Thursday, December 21, 2006

No. . .problem I can make that

We call the tendency to not be able to just say no as seven letter syndrome because you end up saying 'no problem' rather than 'no'. Mom called a week before we left on vacation to ask if I could help her out by making a couple of bracelets because he gifts she had ordered for my second cousins were not going to work. Since I am a good daughter, and I have that seven letter syndrome, I said sure and ended up spending a good chunk of that wee alternating between trying to work out the bracelet designs and get ready for our trip. The final results were both made with glass and sterling silver beads, silver charms and findings and are strung on Accuflex wire.

This one has a mix of Thai Karen Hilltribe heart charms and sterling silver puffed heart charms. The beads are a combination of two different types, the bicone beads are milk glass beads, and the round pink beads are Czech druk beads. It closes with a silver heart shaped lobster claw clasp. This was the more challenging design because I had a hard time getting the design to work out and having the bracelet be the right length. It took three tries to get it right and of couse it was the one I worked on last on the day I had to get it delivered to Mom.

This one has a mix of silver charms with an enameled silver charm as the centerpiece. All of the glass beads used for this bracelet are Czech druk beads, but they all have slightly different finishes and the black beads are somewhat triangular along with being a bit longer. This one went together much easier but it took a bit to get the design to balance out well.

I won't know until Christmas what the recipients think of them, but Mom was very happy with the designs and they were fun projects. I just need to remember I work better if I have a bit less pressure.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

snopes craft challenge entry

As promised here are the pictures of my entry in the snopes craft challenge and a picture of the idea that didn't quite work out for the challenge.

This is the actual entry. It is a bone panel with facted onyx beads, charoite ovals and silver beads and findings. There is a story that comes with the bone panel, it was originally part of a bracelet that belonged to my mother. The bracelet was made of a set of these panels strung on elastic cord that had broken a long time ago. (I remember looking at the pieces in Mom's jewelry box as child, so it had broken by that point.) The bracelet what a gift an employer had brought back from a trip to Hawaii and they had ben told that it was ivory. I've done some research, mostly because of the mahjong tile beads I had found, and these panels are definitey bone. High quality craved bone, but bone none the less.

This is the design I had originally started with for the challenge. I had thought that it would be cool to combine the bone tile with fire opals and pearls because of theconnection to Hawaii. Unfortunately it turned out to be too delicate of a combination to work with the bone panel and I had to step back and come up with an alternate focal bead. I had picked up the bone flower bead recently and itended up fitting perfectly.