No. 21 Vacation

I’m going on several family trips this month which makes crafting and blogging a little challenging. Do you blog or craft while you travel? How do you do it?

These beads are from the NYC Spring bead show. Very simple and summery. I like to wrap small gifts in origami boxes. Pretty, ephemeral and recyclable.


July 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm 5 comments

Nos. 18, 19, 20 And Summer Is Here

Here they are, some light summery party pairs resting on Coney Island shells.

This pair is my first attempt at using a jig. I got mine at wigjig. Wigjig also features lengthy tutorials on working with wire, including one on how to form the swirly elements. They were originally intended to be bracelet components.

This pair involved some free twirling. I wanted to suspend the bead in the middle of the oval hoop and ended up using a jump ring to hang up the bead.

And last, but not least, some hoops strung with stone chips and seed beads. They strike me as kind of tribal something one of the Flintstone girls might wear.

June 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm 3 comments

No. 17 Chain Maille

I’m intrigued by chain maille. I love the beautiful shapes you can create just by linking rings together. At times, trying to follow a chain maille pattern can be like solving a brain teaser. These earrings use 6 mm and 4 mm rings. The pendants are, again, tagua nut beads. For more chain maille ideas check out the web site of the Maille Artisans International League

June 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm 3 comments

No. 16 Bowl of Cherries

Alright, so these have nothing to do with cherries, and yes they are very similar to this lonely one. But, hey I made them so they count toward the 99 pairs, right. Also the bottom bits are a little different from the red one. Can you tell which one was wrapped with pliers and for which one I used my fingers? In a commercial description I would say something to the effect of “slight imperfections give this jewelry their unique charm and are entirely intended by the craftswoman. . .”

May 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

No. 15 Wacky Wires

Can you tell that I’m trying to get away from the green thing? These are glass and resin beads on bits of wire twisted this way and that. By the way, the great thing about having kids is that you have wonderful props for these pictures. Although, this clock is actually mine; an “antique” from the 70’s.

May 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm 2 comments

No. 14 Monkeys on the Loose

Sometimes it’s all about the bead and not the fancy wire work. I like these because they have a retro feel to them and remind me of the “Planets, Moons, and Meteorites” aka “Rocks for Jocks” class they offered at my college.

May 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm 1 comment

No. 13 Green Grow the Rushes Ho

These slightly oversharpened beauties use beads made out of the seeds of the tagua nut. The material resembles ivory before it is dyed. They are fairly light and actually remind me more of Lucite. You can find more information about tagua nuts at One World Projects.

May 7, 2008 at 12:53 pm 6 comments

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The Resolution

Here is my project for the year: I want to make 99 different pairs of earrings over the course of the next 12 months. That averages about 2 pairs a week. We’ll see how I fare with this resolution.