I meant to make a little teeny pendant from a little teeny bead today, but….. first I had to waste some time updating the tutorials page to this blog (check it out! I’ve removed the dud links and marked the free places. The first listings are the artists whose tutorials have most inspired me on a regular basis)
So, anyway, I went back to the beads, and decided to make new ear wraps instead. Honestly, there must be some simple science to making these, but I haven’t discovered it yet. Making them stresses me no end and totally wears me out (*and* it takes up to an hour!) Anyway, I got them done. Copper wrapped magnesite. They are really a bright “Sleeping Beauty Turquoise” blue, and I am really a great photographer (not)
I was thinking of weaving the wire wraps together, but I worry that it might be uncomfortable to wear. I’ll have to think about that some more..
Posted in Archives, Bead Pictures, COPPER, design, Designing jewelry, EARCUFFS, earrings, jewelry, MAGNESITE, MUSING, my pictures, STONES, wire wrapped jewelry, wire wrapping
Tagged designs, EAR WRAPS, MAGNESITE, MUSING, TECHNIQUES, wire wrapped earrings, work-in-progress
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
So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )
Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.
Mom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three. Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has. It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).
See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)
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Tagged beads, bracelets, COPPER, designs, DIY, elements, healing, jewelry, my work, projects, PROTECTION, TECHNIQUES, work-in-progress
I’m excited to learn this information. On the one hand, I have been leaning toward working with brass and copper, and this is one more reason. Then, again, sometimes I just wonder , because I have very sensitive skin, what’s going on with the materials I use.
Brass, copper, and silver have been found to be self-disinfecting, and have the ability to inactivate such bacteria as E. Coli and staphylococcus.
Take brass, for example. Because brass has been found to automatically disinfect itself within 8 hours, and destroys 99% of fungi it comes into contact with within 6 hours, brass door handles/openers or doorknobs are popular options for healthcare facilities.
Copper will destroy mold completely within 6 hours of contact. Its disinfecting properties take effect within 15 minutes after contact
Silver is a common material for water storage tanks, and such, because it disinfects bacteria cells in water within as little as 12 hours.
.On the other hand, bacteria can survive on stainless steel, the most commonly-used material for hospital equipment, as well as equipment used in food processing, will survive for up to 30 days.
Adapted from http://www.wisegeek.com article