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It’s time to vote again on the monthly Etsy Beadweavers challenge. Even if you don’t choose to vote, please take some time to look at the beautiful work created by my fellow team members. Please click here to visit the Etsy Beadweavers blog (etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2012/05/voting-for-may-challenge-nautical.html).
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the story necklace I created for a local bead store contest. I will have to post it when I get it back.
At the moment I am working on a necklace to display the netted flower that I made in a stitch study. The flower was designed by Cheryl Erickson, but we all used different bead mixes. Stitch studies, by the way, are a great way to get together with other beaders and try out something new. Although you are working with someone else’s design, you generally pick your own beads and can modify the design if you wish. It is a great introduction to a new technique, and spurs you to try make your own similar design later.
Anyway, I had a great time making this netted flower. I picked a custom bead mix at the store call, “Antique Lace, ” and brought along some beads of my own that coordinated with the mix. Now that I have done it once, I would use the colors differently, but I think I can add some things and make it work well. At least I hope so!
I am making a twisted herringbone rope to go with it. I am using three different color beads in size 8, and sandwiching in a mix of size 11s. I am hoping to add embellishments that will make it all work together. I will post the result when it’s finished – if it is not too humiliating;)
This is my latest netted necklace. (I guess I’m in a netting phase.) I fell in love with the “Ruby Picasso” Czech glass beads. They are glass, but they almost look like gemstones. There are bits of gray and brown running through them. There are two shapes of the czech picasso beads – the big drops, and the smaller flat rounds (is that an oxymoron?).
It is a bit hard to see from the picture, but there are two shades of seed beeds in this – matte ruby, and matte red. The matte red forms a shape in the middle of the three center areas.
I used fireline, which is incredibly strong, but then felt it needed more substance so I went back through it again with the fireline. The only thing I am not happy with is the way it kind of wrinkles. I don’t know if this is the weaving or the beads. It isn’t really noticeable unless you are looking at it closely, though. The overall effect is beautiful, I think.
Next time I think I am going to try waxing the thread.
magazine had an article about the importance of waxing thread to keep an even tension. Most of the people I know don’t wax, particularly Fireline, but perhaps it is worth a try.
I have a few more of the focal beads left, so I’m sure they will appear again somewhere.
Two days ago, when the boys were playing with friends, so I was able to do some serious beading. Unfortunately, I had a couple of disasters before I had a success.
The first disaster was a watchband which ended up too small! The second was my first attempt at a herringbone rope which I had been working on previously, and decided to hide the thread end. Well, suffice it to say that you cannot pull a thread through a size 11 bead too many times. I tried forcing the needle and ended up breaking the beads. I am still trying to decide if I can fix it or not.
So, feeling pretty stressed, I decided to string a simple necklace to get that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a piece. I used a couple of multi-colored strands of freshwater pearls that I had hanging around from another project.
After the boys were put off to bed, I sat and strung up those pearls, and then… I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it is perfectionism, or a need to challenge myself, but I could not just let myself string up that simple necklace. I guess that need to create something is very strong in me.
So, I decided to add a focal element in the middle. Of course, I had to finish it up the next day since it ended up taking me about four hours to restring the beads and create the focal point. Luckily, I love it! I guess sometimes it pays to follow those instincts. (But wouldn’t it have been fine as a simple piece?)
Here is what I came up with:
As you can see, the pearls are very colorful. It really struggled with how to make an appropriate focal piece. I was worried it would be too much. I knew that I couldn’t really add any more color elements, and I wanted to use what I had on hand. Luckily I had some small orange and yellow crystals and some large pale yellow crystals. Somehow I had some pale yellow seed beads, too. It must have been fate since I am not a big fan of yellow.
The centerpiece was strung with the pearls, seed beads, and three types of crystals. (See close-up.)
The focal piece is just a packed bunch of dangles coming out of beads on the wired strand. I used size 6 seed beads on the strand under the dangles because they have large holes. Then I made dangles of yellow seed bead in different length with crystals or leftover pearls on the ends (topped with a yellow seed bead to hold in place of course). I made the dangles near the edges shorter to give it a bit of a rounded look. At the very edges, I added a couple of dangles that were only seed beads. It took me about four hours to make the focal piece!
So, did I do the right thing? Is it good to be a perfectionist? Only if the end product comes out good? Only if your husband puts up with you? Today at least, I am happy that I am.
Welcome to Konfessions of a Kraftaholic Mom – by Kristin. This is a diary of my addiction to “krafts” and my attempts to fit it into my life as a busy mother of five.
Right now my eight year old has decided to make lunch for his brother and two of his friends. He is making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, salad (he even washed and spun the lettuce) and bits of leftover pizza. Apparently the perfect lunch!
In the meantime, I am putting together this blog. Why do I feel guilty about not making the lunch when clearly this is something he really wants to do himself? Ah, motherhood.
So how do I find time for my latest kraft – beading jewelry? And how do I rationalize the amount of time and money I spend on it? Why do I do it? Is there a way to make money at it so that I can rationalize it better? What are some tips I can share (and hopefully my readers can share, too) about how to fit it all in and make it work? These are some of the questions (and hopefully answers) I hope to explore in this blog.
I hope you will join me on my journey. Maybe we can help each other figure it all out.