I've been busy this month, so I've taken a bit of a break from beading and just made these few items. The fossils in the yellow-tan stone form little flower petal shapes. I am also in love with the fire agate in the double strand necklace - I might add another piece of turquoise to the necklace as well.
Every year, graphic designer Nick Felton prepares a booklet detailing the statistics of his past year. I've been inspired by it the past couple years, and have just started using the daily personal stat site he made, which is quite fun. I'm tracking the pages I read by genre, what I eat for dinner, how many pieces of jewelry I make and post on Etsy, my daily method of commute, and free time activities (top entry so far: napping). I know I could set this up in excel, but daytum is easier and generates pretty graphics for me.
Continuing on the projects theme, I've laid out a detailed plan of 2010 goals and quarterly "action items" to achieve them (since I seem to have failed at completing my 2009 goals since my last 'goal check-in'). I tried to follow all that advice about making goals specific and quantifiable (e.g. 'drop a pant size by June' instead of 'lose weight'). A few goals I'm excited about: backpack from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass in August, compete in an orienteering meet this fall, earn $1000 profit through etsy, and create a seasonal recipe database. So far this year I've mostly tackled other goals (improve naturalist skills, manage my $ for retirement and specific purchases, expand my graphic design portfolio to include 10+ solid pieces), but now it's February it's time to step up the pace.
Some of the beads: agate, unpolished agate, fire agate, wonder agate, onyx, freshwater pearl coins and sticks, brass spacers and chain, turquoise, crystal, geodes, etc.
So, I made a couple new pieces of jewelry last night too!
I can't get enough of turquoise with this soft coral color!
It's like a two-tone bar! I modeled it with Robin's awesomezor vase thing that I used upside down cause I'm a terrible, I mean creative person ;D
Vaguely steampunk brass and pearl earrings - I love the brass rounds-they're like an accordian tucked in on itself, with a touch of texture.
I LOVE this light teal/aqua color. Dyed jade, brass filigree, and faux pearls for this one.
I've been having fun modeling stuff for the shop:
The jewelry I make ranges from fun and modern to old-fashioned Victorian & Steampunk, but I feel it's all quite original, so I wanted something that would reflect that range.
My favorite color combination is hot pink and yellow, so I thought that would pull in the fun feeling of my jewelry. I tried to imply 'classic' in a couple different ways - creating an old style initial 'stamp' with cursive K, using a beautiful serif and traditional quatrefoil shape. (The first option below didn't quite get there, although of the three I feel it's the strongest mark.)
The first option was vetoed because hearts aren't really my thing and the 'k' didn't fit. The third option was vetoed because (as Robin rightly pointed out) it evokes quilting. The second option, though flawed, had the feel I wanted.
For revisions, I needed to revise the design to work at small sizes as well as the current large size. I liked the text from the first option above best, so I pulled that in. Moving the text off the quatrefoil made it feel like it was missing something. I came up with this:
Although this would reproduce well at small sizes, it feels too chunky to me, and most of the things I make are more feminine. I also thought that for printing purposes I should make something flat / cut the gradient. I started playing around and came up with something completely different:
I played around some more and came up with a wide version that I think I prefer:
My favorite!!!! I may keep this... ;D
I also adore this one. Lately I've been using a lot of cameos.
Another (Victoriana) cameo piece.
At first I didn't really like this but the pretty delicacy has grown on me.
I've been starting to work with gunmetal (the black colored metal) too.
Onyx is so beautiful! I also couldn't resist the lucite hourglasses.
I ordered a shitload more of these plastic flowers!
Jade, brass, and glass.
Czech fire-polished turquoise glass with faux cream pearls for an old-fashioned bracelet.
I got this ammonite from The Bone Room.
I went into this aiming to use my new bead cones and with the thought, "Scarlett with a ray gun in the observatory." Along the way she lost the ray gun.
I've had these carnelian(?) pieces floating around forever.
I took a three-saturday beginning jewelry-making class, learning to solder, shape metal, polish, etc. I was slightly overambitious and didn't quite finish these earrings in two days. Turquoise and onyx set in fine silver bezels on sterling backing. (Ouch, silver's pricey! Huzzah for base metal...)
I thought of using the chevrons double stacked the moment I saw them at the store, and am happy with how these came out. They remind me of pagodas.
<3 these beads!
I felt like it had been a while since I made really long earrings.
Playing with bobby pins.
Bees are so cute!
Generally I hate sets, but these beads are just too awesome.
This happily, inadvertently matches a long vintage opera length necklace.
Dyed jade, fake pearls, and silver!
I call these dork pearls - they rock.
The gears on the watch part still spin, fun. Another attempt at steampunk.
I've been experimenting with bending wire, having fun.
Green jade, dyed blue jade, and silver.
More dork pearls and wire experimentation.
I totally love these, I may have to make another pair! The first pair screamed Robin though ;D
I wish I remembered what kind of stone this was. I accidentally ordered this copper chain and have been playing a lot with it. This is a choker.
I can't resist buying any seahorse charm I see, but almost never do anything with them. But I love lariats too - this one has no clasp, just tie it in a simple knot.