I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them. I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet. If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension. Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.
They are only about an inch high.
Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
OK, you guys have motivated me to get my butt in gear. I have communicated with my receiver, peihan17, and already told her I would be sending a few little extras, and I have cooked up my soup, and started on her beaded craft, and the extras.
Here is a little teaser pic. Her package will contain everything in this teaser and a little bit more
I just started using Delicas this past year or two and really love their precision and consistency. The large hole allows for multiple passes of needle and thread too. Previously I used a lot of czech seed beads for off loom weaving, and I probably will continue to use them, but for things where there is a more open weave, like netted projects, or stringing, or where the roundness of the beads doesn't detract from the project, such as a weaving a spiral stitch, right angle weave, etc. But for when there is a need for a tight fabric of beads, or some dimensional work, I would continue to use delicas (or would like to try Toho brand cylinder beads too, if I could get more selection in my neck of the woods).
Here are two things I have done that show the difference between the two.
A star sphere I did with regular seed beads. Note the gaps and and irregularities.
A smaller sized sphere (but with bigger stars) I did with delicas. They fit together like bricks, so it looks more cohesive, and the structure was stronger too.
I LOVE all the detail on the DIO doll, will have to wist that too, and show DH later - he's a huge fan of the man. That shirt and vest are fantastic.
I am sending out today, and aada is not at home right now, and won't be able to open the package until her vacation's over, so she gave me permission to post some pics.
Here is the wrapped package and a montage of the crafted stuff I sent her:
Hopefully wrapped well enough that everything arrives safely.
So the package has Type O Negative glasses with lyrics on one side, and their profiles etched on the other, an Ozzy apron, a personalized water bottle with Cradle of Filth lyrics, and some Opeth shrink plastic stuff, a cuff, a pendent, and a bookmark. For non-metal crafted stuff, I included beaded stuff - necklace, hair doodads, and a bracelet, and chainmaille stitch markers. I also did some KISS coasters, but somehow, in the span of 5 minutes, DH lost them when I asked him to carry them up the stairs for me. We still haven't found them
I got my angel package today!!!!!! What a wonderful surprise it was, especially considering I was feeling pretty sad sack (fell recently and reinjured a previous injury, hobbling around on a cane, missed a concert I had tickets too - wahwahwah).
Thank you Katcal for being my angel - I love you for it, and I love my package. Thank you Dharma_rebel and jca1982 for organizing this swap and arranging for my angel. Thank you all for helping turn my first swap into a positive experience
Anyways, here are my pics of my package.
The whole shebang - a lovely assortment of teas, a coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans (droooooool), a lovely necklace, a tea wallet filled with teas, and a lovely note from my angel, plus a brochure from the company she got the teas/coffee from.
The assortment she got me - the smell when I ripped into the package was amazing.
The necklace with the lovely pendent - what kind of wood is that? I love the texture of it.
My tea wallet - I have been so envious of the lovely wallets I have seen. Now I have my own, and my teas can be transported in the style they deserve ;P
I love the fabrics Katcal used - the pictures don't do it justice, but the colours are very rich and there was a lovely pattern in the black fabric that just doesn't show in the pictures.
Thank you so much Katcal, you really really really are an angel beyond words! XOX
This did not turn out how I conceptualized it, but it's a first draft, and I may try again in the future. I had wanted to make it with a fine green stem with leaves woven along the necklace, and varying sizes of flowers and buds. My smaller flowers weren't shaping up the way I wanted them, and it started to get too bulky, so I abandoned that.
Anyways, it is beaded red poppies gathered on a spiral beaded black necklace. Instead of a clasp, I used lengths of ribbon to make ties so that it can be adjusted - it can be worn either as a choker, or longer as desired. It doesn't look like it, but the bunch of poppies are actually off centre, so that they sit a bit off to the side of the neck, and not dead centre. I used a translucent lustred seed bead, with a hex bead for the spiral necklace, and delicas in some different reds and a galvanized black for the poppies, with a reddish black seed bead to make the centres.
Excuse the crappy pics - they were the best of the bunch and I was having trouble taking pics while balancing on one leg and a cane.
I love the stitch markers that I had made a few years ago, but they were made with a 24 guage copper wire. I am finding, with frequent use, that it is starting to bend and break. So I made these recently, some for myself, and some to add to a swap package.
The top rings are uncut metal rings/shapes from a package of random metal shapes I had bought for jewelry making. They seem pretty sturdy. They have chainmaille mobius balls dangling from some, and encaged facetted glass beads in on others - for when you need to define different areas for knit/crocheted designs. Unfortunately I ran out of that size of glass beads, so those ones will be given away and I will have to make more for myself in the future.