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More Recent Work and a Tip

I’m posting a couple more photos of recent pieces.

bracelet black lab lapis Success bodyguard

On the left (or it may be on the top in your viewer), that’s a black labradorite/lapis/quartz/silver elastic bracelet The one on the right (or on the bottom) is a Success Bodyguard with aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, citrine, tourmalinated quartz, and pyrite and silver plated spacers.

My tip: to learn how to make a good strong knot, even with very thick elastic cord (I use 1mm), consider watching fishermen’s videos on how to make a “surgeon’s knot”.  Yes, that’s right. 1)Apparently fishermen use this kind of knot to secure a line that is going to have an angry fish on one end. 2)The fishermen who make the how-to videos make it seem much more clear than most of the beaders’ how-to videos. They are to the point, don’t hem and haw or tell charming anecdotes, and they show and explain what is going on very clearly.



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. )

Playing in the Dark

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.

Moms braceletMom’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)

SNOW! Sitting at home looking at beads!

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.

Product DetailsI 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.

SO MANY DIY JEWELRY SITES! It’s amazing! Just google DIY jewelry to see what is out there!

Okay, call me dim!  Up to now, I’ve depended on “happening upon” jewelry tutorial sites, but, for some amazing reason, I just got the insanely brilliant idea to google DIY jewelry, and was amazed at how much you can find out there.  Oh, gosh! Now, you’re going to go there, and the amazing things I find will be old hat to you next week!  Never mind!  I’ll continue to curate what I think is cool, until I make a new thing myself and post that.

WTF TUTORIAL: Proenza Shouler type Rope Necklace

More from WTF..DIY… This cute necklace is easy enough to make following the tutorial.

WTF TUTORIAL: Embellished Box Braid Necklace

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We used to do these box braid things in the Girl Scouts, and when we were hippies, but they are back in a new way. This WTF tutorial for a box braid necklace is pretty cool.

INNOVATIVE BEAD SHOW -NYC, 5/4 -5/6– Well, it is a bead show

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Okay, bead shows are few and far between in New York City (wouldn’t you think, being the Crossroads of the World, we should have more bead shows? I mean…???  )  So we’re hungry for bead shows, whatever they involve.  This is one of those.  I think this is the first time the Innovative Bead Show has come to town (I certainly haven’t heard of it before. I picked up on it through a “meetup” group that I can never attend).  I corraled a pal at work to go down there with me. I figured, “hey! $5 for a couple of hours of walking around looking at whatever there is” would be good entertainment on a Friday afternoon.

This bead show was smaller than the usual local bead society show.  I did see an “old favorite” — Kabela, a vendor who comes to the bead society shows and has really cool, nice, sturdy filigree items — things you don’t normally see, which are quite sturdy, not like the flimsy filigree you see in the Chinese stores here.  They design their pieces, which are brass based, and are also available in copper-plated, silver-plated, and, recently, gold-plated.  These designs are quite nice.  I could easily trade a couple of pay-checks on their pieces.

I also saw Ancient Moon, some Chinese folks who come out with glass beads and neckwires to attach them to (we can find such things for not much more in any number of stores in Manhattan, but I like Ancient Moon because they sell “kits” with materials and instructions on how to make pretty things that lots of people like, and, also, because they are a lot friendlier than most other Chinese vendors)

I didn’t recognize any of the other vendors, and the only one I might have like to buy from in the future does not have an on-line presence, and I do not go where the subway does not take me, except when I am going down South to see my family (yippee! Reunion on the Rappahannock River in Virginia of cousins on my father’s side is the end of this month! The nasty 9-hour bus-ride will be totally worth it, and then I will get to spend a few days with my folks before I have to head back North to Yankee territory)

Still, if you are bead starved, you will find something to love at this show.