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4th Time’s a Charm

Well, I got to bead a little today. Or pretend to bead. It wasn’t my most successful project to date.

I started off good. The earrings went quickly – no goof ups at all. And I love them.

The bracelet is another story.

A sad story.

I’d found a worn piece of coral on the beach that was very much the same shape and size as the wide-holed barrel beads I use to make my beaded bracelets (5 strands of beads running through the barrel bead to keep them together.) I’ve made several, and I really like the style.

Anyway. So, today’s project was to use the coral to make a bracelet.

Everything started off good. I cut the elastic string, anchored a bead on one end so the beads wouldn’t come off and got started. It looked so pretty! Then as I was starting to tie it off, (you can imagine what is coming!) I dropped the end WITHOUT the anchor and the beads poured off and into the carpet. Shag carpet, of course. So, not only did I not have the finished bracelet strand, but I got to pick all the beads out of the carpet and restring the beads (although the 2nd time, it was shorter so I know there are still beads hiding in the carpet – but not to worry, I have plenty of extras.) So, I finish the second strand, tie it off, go to put it over my wrist, and the knot comes undone. AGAIN, beads go flying, but this time I’m sitting at the table and the beads are there instead of in the carpet.

Strand 3 – This time I got out a youtube video on beading elastic bracelets to see what I did wrong. Oh, yeah. I used a regular knot instead of a surgeon’s knot and THEN a regular knot, and this gal did a second surgeon’s knot and another regular knot, then a dab of bead glue, just to be sure. Sounded like a plan to me.

So I faithfully followed the instructions, but I forgot to run the strand through the coral bead first, so I cut it apart and started on strand #4.

By now I’m getting just a little pissy, but I power through. I’m not going to let a SIMPLE beaded bracelet get the better of me!

I tie on an anchor bead. I string all the beads. I tie another anchor bead at the other end (just to be sure the little suckers don’t run away again!) I run the strand through the coral bead, and tie it off just like in the video, including the dab of glue. Success! The 4th time was the charm!

Now I just have 4 more strands to go (I thought, but after the 2nd – or 5th depending on how you’re counting) it became obvious the hole would only be able to accommodate 3 strands if I was lucky.

Strand 2 went off without a hitch, and with a little ingenuity (using tiny seed beads on the last inch) I was able to make third 3rd strand fit through the hole. Barely.

It isn’t as full as I normally like them to be, but the coral is special, so the trade-off works for me. I’ll always remember that I made it on Maui, with coral I found on the beach.

We only have 3 more days left on the island, and we’re going to do a little running around tomorrow and Sunday, and I really need to start organizing all my treasures for the trip home, so I don’t know if I’ll get to do any more beading. It figures, just as I get on a roll. Oh, well. I’ll wait and put this stuff away last. Maybe I can squeeze in another piece. Or two.

What’s A Girl To Do?

So. I apparently left home with only the jewelry on my body – nothing else. I don’t know how I managed it, because I had several items picked out and put in a bag to throw into my carry on luggage, but it has either gone on a bit of a walkabout or I left it home.

You just don’t wear red earnings with a teal outfit, now do you? So what’s a girl to do?

My choices were to buy new stuff (interesting choice, but I am pretty particular, and didn’t want to spend a lot of time looking) OR do what any creative would do, buy a few simple supplies and make my own. Problem solved!

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Not terribly complicated, but they’ll get the job done!

And it’s not a bad studio, either…

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I got the goodies for a few more things, so you may be seeing more, especially because I knocked them out in about ten minutes! Heeheehee!

The Vision Is Taking Shape

I have so many different interests when it comes to art that it is hard to imagine focusing on just one. But I want to have a cohesive brand…something that ties all my interests together. I think that is why I settled on Tattered ‘n Worn…it’s not any certain product, but a “feeling” that can be captured in many different art forms. It will allow me to do home decor, jewelry, accessories, fabric art…I’ll be able to add in antiques and/or vintage finds, and literally create an entire shop of my own, with a wide variety of products that work together.

This is a format probably best suited to craft shows or a brick and mortar store, but I’m going to try to do it on-line, in a virtual store, creating vignettes of multiple products…my mind is just swirling with ideas.

So, I’ve actually begun putting together some product, starting with a line of jewelry. I have rather eclectic taste in jewelry. I like mixing metal and beads, glass and jewels. And so my concept of Tri-layer necklaces with matching earrings and different styles of bracelets was born. I’m a heart collector, so hearts are my first theme.

The necklace features a

heart-shaped lampwork bead,

glass beads, two styles of metal

chain, and metal hearts.

The matching earrings duplicate the lampwork hearts, glass beads, chain and metal hearts.

The collection is rounded out with two different styles of bracelets…elastic beads, and a charm style.

There are many more themes and styles on the drawing board, and will be available in my Etsy store soon. If you have suggestions for themes you’d like to see me add, please let me know!

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