UFOs . . . and other unfinished objects.

No, not flying saucers. Also known as Unfinished Objects. You know the ones; those projects that sit lurking in the shadows of your creative space, mocking you every time you reach for new materials to begin new projects, “Please finish me,” or “Just hack me up and use my parts for something else!”

They collect dust and sit in canasters and baskets with other UFOs. Maybe you’re like me when you catch a glimpse of a UFO. You shiver and make a mental note to rid of it soon. But then you’re humming away happily as you weave or string or wire your next project. Oh, how quickly we put those nasty creatures out of our minds.

Well, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was time to face these creatures head on! One by one I scissored and clipped and reorganized the materials. I even accomplished completing a UFO. I now feel a sense of serenity and peace.

One of my UFOs, a thin bangle I worked up in brick stitch using czech fire polished beads:

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Loom Work

I’ve been doing some loom work lately.  I like loom work. It’s a pain in the neck to set up your warp threads, but once that’s done, it’s so easy and fun to bead. Bead weaving is a little more complicated than looming, but much less tedious to start. I just love trying new things. Often, when I have a design in my head, it requires me to learn a new technique. That’s what makes this craft so fun to me. I never get stuck just doing one thing. I bounce around a lot in my jewelry techniques, so who knows when the next time I make a loomed piece will be.  I stay motivated when I make what I want to make. Some days that means wire wrapping, other days it means bead weaving.

I use a tray that held a foam ring display in it. I took the ring display out and converted the tray into a portable work space with a bead mat. The pictures below demonstrate how I used the tray for loom work and show the work in progress. I wanted to do something more with the actual design of the bracelet besides the typical geometric designs that are often found in loomed pieces. I wanted to bead a focal within the weaving itself, so I created a window with a random bead pattern within it. I attached some bead embroidery to ultra suede to finish the loom ends and create the closure. I used a snap button for the clasp. This piece was an experiment, and I made it small enough to fit my wrist, which is nice because  I rarely make myself anything!

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Happy beading everyone!

My First Video.

I posted my first video to youtube! It just showcases my bracelets. I enjoyed arranging this video, but don’t really care for some of the new changes in Movie Maker. It seems like you used to be able to do a lot more with Movie Maker. Oh well, it was fun. Check it out and like it (if you have four minutes to spare). Thanks in advance!

A Happy Customer

I’m very lucky. Today I sold a very special bracelet to a special customer who sounds like he will be getting a lot of use out of it! I included some dark chocolate covered goodies with my delivery!

This bracelet was one that I made some time back. I added two extra beaded beads to adjust the length. It has jade-colored faceted glass rectangle beads and swarovski crystals. The beaded beads have died magnesite, faceted, fire-polished glass beads, and seed beads.    I hope my customer enjoys this piece!

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