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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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.
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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.
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Tagged bead soup, beads, crystals, my work, projects, stones
This is an elastic bracelet made with lapis, calcite, fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, smokey quartz, pyrite, and copper. It is a Personal Bodyguard from my Bodyguard series.
This is Bodyguard Playing in the Dark. It is an elastic bracelet made with black agate, obsidian, black tourmaline, kyanite, amethyst, jade. aqua aura, lapis, pyrite, hematite, fluorite, black labradorite, and moss agate.
This another Personal Bodyguard, elastic bracelet with jade, moss agate, crystal quartz, aqua aura, tourmalinated quartz, pyrite, tiger eye, aventurine, aquamarine, lapis, amazonite, and copper.
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Tagged bodyguard, COPPER, crystals, elastic bracelet, elements, projects, stretch bracelet, TECHNIQUES
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
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.
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Tagged Books, bracelets, DIY, elements, INSTRUCTIONS, jewelry, my work, necklaces, projects, TECHNIQUES, tutorials, work-in-progress
I found this tutorial at For the Makers . (For the Makers is a subscription site that sends you a box with all the materials and instructions to make whatever they are offering. That’s pretty cool!) Meanwhile, I was just looking at free tutorials, and this one is right there, and really easy to do. Check it out.