Archive for the ‘Beads’ Category

Working on new Beads

September 20, 2012

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…

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Hello again!

September 16, 2012

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:

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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…

Thanks mum! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yet another Blog Giveaway at Lorelei’s!

March 6, 2012

Lorelei is having a blog giveaway. Again. I know, right? That lady is spoiling her readers. This giveaway ends tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have no idea whether or not this one is open for us people living outside the US. Had to share it anyway, because – just look at those beads! All of that is polymer clay!!! I should go and hide in a corner, seriously. The beads were made by Hillovely:

Blog Challenge at Lorelei’s!

March 5, 2012

Head over to Lorelei’s Blog for a lovely blog challenge that, for once, is open to participants outside the US, too (like me, yay!). She will draw 10 random commenters tomorrow, who will receive a pair of these beauties to try out:

Good luck to you (and me!)! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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

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

 

New Beads

February 6, 2011

I bought some new beads again. Some kind of dyed matrix gemstone… I had intended to buy just some chain and findings, but I couldn’t leave them, it’s so rare to find gemstone beads around here, especially in more unusual shapes. I also love that chain, it’s large but light-weight, perfect for a bracelet.

Besides this, no more news here. I’m struggling with the colours of the monthly challenge, it’s not my thing (though the inspiration painting is beautiful). But we shall see…

Even More Beads

August 30, 2010

Here we go. And don’t say I didn’t warn you!

More glass and more metal, but also gemstone and shell.

And I finally have an idea for the Monthly Challenge… if it works out, I’ll show you tomorrow!

Beads, Beads, Beads

August 29, 2010

I have been away from the Blog for quite a while… and I haven’t created anything new in all this time. Artist’s block or something, I don’t really know. However, I hope that I will be in the mood for creating once again, now that the weather gets worse. I’ll try to blog regularly as well, but I’ll start slow by showing off some (more or less) recent purchases. Everyone showing their Bead Fest loot made me really jealous – all I have to show are some plain store-bought beads I got when I spent my summer vacation in Cologne.

The colourful stuff: glass, ceramic, wood. The orange/blue ones were meant to be for the ABS Challenge two months ago… *sigh* I still don’t have anything for the current one either, and it’s only two days to go.

And the metal stuff. If you like looking at “Bead Porn”, check back tomorrow for the loot I bought in the next store!

More Beads

May 26, 2010

I bought more beads last weekend. As you can see, I also bought the cat toggle I talked about, which wasn’t really a cat toggle, but more a tiger-striped toggle with an additional cat charm. Nevertheless, I have a Cheshire Cat-inspired necklace in mind for this (even though the charm doesn’t grin). Maybe the butterfly is yet another Absolem…

What do you think of the colour-spotted coins?

Funkelkram

May 25, 2010

I just received a bead package I ordered from Funkelkram. The Sardonyx coins are my favourites, don’t they look special?

Then I got some Kukui nuts, which are bigger than I thought they were. But I like their shape (like a puffy heart) and their wood colour, they remind me of chestnuts – and despite their chunky size, they are really really light-weight.

I also got two lava beads (I know I could make faux ones from polymer clay, but I just wanted some real ones).