Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's a marshmallow world

We don't have any snow here, but I like to imagine what my little corgi boys would do in the snow.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Necklace Giveaway

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is giving away a necklace she made for a swap from reworking a piece by Johanna Rhodes of Fire Phoenix Creations.

Take a look at this beauty.  You have until a bit before 2 PM on Friday, December 10th to enter.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

What do you do with the ends of your thread?

3-link pointed oval chain
I have been working on a custom order piece this week, but took some time out to play with the pointed oval from Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork.  I made this little chain as well as an embellished link.  I used Fireline and Toho Treasures.  A thread burner is on my wish list, but in the meantime I've been playing around with various methods of achieving the same result.  I've heated a metal skewer, a toothpick, and tried using an old heated eyelash curler.  Nothing really worked.  I did not, however, melt my cord ends with a lighter as suggested in Shaped Beadwork.  Just thinking about this gave me anxiety.  What do you do with the ends of your threads after you cut them?  Should I shell out the $25 for a thread burner?  Do you have a better way?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Margie and Me Mosaic of Color Challenge

I worked on a beaded bead tutorial for my Mosaic of Color challenge piece.  For loads of details hop over to La Bella Joya.  This week's challenge was to use either the color palette or the feel of the theme inspiration:
I tried to get a little of each in my beads.  I wanted to include the cobalt and a hint of green, but everything started to get a little crazy with too many colors.  I do a bit better when I work with a limited palette.  Maybe I just like playing with shape and texture?  I really love to wear many colors, but like to work with as few as possible.
These beaded beads started on 10mm stone rounds.  The pattern tutorial is by Quimeras de Náyades and can be found at her Etsy.  If you look at the bead she shows you will wonder why my beaded beads look different.  No, it rally is the pattern I used, but I added an extra layer of beads to each vertices in the dodecahedron.  Quimeras shows this in the tutorial, but not in the pictures.