|First complete Kumihimo project|
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Greetings fellow soupers. Thank you Lori for such a fabulous event. You did a perfect job matching partners. Jill Bradley and I have become new long distance friends and have really enjoyed our partnership. Our exchange was made early so we both had lots of time to create many beautiful items.
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My goals are pretty much the same in this soup as others I've participated in, however my skills are a little rusty so there were some challenges. Overall I'm satisfied. Here are my pieces.
So back to the drawing board, or rather Joanns to pick up some nice chain to better tie it together. Much nicer look, I think. It can be worn short or long.
One of my goals was to try and use what you already have.
Same day I was able to use all of Jill's wonderful silver pieces to make this fun, lightweight and sweet pair of earrings. Just in time for Spring.
Finished piece. Lots of wire wrapping. I made the clasp, and added a bit of wire to the y. I'm very pleased with this one. And then, of course... earrings to match.
Earrings made to match with a big ring at the bottom.
No, I'm not done yet.... breathe.
Jill sent this beautiful silk. I'll admit I'm silk challenged too. However I do like wire and saw the perfect opportunity to marry the 2 in a fun combo. I made the silk wrapped bead using a heavy copper - 14 g - as a base, wrapped wire around that, then started wrapping the silk to hide the wire. Fat in the middle and thinner on the edges. Then 2 or 3 wraps of copper wire with a mix of copper 2mm balls, some seeds and more copper wire to hold it all together. There's one lampwork bead at the bottom for interest and of course just enough silk to "tie" it all together - slips over my head perfectly - no clasp required.
Monday, February 8, 2021
What a gorgeous bead soup I received from my partner, Jill Bradley. Thanks so much, and I can't wait to start cooking!
Ok, I can't wait (just like a kid on Christmas Eve) Posting these pics early (don't tell). These are the items I made from Jill's soup. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I'll detail each in the next post. Click on pic for a larger view.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Testing January 23, 2021. Coton de Tulear dog breed
On the left you see a blurred BOO TOO.
On the right his brother Ranger.
These 2 guys are 9.5 years young, from the same litter and now live in the same town. Lucky dudes get to have play days - this one was on their birthday and they were excited to meet, greet, and sneak a treat!
(this is a test to see if this blog still works, or to see if I can still remember how to manage it for the upcoming BEAD SOUP exchange. So far so good.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
This is the revised version - and I totally love it. I'm a short necklace kinda gal and since turquoise is my birthstone I knew this was going to be a favorite of mine. It's about 16" long and perfect for me. I had these Picasso 9mm rounds and the Swarovski 6mm rounds so combined with the nice wire wrap I made, using her 2mm crystals I think the whole thing came together great (with chain at the back and a clasp I made from copper, not showing in pic). Inspiration: a similar piece from Artbeads.com (of course not the exact same, but giving credit where credit is due). Strung on Softflex medium professional beading wire.
All the turquoise beads you see are from Christine. I have only made one other of these bracelets before and decided this would be a fun combo of colors. 6 rounds of a base of African Christmas beads, then lots of other colors, shapes in between including more of Christine's gifted beads. I love it. Guess I'm a color nut. Very comfy to wear, no clasp.
Next pair challenged me to get ready for St. Pat's day, I used her green Swarovski and my sterling trinity charm, plus made sterling earwires. 3rd pair is used her green seaglass beads. I mixed some Vintaj colors in blue and green and embossed 2 copper plates, buffed, finished and made copper ear wires. This is one of my traditional designs - my favorite kind to make, lots of steps but fun. Like a mini mural on your ears.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Her card, the perfect message for this exchange...... read on
I imagine, therefore I am free
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination
Growth contains happiness
Create it is the spirit that creates
Become to live is to be slowly born.
Her letter, describing the history of beads ......
Turquoise flower hoarded for several years (artist unknown). Also included some triangle wooden beads, a few top drilled crystals and a strand of 2mm firepolished, and turquoise stones. She also loves turquoise and it's MY birthstone. What a nice combination of beads. I love them.
Lampwork beads purchased when (mystery artist) was closing her shop. Her intended earrings didn't materialize. ooooh lucky me. I love these colors, and the coordinating beads of kelly green crystals, black roundels and amethyst faceted rounds will be fun to work with.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Color wheel was just that. I used my color wheel to artfully string on beads that were close to the color wheel pattern in the correct order, and single crocheted each into place, one at a time. I had a different size hook than pattern called for so in no time at all I used up all the white yarn. Oh well, you can still wrap it twice around neck and use button closure.
Then I went for my RED stash - love these 2 colors together. GREEN cord was a left over from another (unfinished) project, so I went to town on that one too. Am happy with the way they turned out - love all the different colors, shapes, sizes of beads in each necklace. I leave them in my south facing window and watch the sun shine on each - brings me a little joy (and I actually finished something... yea.)
Enjoy your sunny day, where ever you are.