Well, it's technically Monday where I live, and I actually did manage to finish something new tonight, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it. Although I've used quotations in my jewelry before (eg, "Something wicked this way comes"), I've been wanting to create some individual word charms. I'm a big fan of word charms and beads generally and have a short list of favorites. You can find lovely ceramic word beads and links at Earthenwood Studio and Jangles, for example.
When I sat down to think about what I would want to express in a word charm, I had some difficulty settling on a topic. I thought about doing a set of tranquil, abstract words, like "Truth" and "Beauty", but these didn't seem to jibe with the type of pieces I've been making lately (and frankly, with the Short One getting more active by the day, "tranquil" doesn't really describe our house very well, at the moment). So, in the end I just had to be me. Well, actually, these were slightly inspired by one of the people I live with (I'll leave you to guess which one). Here's a little set of Mischief charms. I decided to add some color to these by coating the charms with a thin layer of tinted resin. I have a list of other words and short phrases I'd like to try, but these three seemed to want to go together, so I made them first.
By the way, "wag" is not intended to mean the back and forth motion one associates with a dog's tail (although it certainly could be used that way, I suppose). It's a reference to an older use of "wag" to refer to a prankster or a wit. The word shows up in Shakespeare at intervals. I believe that Falstaff refers to Prince Hal as "sweet wag" in Henry IV, Part 1.
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
A word about copyright
As indicated in the copyright notice, the contents of this blog are copyright by me. To the extent that instructions to make jewelry, beads, knit items or other instructions are included in this blog, they are free for you to use to make the projects for personal use. They should not be used for commercial purposes, ie, to make items for resale.