Monday, August 28, 2006

All In Stitches!

Ugh!!! I picked up my needle and can't stop stitching beads and here is one of the latest creations. I just love love love handstitching/handweaving beads. I guess because it gives me full control with how I want the work to go. I have 2 samples here: the gold one is square stitch -- very orderly and rhythmic. While the other bracelet is improvisational beading with some wire work to it and very abstract and chaotic.

Monday, August 21, 2006

All Wired Up

Bless me for I have sinned! My last posting was almost a week ago!!! I've been so wired up revisiting old techniques, attending a bead show, discovering a new bead shop in my neighborhood and creating new jewelry to gear up for the holidays.

Well, here's a design concept I've revisited. This cuff is made with 3 24 guage copper wire which I twisted together to form the frame of this bracelet. I then strung beads through another copper wire and worked my way around the bracelet frame as much as I felt like it. Then I closed the bracelet frame to create the hook clasp that secures the cuff on your wrist. It's a chunky bracelet but soooo comfy to wear!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hold Your Breath Mini-Origami Cranes

These miniature cranes were made by my son. He has been doing origami for many years now (a veteran at 11 years of age!). His challenge at this point is to create the smallest origami crane he can do. The bigger crane in the photo is made from 2cm square of paper while the smaller one is from 1cm square! Talk about nimble fingers!! He intends to continue practicing until he can perfect it. I may need to buy him a microscope and mini-surgical tweezers pretty soon!!! His goal is to create a crane from LESS THAN 1mm square size paper to beat the record set by a japanese master!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Strands of Blue Heaven

I made this necklace for a friend of mine who wanted to give her sister jewelry for her birthday. What she told me was her sister loved turquoise - in color or stone, whatever. So I searched around and found these beautiful abalone shell beads in turquoise. Everything else just fell into place.

Friday, August 11, 2006

When Passion Becomes Obsession

My passion has been making bead jewelry for a long time now. This passion has turned into an obsession. Is this bad? I don't think it is, at least, in my case. The obsession has made me burst out of my shell so now here I am with this blog hoping to share my creations with you. While the main thread of my topic will be jewelry, there are other things that interest me that I may write about in this journal. I hope it draws you into my world.

So you tell me, when passion becomes an obsession, is that good or bad?

This bracelet I recently made was created bead by bead as I handwove this all together. You'll find it and other jewelry pieces that I've created in my shop at

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