Happy New Year, 2015, woop woop, it’s a different number. 🙂
I have decided to spend this year doing more of what I love, and ideally not frittering away quite so much time on the interwebz. I am not going so far as to call it a resolution, but it’s at least an intention of sorts.
The internet *is* a good source of inspiration and information for us creative, crafty types though, and I was inspired to have another go at making wire rings. I’ve already made a few wire rings in the past (jade ring, silver spiral ring and this wire wrapped bead ring which I still wear). Here is my latest effort.
I’m just playing around with wire at the moment, trying out new techniques. I can’t decide whether I prefer the ring on my index finger or thumb. Note the massively unimpressed cat in the background – she offered no opinion either way. Pfft.
I used a tutorial on the JewelryMakingJournal site: Easy Folded Wire Ring Tutorial. It was really easy to follow, and you can see how different shapes and designs can be created relatively easily from a simple piece of wire. I suspect the wire I’m using is not thick enough, but for practising it will do for now.
Have a look at some gorgeous examples of what you can do when you get really good at wire wrapping…
Yet another great blog post title from me. You’re very welcome.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am prone to earring-making frenzies. I absolutely love making them, despite the fact that I rarely wear any of my own creations (I can’t wear any large earrings as I am lobe-ally challenged *sadface*). However, I have recently developed a liking for making bracelets. One evening I made myself a little beaded bracelet with a tassel which I discovered in daylight was slightly the wrong shade of red. *twitching* I continued on my bracelet quest, and despite battling with tigertail (a coated wired used in jewellery making), crimp beads and knotted elastic that suddenly decides to ‘ping’ your carefully chosen beads across the room, I have made a bracelet that I am actually quite pleased with. As a picky perfectionist (when it comes to my own work) that is high praise indeed).
It’s a relatively simple design, but I think it works quite well. I love love LOVE the purple glass beads with their ‘lustre’ effect (oh yes, I know ALL the lingo). And look…
The bee bead changes colour when the temperature changes. Which is not that easy to photograph in February. It’s a bit like the mood beads that were ‘all the rage’ in the Seventies. According to Wikipedia, the colour change effect is due to a ‘thermochromic element’. Which is not nearly as much fun to say as a ‘moody bee bead’.
So, we’re moving house in a month or maybe two (at the most). It’s one of the most stressful things you can do, apparently. And today, I am feeling some of that stress, as I attempted to tidy up my craft room and pack away some of my stash. I started attempting to tidy up a while ago, but there has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing of things, as I try to figure out what I’ll feel like doing in the next few weeks. See, even though *all* we have to do is find a new house in the UK, prepare our current house for tenants, find ourselves jobs, and move us, our stuff (I’m pretty sure we have 50 boxes already, and we still have two 5-shelf bookcases to pack) and two cats, I know I will feel the need to do something creative to relax while we hurtle full-speed into Moving Chaos. Today I decided that I would work on tidying/away my bead stash, or at least getting it to a manageable mess, so if I feel the need to make some jewellery, I can do it relatively easily. So I worked for most of the day on organising supplies, sorting through stuff, and now some stash is neatly stacked on my desk, while the rest has been packed away. Of course, as I was packing stuff away I found things I *needed* to use right away, so there was a short pause for an earring frenzy.
Yes, those are bat earrings with discoball-esque beads.
I forgot about these until I’d taken the photo, but they’re quite big and would’ve hogged all the attention in the first photo:
These galaxy rings are a bit of a cheat, as I started making these yesterday, although to be fair, I was sorting out my glass dome jewellery supplies and that triggered me to make ‘just a few more’ before packing everything away.
And now, all that is left to do (today) is to clear all the stuff off the sofabed in the spare room, so I can put my feet up this evening with a large mug of tea and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Move – what move?!
I am still firmly in the grip of Glitter Fever, and have been creating plenty of sparklies. Sadly, the weather has been most uncooperative, which means I am waaay behind on taking photos. I have bought some lights for tabletop photography, but haven’t figured out where to set them up yet (as I don’t actually have a suitable ‘tabletop’ upon which to take photos – doh!)
Anyway, I wanted to share one of my latest creations, as I am quite pleased with how it’s turned out.
The background is a gorgeous inky blue-purple colour, with lashings of silvery glitter.
The ring is available in my Etsy shop, and I am thinking of making some small stud earrings to match the ring – what do you think?
It’s Saturday afternoon, therefore, it must be time for an earring-making frenzy. I got some of these cute coloured bows before I went on holiday, and have just put them to use in some new earrings.
As you can tell from the lighting in the photos, it’s a bit of a grey, gloomy day here, but the forecast for tomorrow is much better, so I’m hoping to get a load of photos taken, and then these can be listed in my Etsy shop.
I’ve also made some longer, ‘boho’ style earrings, but I’m still playing around with the choice of earring wires for those. *perfectionist* I’ll hopefully get pics of those when they’re finished tomorrow as well.