Here's the first piece of jewelry I've made in over a year. (My son really loves LEGO, can you tell?) It's a neck cuff assembled from my son's stash - a completely temporary affair, but it was fun to construct. Hope all is well with everyone.
I went to Target this morning for sundries and discovered that the store has marked down all Easter supplies to 90% off original price. The section was mostly picked through, but they had a ton of plastic Easter eggs left for a whopping $.09 per bag. Hmmm, I thought, Martian figures? (one of the bags had a nice selection of eggs in greens and blues) Caterpillars? I picked up a bunch and put on my thinking cap when I got home.
I've decided they'll make great kids' maracas for cinco de mayo. I obtained the go-ahead from the SO's teachers at lunchtime and mocked this up. Cute, eh? I made the design with Sharpie markers on a white plastic egg. These eggs conveniently have 2 holes on either end, so I simply threaded 2 long pipe cleaners through the holes and then folded them (so the pipe cleaners are in quarters), twisted them, then secured the join with hot glue. Add a spoonful of rice and beans (and maybe hot glue the egg closed to avoid accidents), and you have a simple schoolroom craft. I think the kids will go for it - what do you think?
I finally decided that hauling the SO out to collect geodes in a riverbed was not realistic, at least for the next year or two given his age, so I gave in and we picked out one at the local rock shop to crack open. The helpful advice we received there: "The bigger they are, the lighter they are, the better they are." We found a nice light US (as opposed to Moroccan) geode - and sure enough it was full of dense but delicate quartz crystals.
My husband used a chisel and hammer to open this - I can see we will need a little practice to open these more cleanly, but I think it's not a bad first try. The SO enjoyed the results (and now has something for his next Show-and-Share day at school).
Here's the before photo - this guy weighed in at just about one pound:
I'd like to say I've been working like mad on jewelry behind the scenes, but this would be a complete lie.On the other hand, I finally spent part of my prize money from last year's Fire Mountain Gems and Beads contest yesterday - I can hardly believe I've had that $750 gift certificate just burning a hole in my pocket for the past 8 months! (Thanks again to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and sorry I was a weenie and missed the contest deadline this year.) When my treasure arrives (and I mean it - I picked up a big strand of graduated sapphire rondelles among other things), I'm hoping it will inspire me to start working again.
Oh, how I love this... (The artist is painting between layers of resin, fyi.)
(Yes, I'm still alive - I even have new work to show, if I can get my act together to photograph it. You know you've been gone too long when you log onto your blog and no longer recognize the interface.)
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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