Tuesday, June 30, 2009
missed :( That way, if you're looking for feedback, you know to check your original post and you should find it there :)
And also - if you need to edit your post (ie: add your name, something you forgot first time round etc!), just use the instructions at the bottom of this post :) If you're not sure about anything, just drop me an email and I'll be happy to explain/talk you through it. Easy peasy!
It's great to see so many of us participating in the blog! Thanks for taking the concept of this blog on board and using it as it was meant to be used - as a community thing, as a record of our growth as artists and as a community, for asking and giving advice and to give and receive feedback - brilliant!
As you were :)
Hi June here:
This is my “square yoj”
First earring took about an hour by the time I’d interpreted the idea in my brain into the physical concept, second earring took about 10 mins lol, all hand made in sterling including the ear wires. I was quite pleased with the design overall. Showed them to my dear SO who pointed out they were right angles, not squares. Yeah right. Had to point out that the pearls and cube focals are actually square and if you run a line down through the centre of the design you end up with lots of visual squares – well that’s the story behind the design anyway and I’m sticking to it lol.
Great blog site everyone, lovely to see all the talented work.
I did not think I would ever get my head around this one, square indeed!!! lol.
But it is finished yay, all the squares were individually made and then put together. I am however not happy with the clasp, it does not sit flat once upon your wrist so will change to a slider clasp as soon as my order arrives.
Although this is about my fourth!!! atempt at this and have plenty of square bits in UFO box now to play with later on he he. It looks so simple but is really quite a difficult and technical piece I am pleased with the over all result. :).
Lots of beady hugs Leeanne
Monday, June 29, 2009
Its been a bit busy here for the last few days. Due to having a nasty infected finger tip pushed a needle into it while trying to go fast handsewing leather. I have been making up bits and pieces on the loom for horses show browbands. I have a few pics.
So thats been fun though I am still having problems about the best way to attach to leather, for durability, although they are only for show use they still need to be able to stand a certain amount of wear and tear. I have settled for stitching felt over the leather and attaching the beads to that. Next project is to inlay a string of beads and sandwich them in the leather. I think I will have to add some glue too. Still mulling over how to best do it. Also cutting leather is hard, straight lines are a pain, as you hit a hard bit the knife goes off on an angle.
Oh well, I am sure it is practice and since I bought a whole hide I have plenty to practice on.
Cheers Happy beading everyone
Friday, June 26, 2009
Amanda for the YOJ would using a colour theme be too basic? ie. just one colour but different shades? or one type of shape or bead only eg just delicas or crystals etc or is that too restrictive? Hope everyone had a great day, Cheers Bronwyn
Miyuki makes these beads as well as a variety of other seed beads. They are not as cheap as alot of other seeds but the xtra cost is worth the price as you don't end up throwing so many out. The colours last well and come in a great range. Delica beads are about twice the price of standard size 11 seed beads but they are slightly smaller so you get more for your dollar.
My first ever project was a mammoth task as I got it in my head that I wanted to make a picture of my youngest daughter as a baby. I had purchased a program called Beadcreator that you could design your own patterns with or use photos that converted to a bead pattern. I wanted to do a photo conversion so off I went. I learnt alot! Computer programs are clever but they cannot deal with the finish of beads effectively and I just took what the program gave me and went to it. The end product is kinda cool (see badly taken photo) but its mismash because different finishes lead to some parts jumping out and some parts receding in the pattern. It is also very hard to photograph with light hitting the piece and refracting off all over the place. This piece took a LONG time...even at several hours a day. This is where I built patience and branded myself with some sort of crazy compulsive disorder!! The piece is about 50 cm high and 45 cm wide and my favorite aspect it that it feels like fabric and I can just roll it up...glass that can be rolled is pretty cool!
I now use the delicas to make mi nature kimonos after being inspired by Madelyn Ricks and Sharmini Wirasekara over at mostlyglass
This is a quarter of the back of the current piece I am weaving - a gift for my spiritual teacher based on the Taj Mahal.
And here is my teacher in delicas
So its really cool what you can do!
I started importing the delicas along with size 11 Miyuki seed beads when I could not get what I wanted in New Zealand for the price and quality beads I wanted. There are hundreds of delica colours and I stock just over 100 of them so it makes it really hard to choose colours. I want to start playing more with blending finishes so I can get an artistic 3D look out of a 2D image but I also like making 3D shapes such as woven flowers and the beading around cabachons.
If anyone wants to know more about these magic beads please feel free to ask and I will do my best...Cheers...Lynne
I'm looking for suggestions for themes for our YOJ projects. Preferably one word (as it makes interpretation wider). I have a few left in my kitty, but could do with stocking it up!
FYI, when I do the YOJ theme draw on the 1st of each month, I literally draw them out of a hat (well, not a hat...more like a Caithness crystal vase, if you want the truth LOL!). So the theme for each month is just as much of a surprise to me as it is to you!
So, if you have any one-word suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below :)
Pouring with rain here...very miserable. Hope you're warmer, wherever you are!
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
This is my first post here. Woohoo, Thanks Amanda :). I wanted to show you all what I have been up to and ask for some opinions on them. I love them but do others is the question! Lol. I thought I would sell them for $10 each? I have posted 2 pictures, one taken in daylight(the one with the small number) and one taken just now (the colours dont show up as good). Any comments would be great thank you :)
Hope you all had a great day and hugs to all. :)
When I have some more pictures I will figure out how to upload those to the blog.
Have a great day everyone I am off to make another coffee and do some more beading.
Here are my new pieces (yet to be uploaded to my website...a job for another day!). May I just say, once again, how much I am loving working with Delica's! They're AWESOME! They make peyote so much easier :)
This is an earring...second one to follow shortly LOL!
This is a pair of pale purple/pale pink earrings:
And this is the button I've been trying to peyote around (prior to the lovely Delica's arriving! Note to self: never use second-rate seed beads again for work like this!). And yes, I made matching earrings (of course!! LOL).
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I'm keen to organise the next one using Vanessa's proposed theme...
Once this one is out of the way, I'll post the details again and get an idea of who's interested.
As to what I've been up to - more peyote!! Been having so much fun with Lynne's lovely delica's, which arrived yesterday :) Man, what a difference peyoteing (sp?) with the "proper" delica's - so uniform, they make the work look fantastic! And the colours are sooooo purrrrdy :)
Pics to come - but for now I'll just say that FINALLY (after 3 tries previously with cheap beads and without a clue as to what I was doing, IE: making the first row too tight) I have managed to peyote around a pretty button I have. And it looks fab! Like I say, pics to follow (hopefully tonight, if all goes well!).
Hope everyone has a lovely creative day...and keeps warm...it's freezing cold here!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Must look at downloading a photo.
For once, my idea came pretty early on in the month, so here's my Square piece (for the new blog!):
If you're still struggling...here's something that might just help...
I just so love it and many thanks to you. Well done sweet!!!
It will be nice to just pop in here with out "restrictions" and have our say.
We from the draconion TM forum appreciate your hard work, beady hugs to you. Oh before I forget please have a look at my beaded bead earrings I listed on TM, he he ... aka ladygray
How liberating to say that!!!
I'll get this ball rolling by waxing lyrical about the great job Amanda has done in getting this blog together...well done girl!!...
We praise alot at the beadhive diva headquarters, aka 'Trademe NZ' but it really is justified...This community is a great team. I feel inspired to write here, and that is saying alot considering I have a nice site and blog already. Unfortunately I am uninspired to say or add much there at all. I like community and at times its just nice to sink into those arms that some other magic woman has created, like a hot soapy bath that hubby has run for you. I really appreciate that I can just come and hang out here, so thanks so much Amanda...I am breathing easy:-)).
Having said that, I did gasp a little at having ' not much' at the end of my link to 'Beadweaver'. Time to get my 'shit' together me thinks. I had Beadweaver made by a fabulous American chicky over a year ago, specifically to sell my beads. Alas I have never followed through and decided to just stick to trademe as 'point of sale'. Instead I now feature 'Leeanne' and her wonderful pieces of jewellery. I do intend to add other artists (including myself) as the 'tiny bead' fiends reveal themselves.
I have been very quiet on the tiny bead front...things are busy with a new job as local Arts Worker a few hours a week and setting up my dance movement fitness classes here in little old Golden Bay. I am working on a minature kimono however and the final sleeve is in progress. I will post pics when I get a moment.
Happy blogging everybody!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here, we can post pics of our designs in the bead swaps or Year of Jewellery pieces, or just share what we've been up to with each other.
Bring on the creative genius that is the Beadhive Diva's!!