I finished it! Jenna spied the tigers-eye necklace I was wearing, pointed, and said, “I like that one!” Well, that was mine, but I promised to make her one. Went on Amazon that evening, and ordered 10 mm and 6 mm strands and armed myself with brass jumprings and a nice brass clasp. I had strung it all together, when I realized it needed something, so I got some black obsidian beads from my stash, and voila! When I took it to her, she was wearing brown, which actually showed the beads nicely when she put on the necklace. Yea!
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Yes, I’ve been working hard. A lovely woman I know asked me to show her photos of whatever I had hanging around for sale. Oops! I told her I’d make something specifically for her, and, the next day, I showed her the dumortierite, which immediately engaged her.
Three or four days later, here we are. Too bad the photos don’t show the color. OH! somebody just showed me if you click on the picture, you can enlarge it and then you can see the color better. I did it on my phone and did that reverse-squeeze thing to enlarge it!
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I haven’t made much in the past month because I was in the process of moving. Always a delight. I’m moved in now (whew!), but not yet well-organized. The only two areas that are really well-organized as of yet are my closet and, wait for it….. my jewelry-making stuff (what? You’re not surprised?)
Until this morning, I’ve been very good… not dragging out beads, not playing with wire…. but, then…. I decided I needed a new turquoise magnesite necklace. I thought I knew how it was going to be. Ha! When I opened the turquoise color box, I noticed some chunky robin’s egg blue magnesite with black veins. Then I had to play with all the magnesite in that color range. Then I had to play with all the other magnesite. Then I had to put everything back. Then I couldn’t find the right silver beads, so I had to look in all the boxes of miscellaneous. I opened a box from storage that I’d labeled “bead repairs”, and, to my astonishment, found a boatload of the first wire jewelry pieces I’d made, as well as my first turquoise necklace, and some other exciting stuff.
Then, I started trying to figure out what to do with that nice chunky blue magnesite. I went through a magnesite acquisition phase last year, and I have so many pretty strands….. I began to think of doing something that could be layered with other strands of magnesite. Now what I need to do is get into my silver bead stash and find some silver beads that I have enough of and that will complement the chunky beads.
So, anyway, I have to be careful now. I do need to make my place look more like a home rather than a box storage facility, so I shouldn’t set up a bona fide jewelry work area yet. Okay, maybe just one tray….
Now, though, I want to take some pictures of these boxes full of stuff, and then I’ll try to post them.
Meanwhile, some things you can use. I’ve tried buying beads on Amazon. It wasn’t too scary. I still don’t feel as certain about buying on Amazon as I do about other on-line vendors. I’ve cut back on working with silver since Metalliferous closed, and I’m becoming a Parawire.com fan. (Happily, I’ve discovered that fusionbeads.com is selling round colored parawire, so, if I want to qualify for free shipping and there is something I want to buy at fusionbeads.com, I can round off the spending requirement with parawire. )
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I do make things from time to time. Last week, I fooled around with some wire-weaving practice pieces (frustrating!) and a very shiny long necklace of aventurine and silver Czech crystals (I’ll post some pics of these “masterpieces soon).
Then, I wired this little shamrock with brass and aventurine. It’s not perfect by any means, but I just love it! (It doesn’t hurt that it does get a lot of compliments)
The leafy part is maybe about the size of a quarter. I think it might be the smallest thing I have ever made.
(as you can see, I am no good at photography. Can I blame it on my phone camera? I don’t know why the picture I took with a white background in good light came out a dark, murky green).
I love this little shamrock so much that I want to make a dogwood flower next. So far, I’ve just wasted some wire, but I feel certain I’ll figure it out soon-ish.
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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.
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