Herringbone cubed – first attempt

Got this pattern from Cube Bead Stitching by Virginia Jensen. It isn’t that bad. Need to work more on my closures, but I am really happy with the bright yellow color and how it really catches the light. Also, using the larger cubes really makes this bracelet fly together, which was nice for an instant gratification.

New Bracelet Pattern completed

Well, here is the Imperial Lace Bracelet pattern by Sheri Tarrant. I like it. It kind of has a bit of the goth look to it. It is a bit of tedious bracelet to make, but a lot of them get like that eventually. Having to make three rows for length and then do the back and forth thing to connect them did get a bit long. Still… looks cool on my wrist. Isn’t that what matters?

Keeping up the crafty – bracelets and weekend shows

Ok, so I have two shows coming up this weekend, and I naturally try to come up with something new. I purchased the latest Bead and Button magazine and found this new pattern, which is really cool. This is what I have so far:

There were some struggles with this pattern. First off, I really was thinking that this could be a bracelet I could sell in the $30 range. Wow, I was wrong. Doing the math, I would be taking a cut at that. Using Swarovski crystals (due to my passion for sparkle), the crystals alone get to about that price. I guess if I want to make some more of these at some point, I can use Czech glass and work it to that price point. In the mean time, I am going to list these at $65. It just keeps the majority of my price points for my woven work up there. I need to drop some down to where other people can afford.

I guess that becomes one of the troubles of selling. So many people say that if you underprice, buyers don’t take you seriously and won’t purchase your goods. But if they aren’t purchasing them at the lower price, why would they put out the cash for the higher price? Does that really make sense to anyone?

The other trouble I had with these was that I put a toggle clasp on one of them. It would have been really pretty too, if it only would have closed. The beaded units wouldn’t let the bar pass through the loop to close. Now that was frustrating. I, of course, then remembered a teacher at Facets of Isis stating that you should always use separate thread for your clasp in the case that something doesn’t work or breaks. Your entire piece isn’t in jeopardy then and can be changed. I just made sure to run my thread through the piece further to make sure that it is all connected and the snipped thread won’t have the bracelet fall apart. I even tugged it a few times to make sure. Ugh, live and learn, right?

So, now I need to add a little crystal bauble to the end of the chain that the lobster clasp hooks to. That should all work. Also, next time I make these, I need to figure out a way to make them just a touch longer. I mean, the chain does that true, but I think it could be done prettier.

Tomorrow night, I need to make a few more journals, price everything and get it all set for Saturday morning. Wish me luck on making some sales. These are two shows before my birthday, so I am hoping the world grants me some profits. That would be nice. You hear me, world?

Night, all!

Having a crafty evening

So, I decided to have a crafty evening and spend my time down in my basement with the television on and surrounded by my fortress of crafty stuff. I managed to put together some of my redone yearbook scrapbook pages, which I can’t load here, since they are of people and have names on it. Not that I wouldn’t love to share, but blurring out most of the page just doesn’t make sense.

Then, since it is both of my aunt’s birthdays in the next week, I decided to make two birthday cards for them, but happened to get in spired to just make some other blank ones.

(birtday card one)

(birthday card two)

I decided to see what would happen if I embossed this one with a white/glitter powder on black. Actually very cool, I just wish the camera would have picked up more of the glitter.

Here I used that technique again (from birthday card two), where I also stamped the dress on patterned paper and raised it up with foam dots. I think it looks neat with the continuation of the pattern from the mat.

Finally, I had to clean up my paper supplies and weave together a bracelet, which only needs a clasp. I am actually a bit impressed with myself, and after all that, I am actually posting these items when they are made. Who knew?

keeping busy

Well, two weeks ago was the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI, which I like to call “Bead Mecca.” It is that annual pilgrimage for which we travel to spend a bit of cash on beads and tools and… you never know. Personally this year, I was out for patterns and tools. I have created two new bracelets seen here:
new weave on Czech
Lace weave

They are both so delicate. It is nice. The blue is also closed by using a button as the toggle and a loop, which is really neat and I will see if I can work this into some of my other patterns. The green was supposed to have a beaded toggle, but I decided to use a metal toggle instead. I don’t know… the whole beaded loop and bar never sits well with me.

A week after that I went to the wedding of my friend Amanda out in Boston. It was a blast to see her happy, to see her parents again and especially to see one of my best friends, Josh. Yup, I had a blast and it ended to quickly.

happy (but little) bride
Josh and I

light blue and pearl twist bracelet

Ok, so I am finally trying to take pictures of the other items have made. I decided to step outside the box, and more specifically, outside the house altogether.

I like how it looks, and you can actually see the difference in color between the blue and pearl color, which is nice.

Maybe my neighbors won’t mind me using their bricks some more when they return home. There was all the nice open space that had the sun.