Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spring knit cuff

FINALLY! Blogger's letting me post some photos.
I'm still putting the finishing touches on the tutorial, all the photos are done, I just needed to get the knitting terminology proofed, since I'm a beader, not a knitter. o_O

Thought I'd put in this shot of the materials. Now, the olive dish might throw you off, but, I'll share a little tip with you: Since I don't own a bead spinner (which facilitates stringing large amounts of beads in practically no time flat!), I use my olive dish to hold my beads, and I just dig at them with a super long needle and VoilĂ ! A super duper easy stringer! ;) The porcelain surface makes it easier for the needle to just slip in through the beads, without causing any of the friction or snags that a beading mat might offer.

See? I AM smarter than the average BEAR! ;)


Clasp closeup
I dug these Jade beads out of my stash, they just happened to match the thread perfectly!


White one done with size 8/0 Matgama drops

Red one, finished with three small magnetic clasps.

I wanted to finish every piece differently, to show the readers that you're not limited to one style of clasp. Being a "Think Outside The Box" type of gal, I'm not fond of limitations myself... ;)

You know, I really used to like the idea of a black background for my pieces, but now that I see how stark it is, I think I'll stick to gray, it somehow seems to soften the look of the pieces, doesn't it?


Rachel said...

I really like the green and pink one. I would have never thought to use those two colors together. Beautiful work, as always!

Jewels said...

Thank you Rachel.
Yeah, I picked those colors, to make the cuff look like a bed of spring flowers. I love seasonal color combinations. Mother Nature always seems to get it right. ;)


The Lone Beader said...

Wow! Your olive dish trick is great! I'll have to remember that... :)

Jewels said...

LOL! Thanks Diana. What's that they say about Necessity? ;)
I've got TWO olive dishes, and neither has EVER seen an olive! LOL!

Not Ashley said...

Love the green & pink one, but then I also loved the white and red ones.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Olive dish - I thought it was a hamster boat!!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Get it? A boat you could send your hamster out to sea on???

Jewels said...

LOL! M, U like everything I make! ;)

Jewels said...

I got it Phos. But, I don't have a hamster. Maybe my lizard would like a ride in it! ;)

Ruela said...

cool :)

Jewels said...

Thanks Ru.
I can't wait to see it published!