|A set -- these earrings just completed to go with the necklace below!|
I've been having some downright fun! Spring brings forth lots of awesome color and playful art ideas roam around in my head . . . from decorating my house, to making little art pieces and projects, to my favorite thing, creating new jewelry. This post includes nothing too serious or beautifully woven . . . just some bright colors and some fun, using whatever I found or have -- plastic buttons from the craft store (I love these, they are so cheery!) to metal charms, some kinda heavy, but adorable nonetheless, and some miscellaneous beads, with wire, lots of wire in 18, 20, 22 and 24 gauges. You'll see in some of the earrings, I wire wrapped using 24 gauge, onto a more sturdy base of 18 gauge. I smiled with each completed piece!
I love having a "project" on my beading table, so when I get a few minutes I can just start where I left off and not have to think about what beads or colors I want to combine for a project. That early process takes me a bit of time... determining color, size, shape, 1-hole, 2-hole, now 4-hole. So many options and where to begin? So back to this project, which is already determined, I just need more time. I'm still working on the individual X-spokes (using the new 4-hole quadratiles), and then combining each X-spoke, either with 2-hole tiles or just another X-spoke. It's a 2-sided design by Kelly Wiese named X-Factor, taught by Sandy Taylor @ Bead Street. In a couple of the pics below you can see the start of another X-spoke, which will give you a better idea of how small each one is by itself. It's gonna be pretty! Stay tuned for the finished product.
Oh, fireline... how I hate thee sometimes! I made this beautiful new pendant, designed by Vezsuzsi, and as I got ready to put on the last few 15/0 sb, I started to bend it oh so gradually, to look at those little 3 mm fp which kind of get hidden in the pattern, and it paid me back for that bend, by gradually disintegrating before my tearful eyes! You can see at the top of this blue beauty that the layer is coming away from the center. So, basically, fireline is perfect, until it's not. I think those cute little fp I used may have been sharp at the drilled opening, but I can't be sure. There are several other beads in this piece that could have assisted with the disintegration, but if fireline can catch a fish without breaking, why oh why can't it string a dang pendant? It can, right? Catch a fish that is? But, alas, since I will not allow myself to be discouraged for long, I started once again, using a different color palette, and I was cautious and conscientious about my tension on every round! Tension, tension, tension, and sharp beads, make the diff I guess. Thank you, Sandy, for letting me quietly sob.... kidding... Thanks for a great class! No matter what happens in my learning cycle, I always enjoy that creating time with my beading sistahs at Bead Street.