Tag Archives: resin

(oops… forgot the title, so here it is ‘updated’)

I have been rather busy this last week.  Not always the way I want to be, but, we can’t always have everything our own way.  I haven’t been able to read a lot of my emails, or blogs, so next time you post I will try to catch up, reading multiples as I get to them.  I try not to let them sit in my inbox for too long, this is how I ended up with over 300 of the suckers.  I did delete many, but as I said, I will return and catch up.

Hubby was home so we took a day trip to the Airwalk (there’ll be a post later on that one), we helped my parents with wood and moving furniture around for my mum’s shop, I started on my Circles project (which got me thinking about something else again) and then there was the general kids, work and weather which wasn’t always playing nice, making it hard to do things we wanted to.

I have a market coming up this weekend which I have been organised for (for once, early) although I will re pack my boxes just to make sure I have everything… some things have changed.

My circles are coming along nicely, the finished product looks like it might actually look good!
This gave me another idea. And now a new way to move forward (I seem to be doing a lot of this lately).
I found that doodling with the paint, and playing with material on a canvas gave me another sense of freedom to explore and express and be creative.  Mixed Media.  That was it.  Doing and making more items that are not strictly jewellery or bags, but could be collage, artwork, wearable art… whatever takes my fancy basically.  And as I have resin, clay and stamping tools I can add all or any of these items in – this is precisely what mixed media is – to make some cool items.

This idea was first sprung when a good FB friend suggested I use some of my nature shots on cards to sell.  She is impressed by my ‘skills’ as a photographer.  My mind then went zooming about at a million miles an hour – as it does anyway – and soon I am thinking “why not?”

I have some more mini canvases that I am going to collage and take to the market this week.  It is a bigger market than my usual one, and going on the first one they had, plenty of people coming through. So plenty of feedback.
I shall become a mixed media artiste. lol.
(At least my business name will cover all avenues I choose to do)

So with that I must fare thee well, and head off to bed.  After the last few nights, and especially yesterday (leave home at 9.30am and return at 10.40pm, with many ‘nothing-to-do’ gaps in between the jobs and not getting to bed for another hour)  I am now feeling weary; and if I am to survive a busy day tomorrow and do my walk at a reasonable hour of the cold winters morning…. zzzz

good morning, good afternoon and good night, for wherever you may be 🙂
Jennifer

I think I need to clean…

My creative space is always a work in progress and until I find just the right work tables that will fit my space easily then it will just keep on doing the shuffle…

the bag of grapes I ate whilst tidying up - that and many coffee's

Ok, so I was bored and took pictures of the grapes…

My problems:
– the bay window.  I love the window for the light it lets in and the view but it has made those little weird little corners where nothing will fit.
– there is only a couple of feet before the corner of the house so that creates another corner that makes it awkward to fit furniture in.
– it is through way!  There is a door on one side to the kitchen/dining and just half a wall on the other backing onto the lounge (this wall is partly the chimney).
– then the french doors (right between said corner of house and walkway into lounge.
– on the back side of the chimney someone has ever so kindly put up floating shelves (at stupid heights) so I am limited with what goes underneath…

But am I complaining… well, just a little bit.  I have my tall boy (large chest of drawers, not tall children, although two are taller than me…) under these shelves with a cd rack one side and filing cabinet with jewellery storage on the other.  Works fine.
Against the back wall facing the kitchen is my mega set of shelves (I was so happy when we found these, they are the perfect fit for all my beady boxes).  Next to this was a space that was a pain.  There is a double power point here which means certain boxes or containers cannot fit or have to look messy sitting at an angle.

before - a mess.

I was in a second-hand shop close by the other day and spotted the perfect set of shelves – I measured, ran home (drove), measure my space then went back and paid for them.  They would be the Perfect Fit! And they are.

after - in progress

I just need to find a space for my market boxes when they’re not in use… hmmm.  That is 3 large plastic containers & a suitcase, then two others with odd props and the like in them.  A lot of space required.

My desk, as always was stupidly messy.

new shelves, and an email stating I needed to take my trestles to market this week (guess what I use as a beading table??) meant I had to get to work.

My plan was to put all things from the tall boy into the new shelves and utilse the tall boy for all my materials and sewing bits… ah, yeah… that was a good thought…

will all this fit into the tall boy..?

‘Business’ things fit into some funky baskets on the shelves, then comes the fun part getting all my glass, resin, clay, and light tent to fit in the space so it is easy and I know where everything is…
Well, I got started, and by the time I went to bed was pretty pleased with myself… not for long.  I woke this morning to another stupidly messy desk…. now I could have taken the easy way out and just stuffed everything into boxes and been done with it. But I didn’t. Put everything where it belongs so I don’t have to back track later.

I was meant to tidy the table... I thought so. This is clean compared to the night before.

Now to get all the material to fit in the drawers… like that’s gonna happen!

ooh, look, more little jars to put beads in....

neat, semi sorted beads and findings

a clean and tidy table….

and the piece de resistance….

full, finished and looking soo much better 🙂

I was going to do some more sewing tonight and get some new bags ready for the market – well one is nearly done.  Just a little hand sewing of beady fringelets to do.  the others… nowhere near ready to sew even…

Now the table has sewing all over it, but that will be easy to move later on. Now, I best get back to it if I’m going to get at least one more done..

keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

the ears have it….

I thought it was about time to do another post on the main reason I started this blog… my beads. I have wandered off in other directions of late.
Here’s a small selection of recent earrings…..

 

Shell with pearls.

 

Onxy & Swarovski

 

Swarovski & jade?

 

Swarovski & pearls

 

Swarovski & Pearls

 

Swarovki and swarovski componant

 

Swarovski, turquoise and (not sure what, but it's good)

 

chain and acrylic beads

Acrylic bead with swarovski

Swarovski

Coins....

I will be starting work on bracelets & necklaces pronto, and next week hopefully get sewing some more bags…

Keep smiling 🙂 after all “it’s all about the jewellery and how it makes you feel”
Jennifer

ps. Everything is for sale (unless captioned otherwise), if you’re interested please email me from the ‘where to buy page’. (gotta get a plug in somewhere.. ;-))

Beadalicious Bounty….

This week was “Re-invented Week” where I turned to that stack of old necklaces, and re worked them into something more appealing.  Or, in one case, use the beads earmarked for something else, and make a pretty little piece out of it.

All beaders will have a box, rack, a stash somewhere of beads they bought for some special project and haven’t got to it yet, or have gone through old pieces and decided they don’t like it or suddenly see a much better piece ‘magically appear’ in front of them.

I had my stash in a box.  Never saw it, never opened it… it just sat there, all lonely on the shelf.  So when we were packing to move, I got it out and started a sort, putting them away (where possible) in their correct boxes – this way they had travelling companions.  Once back here in Tas, I went through all the jewellery and was quite ruthless in what I took apart or put aside.  All items to be reworked were put in a bag (with or without extra bits I thought of) with a small note explaining what I was thinking.  They were then hung on a rotating rack where I can see them everyday! Simple.  And effective. Always in my face.

So, back to where I started… getting stuck into these little bags.  I remade 6, made one completely new one, and re made another so much, there is barely anything of the original left.

basic chain lariat style necklace - before

After: not a lot of change. made it shorter, added more dangles and got a pair of earrings aswell

found these beads lurking in a box - my brand new piece using chips of Amazonite.

added wood beads, and made a long linked necklace. Now, what to do with the extra green beads??wooden/acrylic beads with gold chain. was a necklace and bracelet...

wooden/acrylic beads with gold chain. was a necklace and bracelet...

beads earmarked for something else. Actually similar but completely different idea. Potato Pearls & rhodonite with resin pendant.

Ugly! this had a focal pendant, don't know where it went. This one had to go.

Ok, so only the pearl sticks & copper heishi have stayed. Centre is sticks of MOP/Shell with balls of Magnesite(?) Got a pair of earrings to match aswell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly a favourite, that just needed a re-wiring .  It was originally strung on wire, as I wanted a fairly ‘stiff’ piece.  Problem was, it ended up too stiff.   So added more beadies and strung on tiger tail and now it hangs really nicely.

shell with copper. Before.After.

After.

Next week is Bag Week!
Til next time, keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

(I need a name…) ‘cocoon’ piccies

Ok, so I’ve finally got around to quickly making up some cocoons to show you.

These are just a prototype, but I may keep them later on.

Of course what is encased does not have to be glass, but anything I like, maybe even resin with beads or just some beads I don’t know what else to do with…

prototype of 2 different cocoons. Early ideas.

And the current list of what has been nominated is below…. feel free to add to the list, or let me know your preferred name.  I’ll be checking early next week (it’s Friday here) and then posting the favourite names.

Podded beads

beads in a pod

Wraptures (combo of 2 words)

snuggles,

cuddle stones (or glass or jewels)

dichroic (or glass) pies,

glass tarts!

 glass pods,

     glass wraps

            wrapped in glass ?

             Peek-a-boo

            Peeka-a-boo Bling

            Hidden Treasures

            Double Delight

Thanks in advance. (And a happy Thanksgiving to my American friends:))

Keep smiling  🙂

Jennifer