Long time no post, I know. Long time no new jewelry or components either, as I have been concentrating on improving my painting skills instead. However, I do have discovered a new… hobby? addiction? obsession? recently: paper beads. I finally got a nice varnish for the beads two days ago, so I can share my first pair of earrings, inspired by a post on Earrings Everyday. Wire flowers made by me as well, which is a first. Unfortunately the green colour of the beads paled a little under the glaze, I’ll have to find out if I can prevent that somehow… (and I’m not entirely happy with the photo either, those beads look so much better in reality!!)
I just realised that I still haven’t shown the result of last week’s Bead Table Wednesday – I don’t make that much jewelry at the moment, and I was away visiting my parents over the weekend… anyway, this is the necklace, and the final one of this batch of fimo (so now I finally have an excuse to start a new one):
And did I mention that this wallpaper is my new favourite photo background?
Yesterday someone ended up on my blog googling for how to make a Chan Luu bracelet. I have no idea why, since I never mentioned one… but it made me curious. How do you make one? So it was my turn to google for tutorials, and I found a couple, like this:
Or, if you prefer pictures and text, this: Link
I usually have a bit of a phobia of doing anything that requires thread and a needle, as I am rubbish with those. But this looks easy enough, so I’ve decided to try one (though looks are probably deceiving…)
So today, I have some thread and leather and some gorgeous sparkly beads on my table – no idea if anything will come of it, but I’ll try my best. The design still lacks a button for the closure, though – maybe I’ll make one from polymer clay. And I can already tell that this bracelet will be a pain to photograph – as the beads are.
Check out the Flickr Group for more bead tables:
Here’s my first ever memory wire bracelet – isn’t it pretty? I like the look of it so much that I’d like to keep this one, but then I didn’t make it for keeping. I had planned for it to be one row longer originally, but I ran out of beads – those little jars they come in are cleverly cushioned so as to fill only half way – there’s less in them than you’d think😦
I can’t afford to make the bracelets longer, or I’d have to use two jars of beads, and thus the price I’d have to ask for them would go up… But it’s long enough like this, so I can make more… I think I’ll stick with the star charms and not use hearts – after all, they are for christmas.
I’s Bead Table Wednesday again! Finishing the matching necklace to yesterday’s earrings, and the rest is to become simple bracelets with memory wire and one of the little charms I used to make from my leftovers a while back. I wanted something that I can throw together pretty fast and easy, with materials that aren’t too expensive, because I’m thinking of attempting to sell a couple of little things at the local christmas market. People don’t have much money here, and they don’t value handmade particularly. I tried this a couple of years ago already, so I don’t really know why I bother – must be masochistic tendencies. I didn’t sell a single thing, and the conversations with potential customers weren’t exactly a boost to my self esteem either… a couple of examples for your entertainment:
Customer (looking at a necklace interestedly, then incredulous upon seeing the pricetag): “How much is this?”
Me (confused, thinking that maybe I dind’t write clearly enough): “Ten Euro.”
Customer (looking appalled): “I could get a real necklace for that!”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)
Since she can’t have meant gold and jewels, I can only assume that a real necklace would be made by the thousands in a real factory by real underpaid chinese workmen… *rolleyes*
Customer (looking at a necklace, then at me interestedly): “You made this?”
Me: “Yes, I did.”
Customer (pointing out one of my art beads): “These look interesting, do you know what they are made of?”
Me: “Yes, actually, I made those myself, too.” (she looks impressed) “They are made of polymer clay…” (intentionally using a word she might not know rather than the brand name)
Me (inner sigh): “Fimo.”
Customer: “Ah… yes. I know that.” (looks at me with a positively disgusted expression) “My son did that once… in kindergarten.”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)
Check out the Flickr group to see what other beady people have on their table:
Back from my vacation, I finally finished two of the necklaces from my last Bead Table Wednesday post:
I’m particularly fond of this one:
The third design didn’t work out, so I turned two of the pendants into earrings instead, and the third one into a matching necklace (I ran out of seed beads on that one, so I couldn’t finish it yet):
I haven’t worked with polymer clay in a long time… before I start opening even more packages, I decided to use up some stuff I had started ages ago. I don’t even remember when I made that flower cane or what inspired it. The cane’s still reasonably good, unfortunately the bronze clay for the base bead was a “bit” dry, so it was very crumbly to work with and I got tiny bits of fimo about everywhere now. Never let it come to that, it’s no fun.
But I like the beads, even though they are not all quite the size I wanted them to be – I can’t wait to make necklaces in that colour scheme. Somehow they remind me of the meadow saffrons growing in the park right now, even though the flowers on the beads are blue rather than purple. Must be because of the missing green leaves, just these strange pale flowers coming out of the autumn brown ground…
After finishing up the last three necklaces, three more pendants of the same batch ended up on my beading table, so it’s still all the same colour scheme here, and the same old hearts/love theme. I tend to organize my projects in progress on these neat trays, which I bought a while back in a closing sale. They can be stacked so they don’t gather dust, the beads don’t roll around too much on the velvet, and I can carry them around with me if I decide to continue working in the living room. Theoretically, they are also nice displays (which is what they’re meant for after all), but so far I haven’t done any shows and never needed any.
Unfortunately, it has been troublesome to get jump rings of the right size around here. They are either too small for the clay parts, or really large and bulky, which works with some designs, but definitely not with the three-part pendant here. And last week I apparently bought split rings again by accident… as this happens a lot to me, I have given up and actually decided to use them to connect beaded segments (I did so in that last heart necklace I made). Unfortunately though, they are no use to attach my polymer clay pendants, as I would likely either scratch or break them in the attempt to fix them to these. So, although the design is technically complete, that one necklace will have to wait a while for being finished I’m afraid.
And if you like to spy on work in progress as much as I do, be sure to check out what all the talented people at the Flickr Group are doing at the moment:
Do you remember my last Bead Table Wednesday post? Probably not – I just checked and it was way back in… December. Now I finished the three necklaces I started that day. I’m amazing, am I not? As fast as a sloth – wheee!
My boyfriend took these photos on our living room table yesterday, then looked at my older jewelry shots and commented that he liked those better where I had used notes or wallpaper as a backdrop. I suppose he’s right and I tried to take new photos today, but the necklace above didn’t want to be photographed by me, and the photos that I did manage to take I can’t get onto my boyfriend’s computer for some reason… so I’m stuck with the old ones for now. Obviously the camera didn’t really like the dark background much either.
Uh… yeah. Still here. And after half a year that I’ve left my beads untouched while practising to paint, I am now finally back to the world of jewelry making – if only because my laptop fan broke down, so I’m forced to leave the computer aside and do something in the real world for once.
This last week, I was shopping with my mum, who insisted on buying me something – so I took her to my favourite craft store and got some nice supplies that I can’t get anywhere around here – mostly just boring stuff, but here’s a couple of nice ones:
That heart clasp was just the detail that was missing in one of my half-baked designs (I already finished that one, but I’ll rather show you a couple of necklaces tomorrow) and I can’t wait to use those lovely flowery beadcaps (might be perfect for the current monthly challenge)! Not sure yet what to do with the butterfly, but I just couldn’t leave it…