Monday, February 16, 2015

Post Script

Some enameled snowflake jewelry in honor of the forecast for the first measurable snow of this winter in the Triangle region of NC.   Thank God we do not live in Boston!

I have been toying with enamels and metalwork since last winter and have scheduled several courses over the next year.  I really hope to reach a point when I make most of own findings with copper or metal clay.

The One-Eyed Beader or Oh, the Insanity!

I realize it is time for my biennial blog  post.  I always mean to do better but life gets in the way...

For the past month, I have been recovering from eye surgery.  After the first few days, I grew bored with my confinement and had to think of some way to entertain myself that did not violate these restrictions:

1) no bending over
2) no lifting over 5 pounds
3) limited light exposure

Needless to say, I was also hampered by the hazy 20/200 vision in the affected eye.

Then I thought what about those boxes of seed beads and books with luscious seed beads patterns that I had collected over the years before I realized that one could not make seed bead projects for profit.

So I was off!  Making little peyote tubes into  beaded bead earrings a la Kathy King like a maniac.

Then I gathered up the courage to try a simple project called Easy Big Sky Earrings in Artistic Seed Bead Jewelry by Maggie Roschyk.  It was a little challenging at first because I had never done any stitch besides peyote, but soon I found brick stitch is not bad.   I am a little hooked on these earrings even though they are way too "formal" for me and cannot be sold because I prefer to make minimum wage for my efforts.  I still hope to have time to finish  a coordinating necklace or two before I return to work, but I am currently stalled by learning to make embellished peyote toggles.

Someday I hope to master Right Angle Weave, but I think that is still a distance dream.