Fascinating Book

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For anyone interested in the history of bead, button and jewelry glass, this is a fascinating book about the group of people who created the most interesting glass in the world. Over the centuries these people developed glass that mimicked gemstones as well as developed glass finishes never seen in nature. To this day, some of the lost formulas for ‘Czech’ glass have not been able to be replicated.

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The Bohemians created not only glass stones, beads and buttons but decorative items as well. Below is some of the lovely jewelry they created. Notice the intricate wirework.

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Beautiful buttons. The workmanship is fantastic. Currently these are machine made. Originally, they were hadmade.

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This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in how the art of creating jewelry glass evolved.

CHH Sale – More Goodies

From CHH Sale 2013

Had a couple of these netted bangles in last year’s sale and they seemed to the popular. Started making more at the beginning of this year. They feature either beautiful Czech glass or Swarovski crystal pearls.  Hopefully everyone will enjoy them at this year’s event.

Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check http://www.weavehouston.org for details.

Shaped Bangles

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Decided it was time to go back to my shaped beadwork book (Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork) and tackle my next bangle shape. I love the hexagons and discovered they were a little easier to make than the triangles. Think the shorter sides made the difference. Still love my triangles, though. And still loving those size 10 Delicas.

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Think maybe my next shape might be the square or maybe the pentagon or maybe both!! Also want to try some of the shapes in size 8 Delicas. We’ll see what happens first.

More Loom Beading

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Finally had a little time to take a photo of more loom work. This is very addictive! Just need a design to pop into your head (usually based on the beads you have at hand), warp up the loom and start weaving. It’s really great to do while you’re watching TV. I really need to take a break from this and do more geometric beading but we’ll see what wins out in the next day or so.

Last Saturday I had a great time leading the activity (braided tassels) at the Center for Contemporary Craft. All our guests seemed to enjoy it also. Next month there will be lots of fiber related activities there. It should be fun. This week I’ll be one of four doing a short presentation for the Houston Area Fiber Artists. My bit will be on kumihimo, how its done and how I use it to create my neckpieces. Looking forward to it.

Loom Beading

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Purchased a beading loom at the Texas Handweaver’s Conference. About 10 days ago I decided to play with it. My friend, Nancy Jones of Tiny Dog Seed Beads, came up with a great way to not have to sew back in all those pesky warp strands. That was all the incentive I needed. So far I have finished three bracelets. Three more are woven and ready to finish. Have several more in the design stage. These are great fun to make and wear.

Love the colors on the one above.

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This was fun. Red always adds a “punch”.

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My “first born”. Love the button!

This is also another fun way to use all those great buttons I’ve been collecting.

Triangles!!

Have discovered geometric beadwork in a big way. (Obviously, some of us are a little slower than others as the technique has been around for several years now.) Early this year I started with flat triangles. Love the little ones and the way they flutter on small chains when made into earrings. Larger flat ones can be used as components for necklaces and bracelets.

Then there are the dimensional triangles that can also be used as components.

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My newest fascination is with the open triangle. They are best made with 2 layers to give then some stability. I finally had success with a bangle-sized triangle.

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Above is a picture of each side.

I am now in the process of making another one and will probably made a third. Then I think we’ll move on to some other shapes.

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Evolutionary Design

There are times when you start out to make one thing and it turns into something else entirely. I guess that is what is known as ‘evolutionary design’.

I found these gorgeous matte olive green and matte purple beads that I knew would be a stunning brick stitch bangle. The plan was to support the bangle with thick cotton cording. Well a few inches into the bangle and I realized this plan was not valid (there was no bending this piece!). Undefeated, I carried on and stitched a length of beads and filled the bead tube with cotton cording. After looking at the bead tube for a while I came to the decision that it could be the center of a neckpiece which would be held up with some wonderful braids made of purple C-Lon. As the C-Lon was also a matte finish, a few metallic strands could be added to the braid warps for a little sparkle.

That done, I now had a simple, geometric neckpiece with a bit of sparkle on the sides. Now I needed to balance the side sparkle with something on the bead tube. In my metal supplies, I found a wonderful piece of copper. The copper needed a hole and some patina. After that was completed, a bail to suspend the copper from the bead tube was required. A small braid to the rescue.

So now my bead bangle has become a neckpiece. I’m satisfied.

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