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 …

May 2018 Bead Mat Update: Two steps back, one step forward!

My May 2018 bead mat update signals a return to my roots. Fibre has always been my first love, and I must admit that I’m enjoying the process immensely. Did my Stitch Meditations have anything to do with my current obsession with fibre? I certainly expect so! What if I combined fibre, beads, embroidery, felting, and natural elements? Isn’t that what I’m all about? My muse was whispering insistently, so I just had to shut her up!! This stitched stone has been sitting on the sidelines for a while, but I decided to finish it off with freeform peyote, just …

UFO 2 Go: Make plans to complete the aventure!

When I say UFO 2 Go (unfinished objects), how do you react? With confusion, interest, or perhaps abject terror! For me, it’s all of the above! Just the other day, the phrase UFO 2 go popped into my brain, as I was sorting through stuff in preparation for my Stitch Bits (aka Stitch Meditation) class this Thursday. One thing led to another, as I pulled more and more stuff out of the boxes, and realized that I had a whole lot of finishing to do! Okay, not everything I’m going to show you is really old, but I’m certainly not …

Statement pendants! Are they the next big thing?

Statement pendants are a current jewelry trend, according to a recent issue of Jewelry Making Daily (Interweave). I find that very interesting, because I’ve been making, and wearing them for years! Does that make me fashion forward? As the article explains, “For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords”. Long lengths are definitely in, but I’m most comfortable with the 30-34″ range. Of course, the runways will always exaggerate and go longer, but those skinny models, don’t need to worry about the daily logistics! Imagine …

Artful Layering: Let the fun begin!

Artful layering is something that I just made up this morning. Someone, somewhere has certainly used the term before, but possibly not about jewelery? The almighty Google did find a few things, but I believe that my jewelery reference could be pristine! I just couldn’t find another one! I don’t mean the popular Boho look, but something simpler. I’m talking about layering two or three coordinated necklaces, of different lengths. Say a silver chain, with a fibre mixed media piece, with a lovely lampwork bead. Funny, I wore that combo on Monday!! Serendipity, and not planned! That aha moment, when …