Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to you all!

Polymer clay star charms (I made this bunch last christmas)

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Bead Porn

December 23, 2009

I bought sooo many nice things yesterday – here’s some of them!

The tiny black and white ones remind me of icycles:

Some Cloisonne:

Several gemstone beads:

Some large mother-of-pearl discs in chocolate brown:

Some tiny “beetle green” beads that are hard to photograph:

And some pretty glass beads I already wanted to buy on my last visit here, but decided against – now I bought several colours:

I also bought some decorative chain for bracelets, a rose toggle, a heart charm and some metal beads, but I didn’t take pictures of those.

Christmas Vacation

December 21, 2009

Sorry for not blogging, I spent most of last day on a train. As soon as it stars to snow, if only just a little, there’s chaos in Germany. As if nobody could have expected that there might be snow in winter! But today I found some time for beading. I almost finished the washer necklace, but didn’t have the right type of chain. And all the shops around here seem to be closed on a monday *sigh*. I also completed a little bracelet, using some gemstone beads I bought on my last visit here in summer. I think the colours might look nice with blue jeans. And tomorrow I will go bead shopping: finally my bead diet has ended! So you can look forward to some “bead porn”…

Inspired by… Sewing Kit I

December 17, 2009

OK, this is the second time I’m writing this post. My internet connection keeps breaking down.

I changed the plan, took the bracelet apart last night and made it into a necklace. The button focal is more prominent now. I kind of like the design, even though it is simple. It reminds me of Tolkiens elves and Lothlorien – that is definitely an Elanor flower. Maybe it is Galadriels necklace?

Variations III – First Frost

December 16, 2009

I love this one – the perfect wintery jewelry, doesn’t it look like something the snow queen would wear? I think the beads look like cracked ice.

I saw Ice Age 3 this evening (cute movie), and when I stepped outside afterwards, the streets were white, and the nightsky was full of snowflakes! So beautiful! There’s _never_ snow around here before January, I can’t remember a single white christmas, and just one white New Years Eve.

Back to the bracelet, it is kind of a combination of the last few “Inspired by…” challenges – it has vintage crackle glass beads and chain from the hardware store. The beads have probably been in some kind of jewelry ages ago, but I only remember them being in a big jar of old beads I used to play with as a kid – and my mom befor me. Now they’re in a new place of honour!

I know, I know – I wanted to do something different today, and I did. Another bracelet, for the sewing kit challenge. I’ll post it tomorrow. It is a simple and delicate design which doesn’t look like “sewing kit” much. The item I used does appear like it was always meant to be made into jewelry, though it’s actually a button.

Variations II

December 15, 2009

Same chain as the first one, yet it looks quite different, more elegant I think. Delicate glass beads instead of stone and wood, monochromatic amber instead of the dark green and reddish brown. The beads were lying on my worktable anyway, so it just kind of fell together, I only had to add the swarovski. Will I do more of these? Well, I don’t know, but I might. I do have different plans for tomorrow, though…

Variations I

December 14, 2009

Sorry for not posting during the weekend. Nothing new anyway, too much stress to create anything, and still on a bead diet, so no nice new purchases either. Went to the shop, but they don’t even have black swarovski bicones for weeks :/

I rarely wear bracelets, but I’m already so fond of the latest creation that it is probably about to grow roots on my arm. It is based loosely on a project on Art Bead Scene, which is of course made by Lorelei, who always creates the prettiest bracelets. I love this design, it’s simple and fast to create, but very versatile. So I think I’m going to try a few variations on this theme – different beads, different metals, different charms, to create similar bracelets with a somewhat different look each time. It’s good practice, I’m horrible at wire-wrapping.

The first one has some of the blue glass beads I blogged about a few days ago, the ones my mum gave me. And the chain is actually from the hardware store! The colour of the beads is a little off in the picture, due to the flash (I can’t help it, it has been dark and foggy all day) – they are much darker in reality.

Oh, and before I forget, the next challenge has begun on Treasures Found: Inspired by… Sewing kit! I hope I’ll find more time this round, I only managed to create one entry for the last one, without art beads even.

Moss and Wood Bracelet

December 11, 2009

The idea for this bracelet came from a free project on Art Bead Scene. I used wood and green turquoise instead of lampwork, and I didn’t do wirewrapped loops between the beads, because it didn’t work. There’s one on the dangle, though. I guess the other wire was too hard? Any tips for a beginner? I also didn’t have matching wire for the hook clasp, so I used a toggle.

The barbecue yesterday was nice, not as rainy and cold as I had feared. And way too much to eat. At least twice as much as we could manage, so today we can just go on eating…

Inspired by… Grandma’s Jewelry Box I

December 9, 2009

Made for the challenge Grandma’s Jewelry Box. The heart pendant is old, I recently found it in some box of stuff on the attic (and forgot to mention it in the blog post), not sure who it belonged to. I think it’s made of brass, some tiny rhinestones and black enamel. I tried to pick up the colour of the rhinestones with silver-lined glass beads and silver seed beads. Lots of mixed metal, and a little “bling” – kind of appropriate for christmas. I’m especially happy that I managed to use only beads from my stock, when at first I was afraid that I would never find anything coordinating for this particular pendant. The black papillon seed beads were actually the last leftovers of another heart necklace I blogged about a few days ago, the one with the pendant by Lynn Davis.

Other beads and findings used: brass chain, gilded toggle and wavy discs, black and clear silver-lined papillon seed beads, silver seed beads and black goldstone beads.

Oh, and there won’t be a blog post tomorrow, probably no time for jewelry making either – we’re having a christmas party at work. And since we’re officially crazy, we’re doing a… barbecue. Even though it’s 6°C, and it’s supposed to rain the whole day. Yay!

Blue Glass

December 9, 2009

For want of any real news: some glass beads my mom gave me last weekend. Don’t know yet what I’m going to do with them, but I like blue.

I should really take the time to complete that necklace tomorrow. And go to the hardware store to pick up some more winged nuts and golden polymer clay for the bracelet…

I’m afraid I won’t have the time to participate in this week’s challenge, but maybe it’s better that way, as I still have no real inspiration for it.