July 2018 Bead Mat Update: Oops it’s August!

When I sat down to write my July 2018 bead mat update, I realized that it would actually be posted in August! How the heck did that happen? The days are flying by too fast!! First up on my July 2018 bead mat update is the continuation of my Stitch Bits/Stitch Meditations series. The one on the top of the pile is my latest, #77! Whew! My plan is to make 100 of these, then decide what the heck I’m going to do with them. Stay tuned! I really needed some antique copper earrings, so wandered about BeadFX, hunting for …

What is a maker?

Are you a maker? I know that I certainly am!! I’ve never liked the crafter term, because I think that it actually dumbs down all of our hard work. But lately, I have been hearing the maker term, and that’s something I can really get behind! Okay, crafters are makers, but then so are artists! As are calligraphers, carvers, bookmakers, knitters, potters, embroiderers, quilters, and jewelers. Professional or not, the list goes on an on, yet many are lumped into the crafter box. It’s time to get out of that particular box!! It must be serious, because we even had …

Bead soup is delicious!

Not only that, but bead soup contains zero calories! Doesn’t that sound impossibly fantastic? I must confess that I actually stole the bead soup idea from one of Dwyn’s recent Instagram posts, for beadfxbeads (it also posted our Facebook page). She was making a video for the store, but had a leetle beading accident, and ended up with a pile of bead soup! Okay, she didn’t call it an accident, but the story sounds better that way. LOL! Anyway, one lucky reader quickly guessed the right answer, and ended up with the pile, so all is good! Bead soup for …

Forgotten Objects: To use or not to use!

Using forgotten objects in your beading and jewelery is an art! That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it! Of course, I wouldn’t dare to suggest that you just use forgotten objects, but it certainly is fun trying to combine them with new stones, chains and findings from BeadFX. I’ve been doing that for years! Resin, intuitive bead embroidery, then more recently with fabric collage, slow stitch, and Stitch Meditations. But what about talismans? I love forgotten objects, found objects, organic elements, pre-owned, pre-loved, and vintage. Fabric dyed with rust, is a real treat, yet I’m still tempted by boiled …

Hot Leather Bracelets: Are you cool enough for them?

It’s meltingly hot in Toronto, so I felt that it was time to discuss hot leather bracelets! What’s the weather like in your part of the world, and do you like leather jewelery? I haven’t made much in the way of leather jewelery, but I’d like to change that in the near future. Leather is one of those frontiers that I’ve been hesitant to cross. But why, you say? I don’t really know. Several years ago, I did make a series of Regaliz leather bracelets. They were fast, fun, easy to do, and made great gifts! Simple components, that slide …

Polymer Clay Technique Play: Let the games begin!

I’m a technique junkie, so why would polymer clay technique play be any different? When I get interested in a subject, I do everything I can to learn all about it. Don’t you? In the case of polymer clay, I took a class a year or so ago, played a little, purchased a book, surfed the net, then left it all behind. At the end of last year, my interest was renewed (I blame it all on my friend!), and it began again! Oh, I couldn’t just be interested in the odd polymer clay technique, could I? Why don’t I …

June 2018 Bead Mat Update: Mixing up my media!

I didn’t think that I had much to include on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, but I was wrong! You’ll find that I’m a little all-over-the-place this month. Does that mean that I have AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder)? I’m afraid that I resemble that!!! Do you? First up on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, is one of my personal UFO2Go items. A cute beaded button (that will be turned into a pin), but originally an unfinished class sample from earlier in the year.. Then there’s the stone, metal, and leather bracelet from last year. Almost finished, but …

Mixed Media Jewelery: A journey to the wild side!

I’m absolutely crazy about mixed media jewelery! I do like traditional jewelery, but there’s something about all of the surprising combinations that are possible, if you travel to the darker side. First let’s define mixed media! According to Wikipedia “In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different medias that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, and/or wood … Many artistic effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction …

Earring Palooza: Let the making begin!

What exactly is an earring palooza? Well, I don’t really know, but as I have nothing else in the queue, I think that we should explore the subject! The definition of palooza is an exaggerated event. So, I guess an earring palooza is a crazy, earring making event? Of course, the logistics would be crazy, but wouldn’t it be fun? Even better if we could dream of holding it at BeadFX, close to all the necessary supplies! I love earrings but seem to wear the same ones over and over. Would that exclude me from the earring palooza? I hope …

Leather and Lace: A Stitch in Time!

What do you think of when I say leather and lace? Does it take you back to the 60’s, the 80’s, or even to one of those other times, when trends from prior periods, get adopted and then shine brightly for a while. As a former teenager (heh, heh), there’s nothing better than an outfit, that includes blue jeans, leather and lace. As a Baby Boomer, I need to state that we still love those outfits, but now they contain spandex! Who invented spandex anyway? That person needs a medal, our undying gratitude, and a whole lot of money!!! True …