Using Perforated or Screen Findings – Part 3 – Finishing Off

By now, your buggy bouquet should be looking nice and full and flourishing. The back should look like a dog’s breakfast. Worry not! Twist all the loose wires together on the back. Trim them – not too short. You need for the tension to stay on the wire, but short enough to give you room to add the back plate. Fit the back into position. Make sure it is oriented so that the pin back is the right way up, – doesn’t sit upside down when you wear it – and that the prongs can all fold down without hanging …

Using Perforated or Screen Findings – Part 2 – Adding Depth

Next, we’ll add the focal flowers. Because these are flattish with a central hole – the are tough to wire on directly. Poke the wire up through the screen, and through the flower bead, and then through a smaller bead (in this case, an aqua bicone) and back through the centre of the flower. You can go through the same hole or a different one in the screen. At this point – it is getting busy back there – so you may have to go for whatever hole you can get it through. For the next two flowers – I …

Using Perforated / Screen Findings – Part 1 – getting started

This is an oldie, but a goodie. I made this a while back, but if you’d like more detail about making brooches using the peforated or screen findings – this has detailed pictures and more in-depth instructions. I’m going to add these as a series of posts, as I’m having trouble with blogger losing text – It may be having a bad day – or just not like a really long post. The idea was to make a happy, spring themed pin or brooch. A nice, bright, happy brooch is a good antidote to our relentless and never-ending winters. Remember …

Tucson: Coming home

It’s the last day in Tucson for me and just as well – it’s turned cold and rainy here. I feel really sorry for the people who are showing in tents or outdoors. As far as I’m concerned, I’m about beaded out. I feel like if I see one more dyed-howlite-masquerading-as-genoooine-Sleeping-Beauty-Turquoise, I’m gonna barf. You’d think that these vendors know what it is they are selling, but all too often, they don’t. So Buyer Beware applies in spades at these shows. Turquoise-dyed howlite has a legitimate place in beading, but I’m darned if I’m going to pay for this stuff …