Friday, May 30, 2008

Rose bud

Here is my completed piece entirely created and assembled by moi. I am very proud of my rose bud :)

Now we have embarked on lavender..... If I dont tip over the edge threading the beads on, I may even have it finished next craft day.


As of term 3, I will be teaching a beginners beading class for the Nepean Community College at Springwood Highschool!!!!! Stay tuned for class time confirmation but so far I will be teaching on Monday nights.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Designer Quest 13

Eureka! Beads sponsored DQ 13. The packs were outstanding and the challenge for this quest was to use all the components!!!!

The choices were black/silver or red/gold

Here is my entry (which didnt win by the way :) )

I called it the Conquest. I sat down and started, 3 hours later I emerged having used everything besides 1/2 an inch of tiger tail and 6 broken seed beads. What a mammoth effort.

The next DQ is being announced in the next couple of weeks.... looking forward to that.

More Maille and a new camera (YAY)

Finally, we can dispense with the scans, the video camera captures and relying on other peoples photos. There is a new camera in da house! It has an awesome super macro feature too.... just perfect for jewellery. The lady at the shop did look at us strangely when we started testing photos of her computer keyboard keys. Anyway.... enough of that.... I certainly need to learn how to use it to the functions to get optimal visual pleasure but I will just have to play :)

On to the chain maille.

The bracelets in a clockwise direction are:

A parrallel helm weave using plated rings in silver and gold colour. This is beautiful and a bit blingy. It looks quite stunning with the 2 colours.

Floral lampwork beads (chinese mass produced, but pretty all the same) with flower chain links.

Lampwork beads (not sure who made these but they are from an Aussie Artisan) with Czech glass and flower links.... this one hasnt worked so well. The "links" with the beads are too long and sits a bit rigidly. This one needs re-designing.

Monday, May 05, 2008


I have been trying to design a pendant made from buttons.

I have finally worked out how to give them a useful bail arrangement!

See the trouble is that a button "hangs" in the middle.... I needed it to hang from the top - neatly and gracefully LOL.

Here we have - Button Pendants!

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