I've completed three strands just like this one now, and the next step is to weave or braid them together. The base is crocheted silver wire so that the whole piece should hold it's shape quite well. Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
All the Daughters of Eve A friend invited me to join a local arts organization, and I decided to take the plunge. Actually, I've been thinking about this kind of networking group for awhile, so I was pretty excited when she brought it up. There will be an exhibition this spring on the theme "The Vessel". This is a picture of the piece that I'm submitting for the show. Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
Bead-embroidered heritage necklace This is the necklace that I demonstrated on HGTV . The taping was done in late June, during an unbelievable heat wave, and as per usual in TV-Land, it just aired about a month ago in December :-) Materials: photo to use as cameo (original will not be harmed) 1 sq. foot of tapestry fabric 1 sq. foot of buckram interfacing 1 sq. foot of faux leather backing fabric 2 pieces of 1 sq. foot of fusible webbing 3 sq. inches of small scrap of muslin 2 feet satin or velvet ribbon--cut in half paper for pattern inkjet transparency film Golden’s Matte Medium raw sienna acrylic paint fabric glue or liquid seam sealant nylon beading thread glass pearls or fresh-water pearls #8 seed beads #11 cylindrical seed beads assorted Lucite flowers and leaves Tools: fine-point felt-tip pen plastic CD spindle case iron photo-editing software on computer (colored photocopies can be substituted) scanner inkjet printer bone folder paintbrushes s
An on-line friend sent me a bracelet blank and these three amazing cabs last week. So of course, this project jumped right to the top of the heap! I've been making some smaller pins with beaded cabs, and I'm just not quite ready to tackle The Next Big Thing quite yet! Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
Optical Lens Magnifier I do not need glasses...yet! But there are times when the print is just too small. This handy magnifier is actually a powerful antique optical test lens, dangling from a gorgeous strand of purple, pink, garnet, and black. The lens is French, from a test set made in the late 1800s. Isn't that the coolest thing? The lens "strength" is etched on the glass. The necklace is a 24 inch long continuous strand to slip over your head. Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
It was pointed out to me that some people would rather see pictures of the pieces that got in the book than a picture of the book! Well, ok, twist my arm :-) My pictures are not anywhere near as nice as the ones the photographer took for Sara Withers's book, but here they are: The first one is vintage lucite beads from several necklaces, repurposed. The second one is very simple, but uses the most beautiful moakite beads. I was somewhat surprised by the choices, but hey...who am I to argue? Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
Order Two of my necklaces appear in Sara Withers's new book, The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques . Or at least they used to be mine: they have both moved on to other homes since the book came out! This book is a very nice introduction to so many beading techniques. It's the book I wished I'd had when I first started! Technorati Tags: wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace
I just scored two more sets of old optical lenses!! One set is vintage American, maybe a few dozen years old, and the second set is antique French, from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Very very cool! I've gotten so many questions about how to find them, that I'm going to make some of these available, first come first served until the extras are gone. Contact me if you are interested!