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.
Posted in Archives, Beads and Wire, COPPER, CRYSTALS, jewelry, PROJECT BOXES
Tagged bead soup, beads, crystals, my work, projects, stones
A good while back, I posted about some “mystery beads” I had acquired.
A and B
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.
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Tagged beads, crystals, gemstones, mystery beads, stones
It’s snowing to beat the band! Not big pretty fluffy snow, just relentless little bitty snowflakes. My New York City street is covered. Just as well! I want to make something today.
I got Abby Hook’s book Wire Jewelry Master Class in the mail yesterday. Stayed up looking through it, reading the really clear instructions, thinking about what I’m willing to do, what I might do right away, and what I’ll probably never do, even though I wish I could bring myself to do it. Then, of course, thinking about how I could get away with not doing what she says to do and still get a similar look. Then thinking about what she shows, and what I probably will actually do. Woo! Tired myself out just looking! Then woke up this morning and started again.
I’m very happy with this book, excited to have it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the book included the two tutorials (KrissKross ring and Kriss Kross bracelet) I had bought from Abby back when jewelrylessons.com was in business and before my computer crashed and died, taking with it my precious hoard of tutorials. I bought several of Abby’s tutorials, but these are the ones I’d really like to have back. The book does have another tutorial that I had bought, which now looks like something I might like to do. Oh well. Never mind! There is so much information in this book! Then, there are all the pretty pictures. This may be the best jewelry-making book I’ve ever bought.
I actually saw my prehnite/amethyst/silver bracelet in bright sunlight yesterday. I hadn’t realized that the colors were actually so brilliant! Now, I want to make a similar necklace with the prehnite and amethyst left over from the bracelet. I haven’t had a new necklace in quite some time. This will be simple. I think I’ll make some figure eight connectors, as I’m out of jump rings, and I’ll make a stab at making my own S-hook clasp, to jazz it up a little.
Posted in Archives, Beads and Wire, Books, CLASP TUTORIALS, INSTRUCTIONS, JEWELRY LESSONS, TECHNIQUES, TUTORIAL SOURCES, wire weaving, wire wrapped jewelry, wire wrapping, wirework, woven wire
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This bracelet from Domestic Diva looks yummy. The very clear tutorial shows how to combine crystal beads and chainmail in a simple, lovely pattern. I want this.
Posted in Beads and Wire, bracelets, chain maille, INSTRUCTIONS, TUTORIAL SOURCES, TUTORIALS, TUTORIALS/TUTORIAL SOURCES
Tagged Beads and Wire, bracelets, chain maille, chainmaille, handmade jewelry, jewelry tutorials, jewelry-making tutorials
I usually post about free tutorials I’ve discovered, but I am very much in love with the look of this ring. The tutorial, which is available for purchase at JewelryLessons.com isn’t very cheap, but neither is it overly expensive .
While you are at JewelryLessons, take a look around. It is truly a one stop shop — you can spend hours just browsing through all of the ideas found there. Hundreds, if not thousands, of tutorials of all sorts, from many many creative jewelry artists, are gathered there, some free, most at reasonable cost. I love this site, which is the brainchild of my teacher, Eni Oken, whose own tutorials are truly fabulous. (here is the tutorial for the first piece I ever made – complicated, but I did it)
Here are the first two bracelets I made from this
tutorial. The turquoise chrysocolla was the first one. Then I made the coral one. Then I discovered that I was using much bigger stones and beads than the ones Eni suggested, but it was already too late, and I had these gorgeous bracelets. While I was struggling through the lesson, Eni was very helpful, bless her heart. She is up there with the best all-time teachers I have ever had (in any subject) She is the only teacher I have ever had in jewelry-making, but that goes miles, since I have never needed to go to any other teacher.
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Tagged bracelets, handmade jewelry, JEWELRY LESSONS, jewelry-making tutorials, my work, tutorials, wire wrapped jewelry