Friday, October 23, 2009
This whole week has been odd. Monday night I didn't get much if any sleep at all. I napped on Tuesday and slept fine Tuesday night. Wed I was sleep drunk (as one friend put it) I had slept too much in 24 hours. I wasn't normal till Thursday and I spent that day busy with errands and then a class that night. Friday I finally got some house chores done and calmed down a little. Maybe I will bead tonight. :-) Have a nice weekend!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here is the first outside "bump" I have 4 bumps done so far, I will show you once I get the row of bumps done.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
I had the right size core bead and the right size seed beads and it simply did not work. Even decreasing a bunch did not help. The netting was just too sloppy and after backing out and going forward only to back out again, I give up! It does however have me entertaining other ideas for this beaded bead using a 14mm core bead and size 15 seed beads over that. So Week four is going to be the exploration of what happens when the project I picked simply did not work.
I'm gonna start on that as soon as I finish the tassels on a lariat.
I am keeping the color I think though. It needs to be snug before I can embellish it.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Well the netting over the hard to find 14mm bead had to be adjusted twice, so it took a bit to get a netted cover that I could be happy with the fit. Once I got there, I began adding the copper metal beads in 3 & 4mm round beads. I am not happy with them at all so I headed to the bead shop and found copper fire polish in 3 and 4mm so I will give them a try in the morning.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So I ended up with black glass 14mm beads. I know that's gonna make for some heavy beaded beads but it's all I could find the right size! I'm using round copper beads for the 3mm & 4mm and a teal iris size 15 seed bead.
We shall see what happens! Off to bead!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I should know by tomorrow which book and which project I am going to make.
Well the work I had to do last week pushed off the beading on the lariat. Have no fear, the base is done, but I have to add the tassels to the ends which should be done tonight. I will also pick and announce the beaded bead book and project for this week before I go to bed tonight, I hope!
Here is a pic of the lariat and a close up of the beading. I am loving this color combination more than I ever imagined!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
3 Cuts are the exception with tiny facets on all sides. a 3 cut is a bead that is cut on top and bottom as well as on the sides. A charlotte is a bead that is cut top and bottom then tumbled to be smooth and round then a single facet is cut into on side of each bead. A true charlotte is a size 13. Recently I was helping at the local bead shop where I teach and I got a couple colors given to me added to the few colors I already had in my collection. I needed 4 rows so colors.
So I think it's appropriate that I'm making project for week 2 out of a Japanese bead book and I'm using size 9/0 3-cuts. Not only not Japanese seed beads but WAY out of my comfort zone color wise! YELLOW - ORANGE - RED - BURGANDY!!! What am I thinking???? I'm thinking it's gonna be a whole bunch of sparkle!!!!
So here is what the plate looked at for the first row... I'm not seeing any purple... no blue either. No teal. Nothing to make my eyes happy except for the sparkle.
Stringing the first row.... sparkle is here and I am liking that
Even if there is no purple.
Ok - Strung the first row on to the next one. This is Ogalala stitch. My first article published was using this stitch, so that is also my comfort zone even if there is no purple here. lol
I have an order for Dutch Spiral earrings so it might be a day or two before I post here again. I might post a pic of the earrings though. I'm gonna like them myself when I'm done.
Have a great week! I have a beaded bead swap due soon, so I am guessing next weeks book will be about beaded beads! LOL
Friday, September 18, 2009
On first pass through the project that catches my eye first of course is in the gallery section so there are no tutorials for it in this book. In English at the top of the page says STEP UP which I take to mean the next step after making everything in this book. So that is a project for another day.
The instructions for it are of course in Japanese but have pretty good diagrams:
So that is what I will be working on this week. Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I did hear from Vicki Star though. She tells me that the book I'm reviewing is part of the e-book Basic Beadwork Techniques which is for sale on her web site: http://www.vickistar.com
I have been pondering the fringes in my head at night though. Maybe I will get some work done on it this evening. You never know :-)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here is a VERY small picture of that very page - reduced and slightly out of focus for copyright purposes:
In the PURPLE section is the basics of tubular netting. Good clear diagrams and plenty of text in the not circled area to get you through a few variations. Then in the BLUE box, is the basics of this earring. It called for crystals as the point bead on each row but I was not happy with that. I used 3mm fire polish on each section with size 11 seed beads the first try. I didn't like how it bowed out so I switched to size 15's and the 3mm fire polish on every other row. I came up with an earring base I can be happy with, now all I have to do is decide on the fringe. I think I have decided not to use bugle beads but I'm not certain yet. Check back tomorrow! Today is Smokey's 10th Birthday (little brother in canine form) So a perfect day for him involves a trip to the groomer for a bath and blow dry then off to Petco for some goodies!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I am going to once I get the books all cataloged begin making one project a week from each book in the library with an occasional magazine article stuck in there from time to time.
While I don't fancy myself for a career in writing from this I think it will be a nice outlet since the passing of my mom in July. I need things to keep my brain busy on a more personal level.
So keep watching :-) I think even I will be surprised by the results.