Archive for January, 2010

Kiwiken’s Art Beads

January 31, 2010

So this is the last drawer I haven’t shown yet: my own handmade beads. These are just connectors, beads and larger charms, though – there’s an additional box with all the small charms. I definitely need a larger storage drawer! I hate putting different things together in one case… The metal core beads are stored in two cases because of the different hole size, so I don’t confuse them.

Today (besides making copies of stamps) I experimented a little with my “faux bronze connectors” (the small round disks in the left case above), but the new ones aren’t glazed yet, so I can’t show them before tomorrow.


Christmas Bead Shopping II

January 30, 2010

This is the rest of the beads I bought over christmas. I really don’t understand why it is so hard to get metal beads around here, especially golden or bronze ones. The green and purple beads on top are some kind of gemstone, I don’t know what exactly (but they’re definitely dyed). The white beads at the bottom are painted porcelain – the small ones with flowers in green and orange, the larger ones with golden chinese writing.

And isn’t the little chili pepper cute? (I love hot food, so I had to get that one, too)

I am just sorting them and storing them away, so I thought I should take a little snapshot. Which reminds me, I really need to take a picture of the dragon hoard of beads I made and didn’t use so far…

Some Simple Earrings

January 29, 2010

Just trying my hand on something different, in an unusual colour combination – lavender and khaki. Inspired by the colour wheel I posted a few days ago.

Sorry for the short post, but I don’t have much time today… I’m out for dinner with my co-workers. Finishing my pile of jewelry will have to wait for the weekend.

Broken Pieces

January 28, 2010

Some old and broken jewelry that used to belong to my grandmother. Two bracelet links and a necklace. I think the links might make a nice pendant, maybe the pale gold (it’s not as bright as it used to be) would look good with green.

As for the necklace… well, I don’t like the combination of the bright gold and pink (both are more intense in reality than in my picture). However, I could imagine the pink beads with reddish brown wood and bronze. And the golden part maybe with blue or green. What do you think?


January 27, 2010

My mom gave me these three lovely paua shells for christmas! I love the play of colour on them (unfortunately it is impossible to capture on a photo). The large one even has a hole, so I can string it as a pendant! I don’t know what to do with the others, as I don’t want to glue them, and I’ve never done any wire-wrapping. Maybe I should try it…

Pink Tea Roses

January 26, 2010

Another necklace I recently made. To be honest, I don’t know what to think about it. I’ve been working on yet another, but I won’t finish it tonight – maybe tomorrow.

Wavy Washer Necklace

January 25, 2010

As you can see, I finally managed not only to finish my Washer/Hokusai necklace, but even to take a photo of it… Considering that I planned it first in August to submit to the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge, and then again in december to submit to the Inspiration is Everywhere Hardware Store challenge… oh well. *sighs*


January 24, 2010

A while ago, I made these textured polymer clay donuts in two sizes and several colours. They turned out way too bright for me!

So now I antiqued some of them with black acrylic paint and turned them into earrings.

One pair in khaki:

And one pair in red:

Leaves Whisper

January 23, 2010

This is the necklace I mentioned yesterday, the last one I made for this month’s challenge. It is somewhat similar to necklaces I made before, but a little different. I had wanted to do something with dangles on that leaf for a while… originally, the pendant (without the dangles) was supposed to become a pair of earrings. But then I didn’t have enough of the jet swarovski bicones for the other one, and this single earring has been lying around for three months now. In the store they kept telling me “next week” again and again, and now I’m sick of it. I ordered some elsewhere, but it will take a while until they’re here, so I just made the earring into a pendant.

The name for the necklace comes from a song (by Leaves Eyes) that I just happened to listen to while creating it, and I though it fits. I had to think of the sound that branches (not really the leaves) make when the rain freezes on them, encasing them in a layer of ice. They look like trees made of glass, and they sound like delicate wind chimes (not quite as nice if the same thing happens to your car, turning it into an ice cube).

Colours of Spring

January 22, 2010

Aaalright. It’s been a while. I’m sorry, everyone. Obviously, it didn’t get better by tuesday 😉

But now I’m back. I just made another necklace for the monthly Art Bead Scene challenge, which I’m going to show tomorrow. Something simple and, uh, non-chromatic (that is, black and silver). Which I like, btw.

But today is about COLOUR. In a recent post on Art Bead Scene, Lorelei Eurto blogged about the “Pantone Colour Report for Spring 2010”. Now, I don’t usually follow trends with my clothing (or my jewelry design). But: looking at the beads she choose to represent these colours made me kind of curious. Could I do that? I don’t have an exceptional eye for colour, but I thought it might be a good practice. I’m not sure how well I did, but it sure was fun (try it, I can recommend it!). AND it inspired some ideas for new combinations, so expect to see some stuff in these colours soon anyway…

So, here’s my colour wheel with the closest matches I had available (I had nothing for that weird colour they called “Eucalyptus”. And my “Pink Champagne” isn’t really pink, it’s ivory). Anyway, what do you think? I put in the actual colours for comparison.