Sunday, March 12, 2006

first pair of earrings & goldstone stringers

cash will get you sterling silver findings
and then you can make earrings.
these are my first.

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2 amber glass seed beads
2 handmade oval tab glass beads
2 gold fresh water pearls
1 lucky roadside smashed bottle cap
& sterling findings.

something that elizabeth of 'More Fire' taught in the intro to flameworking class was how to pull an encased goldstone (aventurine) stringer.

there were pre-made ones in the case, so why bother pulling your own?
but the shopper in my bought a wee bag of goldstone chunks.
besides, the commercial rods were so 'shocky' that it was an adrenaline rush every time you exploded one across the bench.

once i got started, i must have spent 45 minutes pulling multi-colored encased goldstone stringers.

they are gorgeous!

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make some - start with bright transparents, especially grass green and anything pink/violet.
they are twice as bright and so much more satisfying than the "ones in the case."

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

little richard or what i did when i could have been beading...

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my dog napoleon and little richard, they're tight like that.

i had the morning off and i could have been beading, but i had fit of photoshop instead.