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Click HERE to get to my shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Flower Shop Chunky Bracelet:

flowershopchunkyetsygal

Fresh Linens in Blue:

freshlinensblueetsygal

Fresh Linens in Yellow:

freshlinensyellowetsygal

Venetian Obsession Ring in Copper Green:

venetianobsessionmeditetsygal

Spring Wedding !BLING!

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Now, I gotta go make beads until I fall over. And them pack up some other ones a bit later, or tomorrow. I’m behind on a big order, the extremely hot and sweaty Sunday was followed by a bitterly cold and windy Monday and neither day was particularly suitable for work.

Thanks for having a look!

 

Looks like I’m a bit behind on those Etsy listings. But I’m working on them right now, I swear! They’ll be live in just a few hours.

Sneak peek:

this week's etsy stuff

this week’s etsy stuff

Thanks for checking in, I’ll be right back!

 

Hither and yon

what I've been doing the last couple of weeks

what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks

 

I have been ecstatically busy with just about everything, and I want to show you what I have been working on. I made !BLING! beads, regular beads, rings, spikes and bells. I made all of the silver pieces in less than 7 days – 3 spikes, 3 rings, 3 little bells and one ring guard, plus some other jump rings and sundries not shown here. Mr. Sarah commented on how quickly I made all of these, and how it would have taken me just as long to make any two of the silver pieces you see here.

I’ll tell you my secret. Instead of worrying about every little scratch or dent any more, I just file down the rough stuff with hand files and/or file bits with the foredom, then emery 1, then emery 3/0, then Tripoli on a felt buff, and then red rouge on a felt buff. (This is from Robert Von Neumann’s “Design and Creation of Jewelry” – great book.) I had read this dozens of times, but I finally figured out that it really does help to go all different directions when sanding with emery or sandpaper. I didn’t always bother with the polishing compounds, but those truly help with small scratches. The only thing I don’t like about the compounds is the mirror finish – it is just too bright and overwhelms the color, so I always blacken it and scratch it up again.

The Spikes:

spikes, l-r: lava, amethyst, lapis

spikes, l-r: lava, amethyst, lapis

I am planning tentatively to make necklaces from these. Or I may just get overwhelmed by the thought of that and put them on etsy. We’ll see what happens.

Alternate views of the amethyst spike:

amethystspike

amethyst spike

 

amethyst spike

amethyst spike

The lava spike:

lava spike

lava spike

lava spike

lava spike

The lapis spike:

lapis spike

lapis spike

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lapis spike

These are the best bejeweled spikes I’ve made so far. I love the cabochon on the Lava spike. It’s a little vintage thingee that varies between deep maple and yellow amber, and I’m quite impressed with my setting around such a rock candy-like texture. I was sure it would turn out bumpy or crooked.

Next, the rings:

rings

rings

rings

rings

 

The Green Geodesic with Secret Glitter:

green geodesic with secret glitter

green geodesic with secret glitter

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green geodesic with secret glitter

 

This is actually a bead – it’s one of those two hole high dome things with hollow space inside. I found this in one of April Melody’s random single bead baskets. I knew it would be perfect for secret glitter on the inside, and I adore this shade of vintage green. Instead of throwing a sizeable wad of cash at good quality resin, I just used some epoxy and my favorite chartreuse glitter that Dad bought me when I was about 10 years old. I also love this bead because it reminds me of the Oklahoma City Gold Dome. Making this ring was a huge pain in my life for several hours. It was my first attempt at an open-back setting, and I had some major issues with the sizing. I finally got it right, but I hope my next attempt will go a bit more smoothly.

Venetian Obsession ring in copper teal:

venetian obsession: copper teal

venetian obsession: copper teal

I’m going to call these rings Venetian Obsession. Many years ago, I saw some rings made from simple sterling settings and venetian glass foil cabochons at the downtown art festival. I had actually been seeing them many years in a row and I was determined to buy one the following year. When I got there that same seller was there, but the rings weren’t quite as wonderful as I had remembered. So I passed, but swore that some day I would make my own foil cabochons and sterling jewelry. And here’s the second one in the series, in this delightful copper green (and it’s a bit more green to my eye than it is on my monitor – it’s somewhere between teal and capri.) I can be talked into parting with this one before I put it on etsy – it’s a size 6 and I’ll be asking $110. It’s way better in person, the foil glitz is more subtle and glowy, and its size is impressive, but not too big - the entire setting measures about 3/4 of an inch.

venetian obsession: copper teal

venetian obsession: copper teal

Now for the main reason I put some days aside to work on jewelry – another honker for my stylist (it measures 1 1/4 inches from tip to bottom):

huge moonstone drop

huge moonstone drop

 

huge moonstone drop

huge moonstone drop

 

OH, and these bells (reserved for my necklace designs, which you may see soon):

little bells

little bells

Plus some beads, yawn:

just kidding, actually, I really like these

just kidding, I really like these

The constant blue screens on my computer got really old, so Mr. Sarah replaced my C drive and reinstalled Windows 7 on my computer. We had the most awesomest Hitachi c drive for 8 years, and it was still functioning when we replaced it. Any piece of hardware working for 8 years is practically unheard of – in my experience, 3 years is the maximum life expectancy of any thing inside or outside of the tower. But that Hitachi worked like a champ until it got tired, and then it continued to work at about 80% for the last couple of years. It didn’t crash, my stuff didn’t go blank – the only obvious issue was the constant random blue screens, and that could have been attributed to just about anything. And I’ll bet if we had to, we could use that old Hitachi in an emergency.

One unexpected bonus I got from the new c drive and updating my various doohickeys: my photos look better than they have in years. I really thought my 15 year old 4.1 megapixel Olympus was getting old and tired too, and I never would have thought my photos could be improved by anything but a new camera. My love for taking photos has been restored. Ok, who am I kidding, I still hate taking photos but they seem to be turning out better and requiring considerably less photoshop fuss, and that makes me pretty glad.

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So, this means Etsy listings some time this week, and I’ll post here… I have orders that will keep me busy for a better part of the month (YAY!) so I may be a bit scarce here, but if you have a hankering for something, you know where to find me!

Thanks for reading!

ETSY!

Looks like I’ll meet my midnight deadline. At least, in my time zone.

Go HERE to see my entire Etsy shop, or click the thumbnails below for each item.

Goth Blood Starbomb:

gothbloodstarbombetsygal

Ultramarine Flames Fly-Eye Rondells:

ultramarineflamesflyetsygal

Proud Diamonds:

prouddiamondsetsygal

Sea Green Starbomb:

seagreenstarbombetsygal

April Showers No. 6:

aprilshowers6etsygal

Murphy’s Shimmer Spikes:

murphyshimmeretsygal

 

All right! Now I can go mess around with some beads that I didn’t make. Really looking forward to that! Have a nice time looking at these and thanks for visiting!

Bird-(and bead)-watching

!nelson!

!nelson!

Nelson’s in the prime spot for pawing at the new beads as they’re being photographed, and chirping at the birds. His eyes are never so green and clear as when he’s watching the birds.

Perhaps you know what this means… Yes! Etsy stuff is coming up in a bit and here’s what I have for you this week:

z-beads, week of march 22nd 2014

z-beads, week of march 22nd 2014

I hope to have this all finished before midnight.

Thanks for checking in, I’ll be right back…

 

Seriously.

dear alice, take me to refrigerator heaven

dear alice, take me to refrigerator heaven

Mr. Sarah and I were listening to the radio the other night. I keep an eye on the station’s website because they list each song+artist as it’s playing. After Lush rocked us early alternative/post-modern 90′s style, some melodramatic guy started whinnying about two dads in Montauk. The lyrics were bizarre-for-the-sake-of-bizarre enough that I put the beads down and looked at the website. I like to know what I’m listening to, even if I don’t like it.

me, with a glint of recognition of the name: who the hell is rufus wainright?
mr. sarah: I dunno, but I wish he’d go get his balls out of his mom’s safe deposit box.
me: I can almost smell the leather elbow patches.
me, after reading rufus wainright’s wiki page: wow, we really nailed that.

And not that my whinnying is any more acceptable or important than that of Rufus Wainright. It’s more or less a commentary on what we can tell about a person by hearing a few minutes of their whinnying. It’s why I’m such a cynic. But I’ve vowed to start giving people more than just a cursory glance. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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As for my whinnying, you guys haven’t heard much of anything from me lately – not even an exasperated roundabout – because I’ve been trying desperately to put down the sugar. I was in a pretty foul mood for the first couple of weeks. On the first day I felt really serious about it, I fasted for 24 hours. It was one of the strangest days I’ve had in years. It was nearly a religious experience, and for an agnostic teetering on the edge of atheism, that’s saying something. The week that followed was almost as strange, hence my cryptic meanderings in my earlier post(s). Or it could have just been a nervous breakdown, I think I was due for one. But the good news is that in retrospect, if it was, it was a very quiet and sensible one. But I’m totally fine. Sorry to have worried any of you.

It was easier to quit smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes weren’t all that different from having a seedy affair with the sleaziest, most disgusting vulture of a man that I could fish out of the gutter. I hated it and it was just so good and dirty and satisfying that I was wracked with guilt for enjoying each and every second, every penetration of the tight, perfect cylinder into my waiting lips, each inhalation of the curling, wispy grey into my lungs a climax, a crescendo of pure ecstasy…

I could quit cigarettes because I knew they were bad. I was constantly reminded how awful cigarettes were - by the TV, the billboards next to the highway, all the smokers in the family. But sugar… here’s what happened with me and sugar. Like most children of divorced parents, the parents had a passive-aggressive way of torturing one another with the kid, and inadvertently torturing the kid with the guilt they felt about being divorced. Sugar wasn’t bad for me, exactly - Mother withheld it from me during the week, made me do homework and clean my room, only because she was mean. Daddy, on the weekends, spoiled me with tickles, staying up all night and you guessed it – sugar. Throughout my life, just like you, I was served pie and cake and fudge on happy occasions, given candy as a treat for being good, chocolates were gifted to me by suitors vying for my affection. Once I grew into a marginally reasonable person, Mom allowed me to make my own choices about my sugar intake.  In other words, the associations with sugar were always positive.

I’ve had to practically become a different person to rid myself of the compulsion to have it within reach at all times. I’m surprised now at how much energy I put into making sure I had it on hand. I haven’t eliminated it completely, but I’ve cut back considerably and it has been easier than I thought it would be in some ways, and much more difficult in others. I’ve had to replace my sugar habit with something else, and these past few weeks, it’s been seed beads. Alice Cooper traded his alcoholism for golf, so I figured I could trade sugar for seed beads. I’m always pining for my seed beads and rarely finding the time to get anything serious together and this has been just what I needed.

experiments in power puffs, a la Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

experiments in power puffs, a la Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

Yes, Kate McKinnon, I cracked your effing book for once in my miserably seed-bead deficient existence. To be honest, I’ve been scared to open this book. I don’t do so great with patterns because I’m too arrogant to follow them. I always think I know where they’re going and start ignoring the instructions about halfway through. When I inevitably screw up, I get frustrated and put it down so I don’t kill it. Or I discover something new and great, but it’s usually the former.

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Another reason I don’t open books is because I get lost in them and I can’t focus on anything else if they interest me in the least. (My Aunt Charlotte was worried that one summer after fourth grade when all I did was sit in her chair, read books and eat ketchup and mustard sandwiches and Tang right out of the can. So worried, in fact, that she signed me up for a summer half day program at the Y. Guess what we did? Watch movies, mostly.)

But not having the usual amount of sugar, and having cut my portions in half as well, I was feeling foolish and weak enough to follow a pattern. I have to say, this triangle thing is one of the most fascinating and elegant stitches I’ve ever explored, and at long last, I’ve finally made good on all that time I was sure had been wasted on learning the peyote stitch. I tried making single triangles and then piecing them together, and then I tried the continuous increase/decrease method suggested in the book. The continuous increase/decrease method requires either spontaneity or advanced planning for color order, but works much better than piecing them together later. I got adventurous and tried the triangle in standard Japanese size 11/0′s (matsunos are generally more square’y than miyukis and tohos, and matsuno makes the silverlined ab’s, which I mostly used for these):

standard Japanese size 11/0 seed beads - NOT delicas

standard Japanese size 11/0 seed beads – NOT delicas

I also tried them in Japanese 15/0′s:

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clockwise from left: delica size 11/0, Japanese standard seed bead size 15/0, Japanese standard seed bead size 11/0

I’ll admit the Delicas work best for this stitch, and I have embarrassingly few delicas in my vast collection of seed beads. I hope to change that fairly soon. The next best thing (for me) is the size 15/0 Japanese seed beads.

made with Japanese size 15/0's

made with Japanese size 15/0′s

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So, I don’t really like Rufus Wainright. But in keeping with keeping a positive outlook and not spiraling down into smart-assed blackness as I’m so prone to do, I shall tell you about some of the things I DO like at the moment.

image lifted from fragrance.net

Tom Ford’s Black Orchid

I can’t find a better word than “BANG” to describe this fragrance. It has a lot of stuff I don’t like - a wet lettuce/watermelon sweet fruity opening that changes to vanilla a bit later, which I also usually hate – but consistently holding tight beneath all of that, there’s this sweet but not foody sweet, woody, spicy thing that keeps it interesting and I can’t get enough of it. Thanks to Sephora for giving me a real sample I could use throughout the different times of the month. And yes, Black Orchid is something I can do any day I’d like. (you can also read Now Smell This’ review of Black Orchid here. Oh, look – she said BANG too. How funny.)

image lifted from fragrance.net

Christian Dior’s Dune

I’m no expert on descriptions, I really only know what my nose likes, so I’ll allow Now Smell This to attempt to explain Dune.  I wore it in middle and high school and people would stop me and ask what I was wearing. I regret giving my bottle away ages ago and Mr. Sarah gifted me with a new bottle for Valentines Day. I was afraid it had been dumbed down since the early 90′s, but from first whiff of under the cap to the finish at the end of the day, it appears to be exactly the same as it ever was. It’s almost too sweet and ambery for my current palate (Dior LOVES his extra special amber) so I put a dab or two of madini’s agarwood oil underneath to dry it out even more and I like it much better. Agarwood makes everything better.

them crooked vultures, self titled LP, 2009

them crooked vultures, self titled LP, 2009

I have been known to roll my eyes at “supergroups”, but I heard their new single on satellite radio at the salon years ago. It generally takes me a few listens before I decide I like something, but I was impressed already. All you really need to know is John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), - and they each bring their best. It isn’t just heavy rock, it has a slick quirk and style. I loved Nirvana but couldn’t stand Foo Fighters, I never paid much attention to Queens of the Stone Age, but Led Zeppelin is deeply ingrained into my psyche, and I think JPJ’s style is what ultimately grabbed my attention on the first listen. There’s not one song on this album I don’t like, not one dull moment. Check out Amazon’s 30 second samples.

tomahawk's anonymous LP, 2007

tomahawk’s anonymous LP, 2007

And another “supergroup” for you – Tomahawk. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard). and John Stainer (Helmet). I had Jimmy Kimmel on one night a couple of years ago and heard what sounded like Jesus Lizard. I looked up and saw Mike Patton. Wait a minute. What’s this? Tomahawk, apparently. If I remember the timing correctly, they had probably just released Oddfellows, which was what I hunted down first. Yes, Oddfellows is pretty acceptable, but Anonymous is just wow. Read the editorial reviews and listen to the samples on Amazon if you’re interested.

tamara smerechinskai  - click here for her Etsy shop

tamara smerechinskai – click here for her Etsy shop

Tamara Smerechinskai: a new client with plenty of talent of her own! These are fantastic – very unusual designs, textures and colors in ceramic. She enjoys her process as much as her end results. Click on the photo for more in her Etsy shop!
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So hey, yeah! New beads are coming up soon, too. I’ve been working on orders like mad, and will continue to do so… but at some point this week, I’ll be adding a few things to my Etsy shop. I’ll post here when I do.

Thanks for reading the whole thing – we had a lot to catch up on!
See you later this week.

Etsy!

Here they are, as promised, in all their glittery glassy glory, smack dab in the middle of the night.

Click HERE to visit my shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Fuschiaberry Glitterbomb:

berryglitterbombetsygal

 

Amber Glitterbomb:

honeyglitterbombetsygal

 

The Edge of Spring (borosilicate):

edgeofspringetsygal

 

Crocus Glitterbomb:

kelpglitterbombetsygal

 

Maple Glitterbomb:

mapleglitterbombetsygal

So, that’s that. I hope you like them. I’m gonna go wash my hair and possibly get some beads ready for the mail! Thanks for checking in.

Yes, under the right circumstances. But, if I had to choose only one word it would be Speechless.

One time, my dearest friend Tammy and I were sitting in my bedroom at Mom’s house with a few friends. In the midst of a sudden flurry of activity, she looked right at me and said “Everyone’s at the end of the tail end of their ends.” That pretty much summed it up. And I think it still does.

Life has its ways of proving you wrong and right, making no sense and perfect sense, all in about a fraction of a second. And I’m willing to accept that what I just said may only make sense to me.

kind of like this

kind of like this

But I put my talking fingers on for a bit, just long enough to write (what feels like) hollow descriptions for hollow beads stuffed full of magic and love. I’m working on the tail ends of the ends of the descriptions and I’ll be listing them on etsy for the next little bit. Perhaps a few of my fellow night crawlers will get lucky at this late/early  hour.

Be right back… meanwhile, here’s a peek at some of the delightfully tedious busywork I’ve been occupying myself with over the last couple of weeks, so’s not to freeze my feets off in the bead cave:

bebeadeds and glitterbombs

bebeadeds and glitterbombs

 

 

nightfall no. 2: a product of a previous boro binge

nightfall no. 2: a product of a previous boro binge

Goodness gracious. It’s been 25 days since my last post. It seems like about 5 days. But who was counting? Not me. Beads and jewelry are my livelihood, my hobby and my passion and I can only escape one by picking up the other. It has become increasingly more difficult to get away from any of them long enough to let everyone know I’m still breathing. At least on my blog. It doesn’t take nearly as long for me to reply to your emails, which I’ve been enjoying as well!

 

But the news is good: I’ve been productive. I’m on a boro binge and I made some jewelry. Additionally, you haven’t heard much from me because my computer has been randomly blue-screening and the error messages have been about as cryptic as computer error messages typically are. (Oh great, it happened again when I was working on this. Thank goodness for auto save.) We’ve determined that the computer is just old and unless we want to kill our wallets with computer part roulette, we’ll have to live with it. In other words, I’ve been ignoring the heck out of my computer and spending much more time at the various benches.

I’m also pretty darned sad. OKC lost another bead store, Elements Beadery, last weekend. (We lost another one, the Spiral, last summer.) I knew they were discussing closing up shop for a while, but last I heard they weren’t sure. Then mom was in the area Saturday before last and called me from her cell phone (it’s gotta be really important if she’s using her pay-as-you-go) and told me everything in the store was 70% off and that they were going out of business. I was surprised, of course, and Mom said she’d come and get me and we would go back out there.

We went in and I saw the owner, Pat, and I was surprised not to see her daughter Toni. I missed a lot over the last several months – Toni moved to Dallas and when I heard that I was even more disappointed because Toni had mentioned opening her own shop once Elements was put to rest. But she’ll be moving back and perhaps that’s a possibility somewhere off in the future. The only thing I know for sure is that I had to hold back tears – I didn’t want to blur the labels on the size 15 Miyukis. Pat reassured me that this was a happy transition for her. It made me feel better for her, but I was no less sad. I am extremely attached to Elements for a number of reasons.

no more heavy MIL ziplocks full of beads and a receipt a'la Elements Beadery

no more heavy MIL ziplocks full of beads and a receipt a’la Elements Beadery

I believe Elements opened their store in 1996. I frequented Nomadic Notions after I found out there were bead stores – I must not have found Elements in the phone book when I first started hunting for bead stores. The main staff at NN never bothered to tell me about Elements. Then a new hire named Rachel told me all about it and was floored that I didn’t know about them. She told me that if I liked seed beads I shouldn’t hesitate to pay them a visit.

The first time I visited Elements was on an extremely cold February day in 1997. That was where I discovered Delicas, size 15 seed beads and eventually, the square stitch. Until that point, I had been stuck with Nomadic Notions’ lax definition of size 10 Czech seed beads and was extremely frustrated with my peyote and loomwork bulging in width in some areas and shrinking in others. When I found the size 15/o Miyukis in colors I had never dared dream of, I was determined to find a use for them. Opalescent silverlined, sea foam green, bright fuschia!? And they were so cheap in those itty bitty tubes that even a mostly jobless young’in like me could afford them when Grandma slipped me a $10 under the placemat. And the Delicas! Yes, a bit more pricey than your standard seed bead, but the COLORS! The UNIFORMITY! And then I discovered square stitch - I saw a bracelet made from tube shaped beaded beads in the display case and I had to know all about them, and that’s when they sold me a copy of Carol Wilcox Wells’ Creative Beadweaving. I could hardly believe what I was reading; I no longer needed a LOOM! And so many different ways to do peyote! And what’s this brick stitch?! It’s awesome, that’s what.

For a long time, a most beautiful necklace made of artisan lampwork sat by the register.  I admired it every time I went in - the beads had dots, dichro and deep encasement in yellows and ambers. Once I realized what that was, along with my new discovery of the lampwork process, Pat told me a few things about the start-up and warned that beadmaking was not a cheap way to entertain myself. (But once I got a job, I earned enough for a hot head and a few rods and down the rabbit hole I went.) They were always so helpful at Elements – I learned so much from Toni and Pat and I even sold a handful of my lampwork beads there.

It’s important to support your local bead stores. The prices may be higher than at shows and online in some cases (but in some cases, not). The truth is,  you’re paying that little extra bit for the knowledge they share, their sources for beads you might not have access to otherwise and honestly, their ability to do what they love and share it with us in a way that can’t be shared any other way. I suppose the heaviest bulk of my sadness lies in the possibility that this could be indicative of an end to an era. Two of the strongest local shops in OKC are gone within 6 months of one another. I’m reasonably sure the circumstances surrounding the closing of both shops weren’t necessarily financially related – The Spiral closed because the owner Linda decided to move to Alabama around the time the powers that be decided to widen the street and basically eliminate all of her parking.

We had some of the best bead stores here. We still have one very established store, Alouette, and lordy doodle I could spend a lot of time and money in THERE but she’s way off in Midwest City. Thank goodness. But I hope that maybe someone will step in and open another one. Who knows, maybe some day that someone will be me. (But please don’t hold me to that, retail is NOT my forte.)

now that I've quit, I can use my fashionable smoking accessories for good instead of evil

now that I’ve quit, I can use my stylish smoking accessories for good instead of evil

In other news, I made some cool stuff.

Cool Thing #1: A ring for my stylist. They called this stone ametrine, likely very low grade ametrine if it is:

estrellaamethyst

Cool Thing #2 – The Scandanavian Nightmare Bejewelled Spike. I got lucky – the sterling housing was made for something else that went awry, but was a perfect fit for this spiky stripey bead so I was able to save all of that work (and silver!). I made this with the intention of making it into a necklace – probably wire-wrapped bead chain – but I’m not sure yet.

scandaspike3

scandaspike

scandaspike2

 

Cool Thing #3 – Safety Pin. Not just any safety pin, a big-ass safety pin. Around 3″ long.

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My step-mom gave me a very large safety pin (bottom) many years ago, and I’ve treasured it. Unfortunately, it was made of or coated with something that I was very allergic to and I had a hard time wearing it, but I loved it so much I rarely let that stop me. I have been wanting to make one in sterling since I started working with metal but couldn’t really figure out how to make the cap part. I would have made one with wire only, but those are a bit more commonplace and I enjoy a challenge.

safetypins3

Since it would be used for beads, as a last thought I added the hole at the top so that chain could be looped through. I even filed the wire to a point (not shown). I might make a few more of these… next time I’ll make the cap part from heavier gauge metal.

Cool Thing #4 – Aquamarine ring.

staraquamarine

Unconventional Lapidarist cut this aquamarine. I saw it at their booth and fell in love with it. Then I found out how much it cost. EEK! Mom saw how much I loved it and paid for a good portion of it after I promised to keep it for myself, and after I made her promise not to get me anything for my birthday or Christmas last year. I thought about what I would do with this stone for months, and finally came up with a plan. I couldn’t believe how well I did with the making of the bezel and setting the stone.

Cool thing #5 – a ring made from one of my foil cabochons:

floopylavring

This ring is very striking on the finger. The setting and stone are not too big and not too small. The hazy lavender is quite an interesting color. In fluorescent light, and if there is no natural or incandescent light present, it turns a very unusual purplish periwinkle grey-blue with almost a UV illuminated uranium sort of quality. Almost impossible to describe. However, in natural light, it’s the color seen above. I’ll be putting this one on Etsy soon enough, unless someone wants to save me the trouble and listing fees. If you’re interested give me a holler.

floopylavring2

And hopefully, before too many more days pass, I’ll have another blog and etsy update for you. I’ll be fairly busy with orders as soon as I’m done with the big boro binge, but I’ll surely find some time to make a few me-time beads.

Thanks for checking in!

another set from a past boro binge

another set from a past boro binge

 

I narrowly missed before midnight. At least it’s still before midnight just west of me…

Click HERE for my Etsy shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Berry Parfait Hana:

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Drunken Bumblebee Shimmer Spikes:

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Rayv Kydz:

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Lipstick Flames Shimmer Toggles:

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Rhodochrosite Shimmer Spikes:

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I hope you like the beads! My hunny made rasam and we’re going to go cook up some mustard seeds and curry leaves and warm our bones on this suddenly very cold winter night. Stay warm!

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