Friday, June 30, 2006
There's something to be said about looking at a design that came 'through' you. I love this necklace, it's going in my new "Bridal" collection.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
So I made her one this morning, and then walked to school to pick up Jaimée, and to hand deliver her gift. The card said (in french of course, LOL):
"Pour Mme Josée;
This bracelet represents a Fushia Trellis; a beautiful, vivacious yet delicate plant, that requires a lot of love and tender care, much like our children.
We are so happy that Jaimée had you as her first instructor. We will never forget 'Mme Josée'.
I could tell she was very touched by the gift, we will truly miss her, as she will always be Jaimée's very first teacher. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Of course, these are only a few examples, and the possibilities are merely limitted by your imagination.
Triple Wrap, Double Knot: Wrap around the back, around the front, and the back again, bringing the ends back to the front. Tie two square knots.
Double Knots: Quite easy to achieve, simply pass the rope over your neck, grab both ends, and make two square knots, onver over the other, for that "Chinese Knot" look.
Overhand Knot: After slipping the rope over your neck, grab both ends, and tie them into an overhand knot. A quick tip if you have large embellishements on the ends: Stagger the ends of the rope before tying, for a more decorative look. (Also good if you have large glass beads or stones, to avoid having them "Clank" together)
One Wrap, One knot: Holding both ends, wrap from front to back, and pass the ends back to the front. Tie a single square knot, and Voilà!
The Slipthrough: After slipping the rope over your neck, grab both ends, and tie them into an overhand knot.
It's a touch more complicated to create this look, but so worth it.
Holding the rope by each end, start by wrapping from front to back. On each side, using an opposite 'end', make one square knot around the wrapped part of the rope, and then a second square knot.
Then with both ends, about two inches lower, make a third and fourth square knot at the center.
LOL! I should put a diagram up of this one!!!!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful!!!
You can see her here: http://www.interweave.com/bead/beadwork_magazine/readers_gallery/Readers_gallery.asp
They didn't add my website addy, but hey, they spelled my name right! Happy dance, happy dance!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
The full view, and a closeup. I used "cap" flowers in three sizes, small drops, glass leaves, and freshwater pearls. I think it turned out quite nicely, and am considering sending IT in place of the other set I made for my mom for mother's day. These are "Her" colors... ;)
Oh, and check these little gems out! I have a friend whom I believe could use a few in her bakery ;) ...
They'd look abso-freakin-fabulous in that gorgeous tree she has in there....
The first one finished was the Ndebele rope to go with the beaded bead I made a few weeks back. I kid you not, I spent a good 8.5 hours making the rope ALONE! Those little black beads are size 12/0. (for you 'non-beaders' that's anywhere bewteen a small sesame seed, and a poppy seed...) I made it so the bead is removable. That way, the necklace can be worn with, or without the B.B. The accent on the side is actually an integral part of the design, and was created by implementing some of the same beads found in the B.B
I then made a few crochet ropes with these neat "Half & Half" (size5/0 )beads I found on my last trip to the John Bead warehouse (Man, that was a trip in itself. You haven't lived 'til you've shopped for beads with a shopping cart. A SHOPPING CART!!!!!! LOL!) . I had my girlfriend Terri make me a lampwork heart, in black and white, to match the rope. She made a few prototypes, and I'm thinking of making this into a 3-Rope set, and purchase another heart. Here are the ropes so far:
I was going to put the heart on the first rope I made (the one in the center), but once it was on there, I found it just 'dissappeared', and frankly, if I'm going to spend $30 on a bead, I want it to stand out... I just happened to have an old "Indian" lampwork kicking around that suited the rope much better.
Then I thought "Well, I bought the heart, now I need to make a rope for IT..." ;) ... So on the second rope, I simply alternated the 5/0s with some matte black 6/0s. I think it looks pretty sharp! These ropes are made without clasps, so they're actually long enough to simply slip over your head.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Pairs #1 and 2 were made with the golden blister pearls, I added some purple glass trumpet flowers to the second pair. I love the look of the pearl clustering off of the sterling silver chain segments. Very rich...
With pairs 3 and 4, I experimented with the smaller white freshwater pearls, but kept the chain design going. The first headpins I used for the first 2 pairs were a bit large for the holes of the smaller pearls, so I had to spend a considerable amount of time reaming them. Saddly, I broke the diamond tip off of my smallest attachment in one of the pearls... By the 4th pair, I remembered that I had some finer sterling silver headpins that would be perfect for them, but this meant I'd have to get busy with some wire wrapping, as opposed to simple loops... Well, I'm not one to shy away from a little extra work, so I went for it! LOL! I am NOT dissapointed with this last one, and I'm tempted to keep these for myself. Which means I'll have to contact my suppliers and see who can give me a better price on SS headpins, because I have a feeling this is going to be a popular model... Especially with me! LOL!!!