My latest adventure was a trip to Miami for bead shopping. My little town of Key West has a nice bead store but its not focused on bead weaving supplies. I confess I went a little crazy in Miami and spent about 2 hours in the store before I came out with a very small bag and a much much lighter wallet.
I also did something I rarely do these days. I bought a book with seed bead projects (Anna Elizabeth Drager's Creative Designs Using Shaped Beads). Now, the reason I did this is because there are so many new shaped beads that I have never used before in my bead work. I thought it would be a good practice idea to create some of the projects in the book.
I can tell you I cursed more this last week than I did the last 6 months. There were so many moans, sighs, and ARRRs coming out of my mouth that my dogs began leaving the room as soon as I sat at my beading table.
I picked what I thought were cool but relatively simple projects. The first one went rather smoothly but the second one was killer. It took me the entire weekend and I mean many hours of work before I finally caught on and could complete a bead in about an hour and without looking at every step. Bead embroidery jewelry is a piece of cake compared to this IMHO. That's because I can just go at it intuitively and learn from general guidance. Give me structure and rules to follow and I suck.
It's probably why I am much better at cooking than baking! Here's the result.
|The project was for a ring that was configured to stand on the squared end rather than lay flat but I like it flat. I liked the shape of the beads so much I decided to make a necklace too.|
|I made the clasp after watching tutorial on Fire Mountain Gems. Their's did not have a bead on it but I added one on mine to have a nice finish.|