February 2019 Bead Mat Update: Finishing is not all it’s cracked up to be!

Wow, my February 2019 Bead Mat Update came along way too fast! Is that because it’s a short month, or because of all of the crappy weather that we’ve been having?

I wish that I could say that it’s been a productive month, but no, I don’t think that it was. I stayed inside, so you think that I would have accomplished an awful lot, but no, that’s not the case. Sigh!

I had a private class scheduled on one of the days that BeadFX closed early, so I gave my student a choice a day earlier, and she decided that she’d rather not drive. Lucky me, because that meant that I could stay home, and avoid the worst of the weather. I believe that we had snow, wind, and freezing ice pellets that day, so all was good on the home front!

Other than my Stitch Meditations (I’ll talk about those later), the only jewelery I finished in February, was this rather Boho necklace! I love it! I did want to add more leather to the bottom part, but couldn’t figure out how to make it behave. So, back to the drawing board! By the way, I used two of my absolute favourite stones in this piece! Amazonite, and Labradorite! Then I filled it in with Czech donuts, chain, and some electroplated Hematite (I think) cubes that I had lying about in the stash (but the tag was missing)! It’s very casual, and wearable, yet oh so delightful! A new direction!!

February 2019  bead mat update

Onwards and upwards in my February 2019 Bead Mat Update! I taught two classes in February: Bezelling a Cabochon 101, and my Fly Away Home, Birdhouse Pendant. Below are my cabochon starts, but you’ll need to wait for the birdhouses! No photographs of the ones I worked on in the class, because I forgot to take them!

I bezelled the white Lunasoft cabochon (sorry, no more white ones) in the workshop, but the pearls were just added in the last few days. I haven’t decided what’s next! My head is telling me to use the dark beads again, but my muse is wanting a to shake things up a bit! Do I take the safe route, or go a little wild? It needs to percolate a little more! I normally work intuitively, but that doesn’t seem to be the route, with this more formal approach to bezelling. See, even I have difficulty making decisions!!

February 2019  bead mat update

You’ve seen this Seahorse cabochon before, but I’m still not happy with the white, size eight seedbeads. I’m thinking of tearing them out and replacing, with either pearls, or something else to remind me of the sea! A work in progress!

February 2019  bead mat update

Although not really a part of my February 2019 bead mat update, I do need to get working on these two cabs. Started as long-ago workshop samples, but only shuffled around, after their respective classes.

February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update

The large turquoise cab was probably the first one I ever made. It looks okay, but I think that I could do much better. I want to tear it apart, and start over, but I’m not sure when that will happen!

February 2019  bead mat update

I can’t finish off this blog post, without showing you some of my favourite Stitch Meditation “Twinchies”. Each piece is 2” x 2”, and an absolute delight to stitch! I’m also working on a larger scroll, but I’ll save those photos until I’m further along on that project. I know, no beads, but don’t worry, I have plans for another project!! But don’t you think that “Twinchies” would make perfect brooches?

February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update
February 2019  bead mat update

February is almost over, now on to March! If we close our eyes, and wish really hard, will spring be coming soon? One can only hope!!

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