Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
I've also missed beading. :-( Thanks to those of you who have kept up with me. I'd like to show you how my senior exhibition turned out. Have a look!
Now that college is done with, I will (won't) have time to work on the 240+ projects on my to do list. Wish me luck. :-)
First up, find my bead stash among all the other junk in my apartment. I few trips to Goodwill may be in order.
Friday, November 25, 2011
A while back, I wrote this post about how I have been setting up my booth for roughly the last three years. As glorious, and pretty, and elegant, and nice it all is, I have to admit that the setup is HEAVY. Oh, and it also takes up a lot of space. For once, I'd like to go on a road trip and see out of my rear view mirror.
That, and I'd like my jewelry to be seen instead of my displays.
Soooooo, I packed up most of these displays.............
.........and will shortly be shipping them off to Shalena White of Shalena Designs. Go check out her gorgeous metalsmithing work if you've never seen it! She is a friend of mine and a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Thank you Shalena and I hope they serve you well!!!
*The four displays in front with the contrasting colors are up for grabs to the first person commenting below that you want them.*
Anyway, I had to replace these three dimensional pedestals with something flat and portable. The FMG equivalent was going to cost me over $270 for the amount I eventually ended up making.
This lovely collection of cherry stained red oak cost me around $160 from Lowe's.....
Voila! I will soon have a decorative suitcase that hides my brand new displays! (I have used this technique before to store the curtains and table cloths used in my setup.)
Wish me luck! Senior show is next Friday and I have to try hunting for last minute show deadlines for next summer and fall.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Photo collage made using photovisi.com|
I used a coil inductor for the centerpiece as well as a cathedral bead that has been embellished along the equator.
(Hey I just realized this post was themed around freeform peyote. *accident*)
I was also just recently informed that I won a free Modahaus through Pearl's giveaway!!!!!! This made my week.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
|Photo collage made with photovisi.com|
I apologize for missing my update on Tuesday. I have no excuse except for forgetfulness. The photo mosaic above is what was next on my list. It's a double sided enameled profile of my face. The copper base was a practice piece for my first Two for Tuesday post piece. Since it wasn't textured, I decided to enamel it instead.
I made this in 2009. Wow, how time flies! For some reason, I zipped my mouth together with a picket fence and placed a kokopelli on the other side. *shrug* This was just a practice piece and I had fun making it. I'm happy to say that this is one case where the end product matches the initial sketch. :-)
I've been so busy lately that I've completely lost all track of time. Today was the first time in a week that I've been able to sit down and bead. (1 hour 40 minutes!) Sad, huh? :-( Once school is finished, expect to see me cranking out patterns like there is no tomorrow! Promise.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
This two finger ring was made in 2009 I believe. It is my very first attempt at casting anything EVER. It was a lost wax casting with bronze. Pretty proud of myself for carving the frog out of wax. There was a little toy frog this exact size just chilling on top of the chemical cabinet. As far as I know, he'd been there for years without anybody taking notice. Of course after I finished the ring I put the little guy right back where I found him. And he disappeared forever within a week. :-(
As with any new assignment, I was always eager to include beads within my design. In this case, I used a single dyed freshwater pearl, which is nestled inside the water lily. See.....
|Photo collage from www.photovisi.com, photo of ring taken by Trevor Hunter|
And now for some good news!!!
I have decided to get rid of my entire stash of old magazines. I'm down sizing (still) and trying to get rid of and give away things that I don't need or that are taking up space. Unfortunately, magazines take up a lot of space. I am determined to only purchase the ones in which I get published.
I will first make copies of my favorite untried projects (to keep the mags in good shape) and then give them away when I'm done with the photocopier. All for personal use, I promise. If anybody has a special request, I may just have the issue you're looking for. If not, I'll have pictures up on Facebook in a destash album within a couple of weeks/months/as I get to it. Just provide postage.
I told you it was good news. Who doesn't like a win-win?
Monday, October 3, 2011
There were five comments on my original post. And here's the random.org pic for the random generator:
*And thank you Kristen for sending her my way. :-)
Here is your bracelet Dawn:
By the way, I have another batch of old magazines I don't need anymore. Do you guys think I should host another Facebook giveaway like I did before?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I think we had about six months to finish the project. I know for a fact that all I did for the first five of those months was doodle during political science. I had contacted my partner and we had discussed ideas. She never did make anything for me to work with, so I told her no hard feelings and that I was going to find someone else who was still available.
I then contacted Terry Hale, the lady in charge. My mom had recently been Terry's neighbor at a craft show in the Southeast somewhere and said she was personable, friendly, and a good friend of Susan Parry, a good friend of ours from the show circuit. I told Terry the problems I was having with my partner and that if Susan was a part of the group, I would love to work with her instead.
The next day, Susan emailed me and we started tossing around ideas. We decided on hearts and she got all excited in her usual manner. In two weeks flat I received about a dozen or more hearts and hollow vessels to choose from for the lariat necklace I had decided to make. I chose 4, purchased 2 for myself (which I still haven't used yet :-( ), and mailed the rest back to her for inventory. We even determined a price level in case the piece sold. A week and a half after that (and a few days before the deadline), I finished the necklace:
|Photo collage made with photovisi.com|
|Photo from firmountaingems.com|
I was pretty proud of myself *insert smug look here* for having found a partner and creating a finished piece in less than a sixth of the time allotted for the contest. I don't usually stress too much if I haven't finished something for a contest in time, but I just knew I wanted to work with Susan again and had to make it happen. Anyway, after all the sketching, planning, stress, joy, netting, right-angle-weave, and braiding, we weren't selected as a finalist. The results came back as "undermuted." What does that even mean? *shrug* That means you just enter it in the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems Glass Contest, which is exactly what I did (with Susan's permission of course). You can see our design in better detail here.
This is the only photo that exists of the necklace because my laptop had a case of the 'I don't wanna' last summer. Sad day and a lot of missing reference pictures. However, go to the FMG website and zoom in to see really, really good closeups of Susan's beads. <3
The lariat is also no longer in existence. I kept it until late last year or early this year. It didn't sell and Susan needed the hearts for inventory, so I took it apart and sent those back to her. This was a fun project and I will be recycling the beaded ropes and tassels back into something new! It would be a pity to let all those turquoise heishis and garnet chips go to waste.
And isn't that mermaid bead just gorgeous?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|Photo collage made with photovisi.com|
On a side note: I seem to have misplaced the bracelet I planned on giving away for my 150 Facebook likes celebration. I will choose another piece instead, and it will be just as fabulous. The last couple of weeks have been quite hectic and my jewelry likes to run away on occasion (usually in someone's pocket). However, I'm pretty sure I just lost this one. The couch probably ate it. ;-)
And the best news: Today is the day I pay off my car!!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Until last year, I let the piece sit around and mope until I found something to do with it. I eventually found the Soft Flex: Flex Your Creativity contest where they wanted designers to use their beading wire, but to have it exposed instead of hidden. This was my entry. You might want a picture before I continue:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
1. You must "Like" my Vanishing Pearl Facebook page.
2. Please leave a comment on this blog post.
3. (Optional for those of you who don't use Facebook): tell your friends and spread the word!
Only those who have liked my page and left a comment will be eligible to win THIS!
A memory wire bracelet with Botswana Agate, a vintage glass button, E beads, bugle beads, and swivel hooks! (Wait, swivel hooks? Kinda odd to use fishing equipment in a bracelet, huh? Not at all!) One size fits all.
This is honestly the first bracelet image I came across that I know for sure hasn't sold yet. I will host more giveaways at each 50 like mark, or spontaneously. So check back often and always tell your friends.
Please leave an email in your comment so I can contact you if you win. :-) Good luck!
Okay, so I happened to misplace/lose/hide the bracelet pictured above. Never fear! I promised a bracelet to the winner, and you will get one. So here goes:
I made this tulip cuff in my sophomore or junior year of high school. To the best of my knowledge, it's the only peyote cuff I've made with E-beads. It measures 8 3/4 inches. I used picot edging along the sides, a button and loop at each end, tiny herringbone tulips from Diane Fitzgerald's The Beaded Garden, and three lampworked disks by Sherry Nickell of elektraArt.
I have reached 150 Facebook likes now. Good luck to the randomly selected winner! Tell your friends and I'll have the winner posted tomorrow. :-)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
After deciding that this design was too fabulous to pass up, I promptly began making the piece with materials I had on hand. I eventually ended up giving it to JD's mom as a Christmas present. Here's the two of them together with Linda wearing the necklace:
I don't have a better view of the necklace itself, but I think it's nice to see a happy recipient of my work on occasion. This was my first piece of beadwork created from the sketch of another person. Thanks JD. <3
Sorry that I got to this update a little late, but I'm proud of having kept to my self imposed deadline thus far. Stay tuned for next week's sketch vs. finished piece.
By the way, once my Facebook Vanishing Pearl page receives 150 likes, I'm going to announce a giveaway of one of my pieces! Tell your friends and I'll be back with a photo of the piece that will soon make its way to a new home.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Hello everyone! Sorry I've been absent for over a week. I got a chance to visit my grandmother right before school started, went to my first week of classes, and *sigh* took my old job back. However, I've come up with something to keep me posting at least once a week for most of the next year.
I'm going to start a series of blog posts called Two for Tuesday. (If you have a better name, please share). You will see a minimum of one sketch and one photo of the finished piece made from the sketch. Our ideas have to come from somewhere don't they?
I seem to find myself stuck somewhere in the middle when it comes to designing jewelry (or anything else). One one hand, there are people who never put pen to paper before creating a piece. They record their ideas during the creation process. On the other, there are those that plan out every single detail before even picking up a tool. I do both, or neither, or even sometimes one or the other.
For today's piece I planned out the majority of the details before hand, especially since this was my first metals assignment in 2008. We had to make a 3x3 square out of sheet metal with a minimum of three sheets of copper, nickel silver, brass, or aluminum. I did five layers with a bit of exterior decoration (mostly to hide my terrible first attempts at tube rivets). The project had to be a self portrait with a bit of personal information. I had just moved out of my sister's home at the time, which explains the keys and the door.
Photo collage: www.photovisi.com
I think the evolution of a piece from concept to completion should be recorded if possible.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I made this last night while trying to tell myself that I can make new designs with old ideas. (Trying not to beat a dead horse here). It turned out vastly better than expected! I almost always forget that scallop stitch provides such a pretty edging. I learned it years ago and have since applied it to my work only a handful of times. *shame on you Tamara* Never fear! I will promise to use it more in the future. This is the reverse of my newly created beaded washer pendant:
If you would like to purchase this little beauty, then please visit my Etsy store. I just finished listing it (among updating almost everything on my web pages).
However, if you would like to learn how to create the turquoise washer, read on:
Beaded Washer with Scallop Stitched Edging Tutorial
· Size 11° seed beads in two colors
· Size 8° seed beads
· Washer (any size)
Step 1: Attaching the thread to a washer.
Make a loop with the tail of your thread using an overhand knot (Fig. 1).
Make a lark’s head knot around a washer by passing the needle through the washer and then through the loop (Fig. 2). Pull tight.
Step 2: First Round
String two Delicas. Pass the thread under the washer and back through the second Delica (Fig. 3).
Using this brick stitch technique, continue adding one bead at a time until the washer is stitched with an even number of beads. Pass down through the first bead, under the washer, and back through the first bead. The first round is complete (Fig. 4).
Step 3: Scallop Stitched Edging
3A: String 5A and pass down through the third base bead. (Fig. 5) Pass up through the second base bead.
Pass up through the next to last base bead and the last B from the previous unit.
String 3A and pass down through both the first A from step 3A and the first base bead. Pass up through the last base bead.
String 1B, an 8°, and 1B. Pass down through both the first B from step 3B and the second base bead. Weave the thread through your work and trim.
*Note: remember to pass the needle under each seed bead unit as you pass up through the two seed beads.
You should end up with a washer that looks like this:
And yes, those are my fingers. Somehow, I've always had a hard time believing that one can have pretty fingernails AND work with their hands. (That is unless of course you are paid to do so). Personal opinion I guess. The up side is that I quit biting my fingernails in February!!!
Friday, August 5, 2011
*******Please note that this is my one day show setup. I would never leave my stuff overnight anywhere unprotected.*******
Everybody, these are Bob, Sue, and Joe. Bob, Sue, and Joe, meet everybody!
These are Bob's legs. Use short lengths of PVC to elevate the table about six inches above the ground. This allows the items displayed on the table to be seen better without having customers bend over too far. We don't want to promote bad posture, do we? No slumping!
Next, we're going to take some adhesive velcro and cut out little squares. Peel off the back of one side and stick it to one of the tables. Use three or four squares for the long side of one table. Use one square on each of the short sides of the table as well.
Then place one of your table cloths over the table. Peel off the other side of the velcro squares (still attached to the squares on the table). Press firmly to the table cloth.
Here comes the fun part! Heck, on a hot day, none of this is fun. But make sure to arrive at the location in plenty of time to set up your booth to your liking. Also bring lots of water.
Next, I fold the table cloth on the sides of the short tables up to keep it off the ground. I pin it in place with decorative brooches at the back:
I put a greenish brown cloth evenly draped over the center table (Bob). Since Bob is taller, there is no need to fold the edges of the table cloth. Mine doesn't reach the ground and won't get tripped over.
I used teal ones for the side tables and draped them at an angle to direct the eye to the center of the booth:
I picked up these handy plant stands at Wal-Mart a couple years back. They're perfect for elevating your art to the next level! (*snickers at totally intended pun*)
This is a collapsible corner shelf that I picked up at an antique mall where I live. I wrapped a sheer window curtain around the edges to dress it up a bit.
Place shelf between the plant stands, and voila! Triangular display with plenty of height! There's nothing sadder than seeing beautiful jewelry displayed flat on a table. Hand crafted work deserves better.
Arrange the remainder of your displays in whatever way looks good. I have a couple more plant stand and what my Big Lots receipt claimed were magazine racks. *shrug* I thought they were pretty. (I sold the mannequin at this show, which suits me fine. Often, I will get offers for people to purchase my displays rather than my jewelry. I used to be upset about this, but now I figure it gives me a chance to remodel!)
Time to dress up the plant stands! (Chances are that you will be the only one who notices how much better this step makes your booth look, but it can be our secret, okay?)
Want to see how it's done? Guess what? Paper! Take two long strips and tape them together in the size of a circle that fits the specific plant stand you are decorating. I used wallpaper samples! (I got the wallpaper samples by dumpster diving. Never underestimate a college art building dumpster. :-) Use more than one color if desired.
Go ahead and plop a plate on top! Tada! Instant pretty display or some such contraption. Repeat for the other plant stands.
Why not just use more plates for the magazine rack thingies? I placed mine upside down and then put the plate on top. Or is it the bottom?
Set your necklace pedestal and jewelry on your new displays. Horray! Beautiful work at eye level.
Don't forget to have a sign of some sort that prominently displays your business name. Here's a cute idea: painted suitcase. Jenna did this one for me. Wait. This was done with markers. AND it doubles as a curtain and/or table cloth carrying case. Functionality is key, especially when traveling a lot.
I love those little green chairs! Too bad they take up a lot of space. The following are images of my finished booth. Enjoy!
Mirrors to display pieces on. Bargain basket for thrifty shoppers.
Here is a mirror prominently placed in the center shelf right at eye level. Customers can easily view how your creations look.
Guest book and business cards:
And finally, but definitely not least: sketch books and a portfolio of your work. I went overboard here on sketch books. I usually have one hanging around, especially if you place it in front of a finished piece. Customers find it amusing. (Or they chide you for sketching during English class.)
I hope this helps a bit. It should spark a few ideas. My two and three day show setup is quite different. To see that, hop over to my Evolution of a Craft Tent album on my Facebook page.
I did this blog post because I see some people asking for advice about jewelry setups. I am by no means an expert, but am always willing to share what I do know! I also have a really hard time when it comes to finding inspiration for displays. I guess my best advice is to go shopping at thrift stores, discount stores, home and garden places, and antique malls. You never know when an idea will pop into your head. Just experiment and have fun.
Always remember that a booth setup is a constant work in progress. I am tweaking mine all the time and am actually planning a complete overhaul to match my de-cluttered take on life. Or not. Who knows? Until next time......
Is it safe to blog and cook at the same time? Probably not.