Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Ammonites were pushed up to the surface or washed out into rivers. There is much fascination with these fossils, and some folk lore attributes health, prosperity and good luck to the fossils. Those who believe in the metaphysical aspects of stones, hold that these fossils change negativity into smoothly flowing energy. I don’t claim to be a believer of such qualities, but I do feel a strong attraction to those spiraling chambers, some of which can hold a variety of calcified and colorful remains.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Using buttons for clasps really opens up a wide world, because they come in so very many styles, ranging from simple and understated to extremely elaborate; there are artisan buttons, glass buttons, clay buttons, manufactured buttons, antique buttons...the list goes on and on! Having so many options available makes it very easy to match a button to your piece.
As you can see, there are lots of things to consider when choosing a clasp. Clasps must be sturdy, strong, reliable, and funtctiona - but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a gorgeous component of your piece as well! The options avialable for clasps are virtually endless, so be sure to put as much thought into the style of your clasp as you do in the rest of your piece, and you will be thrilled with the results!
Monday, September 10, 2012
|Glass Pearls, Crystals, Antique Skeleton Keys, |
and Hanforged Copper Chain
|Crystal Cupchain, Faceted Fire Polished Beads, Heat-Treated |
Copper, Handmade Brass Beads on Waxed Cotton
|Vintage Glass Pearls, Handforged Silver Rings, Faceted|
Green and Red Garnet, and Hilltribe Silver
|Glass Pearls Overwrapped With Sterling Wire, |
Handforged Silver Rings
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
|A collection of simple Right Angle Weave bracelets.|
|Beaded beads created with 3-dimensional Right Angle Weave.|
Now I just start teaching the project step by step, and leave out the fact that they are learning RAW. Don't you know, they are able to learn and complete the project?!?!
I find RAW lends itself so well to creating a fabric that is lacy and fluid when done with seed beads. When using fire polished crystals, it becomes strong and can act as a platform for many different methods of surface embellishment and layering. RAW can act as a "bridge" between components when figuring out how they will connect.
|A stunning bracelet created with a seed bead Right Angle Weave base.|
Each time I think I have exhausted the uses for RAW, I discover a new and exciting application for this very "dreaded" stitch! I encourage you to dive into Right Angle Weave and see where it takes you, too!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Artful Beads! What is "soutache"?
Soutache (pronounced soo-tash)
is a narrow braid woven into a
herringbone pattern around two s
trands of piping inside the braid.
It is sometimes referred to as
"Russian Braid". Soutache ribbon
is currently made out of polyester
and rayon, and it is available in
many colors, including metallic.
There are two types of soutache braid: domestic and imported. Domestic (made in the
The art of soutache embroidery is a very free-form experience of constructing waves
of braid around beads and/or cabachons. The beads are actually sewn directly between layers of braid. The final piece can be left to show light through and be airy in appearance. Alternatively, stitching a backing in place, such as ultrasuede, helps to conceal any ends in the back, and give the piece a more finished look.
Some artists tend to work a
symmetrical design, while others
prefer an asymmetrical look. If
preferred, you can sketch the
design on paper first, and follow
by stitching the design with your
braid and beads. I prefer to work
“by the seat of my pants”, as they
say, and let the design take shape
as I stitch and fold and incorporate
beads. It’s exciting to watch something evolve into an elaborate design!
I hope you enjoy exploring this new avenue in the world of beading as much as I do!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
While those beads where pretty in
their own way, they don’t hold a
candle to the stunning beauties
that are coming out of the
shapes, and colors are amazing,
and just when I think these beads
can’t get any more gorgeous, they
do! Not only have the fire polished
round and rondelle beads become
incredibly sophisticated, but there
are now many beads that are being
made using vintage molds.