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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: New goodies on: April 17, 2014 09:16:58 PM
Gorgeous!  I really love the spikes!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / The Most Amazing Beaded Thing Ever on: April 17, 2014 09:15:32 PM
http://www.beadinggem.com/2012/04/amazing-huichol-bead-work-on-wheels.html

I shed to share this article!  I can't believe they beaded an entire Volkswagen bug, plus the spiritual meaning in the designs is breathtaking.  Smiley

I figured other beaders here would love to see this.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Mother (in-law) is Love on: April 10, 2014 12:22:22 AM
Gorgeous!  I bet she treasures it!  The colors are so nice, and I adore the butterflies.  Nice work!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Bubbles on: April 09, 2014 12:31:19 AM
Thanks so much! 
I cheated on these, I finally tried using a short needle to connect all of the faces.  It worked great once I realized it was short and stopped stabbing my fingers with it.  Cheesy 
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Bubbles on: April 08, 2014 11:06:08 AM
It seemed to go really quickly since I had the mirror pattern.  It gets tedious to me when I have to do the same one a million times but this broke up the monotony. 
I think it took a couple of weeks working a few hours each night.  This was actually more fun than the star sphere I did before since I had two types to make. 

Credit for the reverse colors goes to the pattern book, their original was a solid black and solid gold meant to be Egyptian themed.  I liked the lapis color with the shiny gold, since it looked more thematic to me.  Cheesy
Then someone pointed out it is blue and gold, UAF colors, and I was sort of less than enthused.  At least my colors are shiny.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rainbow Creators! on: April 08, 2014 10:49:17 AM
After pulling my head out of 3d beading land, I realized I needed to make something for a couple of friends birthdays.  
No rest for the wicked busy.

So I decided to make some crystal window dangles.   Both friends have dogs, and I wanted to entertain the pets too.

Here is a new one I just made for another April birthday:


Sam loves red, and has a window full of prisms, so I know she will adore it.  There it is I. The box for gifting.


And the full length



Kat is a really neat lady, she helps a lot of other people and has one of those brilliantly colorful personalities.  She got some extra colored beads for her hanger.  She also has a sun room with very tall windows, so it will fit nicely.

This picture came out a little darker.  It's hard to photograph crystals.  


Bianca raises rabbits, so she has rabbits included in her hanger.  

I ran the line through a few times and added other seed beads to give it texture on the dangly part.


Those were fun.  I have one more to go before my trip too.  Whew.  No more travel in April for me,  too many deadlines!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Double Bubbles on: April 08, 2014 10:26:24 AM
Some time ago I finished this project, but didn't get around to post pictures.   


I made a set of conjoined orbs! 


It was really neat, as you actually bead both around each other as you go. 


They aren't huge either....  The single serving oatmeal cup was the best thing I had for scale.  Don't mind the stovetop.  It's the only decent place to take pictures in my house. 

This is all peyote stitch with thread.  No wire. 

This was another pattern from The Beaded Sphere.  I did swap the colors though.  The blue is lighter with a more translucent look- a lapis shade, with a shiny gold.  Awesome book, the technique is well worth learning! 

I'm trying something totally off the grid as my next major one.  Kepler polyhedrons, anyone? 
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: making resin dull on: March 27, 2014 10:50:34 PM
Could you lightly and gently scratch the surface with some abrasive cloth?  Like one of those rock cloth things?  You would have to be really gentle so the face doesn't get ruined, but it is a thought. 
Or maybe get some soft beach sand in a small container and lightly swirl each face in it a bit until it scuffs up the shine?
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Turtle cross stitch on: March 24, 2014 03:24:33 AM
Great turtle!  I love your colors and the stylized design!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needlepoint yarn recommendations on: March 10, 2014 06:48:09 PM
Actually the store my Mom visited does do online ordering. 
They don't have a huge webpage, but I think if you email them asking about the pattern they will do an online order somehow. 
She visited Grace Robinson in Freeport, ME.  Their webpage is : 
http://www.yarnandneedlepoint.com

Annnnd if you prefer a regular piece rather than the brick, they do have both a lobster and a crab on the tablecloth background...  Plus so many more neat things.  Also, I think NeedleCrossings has a retailer list too on their webpage.  If you get one, let me know which!  (And what type of yarn or thread or whatever you use.  I'm still trying to figure out if I can get away with pearl cotton or not since it's about the only thing I can get in town for needle point.)
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