Sunday, December 24, 2006

Lentil Twist Collection

While playing with bead crochet last year, I came up with this simple design, using Lentils. It's simple, and very satisfying to make. Once I've determined which lentils I'll be using, I proceed to choose the best thread for their coloring, and then I'll just rummage through my stash of beads to find accents that will enhance their beauty. I can string up to 6 bracelets on one spool of thread at a time, each new bead combination different from the last - I will NOT duplicate any of the combinations. The stringing is tedious, as I can't use a spinner with these, I have to sit at the table, count my lentils, and string them beads individually. But the results are well worth the extra effort.


One of the perks of being a jewellery designer: My very own personnal collection of Lentil Twist bracelets. (Lucky Moi!) :D


My most recent stash of 'bodies', just waiting to be finished with end beads and a clasp.


I found these cute little cardboard boxes at the dollar store. They are just perfect for storing my finished pieces; great bracelet length as well.


The "Loot" so far.

This morning, I strung enough beads for 5 more bracelets, with Aqua colored lentils this time. Ooh, they're so pretty! I've been selling these bracelets so quickly, that I figured it wouldn't hurt to stock up on them. Way to be a good business girl, eh? ;) I've got plenty of lentils, all the clasps I need, my only problem is the end beads. I need them in a few more colors, to make the design look uniform. Nothing an order to my favourite Chinese supplier wouldn't fix... I'll have to find a few local girls to piggy back on the order though, I don't think I can cover the minimum $500 order by myself... yet... ;)

Jewels

Monday, December 18, 2006

How Jewels got her groove back...

Well, if Stella can do it, why can't I?

I hadn't been able to find my muse in the last little while. I just kept jumping from project to project, not really finishing any of them, too many ideas, not enough time... It was a custom order that got me back in gear I think. Having to come up with something stunning from a pile of beads can be a challenge, but sometimes, all you need is that perfect focal bead to start with.

Take this necklace for example. I purchased those tanzanite blue daggers a few months ago. Absolutely fell in love with their color. But they just sat there in a box, because I didn't think I had any other beads I could use with them. Well, I have plenty of beads, to be quite honest, but I wanted something that would accentuate them, liven them up.

Last week, I met with my friend Teri to purchase a flameworked heart so I could finish the previously mentionned custom ordered piece. I asked her to bring a few extra beads that I could maybe purchase from her, not really having anything specific in mind. When Teri laid out all of her beads on the mat, one piece caught my eye. I thought "how perfect, this bead would match those daggers I got...." Funny thing is, Teri almost didn't bring is, telling me "I wasn't sure, since you're not really a 'purple' girl..."

I'll admit, I do go through phases where I'll favor one color above all else, but I can't really categorize myself as a particular 'color' girl. I like ALL colors, I really do. I guess sometimes, it just boils down to whatever stash of beads I have at hand... In any case, I love all the colors of the rainbow, and I'm sure that one day, I'll attempt to design something that represents a rainbow...


Finding the perfect Focal
A sort of squared off 'mellon' bead, with silver foil, and some dychro mixed in.


Yummy little Tanzanite daggers. I can't help but love color. Colors to me are like smells, they really enhance my moods.


Fini!

I had some size 8/0s in a cute 'pastellish' mixture, which I believed would really bring the piece together, to which I added two more different purple beads, and then I finished it with a silver infinity clasp and a solid silver ring. I'm going to have a difficult time parting with this piece... Sometimes, I so wish I could just keep them all....

K. What's next? Who knows, but Jewels' has got her groove back, so you can bet your Sweet Bippy it won't take long...

Jewels

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Production

A few days ago, a blogger buddy contacted me about having a special piece made for his mom. We emailed back and forth about design ideas, and implements. We discussed color (s), a clasp, an accent bead. Eric really liked the look of an accent beads on the crochet ropes, so after we'd settled on a primary accent color, I quickly contacted my friend Teri to see if she had any red hearts in her existing bead stash.

See, most people don't realize this, but it can take up to two full days to complete a lampwork bead, depending on the finish, and how long you wish to anneal it, and how long you keep it in the kiln. Well, lucky me, she DID have some, but, she also had to finish filling an order for a local art gallery, so I wouldn't be able to get the bead until today. However, this would allow me quite a bit of time to complete the rope part of my design.

Wine red was the one color that was mentionned, and I just happenned to have two deep reds that I thought would work. So much so, that I mixed them both: black-lined transparent dark red, and silver-lined transparent dark red.

I remembered this deep silver-lined transparent 'root beer' brown 6/0s that I thought would look awesome, but then, I also remembered that they had been very unceremoniously dumped in a container together with some size 11/0 beads at some point, and that if I wanted to use them, I'd have to cull... So cull I did. Took me close to 45 minutes on that alone! LOL!

Once the beads were all mixed into a 'Soup', I thought there was still something missing to the mix. I thought of another 'amber-ish' color to add, but after spending about 20 minutes seperating THOSE from another pile, and mixing them in, I decided their silvery luster wasn't quite what I was looking for, they made the mixture look too 'cool', I wanted a 'warmer' effect , so I threw in a few transparent 'rose' beads, with a gold luster finish, and that just lightenned the piece right up.

I made two crocheted sections, that were to be connected by a large lampworked heart.


A large Teri Elliot heart, with silver foil lining, and two small accent rondelles. It was difficult to decided where I would insert the beads. Should I put one rondelle on each side of the heart? Should I keep them separate from the heart.... I opted for the latter, wanting the heart to stand out on its own. I used them to accent the clasp ends of the ropes.


The finished necklace, the heart is meant to be worn to the side.


This large sterling silver toggle was the third clasp I laid out, and I just fell in love with it as part of the necklace; gives it a more contemporary look. I like the clean lines.

I really hope that Eric's mom likes this piece. Actually, I hope she loves it. This was a very exciting experience actually, seeing as it's the very first time that a "Blogger" contacted me about ordering a piece. Bloggers Rule!

Peace.

Jewels



Friday, December 08, 2006

Bead Embroidery

Another Bloggabeader here, Diana, has inspired me to pick my old project back up.

I found these lovely Paua shell cabochons last summer(like, '05!), and they sat in one of my bead stash drawers for months. Around April of this year, I pulled them out, and played around with different layouts. Their ovalness (Hah! I just made that up! or did I...) lent itself well to a flower type shape, like petals, so I thought I'd make a floral shaped medallion. I got them affixed to the Stiff Stuff, and that was that... LOL!

Do-de-do-de-do... A few more months go by, and I'm looking at the dark bronzey-greenish freshwater pearls that I got this spring, and the Medallion comes back to mind. The Paua has a lovely greenish tinge to it, and some of the 'veins' seem to pull out some gold colors, so I pulled out the Medallion, the pearls, and THEN, I remembered these lovely amber colored size 13/0 Charlottes that I snagged on one of my beady excursions:

The amber color in the Charlottes will look so rich against those cabs!

smaller cab.

Now, I'm thinking that at almost 3 1/2 inches across, this might be too big of a piece for a brooch. However, seeing as I've been on this huge "make my own belly dance" belt kick for a while now, I thought it would look awesome right at the forefront of the belt. Imagine, smack dab in the middle, right between the hips, a gorgeous bead-embroidered medallion, all shimmerry and shiny, shimmying it's way around! Wow!

Now I just need to try to design a whole belt around this piece, and I'll be set! ;) Something like the belt shown bellow:


I can't imagine how long it took the artist to complete this piece. Well, if I do indeed endeavour to make such a piece, I won't have to imagine, now, will I?... Now, this belt shown being a single pannel belt, I'd like mine to have two pannels, that lace up both sides. That would make it much easier for me to adjust it to my ever expanding/shrinking hips (I'm like a total yoyo these days... It's the stress...). Now, I'm on a search for more seeds, perhaps in a darker (like coffee) brown, to accentuate the dark veins in the Paua... Oooooooooooh, this is gonna be FUN!!!!!

Peace!

Jewels

Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

La-la-la-la-la-laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa................ *G*

Well, it IS! Everyone I know is starting to pull out the Xmas decos, and I figured I should as well. I don't personally celebrate Christmas, it being a Christian holliday and all (I am Wicca and my husband is Muslim - yeah, I know, weird combo). But I was baptised Catholic, and so is my daughter (mymommademedoit!!!) ;p. AND, Meems does go to Catholic school, so she's exposed to all the hollidays and such. Not to mention that the mall is already decorated to the hilt! Actually, once the lights go up on the mall is when I pretty much gauge that it'
s time to put up my mini tree...

My 5 year old made fun of my decoration stash, or lack thereof. In all honesty, this will be our first Christmass here, with dad, as I usually head on home to Québec for the hollidays, but this year, it's just not possible. Finances are way too tight, and DH requires constant care and attention with his worsenning condition. (We're finally on the last two exams - Xrays and a CT scan, both isolated to the S.I. and lumbar areas), and THEN the Orthopaedic surgeon will decide which procedures are best, and WHEN they will be performed...)

Anyhoo. I digress... So, my limitted decoration stash includes two sm
allish trees, a string of green/red lights, some plastic bead/pipe cleaner 'candy canes' Meems made, and a dozen lovely little beaded snowflakes/stars that I made last year. Actually, I plan on adding to that collection and making about a dozen more each passing year. I've also got a few orders for them now. Funny! Mom wants some, and she thinks that they'd make a lovely little present for both my aunts back home. I don't really follow a pattern for them. I just wing it. I elaborated on a 5-pointed star pattern I'd found on the net (you think I can find it NOW????), and tried adding more 'points'... LOL! So, last year, I made 6-pointed stars. This year, I might try for 7! Woot! I'm living LARGE!!! LMBOOOOO!!!!!

All I do is pool together all sorts of beads in one color scheme: 11/0, 8/0, 6/0,
bugles, drops, rondelles, anything I can add to change each one just a bit. I use silamide, my FAVOURITE beading thread, besides Fireline, of course, and I have a few spools of nickel wire that I turn into a little itty bitty 'hanger' thingy. Meh, like my fancy shmancy technical terminology there? LOL!


It was difficult to photograph these in the dark. I wanted to show the details, yet I wanted to show you what they look like when it's dark, and the lights are illuminating them. (isn't that a lovely word? Illuminate!)
Best shot so far.


This one sort of reminds me of the Star of David



Well, that's all I've got for my beady buddies today. I haven't been beading much as of late. No time, really. I'd love to though. I can only hope that I will soon be getting some Jewels time, where I can dedicate some time to it. Oh wait, I DID do some beading this week! I made a lovely red Lentil Twist bracelet for Maria. Thanks Maria!!!!! ;)



Moi!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

New Earrings




Well, I finally managed to photograph some of my new earrings. Love these new designs, they're called "Dusters" (I'm guessing because of the length, they appear to be dusting your shoulders off... LOL!) I use sterling silver ear wires, chain, and nailheads. Ooodles of Freshwater Pearls, and glass to accent. I've kept a few pairs for myself, and have gifted a few already. These run anywhere between $20 & $75, depending on the amount of pearls and chain involved.



















Single Coin Pearl on heart chain: $20





Working on the site, plugging away, slowly but surely. It's tough. I'm not getting to dedicate as much time as I'd like to to this particular task. Oh well, I guess I'll get to it when I get to it...


I think I can...I think I can...I think I can.....

Jewels
Freshwater Pearl Clusters: $50

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Life... Or something like it....

Rachel Brice performs at Tribal Fest 6



I have so slacked off in the beading department lately. I've just been so busy at home, taking care of my family. DH has been home for 4 weeks now, suffering from Osteo-arhtritis in his SPINE, which is causing him incredible pain, and as a result, it's been a touch strenuous for me to keep up with anything bead related (or even ME related for that matter...) At least I'm done with Grantham Plaza, and am only working at the one gym now. (Phew! it was just getting too hard to keep up with it).

Sadly, I haven't any new beady pics to share with you, but I did get a lovely write-up from another Blogger named Ace, at "Life on the Rim"

Quite unexpected, and I'm truly honored that someone would take the time to do something like this. Wow! Bloggers ROCK man! When I started this monster, I had no idea I would be encountering such wonderful people. Heck, I didn't even know I'd meet so many other beaders on here too!

Now, something else that's happenned in the past few days, is that after almost a whole month of caretaking, and putting myself aside, I've rediscovered my love of Raqs 'Al Beladi. The last two days have been spent browsing different sites, listenning to Middle Eastern music, and dancing all over my appartment. Out came the coin belt and Zills!
Up until now, I've mostly concentrated on what can be described as "Cabaret" style of belly dancing (the sparkly sequin covered, coin trimmed costumed shimmy shakers you see performing in Middle Eastern restaurants), but I've encountered a few sites where the dancers mainly concentrate on a more 'Tribal' level of dancing, and I can hear it calling me. So now I'm looking for some patterns to make myself a costume.
I can only describe Tribal dancing as feral, like the dancer is pulling her energy from the earth itself. It's calling me, and I want to shimmy and belly roll with the Goddess within. Pull her out from my deepest core, and let her speak through my movements. This one dancer, Rachel Brice, I could watch for DAYS! She is absolutely mesmerizing. I just have to share her talents with you. Watching her dance literally brings tears to my eyes... I only hope I can dance with as much control, grace, and elegance as she does one day.... Her passion, can you feel it?

Zakareet! (that's the high-pitched lalalalallallalalallala! you hear in the background - it's how you show the dancer your appreciation for her talents)


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Report!

I am happy to report that the piece you see in the post below garnered well above my 'base bid': It got to $80! And nothing could make me happier.
I got it straight from the lady in charge, who just happenned to be the mom of one of the kids at Mimi's Bday party today. Oh, and it was an absolute bidding war too. It would seem that Mme. Joy was good on her word, and bid on the piece multiple times, but I guess Miss Chantal (another teacher) wanted it even more. Well, now Miss Chantal is the proud owner of the necklace. Yay for her!!! ;)
And yay for me. It makes me so happy to be able to do something like this. As I was explaining to the other parents that so nicely stayed behind today to help me with the kids just a little (honestly though, the girls were absolute GEMS! Not one single altercation, everything went so smoothly.), I simply can't afford to donate money, what with finances being tight on the best of weeks... But if I can offer something from my Beadoir, and they like it, and it garners money for whatever charity I want to support, then so be it.... As long as it IS for something I believe in. It's a good thing, eh?

Jewels

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Silent Auction

My daughter's school will be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for the school. I felt bad that I couldn't really make a financial donation, however, I was pleased when I got a notice that the school would appreciate any 'gifts' from local businesses to be raffled off. (I donated one of my pieces to our local Breast Cancer Society's gala last year, and was very pleased with the results.) I let the principal, Mme. Muriel, know that I'd be donating a necklace. She just gave me one of those "Oh, alright... " looks when I told her.

Well, I only remembered THIS MORNING that I'd promised a piece... 7:15... what to do... what to do... Go through my existing stash, but I can't find anything I like. Wait, that sounds funny, 'cause I love ALL of my babies the same. What I mean is, I can't find a piece that isn't slotted for the Museum stash, or that isn't too 'over the top' for a tiny french elementary school auction, LOL! I pulled open my W.I.P. (Work In Progress) drawer, and found the 4 pieces to a crocheted lariat that I've been wanting to finish, but for the large, natural amethysts that I've been meaning to order (Ooh, they're so YUMMY looking! Like Rock candy!) . I figured I had just enough time to turn the longest section into a nice necklace before the kiddo wakes up. Then all I had to do was select a few findings to finish it. I settled on some grey seedbeads, large grey accents, and a large SS. Infinity clasp.


Long enough to be wrapped around the neck twice, for the layered choker look.


Closeup of the rope

Lavalière length

Instead of sending it with Mimi, I walked her to school this morning, which is always a pleasant excursion. I dropped her off at the playground, and went in to the principal's office. (well isn't that funny? Even writing these words made me a touch nervous....) Anyhoo... Mme. Joy, the secretary, was there, so I told her I was here to drop off a donation for the auction, and of course, she wanted to see it. So, I took it out of it's bright red silk drawstring bag, and her jaw dropped!

I stiffled a laugh. I absolutely love when my work has that effect on people. To see their eyes sparkle when they fondle the shiny baubbles. Too cute. Of course, knowing full well that Mme. Muriel is a purple FREAK, I also kept mum when Joy mentionned that it looked as if I had made it for Muriel! ;)
I've valued it at $85 (For a necklace this length, I usually charge closer to $100-$125, but I didn't want the folks to think it was too, well, hoighty), with a fixed minimum bid of $25. If there's one thing I don't like, is when you can't secure a minimum bid on a piece. I'd hate for the school to collect a mere $5 on a $100 necklace. Of course, I'm willing to wager that it might garner a 'bit' more than just $5. The auction isn't even open yet, that both Joy and Muriel we're already fighting over it, LOL! Muriel is dead set on owning it, and Joy just told her to "put up'er dukes, and pull out her wallet!" ;) Time to get the gloves out! As Mme. Mona said "I think those two might be the only ones who'll ever see that necklace..."
Funny! Hah!



In the meantime, I had [per chance] a box of my newest creations with me, filled with duster earrings and Mink necklaces. And boy, did the ladies go NUTS!!! So far, looks like I may be making a few sales off of this little adventure. I am to wait for a call about my pink/purple and black Mink necklace. A few of the ladies would like to 'chip in' on it as a Christmas prezzie for Muriel. Well, if nothing else but the satisfaction of knowing/feeling like I've done my part, I'll be getting some much needed exposure for my jewels this way. Yay me! Oh, wait: Yay for Le Beadoir!

Peace my friends. I'm off for some lunch. I might have a slew of photographs of my new pieces to share with you shortly. Man, we've had really bad lighting lately. It's been covered and grey, so I haven't had the greatest natural light to work with. Plus, I'm still waiting on some generous soul to offer me the present of a light box! It's on my Xmas list. Any takers? ;D

Jewels

Monday, October 30, 2006

Maria's Bday prezzie

Well, it won't be her birthday until the 6th, but I thought I'd help Maria celebrate a bit early this year. Maria's been working really hard for the last two months. I mean REALLY hard. On top of her full time job, she's also taking on the brunt of the work as her mom's primary caregiver during her illness.
Let's just say, that Maria really needs a break. Already this summer, I had planned to make something special for her special day. Something with pearls. I love giving my friends pearls. They're so special and precious. Just like good friends.

I called Maria first thing yesterday morning. I wanted to make sure she was coming to class today. And to see if she'd be into a little kwafee outing later on. I wanted to give her her prezzies later in the day, but I couldn't resist. When class started, there was only Maria, Barbara and myself in the room, and so I came up to the both of them and showed them my newest creations:

A strung necklace with Clear 4mm Swarovski bicones, tiny natural button pearls, large natural rice pearls, and a silver heart-shaped lobster clasp. Within the same bag, another small white organza bag containing 'Duster' earrings, using the same bead materials, plus, solid silver earwires, and some heart chain. Both Barb and Maria were ooing and aahing over them, when I leaned over to Maria and whispered: "These are for your birthday"
Oh her reaction was priceless: She turned to me and said "REALLY??????!!!???", and put them on right away! I love when people do that. They'll like something so much, they just HAVE to wear it right away. LOL! She even wanted to wear them for class, but I though not! LOL! We had a good class, my girls are getting to be good "Bellay Dansahs" ;)

We later got together for a little girl time. We went to the Fairview mall, stopped in at Chapters, bought a few little trinketty things (I just couldn't resist purchasing some beautiful light pink nesting hat boxes. They'll be perfect to decorate Mimi's room!), then off to Future Shop, where Maria redeemed some kind of 'points', and got herself a brand new Canon Elph digital camera. We walked around the mall for a bit, checked out some purses (like we need any!), some boots (I DEFFINITELY need some!), and I even tried on this kick ass blazer, but didn't get it... Oh well.
Back to Chapters for some deserts, coffee and a chai for moi. We sit, we chat, we drink, eat, and are merry. Well, probably not nearly as merry as we'd like to be. Or even NEED to be, LOL!!! But we had a great Sunday afternoon together. Yay for us!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Another Slideshow

I like playing around with these. They're fun!




Sorry I haven't been posting. I've been trying to get back on track at work, and trying to get some rest too. I'm finally getting over this monstrous cold. The kiddo's back in shape, and back in school. Dad's got some issues with his spine that pretty much render him incapacitated, so he's been home for a few days now. Work's been busy, what with both facilities hosting a "Members' appreciation night" in the same week. Um, I've actually been 'juggled' this week, LOL!

I'm determined to finish photographing my pieces this weekend. I need to finish updating my website. I'm setting it up with a shopping cart. I want it to generate sales. (Will they come if I build it? I can only hope)

J.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Hey, check this out. I got a photobucket account today, trying to see if it would make things easier for me to, say, upload a digital catalogue... We'll see. Anyhoo, they've got these cool little doodads called "Widgets", and I got a couple. Thought they'd enhance the look of my blog or something... Anyway, here's the one I chose for the hoop earrings.


Saturday, October 14, 2006

Lentil Twist Bracelets

Well, I told you I'd share some pics when these were done, and here they are. The only name I've come up for them so far is "Lentil Twist"... Catchy? I'm not sure, but we'll see... So first of all, here are a few shots of them finished:












And here is a small collection of a few more... I only managed to photograph 12 today (as well as the accompanying earrings) - I've got 9 more in the box. You know, being a one-woman band is a whole lotta work! I mean, not only am I designing my own jewellery lines, but I have to produce them. Then, I have to photograph them in their best 'light', then upload them to the site, which I'm also designing/operating on my own, and then get them out in this world... I'm also in the midst of creating a digital catalogue in the hopes that this will facilitate a wholesale client's order(s).



Based on my pricing formula, the asking price for these lovelies will be $57.50.
I think that's fair, considering the quality of the materials involved. All the beads are glass, and I use a Sterling silver "S" clasp.






The Hoops!
(are $12.50/pair)








I have a few of these in my personal collection. Um, well, I have 5... WITH matching earrings of course... ;) All you girls who make your own stuff out there, I know you hear me. I know you know just how hard it is to 'let go' of your babies. How sometimes, you just have to hold on to a few, for 'safekeeping' ;) LOL!

Peace Out!

Jewels

Thursday, October 12, 2006

"RE" Naming a Line...

Alright. I've revised my line name for the fuzzy pieces. I kinda like "Hirsutus", but like one friend said, whenever she hears the word hirsute, she instantly visualizes hairy backs and shoulders... LMAO!!!!!!!!!

Well, I wouldn't want anybody to have those visuals whenever they hear the name of any of my collections. ;)
So... I came up with something better! Well, at least I think it is. Actually, I'm having a difficult time chosing between two names.

Choice #1 for the new line is:

the "Mink Collection", and I can assure you, that no minks will be hurt in the process of their fabrication.

Choice #2 is:

the "Vixen Collection". Again, no vixen shall be harmed in the process.

So, I was wondering, which one would YOU pick? I need your help! I like them both.

LOL!

J.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Naming a Line

K, let me clarify that title: Naming a line, not as in a string, or a thread, or anything like that, but naming a line, or 'collection' of pieces of 'great similarities, yet different nonetheless'.

I never thought I'd go this route with my work, preferring to produce "One-off" pieces, rather than mass producing lines. But it was swiftly brought to my attention that most buyers would much rather buy from a line of creations, from which they can pick and chose ... I mean, I can honestly say that I've never tried to duplicate any of my pieces. I still don't. I'll make many variations on a color scheme, using some of the same beads (as in my "Lentil" bracelets, for example), but I've never made the same piece twice. There are just so many possibilities. And besides, that would be terribly unrewarding for me... I'm on a constant quest for creativity, and producing the same thing over and over again would drive me up the wall!

So, back to this naming lines business. It can be daunting. You want the name to seem meaningful to others as well as yourself. I've been hunting the darkest deepest reecesses of my brain to locate a name for the lentil bracelets. I seem to always come back to the same words: Twist, Spiral, Helix, and other words along that nature; because the lentils seem to spiral along... but I can't seem to find just the 'right' word...



As well, I was looking at naming these new fuzzy pieces, and I just thought that anything with the words Fuzzy, or Wuzzy, would be too juvenile. I want something more 'mature' and classy sounding. Funny thing happenned this morning. I was just finishing two new ones, attaching the clasps and such, when all of a sudden, the word 'Hirsute' kept popping into my mind. Now, I'm a smart girl, but for some reason, I just couldn't remember what hirsute means... So I looked it up, and 'Lo & Behold!
Hirsute: noun. Hairy, or Shaggy
Hah! Now if that just didn't drop into my lap! I'm going to call this the "Hirsutus Collection", LMAO!!! Huh? Huh? What'dya think? Suitable? Now it's back to the 'ole drawing board for the lentil pieces...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fuzzy!


Well, whadd'ya think? Have you ever seen anything like it? I love it! It almost feels like a fuzzy scarf, but just a bit "weightier". It took me all of 1 1/2 hour to make this piece today (stringing time included!)

It was fun to make, and it'll be fun to wear! I LURVE it! ;)


Jewels

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Czechbeads Order




I thought I'd actually post something about beads for a change, rather than bore you with my incessant fatigue, LOL!


So, as I'd mentionned before, I place several orders with some wholesalers, and I thought you'd like to see the Czechbeads order. Look at that teeny box, you wouldn't believe it, but it weighed almost 10 pounds! They sure know how to pack them too. I was not dissappointed with the quality of the materials at all, and will be placing many more orders to this company again. Quick service as well, I'd ordered them on the Saturday afternoon, and they arrived on Tuesday; they're in Washington (west coast) and I'm in St. Catharines, Ontario. I'm impressed!




"Garnet"

So, from Czechbeads, I ordered 6 mm Lentils (a flat, top-drilled disk) in: Garnet, Siam Ruby, Turtoiseshell, Montana Blue, Aquamarine, Crystal, Olivine, Smoky Topaz, Amethyst, "Apollo" (Gold), and Silver coated purple. I also got a mass of daggers in Tanzanite (a lovely shade of blue).
I've already got 16 bracelets done, and I've got 4 more already strung up, and ready to crochet!


"Amethyst", "Apollo", and "Montana Blue"








I got some 'Donuts" too: In Black (Iris), and Crystal (Iris) Oooh, wait until you see the pieces I'm making with them! Like nothing you've ever seen! (It'll involve KNITTING!!!) LOL!











I got some small (5 mm across) "spacer" flowers as well, some folks like to use them as spacers or 'beadcaps', I prefer to use them as actual flower embellishments. I got them in Silver, and Crystal.



"Front View"

These ones are much larger, at 16 mm across. I had found some in Toronto, but only in a light 'amber' color. So when I saw that Czechbeads carried them, I thought I'd order some, just to see if they were the same. And they ARE! Of course, I've got plans for each and every single bead in this stash. I'm starting to think that the 'stocking' stage is done, and now comes the 'production' stage... Of course, if I keep sharing them with my friends, I might have to stock up again, sonner rather than later. ;)

Oh, wait, I need to stock up on stringing materials now, don't I? I mean, I need to connect these beads with something!

The extent of the damage: 5 large flowers were harmed in the delivery process. As I said, I'm impressed!

Next up, a write up on Bamyan!

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