March 2022 Bead Mat Update – Tune up the beading!

My March 2022 Bead Mat Update is a study in change and adaptation. Change, because it’s past time I get on with more beading, and adaptation because it’s something that’s hard for me to do.

As the saying goes, “the only way to eat an elephant, is one bite at a time”, and that’s what I’m trying to do. As I immerse myself more heavily in mixed media, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will need to get back to the basics, before I will be able to refresh my creative spirit. Oh, don’t worry, I won’t actually slow down on my other projects, and commitments, but I do need to also make a conscious effort to include jewelry making (possibly even more mixed media jewelry) into my discretionary time. I truly wish to embrace change, at least a little!

But enough of that, as I’d rather be showing you some of my recent projects! After all, it is my March 2022 Bead Mat Update.

I pulled out the pliers, and a few lampwork findings, to make two pairs of earrings, and the start of a pendant necklace. The stones, were purchased pre-Covid, at one of the Grand River Bead society shows. I pulled together the findings at BeadFX, and I’m happy with the results. One of the square stones, was drilled a little funny (Duh! Something I apparently didn’t notice before purchasing), but I was able to work around that. For these earrings, it’s all about the shapes! Don’t you just love rounded shapes?

The beautiful Dragon Jools lampwork bead, is from our very own wordsmith, Dwyn. Her writing style is a bit quirky, as evidenced by some of the Thursday updates, but we always delight in the chuckles, and frequently groan at her puns! That blue, with the silver foil, is definitely spectacular! I’m so lucky to own it!!

The pendant isn’t really finished, because I just added a few lampwork findings, and a jump ring, to hold the piece together. I would like to add a round bead (large, but not so large, if you know what I mean) to the top of the pendant, then I’ll figure out the rest of the necklace. I’m considering adding a little wire wrapping, but I suspect that the hard part will be finding that accent bead (or perhaps some type of finding).

Speaking of mixed media, how about my latest additions to the 100 Day Project! I think that I’m up to 45/100, so only 55 more to go. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up my current pace of one per day, but I’m positive that I’ll be able to finish the project. It’s a challenge, and that’s something that I rarely back down from.

March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update
March 2022 Bead Mat Update

My Sunflower brooch is finished, and I’ve handed it over to Dwyn to do with what she will. I thought that you might like to see the front again, then the inside, and the actual back of the brooch. I never seem to get the pin back completely straight, but I guess that’s my problem (sheesh, someone could have used a ruler, before the gluing step!!).

 Yes, that is a lot of stitch!

I taught my “Embellished Orbs – Part 1” class to a small, but enthusiastic group of students last Saturday (it was an in-person class). A fine, and safe time was had by all (everyone wore masks, and there was one table per student), and I have since finished the basic stitching on my demo orb. Now I need to decide on how I want to embellish. I will definitely add more embroidery, but the beading might need to wait until I design Part 2 of the class (that would be bead embellishing, of course). Watch this space for more of my classes!

March 2022 Bead Mat Update

For the retro part of this post, I present a couple of amulets that I made several years ago. I haven’t worn them for a while, but I think that I’m ready to start again. Covid made me jewelry shy (because, who needs to accessorize sweat pants?), but I’m happy to say that I’m over that now.

That’s it for my March 2022 Bead Mat Update, but certainly not the end of my creative time. I wonder which beading project I’ll work on next week, because I’m sure there will be something. Perhaps I should pencil in some time? Nah, I’d much rather wing it!!

What have you been up to?

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, and get vaccinated!

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