Monday, January 22, 2007

Week 4 - Smokin' companion piece

Before shipping my tools off to Tucson (I just checked, they are in Phoenix, woohoo!) I created this bracelet as a companion to last week's pendant. Initially I had some swirly pieces on top of the wires, but they just didn't 'go' with the twisted sides that I had done initially. I messed with it enough times that I beat the heck out of the wires and they looked awful, so I intentionally added some more to make it looked 'distressed' (wait, isn't that supposed to be furniture?). Anyway, I'm not unhappy with it, but I see what I could have done differently. This will be a piece (with the pendant) for me!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Week 3 - Smokin'

I mail all my tools to Tucson tomorrow, so I got my pieces for this week and next week done early!

This is a chunk of smoky quartz I got in Rhode Island at Myrows. I was intimidated by it, but finally made myself pull one out to wrap. I was so pleased with it, I did a bracelet for next week :) This is the first time I added in twist as part of the wrapping - I think it adds a touch of elegance to the wrapped design. I need to get some other pieces like this!!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Week 2 - Kitchen Soup

For the last two weeks I've been sorting, reorganizing, tossing, etc. I ended up with a bag of Czech glass beads that I just could NOT make myself sort. The options? Toss 'em (couldn't do it). Ignore them (I'm trying to clean up!) or do something with them. I decided to do something with them. I strung and strung and strung and strung, until I figured I had enough strung and then strung some more; enough for 7 17 inch strands (that's alot of beads!). This was the result. Butt ugly? Could be... and yet? I've made several 'kitchen soup' (as I call them) pieces in the past - badge holders, eye glass holders, etc., and they've always sold! So, this week's piece is my 'clean up'. Only wiring was putting together all the strands and stuffing them through an end piece. It'll have to do for this week... I also did a matching bracelet :) The earrings I attempted were too ugly for words... I did some damage to the 'bag', but there are still some left!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Year 2007 week 1 - Morning Zephyr

When I asked for an explanation of the theme for this week, the response I got made me think of these lovely polymer clay cabochons my friend Nina made me for Christmas. I'm in the process of cleaning out stuff so I'm not letting myself do much work, but I'm going to Tucson at the end of the month and plan on showing a buddy of mine how to do wrapping, so I need a couple of samples to take with me. Kill two birds with one stone! (not my greatest pictures, I evidently have some setting messed up on my camera)