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Andee
09-08-2004, 06:27 AM
Hi everybody!

I'm having fun making bangle-wannabes... Here are two more, using test beads and wonkies:

GardensOnGlass
09-08-2004, 09:02 AM
Beautiful, Andee. They look neither wonky, nor test-beadish!

Jacinthe
09-08-2004, 09:15 AM
Andee - I don't see any wonkies. ;) They are both beautiful bracelets. Makes me not wanna post my little bracelet and earrings.


The focal beads are dented lentils made with champagne glass with goldstone frit inside, then just accent beads in transparent grass green and transparent medium topaz. Strung with czech glass.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2004/20424-8sept1.jpg

Hugs from Holland,
Sarah

beclectic
09-08-2004, 09:30 AM
Andee, those are so pretty, I especially like the red and green one. That center flower bead is beautiful. I really like these wanna'be bangles.

Sarah, do you have a mold that makes those dented lentils or do you do it by hand? That is such a great variation on lentils. I think the simple design of your bracelet and earrings accent the lentils perfectly.

McDuck
09-08-2004, 10:11 AM
Andee, they are both very pretty!

Sarah, those are quite cute beads! I like how you used them.

As for me, just some things from a lustre firing...maybe a pic later.

-Mary

Oskadis
09-08-2004, 10:15 AM
Hi all!

Andee - lovely bracelets. That flowery bead is just cute.

Sarah - *drool* :wink2:

After a weekend renovating and plastering my walls with something called wall paper I managed to make a little something :)

Vintage czech doublet stones, brass ox filigree and lever back earwires and vintage caramel colored czech druks.

Greetings from my utterly house-busy self.

Jacinthe
09-08-2004, 10:44 AM
Andee, those are so pretty, I especially like the red and green one. That center flower bead is beautiful. I really like these wanna'be bangles.

Sarah, do you have a mold that makes those dented lentils or do you do it by hand? That is such a great variation on lentils. I think the simple design of your bracelet and earrings accent the lentils perfectly.

I have a CBS, then just heat up the edges and gently push them in at spots.

Thanks for all the compliments everyone. :)

Hugs from Holland,
Sarah

Andee
09-08-2004, 11:53 AM
Thank you all for your nice words, again! :)

As for the wonkies - I somehow think that nearly all my beads are wonkies. I'm so used now to making hearts that I can't produce a proper round (i.e. donut shaped) bead anymore, they all get out of shape... ;) The flower bead really is a test bead, tho, I tried getting the bubble in by just placing a dot of clear on top - that was before I went over to proper encase them. (Before that I used sheet glass for encasing flowers...)

Sarah - that set is very very pretty, and the lampwork is great! :clap:

Karen - wow, those earrings are formidable! :clap:

Andee
09-08-2004, 01:36 PM
Here's another one - some stringerwork-tryouts (designs obviously borrowed from Corina! :D)

TheBlueBetween
09-08-2004, 03:00 PM
Andee, these bangle wanna-be's are great! I especially like the black and white and silver one :)

Sarah, your pieces are wonderful - love the fall colors and wish I had some of that champagne glass to play with - what a nice color!

Great earrings Karen - did you just bend over part of the findings to hold the stone on? Never thought to try something like that.

Here is my sad sad attempt at something that was supposed to be cool. There is a necklace in all the magazines - that schooner hull necklace in silver pmc and black - love it. When I saw these coral sticks, I thought I could do something "inspired" by it. But the first try did not work out - I used fine soft flex to string the base but my beads are still to small to make it comfortable to pass the fireline through for the fringe - one pass is all I get and it's not enough. Plus I need more variety in beads. I'm only showing it so you guys can ooh and ah when it's really done and say "oh, that's MUCH better". Or maybe tell me to just give it up and find a new use for the coral sticks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2004/27814-1sticks1.jpg

I don't know if some of you are this way... but sometimes when I get a really cool thing like these sticks, or a couple of Mary's ceramic beads... or a special stone... I hate to do anything with them in case it's the wrong thing. It's kind of like brand new paints and a fresh canvas. I can't tell you how many blank canvases I own that I just can't bring mysef to wreck. At least with beads I can unstring and try again... I guess that's why I bead and not paint anymore.

Pam

GardensOnGlass
09-08-2004, 03:09 PM
Pam, I think you're much too hard on yourself. You are, I think (not unlike myself), a perfectionist. That works to a point, but then it becomes a hindrance. Can't tell you how many unfinished projects I have because I'm afraid the finished product won't look like what I envisioned, or that someone will criticize it. I'm not an artist & anything creative that I do do (do do do do :evil: ) is a real struggle to bring forth (?, I'm not sure that's the term I want but I'm feeling linguistically challenged today).

You, on the other hand, are an artist. You have amazing creative talent and drive. Your color and design sense are phenominal. Have I boosted your ego enough? :wink2: Now, have you tried drilling those coral sticks very gently under water with a slow spinning dremel? Perhaps you could get them a tiny bit larger so you can accomodate more passes through?

Andee, again, another winner!

Sarah, I've really enjoyed watching you master glass over the past year. You're doing a wonderful job. Can't wait until I can finally set up correctly to melt glass.

Karen, very nice!

Andee
09-08-2004, 03:12 PM
Pam - it's looking very interesting already, I'm sure there will be lots of aaaahs and ooooohs and :clap:s when you're done!! :)


I don't know if some of you are this way... but sometimes when I get a really cool thing like these sticks, or a couple of Mary's ceramic beads... or a special stone... I hate to do anything with them in case it's the wrong thing.

I'm totally like that! I'm sort of paralized when I look at new purchases, whatever comes to my mind to do with them somehow seems not good enough... But at least there's not much waste apart from crimp beads, wire and time, luckily I can redo my pieces as often as needed! :)

TheBlueBetween
09-08-2004, 03:27 PM
Pam, I think you're much too hard on yourself. You are, I think (not unlike myself), a perfectionist. That works to a point, but then it becomes a hindrance. Can't tell you how many unfinished projects I have because I'm afraid the finished product won't look like what I envisioned, or that someone will criticize it. I'm not an artist & anything creative that I do do (do do do do :evil: ) is a real struggle to bring forth (?, I'm not sure that's the term I want but I'm feeling linguistically challenged today).

You, on the other hand, are an artist. You have amazing creative talent and drive. Your color and design sense are phenominal. Have I boosted your ego enough? :wink2: Now, have you tried drilling those coral sticks very gently under water with a slow spinning dremel? Perhaps you could get them a tiny bit larger so you can accomodate more passes through?


Thank you for the ego boost Lori <<<hugs>>> Though I don't see how you say the things you say about your work - your work is wonderful - though it's been awhile since you've posted anything, hasn't it??? :)

Perfectionism certainly is not all it's cracked up to be - and I suppose I am - though I never think of myself that way. Good thing I have a stong dose of stubornness to go along with it I guess. Or maybe not? Ug. It is what it is, right?

I was thinking it would be nice to drill a second hole in the sticks - about half way down. But then we come back to my fear of power tools and the fact that I can't seem to locate a drill bit small enough. I bought a little set of drill bits but they are all too big. I would love it if someone could just point me to a link and tell me what I need to purchase. I am so power-tool challenged. Hubby says we have a hand held dremel thing. That's as far as I am there. And do you always hold things under water when you drill?

Thanks again Lori :)

GardensOnGlass
09-08-2004, 04:01 PM
I keep meaning to post pictures, but I never get around to it. Avoidance is a wonderful thing :wink2: . If I don't post, there won't be criticism. Not that anyone here ever criticizes in a negative way & I'm not saying I'll be criticized either. It's a confidence thing. Thankfully, this forum is constructive and supportive, ALWAYS!

OK, on to tools. I use my Dremel with a flex-shaft. I have it hanging from a jewelers' thing (very descriptive word, I know), sort of like the things that IV bags hang from, but it has just one hook & it's screwed to my work bench. I like the flex-shaft because mostly I use it to polish the sterling solder I use to solder around the edges of my stained glass pins (with polishing compound & a 1" muslin buffing wheel-saves tons of time & most especially, my right shoulder). (Jen, Kerensamere, do you use one to polish your jewelry?) I like the flex-shaft because I feel like I can hold closer to the bit, I hold my pencil or pen close to the tip, so this allows me the same feeling. It's also lighter weight than holding the actual dremel in your hand.

However, I also use it to drill holes in the stained glass & I've used it to clean bead release out of lampworked beads. I fill a pyrex bowl with enough water to cover what I'm working on, plus a little bit. With beads, you can hold them in one hand, close to the surface of the water. I have a multi speed Dremel & use it on about a 1 (slow) to clean the beads. I use the long, pointy, diamond coated bit that comes with the hand reamer (has 3 interchangable bits that store inside of it). I'll post a picture later if my husband brings the camera home from work.

I also use it to drill holes in the stained glass using either a diamond coated core bit or a diamond coated twist drill bit. Will also post pictures of those when I can. I've purchased my diamond bits from a local jewelry supplier, but I know they have them in the Rio catalog. I like the flex shaft for this as well, so the dremel isn't close to the water. I'm sure I could get lit up if the handpiece ended up submerged in the water, but I feel like I have more control with the handpiece. I'll flip through the Rio catalog to find the item numbers. I'm not sure what type of bit you'd use to drill through coral, though Barrie may have some thoughts about that. I'll see if I can find anything in the Rio catalog that indicates what bits are for what. They also have a wide assortment of sizes.

I have faith in you! If you can light propane and oxygen & melt glass, you can overcome your electric tool fear to use a Dremel.

Barrie
09-08-2004, 05:15 PM
I'm sneaking in real quick while my grnaddaughter is cuddling the cat (I have mere moments, I'm sure!). Here's a piece I just finished for a customer, it's a Biwa pearl, with three ametrines, on sterling silver. There's a tube at the back (that one of the ametrines balances on, that the chain or cord goes through. There were three small blemishes onthe pearl, so I drilled tiny holes, and affixed wires with bals on the end to 'hide' the icky parts! This is a custom order, I don't usually do stuff like this - quite the challenge!!!

I'll be back later to comment on everyone else's stuff, the cat's run out of patience!!

GardensOnGlass
09-08-2004, 05:38 PM
Pam, Hah! I just noticed this thread:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213497

I really should pay closer attention to things (& maybe wear my glasses!).

Mary Riggs
09-08-2004, 06:51 PM
Here is my finished Amber FP RAW Bracelet with 6mm FP crystal beads, 6/0, 8/0, and 15/0 seed beads.

This pattern was featured in Beadwork, Aug./Sept. 2004 issue, labeled a "Volcano" bracelet. I modified it by adding the 15/0 along the top and changed the inside dimensions because it just said it needed it!

DonnaBee
09-08-2004, 07:20 PM
Breathtaking beautiful day everyone!

Pam you are on to something really cool! ( I say a lot of positive things, but never if I don't mean it!!!!! I mean it Pam! Oh, but don't ask me about drilling those things.... I would poke my finger and also be afraid of cracking the material. The only thing I have ever drilled out is pearls a little....)

Thank you everyone for posting your creations!

Andee..... I *wanna* make bangle wanna-bes... oh I feel really inspired.... I definitely need to organize my beading table now..... no I still haven't done it yet.

(I have been busy helping my sixth grader with homework. Hours and hours of it! Help!!!) I even helped one of his friends with his homework, and then found out that he let another student who did none of the work, put his name on the project with him. So technically, I am helping three sixth graders with their homework.....

This has go to stop! Next I will be trying to post pictures of the sixth graders projects here! NO! Help me!

You all are helping me though, posting your stuff. ;) I will make something soon! I will, I will! :wink2: I am getting ready to put ME first..... I will not do this martyr thing I will not! lol!

:wave: Nice show n tell everyone! Thanks for listening to my banter! I might have a necklace tomorrow. I am supposed to anyway.... a repair. A simple goddess necklace. Maybe that will get me going again... where I need to be... making jewelry with you guys!

McDuck
09-08-2004, 07:24 PM
Andee, these bangle wanna-be's are great! I especially like the black and white and silver one :)

Sarah, your pieces are wonderful - love the fall colors and wish I had some of that champagne glass to play with - what a nice color!

Great earrings Karen - did you just bend over part of the findings to hold the stone on? Never thought to try something like that.

Here is my sad sad attempt at something that was supposed to be cool. There is a necklace in all the magazines - that schooner hull necklace in silver pmc and black - love it. When I saw these coral sticks, I thought I could do something "inspired" by it. But the first try did not work out - I used fine soft flex to string the base but my beads are still to small to make it comfortable to pass the fireline through for the fringe - one pass is all I get and it's not enough. Plus I need more variety in beads. I'm only showing it so you guys can ooh and ah when it's really done and say "oh, that's MUCH better". Or maybe tell me to just give it up and find a new use for the coral sticks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2004/27814-1sticks1.jpg

I don't know if some of you are this way... but sometimes when I get a really cool thing like these sticks, or a couple of Mary's ceramic beads... or a special stone... I hate to do anything with them in case it's the wrong thing. It's kind of like brand new paints and a fresh canvas. I can't tell you how many blank canvases I own that I just can't bring mysef to wreck. At least with beads I can unstring and try again... I guess that's why I bead and not paint anymore.

Pam


Oh Pam you tickle me! :D
I own many m any many blank canvases too. :rolleyes:
I like it, and yes you need many more seed bead branches to go with it maybe in a contrasting/matching mix. I do like...just as you said it screams for more. I just bought some Spider Wire - Stealth whilst on vacation at the Bass pro $$ Shop. LOL it is more supple than fireline, way more supple, and I cant wait to try it.
AS for the canvas, very hard to scrape paint off it!

-Mary

McDuck
09-08-2004, 07:30 PM
Karen - way cute earrings. love your brass!

Barrie - you hate custom orders...rofl...okay...sure...yeah...uh-huh...back to your regular scheduled program. btw it is prettykewl looking. Can I send you my blemished pearls too? :D


mary - that is so pretty! yet another thing for me to try. how does it feel on??

As for me, really neato beads out of the kiln, but not time to photo...maybe later tonight when the animal who has invaded :eek: my yard to dig holes appears...time to poison I think :( might end up with one heck of a chipmunk or mole coat later this fall! okay j/k for you overly sensitve peta folk out there. for you others...i could make vests and we can all have one :wink2:

-mary

tamjai
09-08-2004, 07:58 PM
so much great work today :clap: i'm so inspired! - i wish it wasn't getting too late to start something new :evil: oh wait....desk full 'o' unfinished/half stung necklaces.....darn
too many to comment on individually but,
mary - i've seen the necklace you are talking about and it looked sooooo complicated - nice work
pam - there is nothing wrong with your coral piece - it just needs tons of fringe! the louise mcclure piece that has inspired you is dripping with it - go for it! - in the same magazine, did you see Wendy Wallin Malinows' tide pools ?? TDF i think we have similiar taste - i've been drooling over schooner bones for months now!
tam

TheBlueBetween
09-08-2004, 08:24 PM
Barrie that pendant is awesome! I would definitely wear it!

Mary R. great work - I have not tried RAW yet. It looks complicated and I can't sit still long enough to wrap my mind around the thread path.

Mary McDuck - let me know how that spider wire works - I was at the fishing supply isle the othere day looking for my fireline... and saw some spider wire in 60 lb test - loved the feel of it.... played with it for a minute and saw that it started to unravel and so put it back. Don't know if the smaller sizes do it or not but it worried me.

Donna Bee - you hear the call girlfriend - so you better listen - be true to your inner artist and make something pretty!

Tam - schooner bones - that's it! I'll have to go look for the tide pools one again - I think I was looking at it last weekend. We do like the same things :)

Ok ya'll - you will see my necklace in a couple of weeks or so when I re-work it. I may even get brave and drill some new holes in the coral... though I don't know where I'm going to find the drill bits.

:) Pam

McDuck
09-08-2004, 08:26 PM
okay, new links. MOP luster.

-mary

TheBlueBetween
09-08-2004, 08:43 PM
okay, new links. MOP luster.

-mary

Those are pretty Mary - love the blues! Do you happen to have any jewelry made up with them (or other links)? I need to see how they work/look in something. And also, what kind of wire are you using for them? Thanks!

McDuck
09-08-2004, 08:58 PM
:wave: to Pam, at the moment nope I havent made a thing wiht them to show, but i will shortly. Sold some at the whole bead show though. I would wire wrap them or do crimps with beadalon or etc on them. let me work up a few this week to show you. you could also use them with elements to help cover the link part of it. you can do multiple strands from it...etc. and thank you!

mary

Kerensamere
09-08-2004, 09:26 PM
Pam, those coral sticks are out of this world! I really like where you are going with that piece. I would try the dremel tool to drill another hole or make one bigger, definitely use the wet method mentioned in the dremel thread. I would also practice on a piece that you're not as fond of just to see how it behaves. Use the slower speeds and be patient, don't use a lot of pressure, let the tool do the work.

Gardensosglass, yes I do use a dremel to polish my pieces, I was gifted with a ton of small polishing disks by my dentist, they're used to polish false or replacement teeth. I find them to be very helpful to buff out small imperfections in my solder (sometimes it gets a little wrinkle when it cools for example). I love that tool! :-) I'm going to have to try the buffer and the rouge, just picked up some rouge and a large buffing wheel for my bench grinder but haven't played with it yet.

Barrie, as always your work never ceases to amaze! Must go pick up my jaw, I think it rolled under the desk when it fell on the floor after looking at your piece, must make sure the kitten doesn't find it first....here kitty! kitty!

-Jen

BBsBaubles
09-08-2004, 09:38 PM
Andee and Pam, I always admire your work and today is no exception. Your sense of composition is always spectacular! :clap: Pam, your use of the coral sticks is great! It may take a while, but I'm certain you'll be happy with your the final outcome (whenever that comes around).

Sarah, the color combination is great!
Karen, your earrings caught my eye the moment they popped up on my screen!
Mary, I really like what you continue to do with the concept of links!
Barrie, what can I say...great job with the pearl and kudos for doing it so well as a special order. Those can be the hardest!

MadameKali
09-08-2004, 10:26 PM
Everyone's work was fabulous today... As usual, Andee and Karen made lovely pieces.. but the one that really caught my eye was Pam's! good gosh, woman, if you don't think it's perfect, you can send it to me ;) I do know what you mean about not wanting to use things--I have plenty of beads that I only have a few of that I'm afraid to use, lest the perfect thing come along later. Heck, it's taken me months to use those abalone beads!

forgiveness, I saw a "volcano" style bracelet but forgot who made it.. but I dig it, it's my colours ;) And Sarah, was it you who made the lentil bracelet? (My brain needs sleep.. yawn!) The bumpy lentils were cool, too!

All righty. Nothing from me today.. maybe tomorrow, I do need to go to the laundrymat, and that's my "art time."

Beads-Me!
09-08-2004, 11:56 PM
ARGH! I can't stand not having my computer.... I'm sneaking in for a few minutes to see what I've missed today. Your jewelry and beads are wonderful and I really like the conversation winding it's way through the thread. Wish I had time to join in - keep doing the "fix Nancy's computer fast" dance so I can be back with you soon! :(

beadyeyedgirls
09-09-2004, 01:09 AM
barrie, that pearl piece is absolutely phenomenal!!! :clap:

lots of pretty pieces here today, y'all!

Barrie
09-09-2004, 01:17 AM
Thanks everyone! The customer loved it, absolutely loved it (and on her it looked perfect!). Mary, you send me any old blemished pearls you want! :evil: Pam, you can get small drill bits at any jewelry supply place. Follow the advice given, slowe 7 steady, and wet. Remember that the dust is harmful, so wear a mask!! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of this piece!! Oh, and I'm like you, I have tons of stuff that I'm "hoarding" just in case that perfect idea comes along and I need it!!!
Everyone else, stunning display! Andee, I really like your bangle wannabes! Cool idea! Sarah, great set! Just in time for fall! Karen, great earrings! Mary!!!! LOVE the links!!! You better hide your stash while I'm there, they might find their way into rings!! LOL! Mary R. I really like the 'volcano' bracelet. What the heckdoes RAW mean? (probably explained somewhere here, but I didn't see it! :wink2: ) . Donna, we'd love to see some goodies from you! Today was the first day of real classes for my son and my other son's girlfriend, so I was here by myself for the first time all summer - felt weird, but I think I'll get lots more done to show you guys!! I have lots of work to do, so no shortage of projects!!!
Can't wait to see more goodies all!!! Have a great evening!!

Oskadis
09-09-2004, 08:33 AM
Hello!

Gorgeous gorgeous stuff. Pam, your necklace is awesome already as it is.
Mary ... *drool* on those links :)

The biwa pearl pendant is a bit too "modern" style for me, but I still see it is a beautiful piece of jewelry :) Aren't Biwa pearls just gorgeous?

That RAW bracelet just really looks like the name implies :) very hot and fiery.

RAW means Right Angle Weave. I love it and it is the only one I use more or less regularly when I switch away from textile based jewelry ;)