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Earrings Everyday – April Inspiration

April 18, 2014

Inspiration Photo

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!!)

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Aqua Flower Necklace

October 18, 2012

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?

Memory Wire Bracelet

October 11, 2012

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.

Back to Beading

October 9, 2012

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):

Finishing up some Necklaces

September 17, 2012

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.

Spring Flower Bracelet

March 8, 2012

A new bracelet. I really like the look of the soft green jade parts with the copper.

Bracelet Design and Photography

March 3, 2012

A simple bracelet without Art Beads. I had these beads lying around, wanting to turn them into a necklace. But they missed a key element, the design was too simple for a necklace. Today I gave up and turned it into a bracelet instead, for that the design works well enough.

Unfortunately my camera just doesn’t capture the colours (no flash this time), that blue is much darker in reality. Also, crappy photo. I need to work on that…

EDIT!

I recruited my boyfriend to take a new photo. Better?

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge – March 2012

March 2, 2012

For once, an early entry for the Monthly Challenge over at Art Bead Scene. The inspiration painting is “Le Moulin a Poivre” by Vincent Van Gogh:

I suppose I could have thought of something different, but the flags captured my attention. The bracelet looks a lot better in reality and on my wrist. The vintage heart bead is a bit scratched, but it’s not actually noticable without the strong flash I had to use to get a half-decent picture despite the gloomy weather. The wave-patterned polymer clay bead is one of mine.

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”?