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[personal profile] kerravonsen
So You Want To Take Up Beading is an article I've just written about beginning beading; not a how-to-bead, but more of a tools-and-materials article. Take a look if you like.
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I just finished my first wire mesh necklace, and I ramble on a bit about it on my journal.

(Is anybody there? Are we still alive?)
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[personal profile] kerravonsen
I have been having more fun with micro-macrame! I made the following for my eldest niece for her 21st birthday:
tigereye necklace
I wanted to emphasize both the lovely beads and the twirly spiral knots made with the ribbon, so there is much more knotting in this one.
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[personal profile] kerravonsen
The most recent [site community profile] dw_news post inspired me to go looking for beadcraft related communities, and I found this one. Hello!

You can also blame [personal profile] elisem whom I met at WorldCon and she inspired me to get back into beading and learn new stuff. Though I kind of got side-tracked; instead of dashing in to learn wire-work, I ended up dipping into micro-macrame. Probably because it's easier to buy string/yarn/thread than wire, and because I already know macrame. Still, making the pretties is always fun!

This is my first micro-macrame necklace: green necklace
I finished it yesterday.
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[personal profile] elke_tanzer
Hi all! I'm so glad to have found this community!

I play with natural stone, glass and sometimes crystal beads, and I work with sterling or silverplate accents, findings and wire. Over time, especially if I've not worn my jewelry in a while, the silver tarnishes. I suspect that the pieces I've made for friends and family also have this tendency.

I get my beads at my local Michaels store, the San Gabriel Bead Company, the Santa Monica Gem & Mineral shows, and sometimes the bead shops in downtown Los Angeles. I'm a hobbyist (meaning don't have a wholesale number or anything fancy like that!) so I'm not sure where to look for cleaning supplies for the jewelry I'm making, and I'm hoping folks here can point me in the right direction.

A friend gave me some funky black papers that supposedly slow down the tarnishing process if I store them in the drawers of my jewelry box along with the jewelry, but I don't know where to get more of them. And I'm not 100% sure they're safe to store with my stone and glass necklaces.

I've also been told that I need to get myself some polishing cloths, and I suspect that's really necessary.

What do you fine folks recommend for this sort of thing? Where do I get them? Can I buy them in bunches so that when I give jewelry as gifts, I can also give the supplies to care for the jewelry?

And as far as the polishing cloths and anti-tarnish papers go, are they safe to store with non-silver, non-stone, non-glass jewelry? I wouldn't want to have gold or pearl or dichroic glass jewelry inadvertently damaged by trying to make the silver jewelry look nice!

Thanks for the help!


May. 3rd, 2009 01:13 pm
[personal profile] annablume
This is my most recent commission. It was a piece that I made for a dear friend's wedding, and her awesome wedding photographer at Benton Park Photography was kind enough to grant me permission to use the pictures if I link back to her. Becca at Benton Park sprinkles pretty dust on everything!

The piece is a combination of cultured and freshwater pearls, shell and sterling silver. The shell found it's way to me in the most interesting way. One of my sister's former co-worker's had an Aunt who wintered in Hawaii. One of the Aunt's favorite things to do was hunt for shells. Last year when the Aunt passed, the niece boxed up her extensive shell collection and just started sending them out to everyone she knew. She sent my sister a recycled tissue box packed with shells. Those shells found their way to my coffee table and inspired this piece.

Without further ado... )
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[personal profile] elisem
One thing that delights me pretty much every time is a mineral with inclusions. About a week ago at a trade show I found a string of moss agate beads with pyrite inclusions. One in particular just grabbed me so hard that I had to buy the whole string just for that single bead.

See what I mean? )

It became a pendant called "My Computer-Generated Life".

Pyrite inclusions in moss agate were a new thing for me. I've played with rutilated quartz, tourmalinated quartz, actinolated quartz, and all the goodnesses that are the various chatoyant minerals -- even though when the inclusions are so closely packed, I usually forget to think of them as inclusions. But pyrite in moss agate? Never occurred to me. You can bet I'll be watching for it now, though.

What's your favorite inclusion?
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[personal profile] elisem
I've been having fun lately working with some labradorite beads that appear to have been overdyed with a deep blue.

We likes labradorescence, we does! )

Any other lab fanciers about?


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