Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The Battle of the Bulge

Some time ago I made a spiral rope bracelet for a friend, who liked it so much she commissioned a necklace to match. But she wanted a chunkier element to be incorporated into the front third of the necklace. No problem said I, easy peasy lemon squeasy. The first attempt failed because, whilst it was chunky it wasn't spiralling, which completely missed the point. The second attempt failed because, although I borrowed the double spiral techinique from a book it was unworkable; needles bending, breaking and stabbing, blood on the thread, cats & dogs sleeping together. Generally bad. The third attempt..... so far so good - a few extra beads in the "arms" of the spiral, that's all it takes. Beading, like life adheres to the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

What to do?

I've spent a good part of today beading these two squares, lamina* if you will, but now I don't know what to do with them. That's the trouble with an obsession: I have to be making something, anything to keep sane but the end result is often not as satisfying as the creative process.

I think these are a bit too sparkly, a bit too bling. And dangerously close to looking like mini coasters. Ah well. Back to the beading mat. Again.

*Inspired by the Lamina design from Beadworking Brilliance by Kumiko Mizuno

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Where does the time go?

It's time consuming, this blogging malarky. What with the all linking to my previously unused webspace, correcting the typos and generally fiddling around with the settings, there hasn't been much time to do anything else. Like something that might be worthy of entry in a blog. Or housework (I promise that will be the last time that word appears anywhere on this site).

Back to the beading mat for some more creativity...

The dawn of a new era in blogging

Pretentious? Moi?

What I hope to use this blog for is a record of my jewellery designs, when I made them, how I made them, why and sometimes who for. Whether that is actually what happens remains to be seen.

At the top of this post is a photograph of a piece I have just submitted to Bead and Button magazine in the US. I'm still waiting to hear their response.