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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Itty Bitty Birdy Beads? on: February 19, 2009 05:09:56 AM
I'm looking for some little bird beads to try putting in my wire trees and was wondering if anyone knows where I can find any. They would need to no bigger than 15mm long. I'm open to colors and materials since I have no idea what's available. I would prefer that the hole be cut horizontally along the bottom of the bird, but I think I could work with a vertical hole if I need to. Help?
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rose for Art Trade on: February 10, 2009 07:32:27 PM
I made this piece for someone on deviantART for my half of an art trade. I'm getting this AMAZING copper tree: http://Rhed-Dawg.deviantart.com/art/Copper-wire-willow-tree-84426023 . I wanted to create something different from what I usually do, so I experimented with shading the petals, using a new leaf shape, and creating a totally different shape. I'm not 100% satisfied, but it sounds like Evey (who's receiving it) is happy, so I'm happy. Smiley She told me she has a somewhat classic/traditional style, so I combined that idea with my own artistic approach. She asked for a rose.

This piece is about 9 inches tall and took me around 12 hours to finish. It's made with 26 gauge copper wire, 11/0 czech seed beads, and glass pearls. The vase has a great "crackle" effect that you can't see from the picture, but it's gorgeous.

The arrangement:


The "artsy close-up":


33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Down by the Sea Tree on: February 08, 2009 08:27:47 PM
I'm taking a little break from flowers and playing around with some fun ideas for my wire trees. This one is made with 26 gauge floral wire and an assortment of mostly teal (with red, brown, blue, and white) glass beads. It's mounted on a large shell (yep, it's a real one, and so pretty, too!).  The whole thing stands about 6 inches tall.

I saw these beads and it just took me back to the beach. I grew up around beaches (my dad was navy), and now the only water in sight is a small river (in central Ohio). I definitely miss the beach. Sad

I would love feedback of any kind on this tree, since a lot of it is new ideas. How do you like the different shapes and sizes of the beads? What do you think of the shell? Do you like the whimsical feel of the whole thing, or is it overboard? Please don't be scared to be honest. My skin's made of steel. Smiley

<3 Amy


34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Charm Bracelet on: January 28, 2009 05:06:38 AM
I've wanted a charm bracelet for a while, so I finally decided to just make myself one. I have all these charms that I love but didn't have any projects for them! I like simple and elegant, so I used a silver/glass/pearl color scheme. I think a lot of the charms represent me. I'll talk about that in a minute, but first- the pictures!




There's lots of little leaves and flowers because I love nature and create french beaded flowers and wire trees. I have 2 little chinese coins because I collect foreign coins (I have over 600 coins from about 80 countries). There's also some dice, not because I believe in luck but because I believe that life is really random, a kitty cat head (I have 2 kitties), a charm that says "laugh," and various other little beads and things- silver, glass, swarovski crystal, and glass "pearls." I love the way it jingles on my wrist. Smiley
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / French Beaded Wedding Bouquets (Pic Heavy!) on: January 20, 2009 01:04:31 PM
I created these 2 bouquets and boutonniere for a local bride in Columbus, Ohio. I just thought I'd share them with all of you. I think they came out beautifully, and I know she'll treasure them for a long long long time. She's having an outdoor daytime wedding, so these are just going to sparkle out there. Each one is made from size 11 czech seed beads and also contains glass pearls and swarovski crystals. If you have any questions about them, let me know! French Beaded Flowers are still a little known art that I think more people should be seeing and using. Smiley

The Bride's Bouquet:



The Matron of Honor's Bouquet:



The Best Man's Boutonniere (the groom will be in military dress and can't wear one):
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Flower Haircombs on: January 20, 2009 05:53:15 AM
I found some plain haircombs at JoAnn's and decided to put french beaded flowers on them using some new techniques I've learned that greatly reduce the amount of leftover wire, allowing me to create big flowers without all the bulk. I found these pretty czech glass buttons and just went with them.  If I had long hair, I would soooo be wearing them.  I would love to hear your comments and critiques. Is there anything you don't like about them? Is there something different you'd like to see?

The button in the center of this one reminded me of mardi gras. The flower is made with gold size 13 charlotte cut czech beads and red-lined topaz (pink) size 11 czech.





This blue one also has a czech glass button in the center. I experimented with petal shapes for this flower and think it came out kinda neat. I think this one would look great with a pair of blue jeans. It's made with size 11 czech beads. The inside petals are clear with blue wire underneath.





Thanks for looking!
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Gold Rose on: January 03, 2009 05:05:07 PM
I'm really excited about this piece for two reasons: 1) It's gorgeous. I used size 13 charlotte cut gold beads and applied some great tips I got from a french beading master and it turned out really well. 2) I just made my first light box and I'm excited to show off some photos taken with it!  Comments/Criticism/Any Feedback appreciated!!!




38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Photos for Website/ Online Shops (aka I made a light box!) on: January 03, 2009 04:49:46 PM
When you make stuff out of tiny glass beads, you realize pretty quickly that it's not easy to get good photographs. I've been trying different stuff for months with only mediocre results (and not enough money for professional equipment). So I finally made a light box using this tutorial:http://www.studiolighting.net/homemade-light-box-for-product-photography/ . I used soft white florescent bulbs in 4 shop lights arranged a little differently from the ones in the tutorial.

So my question is, how is the quality of these photos? Is it professional enough to post on etsy or on a personal website, or does it still look amateur? Any feedback is appreciated!

Here's a few of my test shots. They have not been modified in any way except for cropping and retouching out the seam from the back of the box.





Thanks so much!
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super Easy Holiday Wreath Alternative! (pics) on: December 06, 2008 06:28:19 AM
My boyfriend and I thought about getting a wreath, but didn't really like any that were already put together and I didn't feel like making a new one. Sooo I came up with an alternative.





We haven't done the rest of the decorating, so it looks a little plain. We bought a metal milk bucket thingy, 3 pine branches with berries already in them, some pretty red/silver ribbon, and 2 lbs. of rocks. I put the rocks in the bucket, used floral wire to attach the branches together, stuck the branches in the bucket, put some tissue paper in the top of the bucket to keep the branches at the right angle, and then tied the ribbon around the bucket (there's a little tape on the back to keep it from moving). Then I just played with the branches a bit to make sure they look pretty, and ta-da! A dramatic and pretty holiday display that we can have different branches in for different seasons if we want. No nails in our rented walls, no ladder to put the wreath up, no wreaths accidently falling. Smiley
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Slytherin Rose *pic heavy* on: November 30, 2008 09:03:59 PM
I made this for the Harry Potter swap that's going on right now. My partner is a big Snape/Slytherin fan, and since french flower beading is my specialty, I knew I had to make her some kind of flower, so this is what I came up with!



The rose is made from black and silver-lined green 11/0 czech seed beads. I put a peridot-colored swarovski crystal in the center and made silver baby's breath. The stems are covered with embroidery floss. The rose is life size.



The vase was quite a challenge. I wanted to make it look like the rose was sitting in a potion bottle with green potion (which is why the black rose has green edges). I used simulated water colored very slowly and carefully with gel food color. It took 3 vases and 2 bottles of the simulated water to get it right, but now I know the trick! I put tiny green glass pebbles in the bottle for extra weight and just because it looks cool. I love all the little bubbles. If you want to learn how I colored the simulated water, send me a message. I just don't feel like typing a big tutorial right now. Tongue



I put a little charm around the potion bottle. The T is for Tiffany (my partner) and the S is for Severus. Tongue



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