I know it’s been more than a week.
When I had that bright idea to schedule Superstars sales and orders months in advance, I neglected to schedule myself a day off somewhere in there. Well, I took a day off, several, actually, and of course, managed to fall a week behind on the orders, which pushes any hope for a Superstars sale even further back. So I’ve been working to get caught up, again, and after one more order, I’ll have about a week of me-time at the torch before I pick the orders back up. We’ll see what shakes out of that, whether it will be a few etsy listings or a full-blown Superstars sale is still unknown. I definitely will have a Superstars sale some time in May… maybe two. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping a day schedule. I’ll make beads during the day and that has freed up my evenings for jewelry making.
the "current favorites" jewelry box
Ooh, what’s inside?
lampwork, bebeadeds and pearls
I restrung my favorite blue necklace (with an Alicia Abla Bolle Flower and a link, plus blue goldstone and blue labradorite) using (a vague version of) Kate McKinnon’s crimping method, and next time, I’ll do it right. I may even try 4 crimps. Evidently, I’ll need a little practice with this, but since this is all mine, I’m not too worried.
ew, tarnish - but I wear it all the time
Here, I wanted something neutral for a closure for these lemon quartz bracelets, and I had these two button type cufflinks with MOP insets. I contemplated taking the cufflinks apart to use one of the buttons, when I noticed how nicely the two buttons were affixed. So I decided to have a two button bracelet, and if it ended up being too long, I could use the other button farther back for a tighter fit. This is essentially two bracelets looped together for one large chunky bracelet with two different sets of cufflinks.
I guess it's supposed to be lemon quartz
Here, a simple pearl bracelet and an even more simple dainty garnet stone bracelet, both with MOP button closures. These are what got me in the mood to try button closures in the different pieces you see here.
I rarely wear bracelets, so this is about all I can handle for now
This one used to be strung with pearl coated lucite on a three-strand clasp. Over the years, even though it was of a higher quality, the coating began to wear off so I decided to do something completely different, and also, use real pearls of a similar color. This one also has a MOP button for a closure, and a big fat red Bebeaded dangles off of one end. I’m not sure how much I love this one, it’s kind of odd.
I love red and pale golden pearls together
OH, and let’s not forget this little novelty (not exactly little, it measures a whopping 3 inches). Luckily, most of the nickel has worn off. I’d love to buy more, but I’d have to buy 144 of them. Eh. What would I do with 144 gargantuan safety pins? I’m not goth or punk rock or “whatever” enough to make a shirt out of them, so I guess I’ll have to make sure I take care of just this one.
"That's one big old safety pin you've got there" said the clerk at the post office
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