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The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

This is the third year I have participated in the 100 Day Project. The first year I did collage papers. I used the gel plate to print many of them.

Last year I concentrated on bracelets, beads and buttons. I made gemstone ladder stitch bracelets and sometimes fastened them with polymer clay buttons I made myself.

This year, I have chosen, “fix and finish.”

This is a broken necklace that has been waiting years to be fixed. I’ll be documenting what I fix or finish here moving forward.

Latest Bracelet

Latest Bracelet
I am loving that ladder stitch!
The button is handmade polymer clay, cast from a fondant mold.
The beads are 6mm red tiger’s eye from JTV.
The leather is turkey red by Leather Cord, USA, and the nylon cord is an unnamed rust color from Bead Smith. Both were ordered from artbeads.com.

Unhinged, I think it looks like a snake skeleton! Thanks, again, to Tracy Proctor from Tierra Cast for teaching me this stitch.

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time…

I bought a kit and knitted a bracelet. Then I went crazy and bought different cords and number 6 seed beads in every color I could find. The original was gold, and the second was hot pink. The third was silver-lined crystal knit on silver cord. I lost interest, or a life thing came up, and I never added a clasp.

Today, I found that silver bracelet bagged up with its leftover beads!

I found it in this pink gift bag, and inside are at least a dozen other zipper bags with beads and matching cords!

Now, to find the pattern!

Fresh from the Oven!

Fresh from the Oven!

No, they’re not chocolate! They’re polymer clay buttons! Some are shaped from molds and some are molded by hand. (the acorn, the zuni bear, and the mushrooms, for example)

They need sanding and staining and sealing. Coming soon to a bracelet near you!

A Wreath of Cranberries

A Wreath of Cranberries

I wanted a red bracelet, and couldn’t decide which of two designs to try, so I tried them both. I’ve posted the first. Here’s the second: 

I wasn’t finished, but when the sun hit it this afternoon, I had to take its picture! Several times! 

I bought a kit of Softflex beading wire from Jewelry Television, and it included garnet-colored, medium diameter wire. I bought the assortment of wire because it included silver and gold-plated. I wound up intrigued with the garnet. 

I used the wire as a “carry-a-long” in the first red bracelet I made.

In this one, it’s the “main frame.”

I used three strands, an assortment of translucent beads, and gold colored findings, including a magnetic clasp.

I have enough materials to make another one, and I may write a little tutorial so I can remember how I made it. I think it’s very photogenic!

I like it so much, I’m wearing it, right now, with my pajamas!

A Recent Play Date

A Recent Play Date

Laura and I got together a couple of weeks ago for one of our play dates. We made jewelry and did a little sewing. We had a great visit with Libby at Sew Blessed Quilt Shop. We ate lots of great food. The best thing was probably a strawberry margarita cupcake!

The top two are Laura’s. The bottom one is mine.

Laura tried a bigger soup cozy. It’s 12”x12.” It turned out great!

‘Wish I’d taken a picture of that cupcake! Wish I had another one!