This summer I decided to take the plunge into learning how to do two things. First because I have so many seed beads I decided to start doing some bead weaving. I first learned how to make a Russian Spiral Rope. The lesson was to do a bracelet but since I just haven’t found that bracelets sell very well I made it into a necklace. It was challenging to get the spiral started but once I got it started it was a breeze and so simple to tote around a couple of tubes of seed beads, silk thread, wire cutters and a needle. I could do it while I was watching tv or sitting in bed in the evening. Super simple to work with and a big change from wire work that requires pliers, cutters, gemstones, and maybe a bunch of other stuff. So here is the picture of what I made. The earrings are the same seed beads on silk thread that I sewed onto a silver tone sieve and glued to sterling silver posts.
My next try at bead weaving was the right angle weave with two needles. I made a ton of beaded beads and put them into a bunch of different necklace designs and a few pairs of earrings. Check out KL Jewelry Design to see all of them. Oh I made some stretchy rings that I sell in my booths at arts and crafts shows for only $1. The stretchy rings are listed online because they are so inexpensive it would actually cost me to list them so check out my booths around the Omaha and Lincoln, NE, Council Bluffs, Atlantic, and Clarinda, IA, or Sioux Falls, SD to see all the rings, and I have a bunch.
Now the next bead weaving experiment was to learn how to do a spiral rope. So again it was for a bracelet but I made it into a necklace. That’s easy peasy to do because you just keep on going until you get the length you want. So the spiral rope necklace has multi-color metallic seed beads, Peridot seed beads that are line in silver, and clear seed beads. This was a lot easier to make. Maybe that was because I already knew how to do the Russian spiral but I picked it up in no time. I used three different sizes of seed beads so it has texture with the Peridot color being the focal of the necklace.
Well that’s all I’ve gotten done on learning bead weaving but I’ll be making a bunch more this winter when the shows are over for the season.
After working with the seed beads and silk thread I decided to try my hand at making wire rings. I know, I already do that but I have never made rings with faceted gemstones in prong settings. I bought a parcel of mixed sizes of faceted gemstones; I looked over two different tutorials and while both of the teachers got the design from a ring that was created in the 40′s they each took a different way of teaching. I made one ring following each teacher’s instructions and then tweaked it to work best for me. By the end I found it really easy to make and get the stones to be secure and not wiggle around at all. I have all these rings listed at KL Jewelry Design to see them all.
So now you know what I’ve been doing this summer to avoid being outside in the heat and humidity that is so famous in Nebraska. Tell me what you think of my latest adventures in jewelry making.
Oh, in my spare time I’ve been being trained by our new German Shorthaired Pointer, Hank. Unfortunately our male, Chance began limping on his front leg and after a number of trips to the vet, x-rays, a trip to a specialist and more x-rays, we found out it was bone cancer and had to have him put to sleep. We knew we would get another dog for our female pointer, Pepper, so we contacted the Central Plains German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue and adopted Hank. Chance and Pepper came from the Rocky Mountain German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue so it was an easy choice. Anyway, Hank was born on February 13, 2011 to a litter of 14. Yikes, the breeder ended up with 7 of them left and Hank spent the first 6 months of his life on the end of a chain. He was adopted by a family that ended up having to move and couldn’t take him so he was returned. Then he was adopted and the lady couldn’t deal with his anxiety so he was returned. I guess the third time is a charm because he is in his forever home. He is a handful and gets me up around 5am every single day but he’s so happy and so is Pepper that I put up with it and just deal with it every day. He does have to be in the kennel when I leave the house because he does have anxiety when I leave but other than the battle to keep Pepper out of the kennel while I’m trying to get Hank in the kennel we don’t have any problems with him. I’ll tell you more as the summer goes on.
Thanks for reading and following my blog and have a great summer.