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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: New Collage necklaces on: May 19, 2008 04:40:22 PM
Wow, I LOVE those!  Grin Amazing necklaces, great job.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: I made Sand Dollar Pendants Today! YAY! on: May 19, 2008 04:31:30 PM
I ADORE those! Fantastic job!  Grin
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / New flamework - I think I've learned pendants! (pic obese of course) on: May 18, 2008 06:36:14 PM
I've been very busy this weekend, procrastinating and all (i don't want to study for my calculus and chemistry finals on Monday). I got myself a new propane tank after using up my first (I've only been flameworking for 5 months) and I've been trying to teach myself how to make pendants.
Beware of words, they're all over the place here. You can just look at the pictures if you want to skip my silly mindless babble.


I couldn't decide which to put first, so I figured I could put them all! This is everything I've flameworked this weekend with a little ruler (in Inches) for size reference.

My first (successful) implosion pendant! I'd tried little ones from normal 6mm rods, though I could never get the punties to break off and I could NOT make any kind of bail. I still can't get the punties off, but I think I've found a way to make bails. I know some people make little beads and stick them in the kiln then attach the bead to the pendant after they make the pendant part, which I thought would work best.. except I don't have a kiln. So I made the pendant part (with the red flower in it) and then made the little clear bead while holding the pendant on a punty and keeping it warm so it didn't break. I needed like 4 hands, but I managed and now that's what I do.

I also delved into mushroom pendants for the first time! These aren't my first, I made like 4 prior to these, but these are the best. The brown (supposedly Purple Red) mushroom is blah, but i really like the blue mushroom. The blue one is made with a twistie stringer in cobalt and periwinkle. I can't get them centered no matter what, but it's okay because it kinda looks like they are encapsulated and fell over.

 artist who supplies her beads to the shop. Well I saw some new mushroom beads and I knew I HAD to try something like it. I didn't even get close to her amazing mushrooms, but this is okay for a first try. I like the colors, it's like a neon orange and periwinkle (I use a lot of periwinkle because I have a lot of it lol).

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making earrings with large-hole lampwork beads? on: May 18, 2008 02:03:55 PM
I see what you mean, you explained it very well. The 4mm crystals I have are too small and fall through the hole, though. I might get some 6mm in the same color and try that idea, but I'd have to wait until Tuesday to buy anything (the bead shop is like 40 miles away and it's inconvenient for my chauffeur/mom until Tuesday, oh well).

I'll give your idea a try when I can, thank you!  Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making earrings with large-hole lampwork beads? on: May 17, 2008 08:31:11 PM
At a bead show a while ago, i bought these lampwork swirls from Bokamo and knew they had to be earrings. While at their booth, I saw a finished pair of earrings make with swirls of the same style with a piece of chain hanging down through the middle with a crystal at the end. I loved the way it looked and decided to make something similar with the ones i bought, though in my folly I didn't look close enough to see how they got the beads and chain attached to the ear wires.

I have NO idea how to go about making earrings like I want. I tried some idea involving an eye pin swirled around itself to make it more like a large headpin with a way to hang the chain, though it didn't work.

Here's some pictures:

The beads. They're a bit more than an inch and quarter long with what I'm estimating to be a 3/16 hole in the top.

This looks a little weird because I had to ley it down to take a picture, but this is to display what I want to do with the chain. The crystal is on a headpin that I'll loop at the top once I figure out what I'm doing.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what I should do? I'll be using regular French ear wires with a coil and ball (because It's all I have and I don't have a chance to buy anything soon).Any suggestions are greatyl appreciated, thanks!  Grin
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mother's Day Flamework Necklace and other goodies! (pic and word obese) on: May 16, 2008 08:57:11 PM
Hehe, I feel kinda weird sitting here and reading replies right away but whatever.  Grin Personally, I look around YouTube for video tutorials and I tend to look here, at LampworkEtc.com, and WeCanvas.com (i hope that's not considered advertising for other people?  Embarrassed) for photo tutorials.

If I can't find what I need directly from sites I know, I abuse Google and Ask and click on tons of links and links from those pages until I find something cool and feasible (like a recently stumbled upon imploded mushroom pendants by digging through tutorial pages, which I want to work on once I get more propane). I typically have to go through modifying my search strings a couple times before I get some good hits.
I hope that helps, MunLtStmpr!  Wink
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mother's Day Flamework Necklace and other goodies! (pic and word obese) on: May 16, 2008 08:46:16 PM
Oh, i found the link to the tutorial I used for the hearts. Here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=458687

The tutorial recommends using a punty to pull the tail, but personally i have these tweezers with flat ends like 1/4 wide that I use to pull the heart longer with a less abrupt point.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mother's Day Flamework Necklace and other goodies! (pic and word obese) on: May 16, 2008 08:25:49 PM
I recently taught myself how to make hearts from an awesome tutorial (I can't remember where I found it though, and the link is on a different computer sorry) and I made a bunch of hearts, one of which I made beads for to turn into a Mother's Day necklace for Mom! Take a look:

The main heart. I made a black bead and tried to draw light pink swirls on it (which actually came out fairly decent) and then i made it into a heart. I didn't aim for the top/bottom parts of the heart but it turned out pretty cool anyway.

The necklace and clasp. I made 4 matching scribble beads (which actually did match) and i used some really tiny shell heishi and silver plated findings. I got the heishi in New Mexico last summer, I'm glad to have finally used it for something. By the way, this is the first time I've made a matching set of beads and the first time I've used my flamework in a finished piece of jewelry. The heart likes to flip over though, I need to make sure I have less glass on top next time.

I call this my zebra bead. I made a black and white twistie stringer (i've been making lots of those recetnly, but I don't really know how to use them lol). I made a small black bead and was going to wrap the stringer around, but ran out halfway through the bead and had to conseratively paint it on weirdly, which is why one side looks bigger and better than the other. This is ONE bead by the way, just two sides photographed.

This idea came from a botched mushroom bead attempt. Scribbled encased stringer looked pretty cool and I tried to take it a step further here. I tried to make an encased stringer with a gradient which didn't go too well. I had a white base and wrapped transparent green around it and then aqua (over the green a little) then purple (over the aqua a little) and then pulled it into a stringer. All but like 2 inches at either end was blue, oh well. I scribbled it on a lopsided-ish black bead. I think it had some cool depth, but I don't know if I like it yet. (This also is ONE bead, but with many pictures)

The base is caled "Red Purple" on the rod, though it doesn't look purple at all. I used a bright red stringer to scribble before making the heart (I don't know how to draw with stringer yet, that's why I just scribble)

Another heart, I was experimenting with a little flourish on the tail of the heart with this and other hearts i made. Dark transparent blue base with black stringer scribbles, that look purple in the tail.

I love this heart. I made a stringer with yellow wrapped in transparent green to scribble on a black bead for a heart. I made a couple beads to go with it, though they don't really match at all so I'm going to try it again later and probably mix them with Jet and Olivine crystals in some kind of necklace.

Sorry to make you endure my wordiness, I always tend to write too much. Enjoy!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal Earth Bracelet on: May 16, 2008 07:44:58 PM
I made this a while ago, and I think it came out pretty nice, though unfortunately much too big for me to wear. I used an assorted pack of Swarovski crystals in "Earthtone", Delicas, Nymo, and gold plated findings. I priced it for the art show (which was canceled, oh well) but I don't remember what I priced it as. Take a look:

An assortment of 4mm bicone crystals on a Right Angle Weave base.

The clasp, obviously.

The back. You can see there are 2 beads per side of each 'square' in the weave, which makes it weird and lumpy but I think it gives it a more organic, handmade feel (aka I'm too lazy to fix it because it doesn't' look so bad i guess lol)


P.S. as a bonus I'll show you some caterpillars I made from Diane Fitzgerald's book 'The Beaded Garden'. I want to make a necklace of beaded hole-y leaves and put one of these guys on it once I magic me up some patience.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: LED Necklaces?? on: April 13, 2008 08:14:29 AM
Thanks Jillie! I went to Radio Shack earlier and got some LEDs and button batteries, though I found the standard LEDs aren't quite bright enough in daylight. I had this pen with a really bright blue LED though I kinda killed it while taking it apart. Oh well, maybe I'll be able to find another bright LED somewhere. Wires are also a problem, though I'm working on some solutions for that. I honestly have no idea what I'm dong, so I do appreciate any advice. Thanks!  Grin
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