Fusing finally

I’m finally sitting down to write out the blog post while hubby figures out how to get a minute or so of decent video extracted from an hour of not so great video. Of course, we were using a fancy borrowed video camera which is way too sophisticated for what we needed it for, and trying to get it on dan’s newish mac that he got as part of a contract. We’re not mac people (but boy is it nice!) – so really, what I’m trying to admit here, is I really have no idea what I’m doing when it …

post delayed

Hi all, The blog post for today will be delayed until much later this evening. I got a little ambitious and created a fusing video for you! Of course, I’m having technical difficulties that need the attention of my techie husband – and he can’t help until tonight. More later!

Fine silver fusing

Over the next couple of days I’m going to be blogging about fine silver fusing. You can easily, with minimal equipment learn how to create your own headpins, rings, connectors, and all sorts of other components you dream up to jazz up your beaded jewelry. You don’t need pickle, solder, and all of those other nasty chemicals. I’ve got a photo tutorial coming tomorrow on how to create fancy textured jump rings, and Friday we’ll show you how to make a variety of other components. Here’s what you’ll need. Fine silver wire in a variety of gauges (20 to 14) …

What’s Up in August…..

This may be a quiet week, but the upcoming months are not. I just posted a bunch of bead stitching classes with Cindy Vroom. Cindy has been avidly beading for somewhere around 10 years now. Beads and beading are a fascination and a compulsion for her as both her impressive bead stash and portfolio of finished works can attest. She is happiest when her hands are busy and can think of no better activity than beading to fulfill this need. She also plays with clay between beading and making her living as a set painter/house painter. Beginning Thursday September 10th, …

Wiring a Pendant – Transforming a Bead

You may have considered using a bead that you can see needs to hang vertically – but the hole seems to run in the other direction. What to do? Here’s how you can simply use a headpin and a few spacer beads to wire up a handsome pendant. You can even keep a selection of these handy and swap them on and off a single chain. You will need a headpin, some spacer beads, and, of course, your bead to hang vertically. Last week, we discussed using spacer beads to ensure that the headpin doesn’t pull through the hole of …

Aurora Borealis

Wednesday was rather a special and interesting day – for reasons that I won’t go into, but it seems somehow portentous and appropriate that there was an amazing display of Aurora Borealis that night. Of course, you couldn’t see it HERE because of the clouds and rain, and so, while we were stuck in rush hour volumes of traffic in the driving rain – at midnight – (OK – it was midnight on a Wed – where were all these cars going to? Or coming from? Midnight. Wednesday. Crush hour volumes. Hello, Toronto – you need to fix some roads …

One more you have to see

I just across this awesome felting tutorial on flickr. It’s a photo tutorial only, but it shows the process. Ohhh…her beads are gorgeously simple. Very well done! http://www.flickr.com/photos/olasmith/sets/72157604519374410/

The finished beads – and linky love

I did manage to make a lovely pair of earrings, and a not so lovely heart pendant with my felted beads. The heart has potential with the right embellishments. I really need to stop attempting to work on things at 2 am 😉 I have a bracelet started as well, but that will have to be for another day. Stacy made a comment this morning on yesterday’s post regarding wetting them. That’s actually what I did last night. They felt a little too squishy, so I finished the process with wet felting. More on wet felting below. I found a …

Needle Felted Beads

Yesterday I was stuck at home with a bit of a stomach bug. I start to go a bit stir crazy though, and then I remembered that a while back I had bought some lovely hand dyed roving. I pulled out my felting needle, a sponge, the roving – I now have a bowl full of lovely beads. I discovered that blue faced leicester is the easiest (out of what I had) to needle felt, but the merino wool roving had the loveliest feel. The general idea for needle felting round beads is that you take a small amount of …