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« on: July 25, 2008 06:00:43 PM »

I started off beading miniature glass ornaments.  I still make them, but I've moved on to slightly bigger things.




this one was made for an ornament swap I took part in.  we were given a list of another person's favorites and were told to incorporate as many as we wanted into an ornament.  my partner's favorite colors were hot pink, aqua, and lime green; one of her favorite movies was "Singin' in the Rain" (hence the tiny aqua colored drops); she loved collecting foreign coins (notice the little replica Chinese coin on the bottom) and I formed the silver wire hanger and loop myself.





I made this for my mom's birthday last year.  her birthstone is topaz, so of course I put topaz Swarovski crystals on this.  it REALLY sparkles when you put a tea light candle in it.  I'm so proud of the clarity of this picture too. Tongue


I have a few other vases beaded up, I just don't have pictures yet.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008 06:19:54 PM »

those are beautiful!!  I can't even imagine the time and patience involved in these; the one you made for the swap is gorgeous, I'll bet your swap partner and your mama both loved them.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008 07:14:01 PM »

those are beautiful!!  I can't even imagine the time and patience involved in these; the one you made for the swap is gorgeous, I'll bet your swap partner and your mama both loved them.

thank you!

my mom loved hers and my swap partner went crazy!  she said (like many others involved in the swap) she didn't want to put hers away just because it wasn't Christmas.  all of the ornaments were too beautiful to save just for Christmas.  I had so much fun making it too.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008 08:05:17 PM »

Wow- that's amazing! Could you recommend a good beading tutorial for beginners? You've inspired me to try this- I doubt mine will ever be this beautiful, though!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008 09:56:51 PM »

Shocked Wow! Shocked nice job, I love the ornaments!
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008 05:28:33 AM »

those are beautiful!!  I can't even imagine the time and patience involved in these; the one you made for the swap is gorgeous, I'll bet your swap partner and your mama both loved them.

My sediments exactly!!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2008 10:06:45 PM »

Wow- that's amazing! Could you recommend a good beading tutorial for beginners? You've inspired me to try this- I doubt mine will ever be this beautiful, though!

well, I got my help from a book actually.  I tried "Jewelry Making and Beading for Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beading, Illustrated" and neither really helped as far as bead weaving.  I went to Borders and found the best book when it comes to bead weaving.  it's called "The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques".  I'm still trying to get the hand of a few weaving techniques, but netting (the type used to decorate my items) is rather easy.  you can even use it to make beautiful jewelry.  the other books have their strengths, but the encyclopedia is the best when it comes to tutorials.  they use close-up color pictures of actual weaving in progress, where the others use drawings or black and white photos.

I've looked around for some good tuts, but it's kinda hard to find one.  some that I've found confused even me.  BUT, maybe this one will help.  http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/n_080900.htm
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2008 10:11:26 PM »

Shocked Wow! Shocked nice job, I love the ornaments!

thank you!

if you look, you can kinda tell which ornaments I did first and which ones were done after a lot of practice.   Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2008 09:17:55 AM »


if you look, you can kinda tell which ornaments I did first and which ones were done after a lot of practice.   Tongue

You can, we can't!!!!!
They are very pretty!!!

Did you buy darkened ornaments,
or did you put in paint of some sort?
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2008 07:17:09 PM »


if you look, you can kinda tell which ornaments I did first and which ones were done after a lot of practice.   Tongue

You can, we can't!!!!!
They are very pretty!!!

Did you buy darkened ornaments,
or did you put in paint of some sort?

lol

eh...I guess you're your own worst critic.   Tongue

yeah.  they came in black.  I was so excited when I saw them and I just had to have them.  black is, after all, my favorite color.  they're from a company named Roman and they're an ornament collection called ColorWorks.  they come in all sorts of colors.  I found mine when a local gift shop had their Halloween display.  you can check out their website and you can even enter your zipcode to see if Roman products are sold near you.  or something that may work better, check eBay.  I've seen people selling the Roman brand as well as other small ornaments.
http://www.roman.com/giftandhome/colorworks.cfm
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LOTS of fabric available too!!
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