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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: 2 new wire trees (pic overload) on: September 06, 2012 04:15:34 PM
KerrieRou, I think the trees here are in the 8-10 inch ballpark.  I'm thinking the mirrors must be 7-8 inches across? 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Three New French Beaded Statement Necklaces (6 pics) on: January 27, 2012 07:54:10 PM
Awesome! Thank you so much, sweets4ever! I'm honored!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Custom Nativity Star on: January 15, 2012 08:47:12 AM
Don't care how big it is  cmouse I'd still put it on my tree. lol!

lol! Cheesy Go you!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Custom Nativity Star on: December 10, 2011 07:36:53 AM
Wow, just gorgeous.  I would love this for my tree.

Thanks! I'm so glad you like it! I'm not sure it'd fit on your tree, though.  Did you notice that it's 10 inches tall? Tongue I know it doesn't look that big in the pictures. Even if I adapted to be a tree topper, it would need a really big tree! 
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Custom Nativity Star on: December 04, 2011 07:44:02 AM
Thanks everyone!  I hope to have pictures of the star in its new home in another week or so.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Custom Nativity Star on: November 27, 2011 11:24:30 AM
A local lady came to me with a very ambitious commission idea- she wanted me to create a 10 inch tall nativity star that she would gift to her church, which has a completely hand-crafted nativity scene (but had been using an inexpensive store-bought star). 

This was a challenge! I've never made a single piece that big, and stars are challenging for my techniques because they're made for curvy, natural flower shapes.  She wanted silver and gold, and lots of sparkle and "wow".  I used 11/0 square-holed silver lined seed beads in silver and 3 shades of gold. The center is a large swarovski crystal rondelle. The back is reinforced with heavy pieces of wire, making the whole piece really stable.  It was hard work, but I think I pulled it off nicely!

I'd love to hear your thoughts, comments, critiques, whatever! Smiley  Thanks for looking!

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween French Beaded Rose (4 pics) on: October 30, 2011 09:17:50 AM
I have a friend who's birthday is on Halloween.  She's also a beading student of mine, so I knew I wanted to make her something special.  She likes things spooky, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't too Halloween-y so that she could have it displayed all year round. Here's what I came up with!

This is what the whole arrangement looks like.  It barely fit in my light box, so I had a hard time getting a good photo of it.  I balanced the size of the rose with some glass pearls and crystals. 

The rose uses 4 shades of japanese seed beads to create a red fading to black effect.  It's about 6 inches wide. It's pretty heavy.

The vase is actually a wine bottle that I got about a year ago.  I knew it was just waiting for its perfect home!  I added a dark red velvet collar with a bat-shaped bell.

Here's another shot of the rose, this time from above.

The birthday girl was VERY happy!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Three New French Beaded Statement Necklaces (6 pics) on: October 14, 2011 08:51:28 AM
Thanks to everyone who's commented! I love to see how different everyone's preferences are!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Opinions on Photo Background? on: October 14, 2011 08:49:52 AM
I am definitely agreeing with everyone that has said to stay white.   While I do like the brown with this necklace, I have a lot of pieces that are more delicate looking and use much lighter colors, and I think the brown would overpower them.  I guess I just need to play with my lighting some more and make the white work!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Facebook Fan Pages on: October 09, 2011 01:07:10 PM
Mine is www.facebook.com/amy.gaspard.designs

I never thought of using your photo as a banner, but I'm also not that great with graphics.  Still, it's something to think about.  I definitely have a loooong way to go with my page.  I know there's a lot more I could be doing with it, but I have a hard time justifying spending the time on it. Tongue
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