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Archive for February, 2009

but what about the beads?
I realized the other day that I never mention my beading magazines. Or magazine, since I only read one these days. I’m so lost in my Somerset world – I have truly neglected my poor beads.

So here is the February 2009 issue of Bead and Button (and I just got the April 2009 issue yesterday)…

the cover…cool necklace!
Bead & Button February 2009 - cover

page 4, necklace by Gay Dries. This is stunning. I love how it’s asymmetrical.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p4, by Gay Dries

page 50, bracelet by Carol Butler. This bracelet really appeals to me. It looks like it would drape beautifully. I wouldn’t choose the gold beads though – I don’t care for gold in jewelry. And I’ve never cared for mixing silver and gold together.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p50 by Carol Butler

page 64, necklace by Jeka Lambert. This is my favorite piece from this issue. It’s so pretty, and elegant, feminine and vintage.
Bead & Button February 2009 - p64 by Jeka Lambert

It’s difficult for me to do any real beadwork these days because it is so time-consuming. I do have a few ideas in mind for some simple beaded jewelry that wouldn’t take too long, plus I have two bracelet projects that I started – um, let’s just say it was a “while” ago – that I want to finish.

delightful things
I received a lovely package in the mail yesterday – my order from Joggles! I got some glitter glue, ribbons (the “tea rose” Special Effects – absolutely gorgeous!), rubberstamps, Tim Holtz journaling tickets (very cool), Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips, rub-ons, German scrap, velvet leaves, and Steph Francis perle cotton 5 for tatting. Lots of goodies.

Here are the rubberstamps I got…

These are by Crafty Individuals. They are the unmounted reddish-colored stamps. Aren’t they lovely?
rubberstamps by Crafty Individuals

And this little cutie is called Girls Rule, by Tim Holtz. I’ve wanted this one for several years now and she’s finally mine. With a name like Girls Rule how could I resist her?
Girls Rule rubberstamp by Tim Holtz

~eagerly awaiting my Artchix order~

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new earrings
As previously promised here are a couple of the new earrings I’ve made for my soon-to-be-open Etsy shop. I’ve also made a few necklaces, although I am going to rework a couple of them a bit. They need a little more oomph. Anyway, here are the earrings.

I made a pair of these for myself too. The beads are glass.
Red earrings from my November 1919 line.

These beads are Swarovski crystal.
Purple earrings from my November 1919 line.

in the lab, part 2
I bought some Krylon Workable Fixatif to try out on my Polyshrink components. I’m trying it out tonight for the first time, so we’ll see how it goes.

new goodies
I ordered some new stuff from Joggles and ArtChix – a mix of collage sheets, glitter glue, embellishments, and rubber stamps. I swear I am constantly buying arts and crafts supplies. I like to think of it as doing my part to shore up the economy and support small independently-owned businesses. There, I feel better now.

~eagerly awaiting my new treasures~

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a lovely surprise
I received the current of issue of Artful Blogging in the mail the other day.

Artful Blogging - Feb/Mar/April 2009

I don’t subscribe, so I’m assuming that I must have received a free subscription for having my banner published in the previous issue. How lovely! I wasn’t expecting anything in return; I was more than happy just to be published.

ancient techniques in a new age
My husband gave me a box of gourmet chocolates (by Burdick Chocolate – most delicious!) for my birthday. The box was wrapped with a ribbon which was held in place with a wax seal…

Chocolate box, Burdick Chocolates

As soon as I saw that wax seal, I thought – how cool! I could use that in my paper art! It’s elegant and unusual and old-fashioned – everything I love.

So I did a little searching and found this website – Nostalgic Impressions – that sells writing instruments and accessories from bygone eras. These people are serious about their sealing wax. The imported genuine traditional sealing wax they sell? Handcrafted by Scottish artisans using techniques that are centuries old. I had no idea such things existed, and that people still had such passion for them.

It’s truly wonderful, and I am ever so thankful that I live in an age where I can order handcrafted sealing waxes from my living room.

is there a lost and found
I seem to have either lost or misplaced my Polyshrink bracelet. I swear I vaguely remember taking it off at home and putting it…..somewhere. I’ve looked in the places where I usually put my jewelry to no avail. oh well. If it’s around I’ll find it eventually. I still have some practice pieces left so I’ve started to make another one. I don’t think it just fell off, but if it did I hope some kind soul has given it a new home.

in the lab
I’ve been doing some experimenting with the sealers I have on hand – Folk Art Matte Varnish and Krylon Matte Spray. At first the pearlescense seemed to vanish with the application of either of them. But upon inspection a couple days later, the pieces sprayed with the Krylon retained a bit of sparkle, while the Folk Art pieces have no sparkle left. I bought some Krylon Workable Fixatif which I am going to experiment with as well.

~exploring as always~

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all my art – in one place

If you would be so kind as to take notice of my Flickr photos over there on the right…I’ve been meaning to open a Flickr account for a while and finally got around to it. I thought it would be a good idea to have one central location for photos of my work, so you can see everything in one spot. So far I’ve uploaded mostly my paper stuff, with a few pieces of jewelery.

I also worked up a few more pairs of earrings for my vintage jewelry line. I love making the earrings – I’m not having such an easy time with bracelets and necklaces. But the earrings are a snap. I’ll try to take some pictures this week.

~finally flickering~

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happy song
I heard this song for the first time today – what a fun song! It was stuck in my head for a while.

to no avail
Anyway, I worked on some more Polyshrink stuff last Saturday and ended up wasting three sheets. Well, not exactly wasted. I managed to make half a sheet to my liking, and one & half sheets are now designated for practice. One sheet I did end up trashing out of frustration, which in hindsight was stupid because I could have used it for something.

Oh well. I forget where I left off with the clasp saga, so I’ll just say that I still need to switch my Polyshrink bracelet to a lobster claw. It’s fallen off a few more times. Toggles are just too expensive.

And I think I will need to use a sealer of some sort – upon closer inspection of my bracelet I noticed that all the pretty pearliness from the pearlescent chalk has rubbed off, and the components are looking a bit dull.

But I did make another pair of earrings for my vintage-inspired jewelry line and I even made a pair for myself.

wrap up
And that’s pretty much what I’ve been working on. I marked February 28th on my calendar as the day I will officially open my Etsy shop. So whatever jewelry I’ve got ready will just have to do. Come March 1st I’ve got my vintage halloween projects and another project lined up.

~being fruitful, not busy (I hope!)~

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