Thursday, 26 May 2011
Time to get working on a project using some of my free beads!
As luck would have it the seed beads (which came free with my Beads and Beyond subscription ) are a perfect match to the colourings on one of the glass hearts from my Bead Magazine subscription gift.
It feels really nice to start making something out of my little freebie bead stash!
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Do you ever find yourself thinking up a name for a piece of jewellery as you're making it?
I often find myself working around a theme or idea for a piece.
I know I'm only learning and it might sound a little grand to say I am 'inspired' to make a piece but you know when you see something; whether it be a piece of art, a beautiful colour scheme or even a tasty looking piece of cake (the best kind of inspiration!), and you use that idea, mood or colour to help choose your beads.
When that happens I find it easier to make something than other days when it seems so hard to put things together. I suppose that must be the beading equivalent of 'writers block' - 'beading block'?
When these beads arrived though the post I was initially disappointed
as the chain links were way too small to fit a jump ring through.
However I was determined to make something out of this
and discovered that I could just about manoeuvre a head pin through the gap.
So I pushed the head pins through the chain, threaded on a bead to the other side
and then wire wrapped loops, attaching the clasp this way.
Disaster averted and I'm actually quite pleased with the result.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
I have been waiting to subscribe to Beads and Beyond magazine for a while now.
I like to wait until there is a good 'free gift' offer when you subscribe.
This is certainly a great freebie to receive - just look at all these goodies!
Can't wait to see what I can make out of this!
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
You read it correctly.
Inspire me - with Grey!
Now you may be thinking ' Hold on a minute.
You want to inspire me to buy beads in the colour of drizzly days
and cold cloudy British afternoons?'
Grey hardly even feels like a proper colour when compared to the rest of the rainbow.
Yes - but lets not be too hasty.
If Grey was a person she'd have lost her colour confidence.
She'd be the wallflower sat at the back of the colour scheme ball.
Watching wistfully whilst flashy fuschia and racy red get all the attention from the boys.
She's slinking around in the shadows. Even Black gets more of the attention by looking moody, sultry and yet fabulous all at the same time.
Our girl Grey, like so many of us, feels overlooked and undervalued.
This writing competition is meant to be about our favourite colour, and who on earth else was going to pick Grey - the underdog of the colour palette?
So I've decided to make it my mission to get Greys fashion mojo back on track.
Lets make her feel pretty again!
Grey my dear, your fairy godmother is here.
Lets make a piece of jewellery that will make you feel fabulous.
So lets set to work.
A little intrigue with a dash of exoticism.
A little femininity with a reserved kind of beauty.
- Don't want to push Greys boundaries too far in her first style makeover.
Lets take what she's got and make it work for her.
Grey is such a reserved colour that it brings to my mind the beautiful simplicity of the Japanese Haiku.
(A short poem of three lines and 5-7-5 syllables, in case you were wondering!)
Check out the details on this gorgeous vintage Japanese photo frame:
I bought it on-line.
You want an example of a Haiku?
Try ' Silly Western girl,
gets excited on E-bay,
pays too much money!'
Good thing that this necklace is going to be
not too costly simple and understated then!
So I've gathered my inspiration and with out further a do,
here is the piece of jewellery to make Grey feel special once more...
Grey my dear, you shall go to the ball!
If you would like to give Grey a makeover
why not check out the selection of beads over at Beads Direct.
Go on, make Grey feel GREAT!