Archive | April 2012

A productive evening

I had an impromptu beading date with Meghan today, and was it ever productive.   I managed to finish the first gyroscope necklace and made another one in Brass.

I used every brass window bead I could find in the shop. To space out the 2 outer rings, I used two 4mm hematite fire polished beads. In the middle I have placed a garnet bead.  The chain is a simple combination of 9mm Black Nickel and 6mm antique brass jump rings.  I used a large brass toggle as well.

I also made a neat bunch of earrings

I also did a simple stranded necklace of teal and black glass pearls, and Meghan taught me a great trick.  If you don;t have enough bead caps, or don’t have ones that fit your beads.  A 4mm jump ring can work just fine as a spacer!


I also did a great byzantine bracelet for myself, which has fire polished glass beads in my bf’s birthstone, and my own. 🙂

Well, that’s it for today!  I am getting everything ready for an open house I am having next week.  If you are in the Ottawa area, message me for details!



all work and no chain maille…

isn’t actually possible for me, I find a way to fit in both 😛

Work has  been extremely busy this week, but I have still managed to finish a couple of fun pairs of 12-2 earrings 

as well as making HUGE strides with my chevron!  You remember my chevron don’t you?  No?  well, that isn’t surprising since I tucked it away and haven’t touched it since the fall.  However, I am happy to announce that it is now 3/4 of the way through!

When I do finally get this finished, I am going to make it into a bib type necklace.  I will probably do other versions at some point, but probably on a smaller scale.  It amazes me (and my writer friends will definitely be able to relate) how a project that in your head was something totally different and MUCH smaller, completely runs away with you and ends up being something that has more than a thousand jump rings in it and took almost 50 hours.

It’s a labour of love!

Lots more to come over the next few weeks as I prep for my open house and sale next Sunday, the 29th!

I guess I won’t be able to get any writing in for a bit, but I will try and work out the story-line when I get a spare moment…

Till then.



2 heads are often better than one!

It has been too long since my friend Meghan came over for a tea and beading date.  Finally today we were able to do so and it’s a good thing too, because she was able to help me with a little problem I was having.

I posted a week or so ago about the antique brass bracelet that I couldn’t finish because I had run out of brass rings.  Well, not only did Meghan help me find a way to make it work, by adding more cloisonne beads, but it looks way better!

Now I have the two red cloisonne beads, but have added this fabulous White Cloisonne donut to the centre, and if you use two head pins instead of an eye pin to go through the donut, you can keep it empty in the centre without seeing the pin!   I really like the effect!

I also started a new 6-1 necklace, but I didn’t take any pictures, because I didn’t get enough of it finished for it to look like anything just yet.

I did finish 2 pairs of earrings and then get 3/4’s of another necklace done before running out of those rings (I intend to pick some up this week!).

I had fallen in love with these matte turquoise coloured fire polished glass beads and decided they would look stunning with black nickel….and they do 😉

I also found an excellent way to use these fantastic bright orange oval drops as earrings!

I mean, is there anything you can’t do with a 12 in 2 pattern?  I think not 😛

The last thing I have to share with you all today is a piece that is not quite finished, but should be by the end of the week.  I don’t remember how I came up with the idea of putting this one lampwork style bead inside two copper rings of different sizes to make a gyroscope like pendant, but it worked out quite well.

The chain is also based loosly on the 12 in 2, however, because it is just two lines it is really just 8 in 2.  In this case, 8 in 1, because using copper 6mm rings meant I could only get 1 in to the 4mm rings, not 2.


The other great thing about beading with a friend is that not only can you share ideas, and techniques (and in our case, baked good, tea, and pretzel M&M’s), you can also share beads!…or findings, clasps, rings…whatever you have run out of that your friend has.  Thankfully, Meghan was able to give me a couple of lobster claws that I was needing, some 9mm rings in black nickel and I was able to give her some howlite chips for some orange beads she had, and a matching nugget for a pendant!

So two heads are really better than one, and two beading stashes too!

dual personalities

is what I am calling this bracelet anyways 😉

This goes back to what I was saying the other post about being inspired by a particular piece.  I found this one bead at a local shop and immediately new that whatever I made, half had to be silver and half gold!  So what I decided on was the full Persian because it makes such a wonderfully sturdy rope-like piece!

The only thing I am not completely happy with is that I couldn’t find an eye pin that is half gold and half silver, but still, it’s pretty nifty.

I did a little more work on my story the other day was well, but, I realized that like my friend at Word Flows was saying the other day,  I need to set out the outline of the story before I write too much more, because otherwise, it won’t end up getting anywhere.

Well, I have some big plans for beading and tea tomorrow with my friend Meghan so hopefully will have some more things to show off tomorrow 😉



Well, so much for having something to share with you all by Sunday, here it is Tuesday and I have nothing to show for it, except probably a cavity from all the easter eggs. I regret nothing. One thing I have done over the last few weeks is read, the entire Hunger Games Trilogy (wow that was good), and my two favourite blogs, and  These two women are fantastic fantasy writers, and I have been blessed with being friends with them and getting to read their work, they get to either wear or attach their keys to mine 😉

In my defense, I spent Friday hiking and feeding Chickadees and a Nut Hatch by hand!

So during a slow moment the other day I thought I might give writing a try.  I have always dabbled in it, and have produced a few little pieces of things here and there, but I lack any sort of discipline to finish anything. Still I started a little bit of something about a Bear named Betta and a little girl named Analea and a Rescue Mission.

Oh what the heck, here is a snippet of the story..

Betta stared out across the moonlit valley, deceptively calm and innocent looking.  It was just an illusion though, that Betta was sure of as her amber eyes scanned the blue tinted emptiness.  She would have much preferred to stick to the woods, terrain she knew and could work with.  The valley floor was barren of growth except for the short brittle shrubs that popped up here and there.  They were no good for cover though as each one was inhabited by massive venomous spiders that hunted for, well, anything they wanted really.  Though their venom wasn’t fatal to anyone Betta’s size, it would certainly knock her out for a while and Analea wouldn’t stand a chance, besides, they gave her the creeps.  So without being able to use the shrubs as cover, it meant travelling out in the open, and being constantly visible to the Hoarders.  ‘That’s assuming anyone made it out of the asylum to be watching for us’, she thought hopefully as she picked a fishbone out from between her teeth with an inch long razor-like claw.  Standing up she turned back towards the woods and sniffed, her long snout twitching with the familiar scents of pine and leaf mould.  Nothing alarming came back to her on the night wind. If they were following, it would be a while before they caught up, and by then they could be half way to the mountains.  She would have to continue to carry the child, there was no question that she could make the journey after so many month’s confined.

Till next time!