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21  The Little Owl's Tree (3 pics) in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: August 29, 2009 11:55:20 PM
I've finally made another wire tree (and I already have plans for the next one). I tend to buy beads because I like them, and somehow they all eventually find a place. I found these little ceramic owls one day and just thought they were too cute to pass up, and another time, I bought the green fire polished beads thinking they'd be good for a tree, but when I first made a tree with them, I hated it and took it apart. Months later, I tried again and this is the result. I would love to hear your thoughts!

The Little Owl's Tree:

The Little Owl himself:

The roots and trunk:

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22  Re: 44 Cents Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: July 01, 2009 07:48:07 PM
Alrighty! I received from calsters a few days ago and from plucky1_08 today, so now I'm posting pictures of both of their envelopes! Smiley

First up is the envelope from calsters:

She sent some beautiful notecards in colors that are just right for me, a couple of stamped bookmarks (I LOOOOVE the tree and birdy one!), some fun star stickers, and a truly awesome scratch and sniff gummy worm bookmark (too cool!). Thanks so much!!! Smiley

Next up is the one from plucky1_08 (not as good of a picture... sorry):

She sent some pretty ribbons, some pretty blue seed beads, confetti and halloween-themed foam stickers, some stickers with messages on them (they'll be good for making cards!), awesomely cool watch stickers (I was hoping I'd get some of them like calsters did!), snowman and floral stickers.

My favorite item from her is this lovely beach bookmark:

The back is pretty swirly blue with the word "RELAX" at the bottom. I mentioned that I love beaches, but I didn't mention that I've been having stomach problems due to stress, so I have been trying so hard to find ways to relax and let go! This bookmark will be perfect to put in one of my stress management books. Tongue

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23  Re: One Tiny Thing 22 (OTT 22) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: June 27, 2009 12:28:44 PM
I received from phoenixfiredesigns a few days ago and now I get to show off my lovely loot! Be prepared to be really really jealous!

Inspired by my "tree" theme and an item in my wist, she created this gorgeous tree of life pendant! It's made with rainbow moonstone (love!) and swarovski crystals. Here's a pic she took:

And here's some action shots:

It's truly gorgeous! When I got it, I just kinda sat and looked at it for a while, admiring the moonstone and the lovely shape of it. Honestly, this pendant is even prettier than the one in my wist (which I need to take out now. Tongue)

Thanks sooooo much PFD! Cheesy
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24  Re: Tree Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: June 23, 2009 06:32:11 PM
I know many of you thought this swap gallery was over, but it's not! Cheesy I've received my angel package from littlegreendragonfly! I've never gotten a package from Australia, so that was really cool all by itself. Check out all the amazingly neat-o stuff she sent me!

There's a super cute little bag that I LOVE and will come in handy when I travel (for crafty items, perhaps?). The big thing on the right is a magnetic chalkboard! The top of it got accidently cut off when I opened my package with scissors (I tried to open it by ripping, but it was impossible and I was impatient! Tongue). I will have to trim it a little bit so that it looks curved again. She also made a little felt tree eraser and a chalk holder, both with magnets on the back. There are embossed tree hookey-things (sooo pretty, but I couldn't get a good pic!) and a neat little squeegee (how do you spell that???) for my car, which I KNOW will come in handy. Last fall/winter I had so much trouble with dew and melted ice.

This journal is GORGEOUS. It has a little texture to it and I dunno, I just LOVE it. I'm a journal fan, though I never actually keep a journal, but I like to keep books like this on hand for notes and things. I usually use 3 different ones at once. Tongue

AWESOME hand-made blank notecards that I'm DEFINITELY using. I've been wanting more notecards and I like handmade ones best. My favs are the one with the stars and the one with the black square (it's a mini chalkboard!).

She also sent me a package of Tim-Tams, which are the most amazing dark chocolate cookie-thingys in the WORLD. I was amazed that they made it halfway around the world without melting, and then I tried them and I was like "omg can she send me more???" They are made in Australia. Smiley

Everything was wonderful and I am SOOOO appreciative to have such a wonderful angel! Thank you so so so very much, littlegreendragonfly!
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25  Re: One Tiny Thing 22 (OTT 22) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: June 23, 2009 06:17:27 PM
Is the tree attached to the stone?  Did you drill a hole in the stone?  This has always dumbfounded me since I have never seen one 'in real life'.  Simply lovely. 

The tree is carefully glued to the rock with E-6000 and the rock is glued to the ornament with hot glue (because I don't have a good method for holding the rock to the ornament long enough for the glue to set). I don't even own a drill, so there are no holes Tongue

I would like to learn too.  Is there a tutorial that anyone knows of? 

I don't know of any tutorials. I kinda make it up as I go. I wish I could write a tutorial, but I think that wouldn't work out too well because 1) I often don't use a pattern at all and do the whole thing by feel, as I did for this one and 2) There would be too many steps to type out and I'm just not that great at describing things in words. Sad However, if anyone is near or in Columbus, Ohio, I do teach classes.

Speaking of classes, doing this project inspired a class I'll be offering at my local bead store this fall/winter! It's the same idea, but winter themed with swarovski crystals as the "leaves," white sand acting as "snow" on the rock and roots, and thin ribbon wrapped around the sides to hide the seam of the ornament (I wish I'd thought to do that for your tree, pheonix!). So here's a picture of my winter ornament!

Also, here's another picture of the PFD's tree, just at a different angle (I had a problem with glares too!):

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26  French Beaded Butterfly Mobile in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: June 01, 2009 06:50:31 PM
I know I haven't posted for a while. I've been feeling creatively blocked lately. However, I'm starting to get back into the groove of things and I'm excited about some upcoming projects.

The butterfly mobile was an idea given to me by the owner of the shop where a lot of my work is on consignment. I took the idea and RAN with it. The owner (Deb) was very happy with the result, and I am too. The only thing I don't like is that I can't do complete justice to it in photos because my light box is white and so is most of the mobile!

I used the inner hoop of an embroidery hoop (wrapped in a solid white and then sheer sparkly white ribbon)for the round support. The beads for the butterflies are all size 11, and the main color is rainbow crystal. There are three "secondary" colors- light gold, pink rainbow, and purple rainbow. The upper most butterfly has pink and gold, then the next one down is pink and purple, and the lowest is purple and gold. Each butterfly has a swarovski crystal for its "head." The other beads are glass pearl, swarovski, and a mix of other glass beads.

I know what you're thinking. Enough already! Show us the pics! Ok ok Wink Here you go. If you have any questions, comments, feedback, etc. of any kind, I'd love to hear it! If people like this one, I may make a "boy" version with shades of blue and with dragonflies. Oh! And as an important note-- *This is NOT intended to be in the reach of children! It's for decoration only!*

The whole thing:

Closeup of uppermost butterfly:

Closeup of middle butterfly (with lower butterfly in the background):

Thanks for looking! Smiley

Edit: I used crimps on jewelry wire stuff to secure the beads in their places. Is this secure enough? Can I trim the wire below the lowest crimp really short so that there's less pokey stuff? I'm not a jewelry-technique person. Tongue
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27  Re: FOC 2nd Chance wishlist swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: April 29, 2009 06:05:31 PM
I got SOOOO spoiled by kluckingbear!

The first thing I saw when I opened my package made me so so very happy! She sent me BEAUTIFUL etched wine glasses. They're clear with little frosty flowers swirling around. They are so so so pretty, and I tried really hard to get a decent picture, but was completely unsuccessful. The glass is too shiny! All I got was glare. Sad Kluckingbear, if you have pics, please post them. They're PERFECT. Now when my mom and her boyfriend come to visit this summer, I'll have enough glasses (4) for all of us and my boyfriend to have wine together! Thanks SO much!

Next, I found these adorable little crochet balls filled with catnip for my kitties. I immediately tossed on at my older kitty, who is CRAZY for catnip, and sure enough, she went nuts!

Kitty approved!

I also got this gorgeous reusable shopping bag! It's sooo perfect for me! The mix of patterns with all those earthy tones... I would have picked this out for myself if I'd seen it at a store. I love the matching patchwork on the handle.

Think that's plenty? There's more!  She sent me a cool pendant making kit with everything I need to make 4 glass pendants! I'm so excited! There was also this neat little box... filled with buttons (and more buttons, and more buttons)!

Annnnnd... beads! Lots and lots of them! My favorite are some silver-lined light green beads (in the middle) that are BEGGING me to use them for something magical.

Did I get spoiled or what?

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28  Bubbles and Butterflies bonsai, mini bonsai (3 pics) in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: April 26, 2009 07:40:26 PM
I made some new wire bonsai wire sculptures. Smiley

This one is called "Bubbles and Butterflies." The butterflies are little swarovski crystals that glitter in the sunshine and really bring magic to this tree. It's mounted on a piece of slate that also sparkles just the slightest bit.

Close-up so that you can see the butterflies:

This one is made from brown copper wire and peridot chips. I knew I had to do something with this neat little river rock one day. I love the lighter brown stripe down the center.

Comments, critiques, or any feedback is always welcomed and heard. Smiley
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29  Swarovski Cherry Blossom Tree (4 pics) in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: April 05, 2009 05:37:58 PM
I know I just shared 2 new trees (I feel like a forum hog! I'm so sorry!) but I just had to share this one. I hope you don't mind. I've been working on it slowly for over a month and will be entering it into the 2009 Fire Mountain Beading Contest.

Here's what it's made of:
26 gauge brown copper wire
Around 110 pink and white flower-shaped swarovski crystals
translucent green "Ming Tree" seed beads- size 11
Rainbow crystal and rainbow pink "Ornela" czech seed beads- size 11

...then it's mounted on a 3 lb rock covered with sheet moss, which is mounted to a moss-covered wooden base. This base holds a glass dome that fits over it (see pictures below).

While this is a contest entry and I can't change it, I would still love to hear any critique you have of it so that I can continue to improve in future works.

Edit: This tree has been selected as a finalist in the Fire Mountain contest and is now in the mail on the way to Oregon to be judged in person. I'm really nervous about it making such a long trip! I know I did everything I can to make it stable, secure, and well-packed... but I guess I don't trust postal workers. Tongue

Here it is!

With the glass dome on and lots of glare:

Close-up on the crystals:

The Roots:

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30  2 new wire trees (pic overload) in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: April 02, 2009 05:04:19 PM
I usually mount my trees on rocks, but I thought it might be cool to try mounting them on a mirror. They turned out kinda modern and fantasy-like. Here's the 2 I've made:

(1)This one was bought by the owner of my local bead store to be displayed in the store (and now I'll be teaching a class on it too!)

Here's how the roots look on the mirror:

Close-up on the beads:

(2)This one was made for the current Tree Swap for digital misfit:

Some of the beads:

What do you think? Comments and criticism is always welcome. I'm always looking for ways to improve!
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