Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Endeavors

Anyone considering a "new endeavor" for the upcoming new year?  Yeah?  I thought so.  Don't we all?  Well, where does one get their inspiration for the new? Where does one get the faith to strike out into the perhaps unknown?  Well, I don't have the answers, but I am on a mission to do just that, find the faith to go out into the unknown, again.  Yes again.  I have been sort of a moderate adventurer most of my life.  Change was something that never bothered me, I did it often and most often it was into the unknown.  Well now I am approaching 60 years of age and contemplating the unknown once again.  I have been a realtor for over 10 years and did OK in that endeavor and a crafter most of my life and that was really just for me.  Well the business of real estate has steadily declined over the past couple of years and I for one just can't find the motivation to continue pushing for success in that arena so I have decided to jump ship and make every attempt to have my crafting hobby turn into a full time occupation. 

I have done every sort of craft imaginable.  For the last year or so, I have been concentrating on creating jewelry using beads.  For years I collected beautiful beads just because they were pretty.  Then about a year ago, I began making my own jewelry, created a store on Artfire and have not really put forth the effort that I am capable of in order to make much of a success at the selling end of that endeavor.  Now I have the motivation of need to help me make more of an effort.  Yes, need.  Necessity is the father of creation right?  Well it is very necessary to sell some of my creations to make some kind of a living and I love creating jewelry, but I also love other crafts as well.  So "A Bead Thing" may be expanding into other craft areas as well, though beads will always be my passion so I will be looking for inspiration to use beads in other media.  Yes I know that many folks out there use beads as art, but I am not an artist in that sense of the word.  I don't create pictures, not yet anyway.  I have seen beautiful work in that arena and it is a daunting feeling to think of even trying.  Plus, using seed beads creatively is something I still need to learn. 

The larger beads work well for me most of the time because my vision is very bad and the fact that I wear glasses and have for most of my life is just not enough to work with seed beads, so I am looking into using a type of lighted magnifier that attaches to a table in order to provide myself with both the required magnification as well as good light which is as important as the magnification.  This should help me to see well enough to start to learn to work with seed beads more.

I am also going back to my attempts at polymer clay.  I was not very successful in my first attempts, but have decided that it is just a matter of continued practice with that medium.  I have such beautiful polymer clay pieces and the creation of them fascinates me and inspires me to attempt it again.

I would really like to hear from others who are beginners in any of the beading mediums, whether it is seed beads, polymer clay, metal clay, dapping or any method you use to create your inspirations.  However, I also want to hear from experienced artisans who have mastered their medium of choice.  Tell me what inspires you, how you handle your medium and anything that you believe would be beneficial to me or anyone who is looking to begin crafting or who is looking to begin working with a new medium to create their inspirations.

All information is welcome.  I will also be looking for folks that perhaps will allow me to interview them for a spot on my blog.  This is also an avenue that I aspire to become better at.  In the near future, I will be creating a new page on this blog that will be created to allow people a peek into my trials and tribulations of a more personal nature, and hopefully will inspire others to tell their stories so that others can learn from our successes as well as our mistakes.  Everyone needs someone who is willing to listen to our story and just be there.  I find it therapeutic to be able to write my thoughts and my heart, knowing that some will read and some will not, but it is so like venting without actually spewing it all over a close friend and it gets it out of my system.  So be on the lookout for a new blog link.

I look forward to meeting more of you and hopefully having some interviews to share with others to provide inspiration and fellowship with everyone.

May God bless everyone and I hope that everyone will be able to take something from this that will help your faith to grow and inspire that faith in others.

God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Changes

Good morning everyone.  Yes it has been since I have made a post, but there is a good reason, I promise.  I have been really busy making new pieces for a bazaar that was held a week or so ago and now that the bazaar is over, I have been working on getting a .com domain and that has been a little daunting.

It was not difficult to accomplish except that we should have checked that out before we started everything else.  Why? you ask, well we found that the name we had given to our Artfire Studio and that we use for everything else, business cards, this blog, my email account, yeah, just everything, was already in use.  We never wanted to step on anyones toes or anything, it was just something my daughter and I came up with when we first began to try to promote our jewelry making endeavor.  Well try to get all that changed!! It is a nightmare.  I have most of it changed however, many things still run under A Beaded Affair in the background, but what folks will actually see is "A Bead Thing".  Well we wanted to use  It's a Bead Thing but that was taken too so we settled.  My imagination was run pure dry if you know what I mean.  Anyway we now have a website at www.abeadthing.com.  It is not completed yet because I am a beginner at much of this and I am slowly working my way through all of it.  So you may not find anything there yet, but soon, I promise we will have at a minimum, a passable web presence and if I am very lucky it might even be good.  One never knows.  Of course I will continue to work on it the more I learn and that will make it better every time I tweek it. 

Just so you are aware, our twitter has been changed to abeadthing and you can email me a pam@abeadthing.comOur FB fan page is also called A Bead Thing.  Silly name 'huh'  yeah I know but if one can't have a little fun in life and enjoy what you do well what is it all about anyway, right.  We decided on A Bead Thing because when we first started making jewelry, our creations came from years of collecting beads.  I would go into a craft store or anywhere really that sold beads or the like and if I saw something that I liked, I would buy it.  By the time we actually sat down and started making jewelry I had been collecting beads for probably - oh I don't know 10 years I guess. So it was 'a bead thing' for us, we just loved beads.

At any rate, our website is twofold.  We have every intention of retaining our Artfire studio.  Of course it will help if they will let me change the name without shutting down and starting all over but either way we will continue.  However, we will be promoting our jewelry on the website as well.  Not just our jewelry though.  We want to also promote our friends creations as well.  So if you would like to have your jewelry or bead creations promoted in one more spot, please by all means email me a link and I will certainly get it on the website.  If you want your contact information added, then give me that as well. 

As I said, I am still in the process of constructing this website so things may change a bit as time goes on but I can promise you that I will make adding your information to our website as painless and hopefully as profitable for you as I possibly can.

I look forward to hearing from you all and please check it out.  But, hey give it a week at least so that I can get it looking at least like I think I know what I am doing okey dokey.

Love to hear from you so also please visit our facebook fan page and leave us a note and say hello, or go by our personal facebook page and check that out as well.  A lot of my jewelry friends have really great stuff posted there as well

Friday, June 3, 2011

Learning to Bead and Wire Wrap

Good day everyone.  I just stopped by to ask you all to take a look at the widget to the right.  Leia is my daughter and part of our A Beaded Affair business.  She is also a jewelry instructor at Michael's in Port Orange, FL.  If you live in the area or you happen to be here on vacation and need a couple hours out of the heat, please be sure to stop by and sign up for a class.  Send your friends.  You can sign up for a basic class or if you are more interested in an intermediate type class or wire wrapping, please just inquire inside the store and they will gladly assist you in signing up for the class that best suits you.

Once per month there is a "Bead Night" the date changes from month to month.  "Bead Night" is just a fun night for you to bring your beads and tools and sit and have a "bead for all".  A good place to meet new friends, find new inspiration or learn a new idea.  "Bead Night" costs only $5.00 to join with many others who may just want a night of beading with friends.  You bring your own supplies and tools or you can purchase whatever you may find just grabs you as you walk around the beads and jewelry section of the store while you wait for your friends to arrive.  So come on out and join in the fun. 

Now mind you, Leia won't be at "Bead Night" for the June occasion as we had already planned a vacation and, well at this point it just can't be changed.   However, she will be back first of July and ready to bead.  She can answer your questions, suggest ideas, and just in general assist you with your work if you need it or simply just sit and chat with you while everyone has a grand ole time beading away.

OH BY THE WAY, VOLUSIA COUNTY RESIDENTS, MARK YOUR CALENDARS.  JULY 9, 2011 THERE IS A HUGE BAZAAR AT THE ELK'S LODGE IN ORMOND BEACH.

DON'T MISS THIS. There will be all sorts of vendors there, we will have a table there as well, food, jewelry, woodworking, children's furniture, and you name it and you should be able to find it there. 

Take Hwy 40 (Granada Blvd.) to US1 (Ridgewood) and go north, Elk's Lodge is just a bit up on the right.  I believe show time is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are out and about, stop on by and take a look.

Come on by, we will see you there, at the bazaar or at Michael's.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Latest Work

Hello eveyone.  Yes it has been a while since I have been here, but we have been very busy.  We are now making an attempt to ready ourselves for a bazaar in Ormond Beach.  It is a bazaar that is generally heavily advertised and typically has large crowds attending.  It is our first time at doing a show of any kind so it is a bit intimidating.

I do however, have some new pieces to show you.  We have been ordering gemstones from Superior Agates.  She has some really love stones and if you buy from her via facebook, then they are cheaper than if you go to her studio.  I have purchased some beauties.

The one I want to show you first is a "Butterfly Jasper"  It has great detail in the stone and Leia, who does most of the pendant wire wrapping did this one for me for my mother's day gift.  I absolutely treasure it.  The stone itself is gorgeous.  I will show it to you the way it is and was originally done, but also say that Leia is going to make just a small change to it and I think it will be even more beautiful.  It is, of course beautiful the way it is, but she wants to tweek it just a little bit.  See what you think!















The tiny tweeking that Leia is going to do is to the large swirl on the bottom left to more closely resemble the swirl at the top right.  I think this will only add to the beauty although I am totally in love with this pendant.  I wear it often and enjoy it loads.  She has used a non-tarnish german silver wire along with a pink non-tarnish silver wire.  The pink wire picks up on the pink from the stone and adds a dimension to it in my opinion.  Either way, it is a beautiful stone and I will enjoy this piece for years to come.

The next piece I want to show you is also in the, let's say as above a bit unfinished stage.  We decided to tweek it a bit as well.  The weave on the stone is going to be reduced in order for more of the stone to show.  It is such a beautiful piece of quartz, that we don't want the silver to take away from the beauty but to add to its beauty.  See what I mean.




See what I mean.  The silver non-tarnish german wire is beautiful wire and we use it a lot, however, I want more of the stone to show.  I should be able to show you more photos in a day or two.  Leia is in the process of wrapping more stones at the moment so it may take a couple of days to get back to these.

The other piece that Leia has been working on is below.  It is a glass bead we picked up at the Hobby Lobby and she decided to do a weave around it using a few single seed beads of the same colors as found in the bead.  It looks planetary to me.  My first comment to her when I saw it completed was, "hey it is a bit off center".  She just laughed at me.  She said "mom, you are so asymetrical, take another look."  I did and then see that it was all planned and well thought out.  It was intentional, she wanted it to look just a teensy bit off kilter, like most planets.  Once I looked at her with her perspective, I thought geez, what a thought process.  I would never have thought of it like that when beginning.  I would have centered the darn thing and called it a good thing.  I like it better. See, sometimes it is a good thing to be off kilter.  Take a look.

I love the way this looks.

So this is what we have been up to lately.

So if anyone has any tips on showing at a large bazaar, please by all means get them to us so that we don't totally fall on our collective faces there.  I am working on trying to make some displays for us to use.

I also would love any comments you may have about the photos you see here or anything you may have seen in our studio at A_Beaded_Affair.artfire.com.  or you can join us on facebook, just look for Pam Andrews on facebook and you will see lots of new things and beautiful art.

See you soon.
Pam


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Questions

Good day everyone.  I hope that all are having a wonderful weekend.  It is beautiful in Florida today, breezy and sunny.  Spring is sprung here and it is wonderful. 

I have a question and I hope that someone who works with polymer clay can perhaps help me.  I have recently started working with polymer clay and thus far most of my creations have come from the poor results of attempting a 'skinner blend'.  When it does not work out I just use the mess I make of it and create something from that.  So far it is not bad.  The beads and creations look okay and I have received compliments when I wear it.  But here's the catch.  

I really really want to learn to do canes and it seems that nearly all of them require that first you must create a 'skinner blend' of your clay colors in order to achieve the cane that you want.  However, I can't seem to create the 'skinner blend'.  I try to follow the instructions to the letter.  I have realized or think that my first problem was the instructions indicate to run clay through pasta machine at setting #1.  I believe that it may be the thicker setting on that instructors machine, however, my thickest setting is #9.  So the second time around, I used that setting.  Still the same results, NO BLEND.  

It seems that I put the sheet through the machine and I come out with a sheet that is only about 3 inches wide, then when I fold it as instructed, of course it is only 1.5 inches, run it through the machine and I get just a little over 2 inches wide when it comes out, so that is three runs through the machine and it just does not seem that it can be folded anymore.   It certainly is not blended after only 3 passes through the machine. 

I guess I just don't know how to get a large square of clay through the machine to begin with.  I am sure that it is something sooooo simple that I will feel like and idiot when someone explains it to me, but can you anyway? 

I would appreciate anyone who may have the answer to this dilemna responding to me either through this blog or through my studio to my email or directly email me at abeadedaffair.pam@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading this and thank you to anyone who can solve my mental block on this particular problem.  I am sure that when I get over this little problem, there will be many more. LOL.

THank you for reading.

May God Bless You.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

As Promised Finished Polymer Clay

OK here we go artisans and interested parties.  I have promised photos of the finished polymer clay experiments that I was working on.  Here they are:

This is a photo of most of the pieces that I did just for a quick overview of the work.  Some were made just using scraps of the clay left over and others as you can see are beads with a lace cane overlay.  My very first lace cane.  I know this can be better.  But hey, first try here right.  I would really love if anyone who does a lot of polymer clay could critique the work for me perhaps on the photos below which are a bit clearer to give me some direction with what I am doing incorrectly and what I should be doing better.  Of course, personally, I think polymer clay is a medium which allows the artisan to do pretty much whatever they want.  However, I am aware that there are better ways to doing some things than I have figured out by myself.  This is strictly a hands-on learn as I go process.  No tutorials, no classes, just conditioning the clay and using my imagination.  Wow, what an an imagination. LOL.

Another photo.
The above photo is of pieces made using only scraps, some combined and some not.  They are sanded and finished with a polyurethrane water based gloss.  I like the shiny look to these.


The above photo is beads that have been created using the dark teal green clay color as a base and overlaying with a lace cane.  This provides a darker bead than the photo below which is made from using the yellow color clay base with the same lace cane overlay.
The next photograph is again beginner beads and they were finished by tumbling with some fairly smooth stones.  I had tumbled the stones for a while and removed the very smooth ones and used the ones with a few slight edges to them for tumbling with the clay beads.  The result is pretty good. 
As you can see, these are not as glossy as the previous photo.  These are finished with the exact same finish, 'polyurethrane gloss".  I also think this finish is really good even though not as glossy.  Desirability depends on the wearer of the pieces.  I like to use both in my jewelry although I am not sure that I like the effect if they are used together in the same piece.

The next photo is of just a pile of the beginner beads which were tumbled but of different colors.  These were all done using scrap clay.

These were created as said, with scraps but I did not use the yellow clay as before, this was a mixture of a couple of colors until I had something that I liked, no recipe used here.  Yeah I know, I should use recipe or at least write down what I did so that I can recreate the effect if it is one that I like. 

The last photo is of a set that was made from the above pieces, a bracelet and earring set.  I really like this set.  I have enjoyed showing it off to people. 

These experiments have given me at least one thing.  The desire to continue with polymer clay.  I have really enjoyed working with the clay and letting my imagination run wild "so to speak".  I think that the creative juices could really flow when using this medium and the sky is the limit as to what an artisan can create using clay.  There are so many varieties of clay to choose from, one only has to find the brand and colors that suit their needs. 

I have been reading a lot of information regarding different clays and it seems that every artisan has their preference as to which one they use.  I find that Sculpey III which is used here as well as Premo for some works really well for me.  I will be continuing the polymer clay experiments and trying different color combinations.

Now I just have to perfect the skinner blend.  My attempts thus far have proven to be considerably less than satisfactory.  However, in my defense, I am only beginning to get used to the pasta machine and how it functions as well as the method for the skinner blend.  My first attempts came out too thin way too early and therefore just could not continue to be worked.  That is how I came on so much scrap material to use for beads.  I just could not bring myself to throw it away.

I hope that you have enjoyed the photos and look forward to viewing more experiments in the days and weeks ahead.  I am looking forward to viewing the progress of my work to see how it progresses.

Good luck, have a blessed day all.



Friday, March 11, 2011

Creating Some Fun

Well hello everyone, it has been a little while but I have been pretty busy.  I have been trying to learn to use polymer clay.  I have posted previously some first attempts and they were, well, okay, but not where I would like to be.  Of course, that was very first attempt.  I will be posting some more photos in a day or so of some finished pieces of polymer clay.  Some are of the first attempt but sanded and given a gloss and some are newer pieces that I was practicing making canes and then some of the scraps that when I saw them, I liked the look so I made a bead with them.

But today, I want to show you the latest piece of wire wrapping that I have done.  These are simple earrings and was again, just practicing some thoughts.  Let me know what you think.  I like them.  One of my Twitter followers a bead company sent me a message indicating that they really liked this pair. 


They are a red glass bead that came from a mixed bag of beads I bought at a Hobby Lobby called "Asian Spice".  I really liked the colors and am going to try to make a necklace with the remainder to go along with the earrings.  The beads themselves are approximately
14 mm I think.  It is difficult to gauge since my template only goes to 10 mm and the manufacturer did not give that information.  I have worn them and received compliments on them.  I think folks just like the fact that they are a shiny bead for one and the gold wire just adds a bit of 'bling'. 

The next pair is made using a tear drop stone of purple with some variations throughout the bead.  It is a really pretty bead and was not sure how best to show it off, so this was my attempt.  I am not sure that I am satisfied with the finished look but will wait to look at it for a while longer before I decide if I want to start over with a different design.  I will show this one in gold wire as well as copper wire.  Hope you like them.


Gold wire wrapping
     copper wire wrapping.

As you can see there are some black veins running through this purple bead which give it some punch.

I think I really like the ones done in gold best, but the copper looks pretty good too.  I am partial to gold wire so that is why I think the ones in gold look better. 

The other pair that I have done is like the red dangles above but using a "blue-green Magnesite" bead which so closely resembles a light colored turquoise bead or even closer resemblence to some light chalk turquoise.  I have chosen to use this bead as it can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of turquoise and for my studio which attempts to provide beautiful handmade jewelry for women at a modest price, this works.






I hope you enjoy the photos and I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friends

The following is a post that I made to my studio blog and I thought that it was important enough to post here as well.  There may have been some changes from the original post but overall it is the same.  I hope that if it touches just one person that it will make a difference in that life.  If you find yourself needing a friend, you have come to the right place.  I can be that for you. 

Friends.  Most of us have them. All of us need them. But do we know who they are?

This post seems irrelevant to the studio or to artisans, perhaps.  However, I happen to believe that it is very relevant, especially in today's society.  We are so busy, so on the move, in our fast paced world.  It seems that we never stop to smell the roses much less to realize what we are missing when it comes to friends.  Yes, we all have those friends that we speak to on the phone once or twice a week, some we see every day and we talk for 30 minutes during lunch, go 'kiss kiss' and we are on our way again. 

How many of us have realized the friendships that we create here within our studios, on our facebook pages, fan pages, and blogspots to mention a few?  I did not at first.  I have only been connecting with others here through handmade jewelry on artfire, blogspot, facebook for a few months, but I am beginning to see the difference in our lives.  I am beginning to realize the value of the connections that are made here. 

Many of us will never meet, but we will be fast friends for years to come.  Let's hope.  We learn from one another, we are inspired by one another, we are tested by one another and occasionally we are chastised by one another.  Is that not what friends do?  Is it the jewelry, I don't think so.  Is it the anonymity? Perhaps. Is it the connection of creating handmade items?  Perhaps.  Whatever the reason, we should value these relationships, nurture them and let them grow, no matter that we may never see the other person or persons.  These friendships will carry us through the days of no inspiration, irrational expectations of ourselves and the days of no inspiration.

Like it or not, we are all in this together and I see each and every day, so much support for one another.  I find it absolutely incredible and I wander around the internet all the time and have for years through various business types and various types of people and I do not see the potential for so many lasting friendships than I do through our studios, facebook support and blog support. 

I have recently begun talking to a lady; actually spoken to her once over the phone, communicated through email and blogs, etc.  She is such a smart lady, she assists everyone who asks, no questions, just helps with their studio, their banners, their photos, you name it she does it.  She gave me such good advice about blogging, and tagging, etc.  All of this in the midst of trying to take care of her husband and children and her home as well as make her own jewelry and run her own studio.  How awesome is that?

I just wanted to post this so that we all remember that we are all here for our art, to try to eek out a bit of income from what we love doing, and for some, just to make friends.  For me the most important part of course is the friends that I will make here and other pages that I visit or use to show my jewelry, because it is through these friends that my jewelry will become better and more unique.  Each friend that i make here leaves a bit of a mark and that mark becomes part of a piece of jewelry.

I hope that this post has given us all some food for thought and that we all try to reach out to someone, because you never know, that someone may be the one person who happens to be there because they NEED you so badly.  Sometimes there may be a hole that you can fill for them just by saying "hello" or "beautiful work".  Let us not just walk by without a word. Leave your mark on someone elses life.  God would have us do this and He has placed us here for a reason, let us find that and honor Him with our love for one another as well as our art.

Have a blessed evening

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm Up To My Eyeballs

I am up to my eyeballs in research.  Yeah, I finally got me a little hand operated
pasta machine.  I don't go all out for the expensive type until I know that I am going to at least do a fair job of things.  So anyway, a few weeks ago or perhaps longer, I had tried my hand at making some polymer clay beads.  Well they don't look bad, but believe me when I say, I am well aware that everyone could tell they were done by a beginner. 


Anyway, I had to put it aside for awhile because I have a lot of trouble with my hands and I did not want to put myself totally out of commission. I realized that I simply can not condition the clay by hand.  At least my first experience taught me that much, right.  So I waited until I could get a pasta machine of some sort.  I looked around and like I said I did not want to put a lot of money into it if it was going to be something that I did not enjoy doing.  That would be a waste of good money, which I am loathe to do these days.  Anyway, since my daughter works at one of the large craft stores, I decided to wait til they had a 50% coupon and get it then.  GOT IT!!!  Can't go wrong for $12.50 now can you. 


Well as you might guess, I am chomping at the bit to get started, but I thought I should do some more research first.  So tonight I have been on the computer as usual and did lots of reading.  My eyes are so very tired, watery from all the reading.  But I found a site, Polymer Clay Central and they have loads of artisans who have posted tutorials there.


I found so much information on techniques and blending and canes, I could not possibly read it all tonight, but I did read til the cows came home as they say.  It was very interesting to see how to make the blends and oh so easy with the pasta machine.  Of course, if it can be made difficult, I will probably find a way.  But not only that I found another location, (sorry I did not write down the link for you) that had a chart of colors.  This chart gave you the amounts of each color you would need to make a completely different color.


Since apparently a lot of colors that were very popular are being discontinued from some clay producers, this artisan decided to make sure that everyone could still create beautiful colors.  It lists the amount of the base color and the amount of either white or black to put with it to get the color that you want.  Of course, I supposed if one wanted to experiment with the portions, you could come up with a myriad of different colors.  Anyway, my plans for the moment with the polymer clay is to try to learn everything I can from anyone who wants to teach me and hopefully one day I will be able to create beads like these below.  My mouth fell open when I saw these, they are absolutely stunning. These were done by Cathy of Polymer Clay Shed.  She is absolutely great!!!


 Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons, by CAG


Polymer Clay Lentil Beads, by CAG








I think these are beautiful



Now does everyone know why I have been reading all night?  Yes, these are why.  When I saw these, I just knew that I had to try to create something with polymer clay.  Of course I can not hope to do anything nearly as good as these, but with practice I may be able to create something of my own that I can be proud of.


I will certainly keep you posted on the progress.  I should be able to start learning how to do the skinner blend tomorrow.  We shall see.  Stay tuned for updates on the progress of my learning and my attempts.


Have a wonderful Sunday and May God Bless You.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Email Address Theft Warning

I do not want to be the bearer of any negative information, however, I feel that I am obligated by my commitment to handmade artisans everywhere to share this information. I would not want there to be unintended negativity to or from our consumers.



I was notified today of an order from my studio on Artfire. Within just a short time I was notifiied by PayPal that payment had been received. I really thought it was odd that the email was my email address, however, PayPal email salutatin was "hello Cynthia Taylor". So I went to my paypal account to check for payment. There was none. I called PayPal and they verified that someone else had my email address attached to their established paypal account and that person had received the payment meant for my account. Paypal did not offer to help in anyway than to suggest that the buyer file a dispute to get their money refunded to them and then to reorder. This was not satisfacotry to me so I went a bit higher and was told that the other persons account had been established in 2006 many years before I set up my email address just recently after moving to a new location. They suggested that perhaps this account holder simply had made a type. Now, really, a person named Cynthia Taylor had set up and email account with MY NAME. I find that really difficult to believe. Please be careful with your paypal account. What has actually happened is that a person or persons have an established paypal account that they use on a regular basis, however, they regularly change the email address attached to this account based on the information they are able to retrieve from people like you and I from their Artfire, Etsy, blogger, forum accounts. Most of the forums and guilds require email address as the login user ID. So a good computer hacker can get that information easily. This person was not interested in intercepting my emails or even in sending out emails in my name, but in having funds redirected from my paypal account to hers without anyone being the wiser. So she is a few dollars richer and I had the unpleasant task tonight of trying to explain the unexplainable to my buyer as well as change the email address and passwords on hundreds of accounts that I use on a daily basis. I truly hope that does not happen or has not happened to anyone else who produces handmade jewelry or any other venue for that matter.



Just a kind warning so this does not happen to you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

TRYING SOMETHING NEW

Good day everyone.  Well I am on to a new piece.  I am trying something a little different.  I know that everyone has seen the bracelets and/or necklaces that have lots and lots of beads attached to a base.  I could not find a photo of an example to show here, most photos are copyrighted and I would never infringe. 

Anyway, this is the piece.  It is called 'Heavy Metal Sunset'

I know it looks like a lot of wire, hence the name, but when you where it, all the colors of the beads come into focus and you see all the colors in the sunset.  Sunset is what inspired this bracelet and I hope that you like it.    If you don't, please tell me what you don't like.  I respond well to criticism and look forward to what everyone thinks.  My designs are created for everyone to wear and if I create something that women won't wear then I am just spinning my wheels so you input is necessary to streamline my work.

This took me 3 days to create and lots of hot pads on my arthritic hand but I think it was worth it.  I love this bracelet and my daughter is absolutely in love with it.  It is a bit heavier than most of my creations, but it is for the woman or young lady who likes to make a statement.




Thank you so much for following this blog and I look forward to getting to know you better in the near future.  You may also post comments, they are moderated, but will be posted within 24 hours.

Again, thank you and may God Bless You all.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Next Piece, Gimme Your Opinion

Ok, on networked blogs yesterday, I promised today there would be a new piece.  I have been working on this a couple of days.  Of course it was not non-stop.  There is a 3 year old living in my house remember.  Anyway, I have been looking at other folks "S" Swirls, that's what I call them, I don't know about you.  Anyway, telling myself, "I have to get better at this, there must be a trick to this."  Well I did the piece on my last post, well actually my daughter did the pendant and I did the necklace to put it on.  If you look at the last post, you will see it.  I used 'closed' "S" swirls with 'figure 8' links to connect.  I loved the look.  It was made for a friend to give as a gift.  The recipient of the gift loved it, she put it on immediately and told her mother, "mom, get her card, I want some more, so here we go.  Thanks Lord.

Anyway, back to the reason I am here today.  I have some Ecru glass pearl beads of 3 different sizes and wanted to use them.  I wanted to create something that could be worn out and dressed up or to the office or just to the supermarket.  So I did not want to the  above mentioned 'closed' "S" swirls.  I wanted them more open, but had been having lots of trouble getting them to look the way I wanted.  So, here is what I did,  TIP OF THE DAY FROM A BEADED AFFAIR>  Using round nose pliers at the largest part of the pliers, I started my curl, then rather than use my flat nose pliers (no ridges) I used my nylon covered pliers that I generally only use to straighten my wire if it gets a little kink in it.  Well those pliers have paid for themselves, literally.

Take a look and see what I mean.

ALL THAT TO SHOW THIS:



I think they turned out spectacularly.  The beads are called Ecru, however, there is one that has a bit of a matte finish with a gray gone and the other is a bit shinier and a bit more Ecru or "off white".  The smallest bead is 8 mm, then 10 mm, then 12 mm I think.  Sorry, I did not measure them and it was not on the packaging.  I used 16 gauge silver colored copper wire, "Zebra Wire".  It was great to work with, I really like it.  This was the first time I had ordered Zebra Wire and though I will try other types of wire, I really like the way this wire handles.  The curls at the bottom of the earrings are of 20 gauge wire simply because the largest of the 3 bead sizes would not accommodate the 16 gauge.  The only components not handmade are the ear wires and the beads.

Ok, let me have it.  Tell me what you think and be honest, I can take it.

Be sure to check back often as there will be more new pieces this week.  Not sure when, but my daughter is working on another piece similar to the last post. called Swirls and Curls.  This time she is working with gold colored copper wire and the necklace, well I have yet to decide.  I guess it depends on the type of stone she uses in the inner circle.  I used the "S" swirls on the Swirls and Curls because of the swirl in the stone. 

Ok, gotta run, other blogs to post and lots of networking to get done, and it is very very late here.  I need my beauty rest as well you see.  I have to go sell real estate in the morning and these days that is no simple task.  Wish me luck.

And again, let me know what you think of "Pearls and Swirls".

Good Night
Pam


Friday, January 28, 2011

Our Newest Creation

You just must get a look-see at the newest creation.  Now remember Leia and I are still basically beginners at jewelry making, but we work very hard at it and we are getting more creative and better at our techniques.  I hope you enjoy the photo and do visit our studio at http://www.a_beaded_affair.artfire.com/ to see all the other lovelies that we have come up with.

I hope that everyone is getting ready for Valentines.  I have made one item so far and it was just to see if we could.  You can find the Heart & Bead necklace shown on a past post if you just travel down a bit.  It was not made for sale, just for our own use.  It was made by looking at the photo of the Heart Throb Heart earrings seen on beadingems Life Collection.  This was not intended to infringe on any copyrights just for practice and showing our improvement in the art.  I wear this with pride in our work.  Please visit the beadingems Life Collection, make a purchase or find a way to make a donation to cancer research.

Now for the photos of our latest creation.  Here we go folks.  Please, Please, Please, let me know what you think and how we can improve this design.



I look forward to hearing from you all.  Any inspiration and tips you have for us is always used with the utmost respect and we will always give credit to the person who provides us with tips and techniques.

I hope that everyone is looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  Here in Port Orange, we are looking forward to a 70 degree day on Saturday and beautiful sunny skies.  I plan to be outdoors, working in my yard and enjoying the day.

Do take care and may God Bless you each and every one.

Book review and giveaway: Making Elegant Jewelry

Book review and giveaway: Making Elegant Jewelry

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Newest Collection

COLLECTIONS:  This one is "All About Ears".  I have listed just a few of the many, many beautiful earrings that can be found on Artfire.  Be sure to check out all the Artisans who display their beautiful work there.  There are over 3,000 earring listings from different artisans listed there.  I hope that you enjoy this collection as much I enjoyed pulling it together. 

ROCK TUMBLING:  Stay tuned, we have moved into the polishing stage and this time I added some of my polymer clay beads to see what happens.  This is an experiment so I anxiously await the results. 

Take time in your day to reflect on all that is inside of you and pull some inspiration from all that you are.

Rock Tumbling and Finishing Polymer Clay Beads

Well yet another day has come and gone.  I am still in my search for new and fun ways to create jewelry.  I try different techniques and I read a lot.  Really, I mean I read a lot.  I read on the web until one would think I am crying.  LOL my eyes water when they are tired, but I keep reading.  There is so much information out there for the beginning jewelry artisan, it is unbelievable.  I have learned so much already, and even as I begin to try some of the techniques that I have found, I continue to read for more.  I truly feel like a sponge. 

This week Leia and I have decided to do a little rock tumbling.  Nothing extravagant mind you.  We purchased a very small, inexpensive rock tumbler from a craft store.  You can find them at most craft stores, Michael's, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby.  I purchased mine from Michael's.  Yeah Leia gets a little discount there as an employee.  Every little bit helps as most of you know.  Anywhoo, this little thing comes with a few rocks.  Now I would not know one rock from another at this point, but I am learning.  Also, note, this tumbler is not fast.  It takes a couple days to do the first rough grinding, then it takes a few more days for the fine grinding.  And of course there is still a couple of polishing cycles.  So this is not something that the impatient should try.  I am very impatient, but I am being good.  There was a significant difference after the first grinding and the instructions indicate that the second grinding could take from 4-7 days checking intermittently.  We checked at about a day and a half and decided they were looking good but wanted to continue on.  Now when we started they looked just like any old rock you see on the ground.  Oh, so not true.  What we have is a few beautiful green stones and one looks like clay with some thin black layers in it and a black across one edge of the stone.  Very pretty.  They are currently continuing in the second grinding.  we plan to check on them tomorrow which will have given them a couple more days.  I am thinking that they will then be ready for the first polishing. 

This is where this becomes interesting.  I plan to throw my first polymer clay beads into the mix during the first polishing and let the stones do the first stage of the clay finishing.  Of course there will be the polishing powder for the stones in there as well.  So we will see how this works.  I am hoping that this will be a good way to finish the clay beads.  I have some handicaps with my hands and am not able to hold onto beads and sandpaper or anything to do the finishing by hand.  So I have found through some of my web surfing which by the way has turned into jewelry tutorial and technique surfing strictly, a method of finishing clay beads using rock tumbling.

To be honest however, my trial and error technique here is different from the technique I located on the web.  I must give credit for the idea to Desiree McCrory.  If you are interested in the river rock finishing for polymer clay beads, I would highly recommend this link http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_TLTumbleSand.htm

Desiree McCroy is the author of the information at the above link.  There are lots of interesting techniques she has listed there.  The river rock tumbling sounded like a really good idea and since I don't have any river rocks or a ready supply of them.  Expense is always a matter to be considered for newbies.  I did not want to spend a lot of money trying new things with jewelry that may or may not work out for me.  So I will try the method I have described above.  if it works, then I have my own method, plus I get some really neat stones that can be used in our jewelry as well.

Of course, the final results of the experiment will not be available for a few days, however, I did want to get the link for Desiree up without delay. I thought her information was great and very very easy to understand.  She has a way of explaining her techniques that anyone could understand. 

Come back in a few days to see the results.  I will post photos as soon as I have some completed.  Keep your fingers crossed that they will turn out well.  If not, then I move on to another technique.  I will always try anything once, if it does not work out, I move on to the next thing.  Jewelry making is such a wonderful addiction, that I just can't put it down.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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As Promised a First Look at Polymer Clay Work - UNFINISHED

Good morning bloggers.  As I promised a couple days ago, I am posting some photos of my first work at polymer clay work.  These are the very very first things I have ever done.  They are very rudimentary and I am well aware that my techniques need a whole lot of work.  LOL.  Just wanted to put them out there for everyone to laugh at.  These items taught me a lot of lessons about polymer clay and how it works.  Hands on ---- that is how I learn best, it seems.

There are several photos of the same items but differnt view and hopefully better photography.  Photography is not something that I do well, but as in polymer clay, I am learning so bear with me.  Grab a cup of coffee and a cinnabun and have a "hoot".  It will make your day, I am sure.






Now as you can tell, they have not yet been sanded and polished.  I did a little bit of sanding on the hearts, however, as I was doing this sanding, I was reading some information on the web about finishing polymer clay work.  Well guess, what, yes I should have read it first.  Perhaps then I would not have run up to the Home Depot and picked up 300 and 400 grit sandpaper.  I would have gone to Ace Hardware or maybe Walmart and picked up wet/dry sandpaper in many grit variations.  I also read that the finishing can be done quite successfully with river rock if done properly, so I may try that as well.  With the open heart I call "Life's Hearts" it will not be possible to put into a tumbler with river rock. It is much too delicate.  It is very thin and even though it baked an appropriate amount of time, it is still slightly pliable.  I have not read in any tutorials regarding this phenomenon.  I will by the way, keep reading. 

I read on an artisans blog today, "Crafts by CAG".  She was showing off some of her beads and pendants.  She says it was her first attempt at beads and pendants.  Well let me say, you absolutely must go take a look at her work,  it is absolutely spectacular.  If that was her first work, I don't think that I should even continue.  But I will.  If it takes me years, I want to be able to do beads and pendants as good as that.  But in her blog page she has an archive of some photographs of polymer clay artwork.  From my perspective, anyone working with polymer clay, should really go take a look at that archive.  It has some of the most wonderful art that I have seen in a long time.  In fact, some of the work though from a few years ago, was just amazing.  I am not sure I can think of enough adjectives to describe the beauty of the work.  You must go take a look. 

Below is a couple of photographs of a piece my daughter has been working on and it is also not yet finished.  There is some filing etc that is yet to be done.  We are waiting for a shipment to arrive with some files and other tools that we have needed to do a better job with our wire.  She has another piece that she did for practice from a free tutorial she found on line as well, and I did photograph it but unfortunately again, my photography skills were just a bit lacking, actually more than just a bit, there was no way I could put those photos up on the blog, it would not have done justice to the job she did.  This was her very first wire wrap pendant and I will be sure to get another photograph of it tomorrow for posting.

But here is a wire cross that she did,  I finally got a better photograph of this and am posting it here first, then I have to go update my artfire studio with the better picture.  This was a first for her as well.  It is also done from a free tutorial that was found online at http://www.jewelrylessons.com/ and the teacher was Donna Spadafore.  It was a pleasure to make and she has made several of them.  Tell us what you think.




I love this and it wears beautifully on a medium size chain.  It is light enough to wear on a delicate chain however, the wire on this cross is not really suitable for a delicate necklace.

I hope you all enjoy the photos I have posted here this morning and I hope that you will leave your comments and suggestions for better work. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Newest Piece in Progress

Good afternoon.

I just stopped by to make sure everyone remembers to follow this blog or my tweeter.  You may be interested in some of the very exciting folks that I follow daily.  Some free giveaways, contests and other exciting news.  Stay tuned for more.

I also wanted to show a photo of the piece we are currently working on.  Please keep in mind that it is in progress and has not been completed yet.  It is one of our first Valentines pieces so we wanted to get it out there for any feedback that you may want to give.  As always feedback is appreciated.

Make sure to follow us on this blog or tweeter for more news and pieces as well as news from others that we think may be appealing to others.

Take a look



This piece is, except for the beads, complete hand made.  We have to thank others for their inspiration and instruction.  Teachers who give of themselves and their designs are the backbone this business for everyone and we must always pay respect to those people.  I hope that our work brings them honor.  Of course, as I said, this piece is unfinished and therefore not shown anywhere but here and tweeter.

Thanks for taking a look, please leave comments.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

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My Latest Project - Polymer Clay

Well, here I am again.  I have completed my first polymer clay project ever.  LOL Yes it was funny.  They, of course, did not turn out all that well.  But, hey, it was my very first attempt ever.  I can't display photos of them yet, they just came out of the oven.  It was a learning experience.  I learned not to work the clay to much or you lose the colors you are working with.  I learned that I can not form a round bead by rolling it in my hand.  I get egg beads.  I also learned that I can not seem to form a square very well.  LOL.  Trust me when I say these did not turn out very well. 

Now I am not getting down on myself for not succeeding, my daughter, Leia tells me that she will definitely use them in some design or other.  I can't wait to see that.  However, I have to say, it took me about 2 hours to make 16 pieces.  some roundish, some roundish flat beads, some barrelish beads, some squarish beads.  So that is not bad for some very rudimentary bead creation. 

I am sure that other polymer clay artists did not have perfect work the first time they made the attempt either, so I am going to continue in my efforts and I will keep you posted on the progress.  I will post photos of some of the work I did tonight in a post within a day or two.  Then you can laugh all you want, does not bother me.  One of the reasons that I find that I will definitely continue in this medium is that I smoke less.  Smoking less is something that I very definitely need to promote.  I am not supposed to be smoking at all with  a heart condition.  But my day job is very stressful right now and the economics surrounding my day job don't appear to be sunny right now and may not be for a while.  My day job is real estate.  So I have been smoking much much more than in the past few months and  making jewelry is helping to stem that flow a bit which is a very good thing. 

Things always appear darkest before dawn. 

Making jewelry makes me happy, and it helps to make me healthier to a point.  Of course, I would love to just sit and make jewelry or communicate through my blog or the forums to which I belong and get to know some of you truly great artisans better, but I do have to get up off of it and go for walks as much as I can.  Thing is, it has just been too cold for me lately even in Florida.

Anyway, Leia and I are getting ready to crack down and get some Valentine's jewelry done and up in our studio, so keep checking for new items to be listed.  As always, your feedback is appreciated.  Most folks are very gracious with their comments and I sincerely appreciate what everyone has to say and I don't take negativity personally.  I do try to learn something from every comment made regarding our jewelry and if possible put as much of what I learn from your comments into practice.  I strive to be better and better each day. 

As for my family, all are well.  I had an email from my brother today who lives in SC.  His children have missed several days of school and had a few late openings and he has missed some work due to the snow and ice they have had.  I am sure many of you have been dealing with the same issues.  I love to look at the snow, but I don't like driving in it and especially not if there is ice mixed in with the mess.  But things are beginning to get better there so things should return to normal very soon.  Let's hope they don't get anymore for awhile.  They don't generally get too much of the white stuff there.  However, this year the snow has seemed to come further south than normal much earlier in the year that ever before.  Wonder what scientists and weather folks have to say about why that is?

I have not heard from my son in Afghanistan for a few days, but I know he is well.  He has communicated with some other family members so he is doing okay for now.  Talk about snow, boy I am glad I am not there.  He had told me the temperature was minus 8 degrees the other night plus they had a lot of wind to boot.  That is really really cold.  It must be difficult for the men and women who have to be out in that on a regular basis.  Not like us, we can choose to stay indoors when the weather gets like that, or most of us can anyway. 

I would ask all who will, to pray for their safety and that they all come home safely and with as little trauma as possible.

Well it is getting very late and has been past my bedtime for quite a while now, so I will close with this.

Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly and
Leave the rest to God.
 
Good night and May God Bless you all.

Friday, January 14, 2011

What to do What to do What to do

Hi everyone.  My title today is What to do etc etc etc..  That is the $64000 question, right?  Well for me it is.  I want to do so many things within the jewelry making craft, but can't really decide which I want more.  I love the bead stringing and have done some of that, but what I want is to something spectacular.

Anyone have any suggestions.  We are going to be getting much stuff done in the next couple of weeks.  We have decided to take our jewelry to the local flea market.  A customer where my Leia (my daughter) works has given some indication that she does very well when she goes there.  According to her, she sells out every time she goes, so we are going to give it a shot.  It is important to get our jewelry out there.  Why, you ask?  Well first of all because we need to sell some items so that there is extra money to put back into supplies and additional tools.  We have a lot of items to work with, but anyone who works with jewelry as I assume most of the readers do, will tell you that there is always something else that you just gotta have.  Secondly, this is our attempt at earning some extra income to offset the hours of work that my daughter does not get at her job.  You see it is part time and that is all that is offered there or anywhere in our area actually.  There are not many other jobs out there at all and the ones that come up have over 200 people applying so why not try to earn money at something that you really really love doing and stay at home with your 3 year old son while you do it.

That brings me to another of my favorite subjects, Jaeden, my 3 year old grandson.  I hope you enjoyed the photos I put up of him and his "all day sucker".  He was hyper today, he actually went into our kitchen a couple of times and just ran in circles for 10 minutes or more.  All the while he is saying "Mimi, see how fast I run, I'm a good runner, huh?"  so cute.Running around in circles, fighting off make believe monsters and bad guys are his current best loved things to do.  Of course, I have to grab the monster and bad guys by the shoulders while Jaeden subdues them.  LOL. 

Anyway back to my original question.  What to do?  I am considering working with clay, polymer as well as metal clay.  But I have some questions.  Anyone who has the answer, please please please give me some info.  What I don't know is if a kiln is a requirement for polymer or metal clay.  If so, I may not be able to do this right now, a kiln is just not in my budget at the moment.  I have read many articles on the subject and some seem to indicate that a typical oven at approximately 110 degrees for a specified time is enough to do the job, but I am not sure about that.    I will be posing this question to any experts in the field that I can find.  But of course, we all know that those folks are really really busy and sometimes it takes time to receive an answer.  Even then because they have been doing this type work for a while, their explanations quite often go right over my head.  I am not looking for technical advice, just some simple answers to some straightforward questions.  What kind of tools are an absolute must, is a kiln required, etc. etc.  For metal clay, also is a kiln required or can a butane torch do what is needed.  I know that for metal clay, I will most certainly need burnishers, files etc.  What else.  Remember when answering, I am just a beginner.

Ok, now to all of you, would love to hear about what you are doing and what is new on your horizon.  What are your plans for your jewelry and how you plan to increase your business or change your focus if you do this year. 

On to other news.  My son in Afghanistan is doing well.  He says he is freezing and at times it feels like his fingers are like hammers when he tries to type an email to me or his wife because they are so cold.  I always have to overlook the spelling because I know that he is trying to overcome the weather.  I sent him some of these things that you place inside the gloves that are supposed to keep their hands warm for up to 10 hours.  He says the work pretty well and that without them he would have frostbite or something.  They had their first snow there a couple of days ago and it came with a lot of hail as well.  That has got to hurt when you are riding up top on a truck trying to see and make sure that big gun stays operational, while all the while watching for anything that might be unusual, out of the ordinary that could possibly be a threat.  I felt really bad for him the other day though.  He had tried to be nice to a little girl by giving her a Gatorade.  Unfortunately, another older male (child) came up took it from her and beat her up, poured out the Gatorade and threw the bottle at my son.  He told me "mom, I was just trying to be nice,"  "I don't want to do anything to cause anyone to be hurt especially a child."  I suspect that our soldiers come across this kind of behavior quite often.  However, he says for the most part, the civilians near his FOB are fairly friendly.  I guess it changes from day to day as the climate of their politics change, but mostly they just want to live their lives and be left alone by Taliban and US. I know I would feel the same way.  Just asking everyone to keep all our soldiers in your prayers no matter how you feel about what our country is doing or whether we agree or disagree, the fact is that they are there and they have a job to do and they don't get to make the decisions about what that job is.

It is not my intention to use this blog as a political "soap box".  I am not a political person.  I have my opinions but generally keep them to myself.  If you have one, you are welcome to give it.  However, this blog is basically just about me, my jewelry, my family and what is happening in our lives.  If you like it, say so, if you don't like, say so. 

May God Bless each and everyone of you and I pray that your respective enterprises becomes everything that you hope for.

Pam

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Another day

Hi everyone,
I wanted to stop by and post a few encouraging words and a few photos for everyone to see.  We have a new creation we would like to share.  I think it turned out beautfully.  We were trying some new wire wrapping and this is one we found that we really liked.  This is the work of a student wire wrapper, but it was really very easy to do and did not take a lot of time. 


We have used Jet Cat's Eye beads here which I think are really lovely.  The base is made from 16 gauge gold wire and the beads are attached using a 20 gauge wire.  The 20 gauge wire made attaching the beads a bit more difficult so the next one we did we tried it with 22 gauge wire.  That turned out a bit easier to work with, but we still want to try other gauges, perhaps a 24 or 26 gauge wire.  The free tutorial we were working with used 28 gauge wire but with a 6 mm bead we decided we needed a bit stronger, heavier wire so now we will use the trial and error method.  I really think 24 gauge wire will work well for this size bead.  The 28 gauge wire is really good for a 4mm bead however.  We obtained this free tutorial from a great website that I found searching for new providers of beads, tools and wire.  This site is full of "teachers" who share their tutorials either for free or for a fee.  It is great information.  Take a look at your earliest convenience if you have not already.  http://www.jewelrylessons.com/

We have already made a second cross using a turquoise glass bead.  However, I can't show a photo of this one yet.  It seems I am going to need to take a photography class to get that part of jewelry making down.  I took probably 30 photos of the newest cross and not one of them was, show worthy.  My next attempt will hopefully go much better.  I will try in the daylight in my patio work are which is full of sunlight.  I will post a photo if they turn out well.

I also wanted to share some other pieces that my daughter and I have come up with.  Just for fun.


An anklet using seed beads and lovely little leaf charms on a stretch nylon cord. It is a lightweight piece and you hardly ever know that you have it on.  I wear it a lot and get a lot of compliments on it.  We do have one listed on our artfire studio as well.

Another piece I am very proud of is this lovely aqua and turquoise glass teardrop necklace.  We used the aqua, silver and black beads together.  The black beads actually seem to draw the eye to the necklace and then you see the teardrop.  It was designed originally for  my daughter-in-law for Christmas and she loved it so much that we decided to list it on our studio as well.  Of course we can make the length whatever the wearer chooses.





My grandson really liked the teardrop necklace.  He regularly judges my designs and my daughters creations.  This one he labeled "just beautiful".  Some he labels "chilly".  Those he calls "chilly" we know that he does not particularly like.  Actually, we have found that if we change the "chilly" ones slightly to get a better judgment call from him, then we really do like it better.  "Out of the mouths of babes" right?

I thought I would leave you tonight with a photo of my grandson.  He is the love of my life and I can't imagine life without him.  Of course, he is also a handful, but he keeps me young at heart if not in body.  He is just too cute and I thought you might enjoy these photos of him and his "all day lollipop".




You gotta love'em right?

Time to say good night.  I hope you enjoyed the pieces I have shown you here tonight and get a chuckle from Jaeden.  I will post more as he does love to pose for the camera as you can see.

I would love to hear from you so, post whatever you would like, or link to my blog and let me know so that I can link to you as well.  I am always on the hunt for fellow artisans.  Have a wonderful evening and a great Thursday.