Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PURIST

Recently I posted my bracelets on several UK lampwork forums and when someone complimented me on how she like that I used a lampwork glass bead as a catch on one particular bracelet, I 'corrected' her by pointing out that all my catches have my own lampwork glass beads. Then Sue Simmons aka Sooz commented simply 'Purist' - I thought it was a pretty apt description and decided to use this name for my new necklace collection. My thanks to Sooz for coming up with the name of my new necklace collection!!

I now realize that being without a kiln certainly has its advantages - I am now doing things which I had shelved for many months, eg making jewelry with my lampies (don't you like this nickname?! It seems to be the latest nickname for lampwork glass beads, though I admit I don't know who started it).

One other reason why I have shelved making jewelry was the fact that I couldn't figure out how to finish my necklaces without the crimps and beading wire showing. Honestly speaking, I can't stand seeing them exposed, it feels unfinished and wishy-washy to me. However this is my own opinion and definitely not speaking for others in general. I know not all buyers are not as particular as I am about the exposed crimps and beading wire. You can't imagine how eternally long I have been pondering on this! It is only now I discovered how I could use seed beads to make my catches! Yes, I feel totally 'duh' about it. So, this kiln-less time has been such a valuable lesson!!

Here are 3 necklaces - all 18" long - I made yesturday:


TANGERINE DREAMS


PURPLE PASSION


CRYSTAL TEAL

Monday, March 2, 2009

SEED BEADS ADDICTION

Being kiln-less till probably the end of this week, I appreciate this unexpected 'time-out' for my lampworking as I have been weaving seed beads with my lampwork glass beads into finished bracelets. Of course I have no more excuses not to take pictures of my beads and list them up Ebay, Etsy and Artfire. I simply must admit I lack the discpline to stick to my schedule and on the other, I ask myself, what schedule?! Ah yes, that is definitely another missing element in my daily tasks - a fixed schedule, a to-do or must-do list for the week/day.

I have been poking in beading books I bought several years ago and did not really look at them till now - hmm, a very typical habit I can't seem to shake off: buy the stuff, leave it around to collect dust, then a few years later, read it on a rainy day. Anyway, I made new bracelets last week -

'Turquoise Treasures'
Those who have been following my blog may recognize that this bracelet looks familiar. This is the 'remake' of the original one which I blogged several weeks ago. There was a mistake at the end of the original piece and I had to redo it. I am quite happy with this remake.


'Romantic In Pastels'
This bracelet is perhaps one of my favorites, I love using tinted seed beads, they make the piece very feminine and soft.

Below bead sets are presently on Ebay -
'Ice Crystals'

'Guilty Pleasures'

'Epilogue'


'At Last'

'Extra Ordinary'