- I am an artist, wife and mother, paraeducator, yo-yo dieter, and small town country girl. I love singing in my church choir, computer time, beading and making jewelry. And I love enameling! There is something very magical about turning powder into smooth, shiny, and colorful glass.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Metal Fetish on etsy. They have a new web site but they didn't have the starflowers or small flowers. Hmm, I'll have to email them and inquire because I'm out of those.
etsy supplies shop soon.
etsy supplies shop soon.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is Saturday yard sales. I work in a school so I have plenty of extra time in the summer to scout out "treasures". In fact, I hope to open up an Etsy vintage shop one of these days. Well, that's my excuse for buying cool old stuff that I don't need. So I was excited today to see signs to an estate sale in my neighborhood and I was especially excited to find this miniatures display shelf. Now here is something I actually need! It will be perfect for organizing beads, craft items, and all the stuff that is taking up my beading table. It's pretty big but I figure I'm using that much space with my mess so I might as well organize the mess.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I'm still working the alliteration theme!
I had good news yesterday at my Doctor's appointment and I'm so pleased I had to share. Last October, I had my yearly (OK, I admit it was more like a year and a half) check up and blood work. My weight was up (once again) and my blood work and my blood pressure were not good. Lots of scary elevations which led to a cat scan, more blood work, and a visit to a specialist. Guess what he said? All heath concerns were reversible with weight loss and exercise. Blah, blah, blah. So what else is new. But I was freaked out enough to take it seriously. I turned 60 years old this year and I could see how my hopes and plans for the future were in jeopardy because I wasn't taking care of my health. After losing 35 pounds, walking an hour four days a week, and eating a disgustingly healthy diet, my blood work was normal. Only my cholesterol was still a bit high and not in the right proportions but hopefully with some more weight loss and exercise that will improve also. The hardest part for me is keeping weight off but my family is very happy, relieved and proud of me so I'm going to use that as my inspiration!
|looking forward to Lilacs in bloom!|
|here's to the beautiful butterfly in all of us!|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Even though I make shiny colorful beads, I also love these beads from the Philippines. They are earthy and neutral and are made from nuts, seeds, and exotic woods. I think they would blend with just about anything. And, what luck, I sell them in my etsy supplies shop! : )
|exotic Philippine woods|
|seeds and nuts|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I can't promise that I will have a new tutorial every Tuesday but it's a good idea, isn't it? I will try, I promise. Today I'm going to show you how to get an interesting matte finish on your enameled pieces. Here's a finished enameled bead.
You need a commercial etching creme like Etch-All.
Make sure you use rubber gloves because it is strong stuff. I used a few different techniques to apply the creme but I ended up just covering the whole bead in a goopy manner. I let it sit for 1/2 hour instead of the 15 minutes the instructions recommended.Rinse off the creme and you've got a great finish that looks a bit like pottery or ceramic. If you're not happy with the matte look you can fire the piece again to get the shine back.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Alisha White who also makes some beautifully unique hollow beads.
These beads have a soft matte finish called luster. They're made by one of my favorite lampworkers, Paul from PaulBeads. I love the wavy shape!
Discs make beautiful earrings but it can be tricky to get them positioned just right so the disc doesn't hang down instead of flat. So I made some hoop style ear wires and the simple design really showed off the beads. I used some of my new colored wire to embellish the silver. The hoops may take some practice to get the hook closure just right and I want to make some in copper, too.
I'm very happy with these, I may have to keep them for myself!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Bello Modo. It is copper wire with a nylon coating. It's very easy to manipulate but you do have to be careful not to mar the wire because you can chip off the color. It comes in many colors and gauges, I bought the 24 gauge to wire wrap some sterling wire clasps. Bello Modo has lots of different supplies to choose from, a nice web site, and very fast shipping but you have to pay a 15% "restocking fee" if you want to return anything. Is this something new? How could it possibly cost 15% to put an item back in stock? OK, my rant is over.