After that, I went off to search again for Diane Karg Baron‘s tutorials. Found ’em! I got interested in reading about her, so I went to her website and found all sorts of goodies!  You can find Diane’s tutorials at https://thetaoofwire.mykajabi.com/ She has some free ones, and the for-pay ones are very reasonably priced.

Then, I checked out Remy Heath‘s tutorials again. They’re there waiting for me! You can find her tutorials at http://www.studioheath.com/tutorials.php .  While I was looking at the Remy files, I also discovered an assortment of ring tutorials from different artists that I will be exploring soon.

Meanwhile, I made a pile of  bracelets for Christmas presents, and a couple of commissioned ones. Silly me! I forgot to take pictures. I need to make some more, and I have a necklace idea in my mind.

Oh, and I discovered dumortierite!  It is so, so pretty! I was buying some lapis and moss agate beads, and, when the cashier put them in the bag with the dumortierite, it looked so much like the early morning ocean off the Outer Banks! I’ve been trying to capture that for so long…. maybe now I can figure out what to make now that I have the perfect colors.

 

 

SORTING/ORGANIZING

A few weeks ago, I went to my storage unit and picked up a box of beads which had been in there for about 4 years.

When I got home and opened the box, it was like Christmas and a treasure hunt combined.  I mean, these were beads that, at some point, I had not taken the time to put away after whatever project I was working on. So, I just kept looking at that box. Just looking. Finally, I went out to Michael’s and bought a big bead storage box (Thank goodness I had a 50% off coupon – those things cost almost $14!)  The next day, at KMart, I found some utility boxes in the fishing section, for $6-something and bought 2 of those. Then, I came home re-organized my bead stash. Then, finally, with one box left empty, I tackled the bead soup. I went through each bag of beads and sorted them by color, and put the color groups in little bags and started filling the last box. The task is just one step under *overwhelming*.  I am planning to, every time I’m in another box of a certain color, take the color bags out and try to match up the beads in the bag with what’s in the box. So, I know I have a blue project coming up, and then I’ll get the blue bag out and match up the beads in it to their like in the blue box.

I was also excited to see, in the storage box, a bunch of vermeil and copper findings. Just in time, as my mom lost the vermeil earwire to one of the opal earrings I’d given her a few years ago, and I had no idea where to start looking for a replacement.

Good things to do while I am waiting for some projects to finish incubating.

MYSTERY BEAD MYSTERIES SOLVED

A good while back, I posted about some “mystery beads” I had acquired.

       and     B Amazing Mystery Beads

The shop where I got them  didn’t know what they were.  I approached several folks who know lots about stones, but nobody had any idea what they were.

Time has passed, and, now, it seems, they have names!  I saw them in the Fire Mountain Gems catalog, listed as A) Blue Sky Jasper and B) Chrysocolla.

Of course, now that they have names, they are much more expensive. I bought 3 strands of the “Blue Sky Jasper”back then for $5 each.   FMG is listing similar beads for $30 a strand.

FMG has similar beads to B) listed as”Chrysocolla” for about $40 a strand. I got 4 strands for $7 each back then.