Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The lanyard project (final product)

I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who has to wear an ID badge/key card for work and hates the options you have for wearing it. It's hard for me to use the little belt clips with the retractable cord because of the type of clothes I wear, plus I'm a klutz and I know I would catch them on something so I wear it on a lanyard around my neck. The lanyards that are out there are out of fabric tape or cord and they don't look good with work clothes. I'd been trying to find a good solution but had been having problems finding a good way to attach the badge. I finally found silver plated swivel hooks at Fire Mountain Gems and made my first lanyard last night.

It made out of blue Czech druk glass beads, black glass beads I found I had hanging around, silver tube beads, silver findings and the silver plated swivel hook. I wore it to work today and the reaction from my co-workers just blew me away. I think I am going to be a very busy girl making these for a while. The only change for those will be that I am going to use silver plated brass beads to keep the costs down. I will, of course, post pictures as I get those made. I also may try to do a step by step on how I make them.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

There's good news and bad news

The good news is that my muse showed back up, apparently she went to Turkey to get her coffee, and I finished the piece I was struggling with a few days ago. The bad news is that I can't post pictures until this coming Saturday because the piece was made for a craft challenge at the snopes messageboard. I'll post pictures as soon as I can along with pictures of the piece I ended up with the first time I tried to make something. Hopefully I'll get the small bag I have waiting around together sometime soon too so I can post pictures of it.

Other good news is that I got a really fantastic deal on more glass beads for the lanyard project so as soon as the swivel hooks come in I can get going on those too.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lots of leatherwork stuff

We took a trip to Denver to do some Christmas shopping today and I talked E into stopping at Tandy so I've got lots of new stuff to work with. I even picked up a book on inverted leather carving that also includes instructions on doing silhouette carving and has a number of different patterns. Some of the patterns are very 1950s (after all this is an old book) so I don't think I'll end up using them but some of the others are really nice floral designs. It makes me want to try some stuff out, but I still have three pieces that need to be sewn together. I guess I'll have to see how tomorrow goes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Apparently my muse has gone out for coffee

I'm a bit frustrated right now. I spend around 45 minutes trying to work out the design for a specific bracelet I'm making for a craft challenge. I got it strung together and realized that the design did not work at all. I managed to salvage the piece, but I still don't have the other one done, and the deadline if rapidly approaching for the challenge. It would look really silly if I initiated the challenge and didn't come up with a project.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The lanyard project

I touched on this project a bit in my regular blog. What I am trying to do is to make a beaded lanyard for the ID I have to wear for work. I had found some on the web for sale, but I didn't like the design because the piece ended in a large metal ring since they were designed to be either an ID holder or a glasses hanger. To begin with, I couldn't find similar rings and ones that size don't really go with the style of jewelry I make. Secondly, I wanted the lanyard to have a clasp that could work as a quick release in case it got caught on something or someone grabbed it. Finally, I really wanted the badge to attach with a hook of some sort, sterling silver if I could get it, silver plated if not. The ultimate find would be a sterling silver swivel hook. Today I came close to this part of it because I found silver plated swivel hooks and also sterling silver lobster claw clasps with swivels at Fire Mountain Gems. I'm still trying to figure out the quick release, the problem is that I'm essentially looking for a clasp that will fail. I've got a couple possibilities though, I just need to get them and do some experimenting.

Once I get it all sorted out maybe I'll do an entry showing the process from start to finish.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Working on leatherwork

I'm in the middle of another leather project, a small bag for my Etsy store, and I've decided on a few things. The first is that Sunday is a good day to work on the stages where I have to wait for things to dry because I'm busy with doing other stuff so I leave the leather pieces alone to dry. The second is that baby food jars are an excellent place to store small amounts of antique, finishes and glue to use while I'm working. I use the small foam paint brushes to apply those things and baby food jars have a wide enough mouth to fit the brush in. In addition, they have a lid so there is a lot less waste and if I have to step away the cats can't get into or spill anything. In the case of dyes and antiques the glass won't pick up any of the color so they can be cleaned and reused for something else. All around they are the perfect thing for the job.

I'll post pictures when I'm done.