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WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING

5/21/18
Since the move, I’ve been making pieces here and there, and, finally, I took some photos.
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On the left is a black labradorite that I wired into a pendant when I felt that my new chunky magnesite and pyrite necklace (R) needed something more.

neck sterling beads remake         IMG_20180518_105123
Sterling necklace          Sterling necklace/
amethyst clasp

neck coral rondelles            neck coral rondelles and silver
Coral “slices” & silver      Coral rondelles & silver

neck turquoise pyr bl tourm                 neck lapis tubes and silver
turquoise/pyrite/                     lapis tubes & silver
black tourmaline
neck mag sm quartz silver                              neck mag sm quartz pyr silver
Mangesite/smokey quartz/             Magnesite/pyrite/smokey quartz necklace              sterling/necklace

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INTERESTING CRYSTAL EXPERIENCE

cacoxonite ringThis is a cacoxenite/Super Seven/Melody stone ring I bought from Extreme Gems on ebay. Buying it was an accident: I placed a bid, and apparently no one else did, so I won it for dirt cheap unexpectedly.

When I received it, I was a bit disappointed. Although the amethyst showed a little, the rest of the ring was a muddy cloudy color, quite unlike the photo on ebay. I considered returning it.

When I tried it on, I got a most unpleasant feeling, which stopped as soon as I took it off. Now that was interesting. I decided to stick in a bag with a piece of kyanite, to see if I could clear it that effortlessly. I left it in the bag, along with a couple of other stones, for about a week.

When I took it out, the purple was very brilliant, the stone was very clear, and there were these lovely little golden “rays” which flashed as I moved the ring around. When I tried it on this time, it had a very comfortable feel. After I had worn it for a few days, I noticed that the stone seemed to be developing further. It became clearer, and other inclusions appeared.

This is the clearest example I’ve ever seen of how a stone can revive after a clearing.

Now, I’ve been reading up on cacoxenite. While there is quite a bit of information about it on the Internet, curiously, the only book in which I’ve seen it mentioned is Love is in the Earth. (I’ve seen some sites mention other books, but the copies of those books that I have do not mention it). Anyway…. I have this new ring.

I haven’t posted any new things lately because my jewelry-making was on hiatus while I was moving. Then, as I was bent on organizing my new place, I tried to keep away from the beads. It didn’t work so well, so there are 3 half-done projects, and I re-strung two bracelets and a pretty coral necklace which had been in my “Repair” box for 3 or 4 years.

I hope I’ll be able to get it together to post some photos soon.

Meanwhile, dumortierite is on my mind.

WHAT I MADE LAST WEEK

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)

shamrock1

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.

 

 

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN…you never know….

I’m always trying to figure out how to do whatever has popped into my mind, so I try to look at a lot of people’s work (hence, I get way too many emails, and have a lot of facebook and pinterest stuff to scroll through!).  

I do look at a lot of tutorials, but not necessarily because I want to make the item the tutorial is teaching about.  Sometimes, it’s just one little detail that I can’t figure out from the picture.  A case in point would be this free necklace tutorial from Facet Jewelry that showed up in my email today;
Jade twists
Not my style at all, but I was interested in the little loops that were strung somehow onto the necklace cord, so I read through the tutorial, and found the cutest, simplest little trick, that I will use somehow, some way, probably sometime soon.

I go through a lot of jewelry-making books that have step-by-step tutorials, too. My two latest favorites are Wirework Jewelry Workshop, by Sian Hamilton, and Wire Jewelry Master Class, by Abby Hook. I got both of these books mostly just to learn the techniques of several pieces they showed… I will probably not make anything that looks like anything in either book; I’ll just incorporate some ideas into a piece here and there. These are books I can go back to when I’m drawing blanks. 

I’m also revisiting old tutorials in my collection. Now that I’ve put them into labeled 3-ring binders, they are more organized, and easier to access. It’s like having more books to leaf through.

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.

 

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.