I tried something a little different over the long Whitsun weekend - I've been fascinated by the focal beads - large, often quite elaborate and/or unusually shaped beads that can form the heart of a piece of jewellery or be worn on their own as pendants - created by various bead artists for some time now, so I finally decided to try and make some myself. Most of the focal beads I've seen are lampwork beads, but lampworking sounds kinda scary (not to mention expensive, equipment-wise), so I opted for something different and bought myself Christi Friesen's books on polymer clay projects
instead. And some polymer clay, obviously.
And so after lots of kneading and shaping and sticking things together and mashing them back up again, followed by extensive crouching before the oven to keep ad eye on the temperature and make sure the stuff wasn't going to explode or something if it got too hot, I ended up with these two pieces:( Dragon and CatCollapse )
All in all, I'm quite happy with how they turned out, given that the last time I did anything remotely related to this kind of thing was some 20 years ago and involved playdough...
I uploaded a couple of new pictures... once I got comfortable with doing Peyote stitch after a few of the Delica cylinder-necklaces I've already shown you, I tried my hand at some pendants made from Svarovski crystals framed in Delica beads stitched with circular Peyote. This is a bit trickier than the simple cylinder beads, especially once you get to the part of fitting the crystal into the ring of Delicas and beading the other side to close it, but I figured it out eventually.
So here are the pendants I've made so far:( Crystal and purpleCollapse )( Red and silverCollapse )( Blue and silverCollapse )( Crystal and hematiteCollapse )
Oh, and also? A little life lesson for people doing beadwork:
Empty Tic Tac boxes are excellent containers for small beads, especially the mints because they've got clear plastic.
Full Tic Tac boxes are also a good thing, because Tic Tacs are yummy.
However, while doing beadwork, you might want to avoid placing the Tic Tac box containing actual Tic Tacs right next to the box containing beads.
And for the record, no, I haven't eaten a bead yet. Came pretty close to a couple of times, though.
I've uploaded a few new picturs - in addition to lots of jewellery, I also made a few beaded boxes
again, and instead of working off patterns tried making my own designs for the first time - very simple ones for now, ranging from some geometrical patterns to a small flower and some fish. I'd like to try something more elaborate one of these days, but I haven't yet quite got there yet.
Anyway, here are the new boxes:( Blue PatternCollapse )( Green PatternCollapse )( FlowerCollapse )( FishCollapse )
It seems to me that for some reason, these photograph better under the same conditions than the jewellery does. Maybe because there's fewer of the highly shiny beads in there...
It's been a while since the last time I posted any pictures - I've been rather busy with preparations these last few weeks, since I participated in my very first tiny little local art and crafts fair this weekend with my jewellery and bead figures. I have to admit I was a bit nervous before, but all in all it actually went quite well.
Perhaps not surprisingly, it turns out it's the bead figures and boxes that draw the most attention, but the jewellery that actually sells well.
Anyway, I of course took pictures of everything before I put it up for sale, and so I've finally got something to show again, once I've sorted through and uploaded everything.
I'll start with a few more of the beaded cylinder necklaces again - they're my favourite at the moment, and were also the ones that sold best.( Haematite and silverCollapse )( Dark purple and silverCollapse )( Red, silver and haematiteCollapse )
I've got to find a better way to photograph these, though; the lighting rather messes with the colours.
Am still making new jewellery, but since I haven't yet gotten around to taking pictures of the newer stuff (somehow I never seem to manage to think of it when the light is actually right), I dug around in some older pictures of my beaded animals which I already took a while ago, but have never posted so far. I've already shown you my little collection of dragons, and here's now something rather similar, because as we all know...( ...everything is better with DINOSAURS!Collapse )
Speaking of Jurassic Park
, making these little bead dinosaurs actually made me go looking for the movies and watch all three of them again - I hadn't seen them in years, but my reactions hadn't really changed much. I loved the first one when first I saw it as a kid (it was the first movie I actually went to see more than once), and I still find it enjoyable. The third, on the other hand, I actually find to be a bit boring for a ZOMG BIG SCARY MONSTERS ARE GOING TO EAT US ALL kind of film. However, it's the second one that still kinda makes me scratch my head, because you know that something has not gone quite right in the transmission of message from filmmaker to audience, aka me, when you are aware that you're supposed to root for the small group of intrepid heroes/main characters to escape the countless dangers alive, and yet you find yourself spending most of the movie wishing
for half of them to get eaten already.
A couple of new pictures - I found a book called Little Bead Boxes
a while ago and thought they looked nice, plus the idea that you could make boxes only out of beads (and thread, of course) rather fascinated me. I wasn't sure how it would work out at first - this was the first time I'd tried any beadwork with stitching instead of stringing beads on brass wire, but the book works well enough for beginners, and I learned Peyote stich quickly, which eventually convinced me to start on simple jewellery as well.
Anyway, the patterns for all these boxes are either from the book itself or from the author's homepage - I'd like to try my hand at designing a few of my own some time, but haven't gotten quite that far yet.( CatCollapse )( FishCollapse )( FlowerCollapse )( LighthouseCollapse )( StarCollapse )
So, in keeping with my resolution to actually start using this journal more regularly again, I've uploaded a few more pictures of the beadwork I've done in the past few months.
First of all, I made a tree. ( Well, a small one anyway.Collapse )
Last November, I also found a new booklet with instructions for a little ( angel and devil.Collapse )
Now, every year at the beginning of the Advent season, my hometown does a little Christmas market with all kinds of Christmas decorations and, most importantly, several tonnes of cookies, and since the little angels fit the theme rather nicely, ( I made them a set.Collapse )
Anwway, once I was done with those ten, I figured I'd add a couple of the little imps as well, but I only had enough time left ( for three.Collapse )
So I believe the word we're looking for here is ( outnumbered.Collapse )
Anyway, as much as I enjoy beadwork, mass-producing little angels (and there's a sentence you don't get to say often...) can get a bit repetitive, so I took to having a video running on my computer in the background while I was working to keep me entertained, and as I found out, what you're watching while making bead figures can be rather important. I started out with Love Actually
and Ice Age
, which worked out fine, but switching to the last pre-winter hiatus Supernatural
episode afterwards ( made me go off-pattern a bit.Collapse )
Heh. Couldn't help myself. I kept that one, though.
And now for something completely different, I rather wonder what strange part of my brain comes up with my dreams sometimes. Point in case, I recently had a dream that plunged me into the middle of what appeared to be a crossover of Star Trek
and Emergency Room
of all things. There was even a rather convoluted plot of some kind, though I don't really remember much about it expect that at one point, Miles O'Brien and Peter Benton were arguing about something technical, and I'm pretty sure Benton won.
Even though he's a doctor, not an engineer.
I realise I haven't updated in ages - I'm afraid there's not much news sims-wise here; I'd hoped that that the release of SIMS 3 this summer would rekindle my interest in all things sims and give me new things to explore and figure out, but so far it hasn't quite worked out that way. The new game has a number of nice new features, but overall it just hasn't been quite intriguing for me to want to deal with EA's usual plethora of bugs and issues long enough to get to the good parts. Personally, I blame the pudding faces. Though perhaps some new expansion pack or the growing number of downloads will change that at some point.
In the meantime, however, it's not as if my creative energy has gone away, it's just been redirected pretty much exclusivly to beadwork lately - and so I now present you ( Dumbledore, with FawkesCollapse )
For Christmas presents this year (well, last year, really), I also started learning how to make simple jewellery projects and beaded boxes stitched with nylon thread, and pricked my fingers a lot
in the process. However, I haven't gotten around to taking pictures of the results yet - the jewellery and boxes, that is, not my bleeding fingers ;-)
I made another new bead figure - I gave Harry a beaded friend last time, so I figured it would now be time for ( someone a little less friendly...Collapse )
Also, an open letter of sorts -
please rest assured that you're very dear to my heart. You've supplied me with countless hours of entertainment in the form of books, CDs and DVDs promply and reliably, and your services are very much appreciated. And while I know your main reason for doing it is because you want to sell more stuff, so are your recommendations of new things you think I might like based on what I bought from you before.
That being said, however? Please stop recommending me Twilight
. I'm starting to take this personally.
Behold, I have learnt to take sharp pictures of small things close up.
, anyway - there's still the occasional fuzzy bit here and there, but still, definite progress. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions in the last post, and especially to cutecoati
for the actual hands-on demonstration! *hopes she'll actually see
this post this time*
*jumps up and down and waves arms wildly to get cutecoati
So, here's some more of The Shiny...( Harry gets a haircut...Collapse )( ...and a friend.Collapse )( And some better pictures of the dragonsCollapse )
Has LJ been acting up for anyone else during the last couple of hours?
I took up a new hobby a couple of months back - making miniature figures (animals mostly, with the occasional little people and flowers) out of little glass seed beads strung on brass wire. I used to make them according to patterns from various craft books so far, but now - after assembling quite a little menagerie - finally decided it was time to try my hand at designing my first very own simple little bead figure.
And ended up with this...( Does this little guy look in any way familar to you?Collapse )
And on a completely unrelated note, can anyone here help me out and tell me which Buffy
episode it was that had Buffy doubling over with laughter after having been told that - "Harmony has minions?
( Is it bad to be proud of scarring someone?Collapse )
On a different note, have a random poll to satisfy my curiosity of the “Am I the only one doing this?” variety:
When you click on a link, and the site does not open properly/too slowly, will you try again by pressing the mouse button harder?
Don't think so.
Now that you mention it, yes.
No. Why would I do that? The force used to press the mouse button does not influence the speed at which a website opens in any way; what you're suggesting doesn't make any sense.
Yes. And I'm also one of those people who frantically tilts their *enter handheld video game console of your choice here* left and right when playing a game of good old-fashioned plain Tetris.
Nope, there’s been no mistake with the subject line. I know it’s been forever – for various reasons, the imp in my computer and I have been away from the world of Sims for some time, but now we’re back, and with the imp having just settled comfortably into a new home, i.e computer, I guess there’s nothing to do but to jump right back in where we left off months ago. To recap quickly – in the last two parts, the Timeturner gang first convinced Lily to buy a vacation home to distract her from her quest for vengeance against the aliens
, and then set off with some guests to explore their new holiday domicile
. And so we’re back now for part thre…( ... in which Luna goes looking for Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, and finds something else entirelyCollapse )
|( House 5.18 – Comments and questionsCollapse )
Overall, I have to say - I like most of the cast of House
with a few notable exceptions, but in that episode I wouldn't have minded too
much if they all had just gone home for the day expect for House. Because it's House. With a cat. What more could you want?
In other news, I'm a bit late to the party , but I finally managed to watch last week's new episode of SPN after the hiatus, seeing as I didn't get around to during the weekend, so…( Supernatural 4.15 - Comments and questionsCollapse )
And speaking of being late, is anyone watching the new Dollhouse
show? I completely missed the beginning and only now watched the first two episodes, and while I think the premise sounds interested in a creepy sort of way, so far I've not been too impressed. The two episodes I watched weren't bad, really, but not exactly captivating either, so... well, I'll try to catch up soon and see if I start liking it more after a couple of episodes. Am I the only one who's a bit underwhelmed? Does it get better?