Friday, November 29, 2013

The Journey of What to Make And a New Years Resolution

I often get asked how I know what I'm going to make!   Well, that is tough to describe because sometimes I don't know I what it is until it is finished.

A lot of the time when I shop for my beads and cabochons or even my wire, when I see something that catches my eye a vision comes in my head of what it would look like in a piece of jewelry.  The vision isn't always clear but a vision non the less.   So you see I have quite a stash of visions in my drawer.  The only problem is when I start working on a piece if I've waited too long the vision fades and the piece turns out completely different. But once in a while I get lucky and it all falls into place and I get a winner.

On this piece I got lucky!  The vision actually worked
 and almost done!  I have to add more bling and a focal
dangle that just came in and finish putting on the clasp.

But there are many more visions that are still sitting unfinished because the vision got lost or weakened over time!  So my New Years Resolution is.  When I purchase the bling I am going to actually do a sketch and take notes of what the vision is so I will remember!  I've got a month to go until New Years maybe I will start now if I purchase any beads.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tila Beads

I purchased some Tila Beads when they first came out.  For those of you that don't know they are 5 mm square and are double drilled.  The ones I purchased were metallic coated.  I just loved how they look but for some reason I just couldn't make something with them.   It was like a mental block.  From time to time I would bring them out and play with them, broke a few and put them away.  Well this weekend I decided once and for all I would make a bracelet.  I was planning on making it with wire so I cut pieces of wire to the desired length and started laying it out.  It went well at first then the pressure started breaking the beads so I ended up making it using the Fireline like I do in beadweaving.

This is what I came up with!  Do you like it?   It has the appearance of metal and earthy feel.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Oh What a Beautiful Morning"

The theme of this months Etsy Beadweaver September Challenge is "My Favorite Song" .  We were asked to create one new beadweaving of your own design (not from a tutorial, kit, book, magazine, or class) that best represents the theme.  I love music of all kinds so this was a little difficult for me to choose until I really thought about it.  Every morning for a few years, I have been going to "the Barn" and helping my two elderly aunts clean the horse stalls and feed and care for the horses.   The eldest aunt passed away a year ago but her memory sill lingers every morning as the other sister and I still go to the barn.   Most every morning as we were working she would break into song.  "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and I would join her.  She was a very pleasant, good attitude lady and a joy to be around.  Now every morning I remember her and in my thoughts be singing show tunes with her.  FYI the other sister does not sing and always shook her head at us which made us giggle and sing harder.

"My Favorite Song" is titled "Oh What a Beautiful Morning"  is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma! written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein.

This bracelet is a very simple but elegant bracelet just as my Aunt Mildred was.  It was made in a simple 3 bead Right Angle Weave using two tone glass beads with gold colored seed beads as spacers.  It has a simple handcrafted loop and toggle clasp. It measures 7 inches closed and 3/8 inches wide.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Are We a Liability to Ourselves?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the structure of my business.   It has been growing slowly as I venture out to more places.   Keeping up with it and my liabilities have me worried. 
Besides my on-line presence I have some of my items on consignment at two different galleries.  One of the Galleries is doing very well.  It is located in a vacation area.  Skiing in winter and camping in summer.   The Gallery owner contacted me recently with a client of hers that needed a basket wrap done for an enhydro crystal that contains prehistoric droplets of water and wanted to know if I could do it.   Of course I said yes.   So we made arrangements to meet.   When we met she had several different projects she wanted me to do.   Repair bails, restring beads and the basket for the crystal.   When seeing the crystal I knew it was going to be a big challenge because the crystal had fractures, and she had taken it to a Jeweler and he broke part of it and refused to finish.  He had told her he doesn’t normally do wire wrapping and she would need someone that did.   Because of my relationship with the Gallery owner I took it on, and we made arrangement to meet again 3 weeks later with the work completed.  
I did complete the job but was very worried the whole time about breaking it.   It turned out pretty good and she was totally happy with the wrap.  But the liability I undertook was tremendous.   The enhydro crystals are a bit pricey but this one meant a lot to her and I don’t want to think about what would of happened if I had cracked it more.   I have been looking into LLC’s etc., and I have come across this web site   it gives tons of information for crafters and small business owners.  It is not meant to be legal advice but information for you.   You can also go to for more information.

 Even if you don’t take big risks I would recommend learning more about your liabilities.   Even the simplest transaction can go bad.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Are You A Verbal Person?

I have come to the conclusion, well long ago I came to the conclusion that I am not a verbal person.   I do not like to talk on the phone and I would much rather sit quietly and work than gab with a bunch of friends or family.   When my daughters call me I will chat for 10 minutes or so but do not like long conversations, just long enough to find out what they are doing and if they all are well.    They can vouch for me that I will tell them my ear is getting hot and get off the phone.   I love hearing from them, in fact if I do not hear from them on a regular basis I get worried.   The reason I am telling you this is because I believe that is why I do not like to blog.  I am not verbal and I have to force myself to write about myself.  I tie this into not being verbal.

That being said I do realize that blogging is a necessary part of having a presence on the web.  So from this day forward I have made a commitment to myself to do a new blog at least once a week!  I think that the only way I will do things that I really would rather not do is make a commitment and do it!   One thing I know is that I do honor my commitments.

I have been working on a new project!  I have been using 14/20 gold filled wire and making chains to go along with wrapping cabs in the gold filled wire!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Ok here it goes!  A little late starting in January!  Here are the voting results for the Etsybeadweavers January Contest!  I came in second in the public polls and tied for 5th place in the internal polls.

Congratulations to the Winner of the January 2013 "Rising Star" Challenge

Congratulations to the winner of our January "Rising Star" Challenge HannahRachel for her beautiful Mermaid's Abalone Beaded Collar! HannahRachel won our member poll with 24 votes, as well as our Blog poll with 78 votes!

The runner ups are as follow:
2nd place - Tiger Pendant by jewelrybyjane29 with 73 votes
3rd place - Life's Little Things by CherCMeyer with 25 votes
4th place - Beaded Ribbons and Bows by TerahClassyCreations with 24 votes
5th place - Coral Sparkles Set by AnnaCohen with 23 votes
6th place - Pink Golden Necklace by SpringColors with 21 votes
7th and 8th places, with 15 votes each: Pea-Clock Steampunk Necklace by beadn4fun and Golden God of the HAPPINESS by Maewa
9th place - Cotton Candy by terran with 14 votes
10th place - Golden Turquoise Mask Bracelet by savoystudio with 13 votes
1st place
2nd Place

As you will see they are distinctively different in technique style and form!

Our next competition deadline is February 5th!  With a theme of Japan!  This could be very colorfull!  I'd better get crack'n if I want to at least place!

Sorry everyone I have been overwhelmed with life!  I am trying to get back into the swing of posting and keeping up with everyone else's posts.  Give me a couple days and I will be back up and running!  Thanks and have a good day!