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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cold Day At The Bead and Gem Show

My wonderful sistah-friend (Sisters with different parents!) Brenda and I ventured out in the single digits to go to the bead and gem show. My vehicle had a hard time starting, but after it groaned with resistance, it started up like a champ. This winter has been especially cold and snowy this year. After we stopped for a quick bite to eat, we went on a treasure hunt at the bead and gem show. I was surprised and a bit disappointed in this expo. There were many empty spots, where it was obvious the vendors were a no show. I'm guessing the cold and snow up and down the east coast kept them away. It was balanced with less customers. What really didn't appeal to me was the over abundance of retailers that were selling everything, but beads and gems, from scarves, perfumes, hair clips,, purses and some clothing. Who knows why. But, my friend did find some really good deals for gifts, so it worked out perfectly.

My favorite find are the happy agates, pictured above. Seeing these stones at the gem show gave me a touch of spring fever. I love all of the delicious candy colors of these agate beads. They vary in size from 15 mm to 40 mm. I'm planning on using the larger stones in pendants.

These lovely pearls were found in the wholesale section of the event. I think they will be wonderful framed in wire for earrings. The cream colored pearls will be paired with copper and the fuchsia will be in silver.

I've never seen agate in this cut. Since they are over 2" in length (66mm) it makes sense to create pendants. I'll soften the hard edges with some curve in the wire. I'm hoping my customers will like them. They had other colors, but these were the happiest.

More candy!  I seemed to be on a pink roll during this shopping trip.These agate roundels are large, at 12 x 17mm, You guess it!  I'll be making them into pendants.

Thank you for visiting. I'll be playing with these stones and pearls and posting pictures in future blog posts.

Have a joy filled and creative day!


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Mistakes Happen

In case you didn't know it - I make mistakes!  This pendant was made twice.  I really wanted to just throw the whole thing in the trash, but those lovely and expensive Swarovski crystals insisted on being saved.  So the remark began with my wire cutters.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Key To My Heart

I do believe that with more practice I will perfect wire weave. It has stolen my heart and I just can't stop weaving.  There are some obstacles that I'm learning to maneuver, like the correct wire gauge, the tension of the wire and of course an appealing design.  My learning curve has created some frustrations along the way, but those that know me, know that this is exactly what will motivate me to correct and improve.  I like to call it determination.  My friends may say its stubbornness.  I love my friends!

Todays blog is all about the 4 key pendants that I have created.  I'm just not sure if I'm happy with them all.  But, as I said, I will get better with practice.

I adapted the tutorial that I purchased from Nichole Hanna.  I decided that I wanted to add a heart agate bead to this design.  I heard the saying 'Key to my heart' in my head.  I haven't gotten the hang of keeping the wire weave on the bottom of the key as straight as I'd like.  I'm going to make this section using 16 gauge wire and see if it will hold it's shape better.  Also, I'd like this design better if I has made an open spiral that was hammered for the bail area.  I'm not crazy about that bare wire on the left of the heart.  I'll  need to figure out a better wire path, or perhaps coil this wire.

I like this pendant, but I still want to use heavier wire for the bottom portion to keep it straight.

I'm not crazy about the coil on the top of the bead.  It's  not bad and I think some folks will like it, but it could be better.

This is my favorite key pendant.  I love how I weaved the bail, but next time I'll use a finer gauge of wire to help keep the weave straight and more attractive.

I need to go make a couple more of these key pendants, with the goal of perfecting those learning curve areas.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a joy filled and creative day.