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Beady Eyed

Yup, that was me this afternoon.  I got home from work and *POW*, I got hit with the urge, the urge to bead! The urge to make fun and funky earrings, (again with the earrings).  So, I popped down to the magic factory as soon as I got through the door and into my comfies.

I had some new goodies from my Bead Bop (http://www.beadbop.ca/)goody bag, and was keen to get going.

I actually kept working past 7pm (and that means I missed an episode of Big Bang Theory),  but it was worth it in the end.  Here is what I came up with.

danglesIt’s hard to tell from the picture, but the earrings are studs, with Swarovski flat backs.  The large crystals at the bottom are 8mm Swarovski rounds in Light Azure, a really pretty clear blue.  The trick with these was getting the side closing bead tips for the chain to secure, I added some glue.

flowersflowers 2These were fun, white acrylic flowers with green seed beads and fire polished glass for the stems.  I went for a tiered effect, unlike the blue ones  showed you before which were clustered.

pretty in pinkphoto (2)A bracelet idea ended up as an entire set.  3 strands of pink fresh water pearls, and the peach silver-lined seed beads that came in my Bead Bop bag.  I made the bracelet and figured that while I was at it I should make earrings since I had more pearls…then I found my previous stash of pink pearls and decided, well,  I might as well make a necklace too.  Voila!

So, that was just this afternoon.  I also made a really neat necklace with 9mm silver jump rings and size 2 seed beads in a transparent teal ab with some large pale aqua lamp work style beads and a shell pendant with matching  earrings.  I forgot to take a  picture of it though, so I will have to remember to post one next time.

I have also been knitting, but that my friends, is a story for another time.

Oh, before I go.  For anyone who doubted I had a bit of an earring addiction…here is a picture of part of my collection.  Just the ones I have made, it doesn’t include the ones I have either bought or been given.

collection

 

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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!

of inspiration and the last week

Good e’en folks,

I do apologize for being absent for so long, and though I do not have any new chain maille to show off I wanted to catch up with you all.

So as I said in my previous post, I have recently started a second job which means that like most people I now work a full five days a week.  Also this weekend, some good friends came to visit me from Toronto, so there was little to no time for picking up the pliers.  I am certainly not complaining about this though!  It was a wonderful weeknd, and a welcome break.  I am however looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and trying out some new designs.

All this aside, I received two wonderful compliments last week that I really wanted to share with everyone. 

The first was a nomination by a good friend and fellow blogger, Julie at http://julietkachyk.wordpress.com/ , who nominated me for an inspirational blogger award! 

The second is a customer at the shop I work in, coming to my chain maille flower demo, because I had inspired her to try the 12-2 format again, after seeing that she wasn’t limited to just making flowers.  Passing on knowledge and experience is a truly magical feeling!

I didn’t get a chance to share any of this earlier, but wanted to do so today. 

until next time!

quiet, but not idle…

I know it has been a few days since I last posted, but this was not due to lack of anything being done.  What I have been busy with is preparing some new pieces for this coming week.  Now here is the exciting part!

This Wednesday and Friday I will be giving a chain maille flower demonstration at my work, McBead Creations in Ottawa Ontario!

You can check out the shop at www.mcbeadcreations.com and there will be demonstrations going on all week, www.mcbeadcreations.com/demo.php.

Here is a bit of what I have been working on!

Well, that’s it for today.  I am going to be busting my pliers to get that Chevron finished by this Wednesday. 

Oh, and I sold the pearl and crystal crochet necklace 🙂

Till next time!