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Better than Expected!

Better than Expected!

Look what I made, a Black-eyed Susan! I used Susan Thomas’s instructions and added another layer of petals (6, 7 was too many.) I wired them to themselves for a few rounds to keep them from nesting directly behind the front layer. Because there is an even number on the back row, I had to wrap all the way around a petal and weave in the opposite direction to secure the beads.

The beads are all Czech glass from JTV kits. The wire is 26g and all one piece , about 4 ft. I had just enough to leave a little tail to attach it to something. 

Boho Bangle

Boho Bangle

I finally made one! Remember the video I shared on Feb. 4? Here’s my first attempt:


The quilts I use as slipcovers in Mama’s living room came tied in a long bias strip of fabric. I used it to wrap the wire base of this bangle. 

The video called for Aileen’s Tacky Glue, but mine was so old, it had dried to a solid bottle of rubber. I used Modpodge for Fabric and did not like the way it felt when dry. I wrapped the wire a second time and just used the Modpodge on the underside of the fabric. Much better!


A little bird kept it all in place while it dried!

The fabric strip was colorful, but flat, and dull. I added a very shiny, bright purple ribbon with a metallic edge. 

After I wrapped that around and secured it, I followed with a variety of tiny coordinated beads strung on 26 gauge copper wire. I swirled the ends and used those swirls to attach it to itself. Finished fun!

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!

I <3 Artbeads!

I <3 Artbeads!

Artbeads.com, Exceptional Beads and Jewelry…

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

Oh, My, Goodness!

Oh, My, Goodness!

Look what I have found!crazy quilt heart pinheart4 Gloster QueenThese beauties are the work of one Barbara Gray, the Gloster Queen. (She also raises Gloster canaries.) I found her work on an Artbeads Pinterest board. All photos should link to her etsy shop. I didn’t even look to see what she charges for her pins. Whatever it is, it’s not enough! Here is her logo:

Gloster Queen logo

Shopping My Stash!

Shopping My Stash!
When I got these palettes, I thought the blue and brown one would be the easiest. I’ve got sodalite and wood beads, with antique silver findings for the gray.

As it turns out, I have more beads and findings that go with the peach and turqoise palette. This is harder than I thought it’d be, but I’m enjoying it!