Here's a photo of one of the things I was working on last week. Yup, a new dragon-themed piece. This is actually a button. I intended it to be a claw, although I suppose it could easily be teeth, as well. I've been debating putting a little cz at the tips, so that the claw looks as if it's grasping a jewel. I might try that next, but probably not for a couple weeks or so.
I am finding this 'flu a little hard to shake off completely, which is unusual, as these things tend not to last more than a day or so for me. I'm feeling better enough to take care of the Short One, though, much to his relief and mine. The SO's new favorite word is "more". Although it makes a nice change from "no", I'm finding it a little hard to explain that we don't actually have "more" of everything in the house. At one point this afternoon, our little Commodore was demanding "more boats, more boats!" in what seemed to be a fine naval tradition. After rounding up the usual suspects (he has a few boat bath toys) failed to appease him, I ended up looking up the instructions for origami boats on-line and making him a personalized fleet out of a bunch of his artwork we had lying around (tip number #3 - children's artwork makes great origami paper!).
Does anyone else here do origami? My Dad used to entertain me with origami animals when I was a child, and, as a result, I spent a lot of time practicing my valley and mountain folds in my youth. I can only do pretty simple stuff - the usual crane, a frog, an iris, a crab, etc., etc. - but I do actually still make things from time to time. Apart from decorating Christmas trees and building fleets on a limited budget, though, I haven't been able to find a lot of practical uses for the skill (okay, it's been a useful party trick on occasion, which just goes to show how desperate I can get at cocktail parties, but that's another story). One of these days I'll make origami jewelry from paper-type PMC - I just haven't gotten around to it yet... If anyone has any other good ideas, please do let me know...
I hope everyone had a good Monday. See you tomorrow.
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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