Archive for February, 2012

Doctor Who/James Bond Comic

February 27, 2012

If anyone is curious what I’ve been up to in my time of inactivity here on the Blog – check this out:

I am so thrilled to be part of this awesome project – inking and colouring the Doctor Who/James Bond crossover comic “A Time to Live – A Time to Kill” by Richard Morris and Richard Brackin! You can read it all (and lots of other cool comics) for free on Richard’s blog (just click the picture above).

Sparkly Snowballs

February 26, 2012

I finally decided on a design for these rhinestone beads. I wanted to do something more “special”, but every design I could come up with was overpowered by the sparkle. So simple it is.

Not quite back in the swing of things, but I’ll get there.

Frustrated with my Wire-Wrapping :(

February 25, 2012

My wire-wrapping skills are poor, to say the least. Such an important part of jewelry making, and I don’t have much hope of ever mastering it. I’m rubbish with anything crafty, anything that involves tools like pliers, hammers, saws, or even needles. I see other people do wonders with nothing but a spool of wire, and it looks so easy. Whenever I pick it up, though, all I get is a tangled mess that looks like nothing so much as a ball of wool. A big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff. I’m watching too much Doctor Who. But you get the idea.

Here I tried to fix that awesome gear donut from Earthenwood Studio to an old multi-stranded seed bead necklace (no, I didn’t string those, I’m way to lazy!). I actually kind of like the design idea, but the wire-wrapping doesn’t do the Art Bead justice. AT ALL.

And this is supposed to be an elegant earring. I could of course have made just a simple wire loop. It would have looked less crude. But it would also have been less secure.

I’m frustrated. I can’t possibly sell stuff that doesn’t have a high enough standard of craft to warrant anyone spending money on it – no matter the design. But I can’t possibly keep all the stuff I’m creating, either, and I don’t want to stop creating it, even if I’m rubbish at it. Is there any book teaching “Wire-wrapping for Dummies”?

My New Workspace!

February 24, 2012

Because I needed to show it off, now that I tidied it all up and sorted everything in! Nothing special really, just three Billy shelves right behind my desk. There’s still no room for a real worspace dedicated entirely to jewelry, but this is the closest thing I ever had, so I’m very happy 🙂

Normally my chair occupies the empty space, you can see the edge of the desk to the right. First shelf to the left is for finished jewelry and packaging materials (as if I ever really needed those). Behind that are tools and Fimo stash, and my main bead boxes – one for Art Beads, mostly my own, and one for everything else. The last shelf, right next to me when I’m working, contains mainly work in progress and some colour sorted beads for easy access when I need them. Plus some boxes with beads yet to be glazed (to keep them from gathering dust), and a little box with bits and pieces of broken jewelry, tiny keys and other found objects. And my camera normally, not in this picture for obvious reasons. Rather unfortunately because there’s no other room for it, my scanner occupies the top of that shelf. And some job applications are stacked up there, too *sigh*

The only thing I really miss now is a huge pin board on the left wall to put inspirational pictures and all that random stuff that washes up on my desk. And some decorative jewelry display to hang from the other wall…

No news since Christmas…

February 23, 2012

… because I have been painting a lot instead of making jewelry. Tuesday morning however, my laptop broke down. I just have no luck with the things, I’ve only had this one for less than a year 😦

So, since I can’t paint now (not digitally anyway, which I mostly do), can’t play computer games either, nor watch TV – I’ll probably get back into jewelry. Expect more posts soon. It’s been three days, and I’m running out of things to do. The place already looks more neat and tidy now than it ever has (since we moved in, anyway 😉 ).

Finally, some Bead Porn – Soapaholic gave me these lovelies for Christmas:

And some silver spacers, which I can never have enough of: