April 16, 2014

Italian Pottery Beads

I strung some of these on dental floss. I'm not sure how I want to permanently string them yet. I sort of like the red beads in between. These were inspired by the colors and look of Italian pottery that I found on Pinterest. Also, trying out my DH's new camera. Totally clueless...put it on auto and edited on Pixlr. I really like the camera though. Just too many bells and whistles. I need to learn to use the macro setting.

April 14, 2014

Long time no see...

Wow, I just realized it's been almost two years since I've posted here. I've been playing around with some new styles of beads. Posted a few on Facebook and Flickr...so figured I should post them here too. I've got some others designs in the works too. Hope you like. Hope somebody is still listening.

May 4, 2012

The Gift

Garden frog had a gift for me. Thank you frog...you made my day!

"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." -- Dorothy Frances Gurney

March 28, 2012

Bead Table Wednesday

I haven't been making too many things lately. On a whim, I decided to make some pendant beads. Here's what's on my table today...Bead Table Wednesday. These beads have inlaid components and have been distressed and then painted.

February 9, 2012

A Few New Bead Sets on Etsy

I've added a few sets of beads to my Etsy store. Above is a picture of one of the sets. I hope you like them!

OMG, ladies! Thank you so much for buying my beads...and so fast!! I am truly humbled!

February 8, 2012

New Beads I've Been Working On

I had planned on making a pair of earrings a week. I did try! While I was trying to make some beads for a pair of earrings, I got sidetracked and started just making beads. The earrings group has been good for me though. It started me thinking about bead designs again. Here is one of the sets I've made. Looks like I'm still enjoying the grungy look! Wish I could take a good picture...sigh. When a make a few more sets, I'll try putting them up on Etsy. I guess I'll have to do some real catch up to make 52 pairs of earrings this year. Maybe I'll make one pair a month...twelve pairs is still good, isn't it???

P.S....the sun just came out, so I took another picture (the one on top). What a difference a little light makes. You can really see the colors better.

February 6, 2012

Best Tip I've Found All Year

A short while ago, I found a pin on Pinterest. The pin was about a tip from 2 Good Claymates' blog. Carolyn Good  posted about how she uses dryer sheets to clean up her pasta machine blades. This sounded like a good idea to me, so I started saving my old (Kirkland brand) dryer sheets. Wow! I now use these recycled sheets for all kinds of clay clean up! I am swiping them over my pasta machine rollers. I clean up the crumbs off of my work surface. I wipe my cutting blade. I use them to clean up my glass rolling pin. I'm sure I'll find more things to wipe with them as time goes on. It's amazing how they pick up debris and make the surface sparkle! Plus I feel good about being able to reuse these sheets! Hope you find this tip as useful as I do!  Thank you Carolyn!

January 19, 2012

52 Pairs of Earrings Week #3

It's week number three for the 52 Pairs of Earrings A Year Flickr group. Here are my earrings for the week. I really like these new leaves that I made. I think I'll even make more! I also like that these earrings make a little noise when I move my head. I like noisy earrings for some reason???

What I learned this week:
  • 1. I'm happy that I joined this group. It has (so far) kept me motivated to make new things out of polymer clay.
  • 2. I learned that I agonize over every step in putting the earrings together! (Oh to be Lorelei Eurto, and to be able to make so many beautiful  pieces of jewelry in one session AFTER WORKING all day!)
  • 3. I am putting some of the ideas that swirl around in my head into something that I actually make!
  • 4. I can't take pictures worth BEANS. It took a boat load of taking photos in different areas of my house to finally get one that I wanted to use. I still had to doctor it up in Photoshop!
If you feel like making lots of earrings this year, join this group. Or you can just look at what other are making. 

P.S.  My ears really bother me when I wear brass ear wires. I really like the look of the brass wires or wires that have had a patina added. Does anyone have any suggestions about types of wire to use? Am I the only one with this problem? I know I could use sterling silver, but I'm not crazy about the look of silver.