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I Sold a Necklace!!!

I Sold a Necklace!!!

Kumi with mookaite

and the person who bought it actually came to pick it up and paid me!!! (I have three pieces that are waiting for their future owners!)

This is Mookaite from Australia, just like the burgundy piece I have for sale at the Wildflowers Shop in Elkin. Mookaite can be burgundy, pink, rust, gold, white or a combination of any or all of those colors! This piece is mainly rust and gold, so I wove a Kumihimo braid of rust and gold satin cord. I’d hoped to finish it in the fall, but had to find just the right antique copper findings!

Kumi closure

Red Button Bracelet

Red Button Bracelet

Here’s my craft experiment for today:

red button bracelet

Actually, it’s my experiment for yesterday, since it’s well past midnight!

I found these beads in an assortment I ordered from Amazon. I tied them together with 6-strand DMC embroidery floss, my favorite red, #321. I triple knotted them (overhand knots,) and trimmed the ends to fray like an old-fashioned quilt tack. The “tail” of one end, I tied back on itself. The other “tail,” I left long to form a loop. I didn’t want the 6 strands to separate when I used the loop as a fastener, so I braided them. Then, I triple knotted them around my thumb to make the loop (2 overhand knots and one slipknot.) I secured the knots on both ends with a drop of clear nail polish. I am debating if I should dab each of the button knots.

Anyway, I am pretty pleased with it. It sure looks like me since I am crazy about strawberries and red gingham! red gingham

 

Celebrating For Cynthia!

Celebrating For Cynthia!

IMG_2182When I posted this necklace on Facebook, an old college buddy identified it as, “For Cynthia,” what her brother-in-law thought it was called. I’m still smiling. Of course I had to ask my daughter’s mother-in-law, (I call her my sister-in-law. We share grandchildren, after-all!) Cynthia, what she thought. She said that’s what she thought it was called when she was a little girl, and it still made her smile!

Good old forsythia, or “yellow bells” as it’s called here in Western NC, is one of my favorite harbingers of spring!IMG_2154

Inspiration was two-fold. The flower was first, of course,  and the second was a cherry blossom kit I’d purchased form Elizabeth Girod at Fire and Fibers: http://fireandfibers.com/item_2578/Cherry-Blossom-Necklace-Kit–Pink-Flowers-Tree-Branch-Spring-Antique-Brass-Picasso-Czech-Glass.htm

When I saw Elizabeth at the Intergalactic Bead Show in Charlotte a week ago, I bought one of her branches and told her about my idea. I had tiny yellow flower beads I had purchased several years ago from Bead Lush, a shop also in Charlotte, NC. The green leaf beads I found at Joann’s recently. I used 26 gauge brass wire to secure the beads to the stem.

Even though, I’m not a “yellow girl,” I think I have to keep this one for myself!IMG_2174

When I wear it, I can celebrate, “For Cynthia!”

Speaking of Spring!

Speaking of Spring!

Once upon a time, I don’t know how long ago, I found, and I don’t remember where, some beads that reminded me of Easter eggs and jelly beans. So, I made a bracelet:Easter bracelet

 

I think the beads are dyed agate. They are simply strung on clear stretchy cord, and the knot secured with clear nail polish.

I dug it out, yesterday, and wore it with an aqua top. I wasn’t going anywhere special, just to pick up groceries and a pizza, but it just made me happy to wear it!

It’s a Keeper!

It’s a Keeper!

Tentmaker necklace Tentmaker Neclace!Tentmaker Necklace2 Tentmaker Necklace3

I made this necklace to sell, but I think I have to keep it. The cotton cord is hand dyed and painted. That’s one of my very favorite clasps. I made the bail myself from a vintage-looking metal stamping. I like the back as much as the front! The image is decoupaged on the back of a glass nugget, covered with card stock and sealed with Diamond Glaze. I plan on wearing it over a black turtleneck or tee. I’m right proud of me!

I <3 Artbeads!

I <3 Artbeads!

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Artbeads.com stocks more than 30,000 beads and jewelry-making supplies including Swarovski crystal beads, gemstones, charms, pendants, clasps and much more!

I just placed an order. You get free shipping with just a $15.00 order, Swarovski everything was on sale, and I had an additional 10% off code from a previous order!

Here’s one of the goodies I’m getting. I have some pink and metallic gold cording for Kumihimo:

Devoted 2 U Crystal PendantSwarovski Devoted 2 U Crystal Pendant in Astral Pink