Well, as it turns out, I do have a little something new to show you today, after all. I really like working with leather cord as a stringing material, but I'm not terribly fond of the usual commercial end caps that are available for them. Plus, I needed a bigger than usual set for what I'm working on now, so I decided to try making them. Here's the result. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, and I think they'll actually be functional, which is always a relief. (Actually, I think they'd make pretty cute bells, too, if I insert a clapper, so you may be seeing bells in the future from me.) As usual, background art is by the Short One.
I'm still racing around trying to finish multiple projects. I finalized the design for the piece I'm creating for Maria Grimes' Designer Challenge (results will be posted on Maria's website on April 1st - I'm one of twelve participants). It's making me chortle like a madwoman. If I can resolve all of the technical issues (and I'm optimistic about this right now), it will end up being one of the more unusual pieces I've made, which always makes me happy. I just need to make a few components for it out of (what else?) metal clay, which I will do tonight. More on this at the beginning of April!
And the teaser for this month's Ornament Thursday is up! Please visit the OT blog, for a sneak peek at Lynne Kvigne's intriguing new project. The theme for this month is SPROUT! And, of course, please come back on the last Thursday of the month to see this month's participants' projects.
Okay, I need to get back to work again. I have about 20 pieces that need to be dipped in liver of sulphur and polished tonight. Ugh. Have a great weekend, everyone!
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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