Time to Fly a Kite!

It’s time – time to soar, time to be up, up, and away. Time to get some perspective, rise above the crowd, go where the wind takes you … in short – go fly a kite! The new kite beads are here – two hole beads with a diamond shape that fit together in cool ways. Also new this week – some more of the metal beads on strands. In Bright Copper, and bright Gold Plated, these reasonably-priced metal beads give you a chance to really go to town with your designs. They are hollow, and plated copper, so they …

Working with paper, metal, fibre and beads: An artist’s delight!

I woke up thinking about paper, metal, fibre and beads! What did you wake up to? Isn’t it funny how often dreams can trigger new directions in our work? Okay, full disclosure! I spotted something on Pinterest, that caused me to get sucked into the rabbit-hole, and explore new (to me) options. Unfortunately, I lost my reference photo, but that doesn’t matter, because it got me to thinking about utilizing a combination of paper, metal, fibre and beads in some of my future work (the following photo of my cuffs, includes paper, metal and resin, but that’s not really what …

What’s on my bead mat – January/17 edition?

As I write this, I realize that it’s been a strange type of January day! We started with snow, but ended up with above freezing temperatures and rain. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? For today, I think that I will finish off writing this post, pour myself a cup of tea, and then sit down and stitch for a while. I seem to be all over the place! Are you surprised? Mystery beads, were dropped off in my box at work, and although nobody has admitted leaving them, they’ll come in handy for my January and February, Freeform Peyote …

Happy Campers!

Iris was in on the weekend teaching her soldering class – Hot connections 2 – rings and chain.  Here are a few of her students showing off their new creations – and just look at those smiles! Knowing how to solder can take your beading design to a whole new level – and you don’t necessarily need as much equipment as you might think. Iris is teaching her next beginner class on Saturday July 7th.

Ultra low tech patinas

Just in case you missed the inspiration I posted last night – you can see it here. I mentioned that my plan was to paint the filigree with acrylic paint to give it a washed shabby chic kind of look. Of course, I couldn’t leave it until later. I had to start working on it right away. Many hours, and 3 buffy reruns later – here’s what we have. I actually worked on a few other things, as I got distracted when I saw all of the unfinished projects on my work bench 🙂 First things first, I use the …