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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - testing a design idea

Last night I decided to start working on ideas for my Bead Soup project. I wanted to see how kumihimo would look with the cube beads that Deborah sent me.
I used some blue conso thread, bronze lined aqua beads (8's) and the cubes. I attached the thread to my small scissors using a half hitch. A small segment of braiding with just the thread helps to secure the braid.

Braiding with the cubes is difficult to start but once I had it going it was easier.

This sample use 15 cubes on each of four threads and 15 seed beads on each of the remaining four threads.

I ended by braiding again with just the thread and an overhand knot.

Going forward with my design I think that I will try using larger seed beads and do a section of braiding with just the seed beads before braiding with the cubes.

More design testing to come.

Happy Beading!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - Soup Arrival

After a wonderful afternoon at the Royal Ontario Museum, seeing the members' preview of the new exhibit "The Forbidden City : Inside to Court of China's Emperors" I found a small white box in my mail box.

As I was coming up to my apartment in the elevator I noticed that it rattled. I was very excited to see what was inside! It was my bead soup from Deborah Read.

Once opened, I removed the packing material I saw two containers, two zip bags and a spool of wire.
Inside the box

Blue cubes, bicones and spool of wire
Two zip bags of treasures
Teal lampwork beads, etched copper toggle and cresent and two spools of thread
Assorted lampwork and metal beads, crimps, copper jump rings, etched toggle and bracelet bar
It is going to be an interesting spring as I work with this wonderful soup to create something for reveal day May 3, 2014.

Here is what I send to Deborah. She recieved it in the mail yesterday. Here is her blog post about its arrival.

Happy Beading!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party #8 Partner

Late last night our wonderful hostess, Lori Anderson posted the international partners. It was great to see all of the amazing list of international participates.

I scrolled down the list to see who I was  partnered with. It was great to see that my partner was a name that I knew - Deborah Read.

I have followed Deborah's blog for a while. Her recent work with copper and brass is interesting.

I had three different soups in progress, one of which included some of Deborah's glass discs (so she was not going to get that one).

I have tweaked one of the soups and it is now ready to send to Deborah.

Will be stopping by the post office on my way to work tomorrow.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vermillion Poppy Vase

It started back on January 5 after finishing a purple version of the poppy vase. I wanted to do a vase that was similar in colouring to poppies I have seen in people's gardens.

The base done
Starting up the sides
Leaves half done
Upside down view
Leaves almost done
Leaves done
A look inside
Beginning of the flower
I got the flowers done and was at the point where you begin the hem. I set it aside to work on other projects. Earlier this week I decided that it was time to get it finished. As I was doing the hem I broke two beads. So it took a bit of patience and creativity to get replacement beads in place and the hem finished.

Finished vase, view 1
Finished vase, view 2
Will likely do another version of the poppy vase in a different colour again soon. The question, what colour should it be?

Happy Beading!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter's Sparkle Blog Hop Reveal

It has finally arrived, the reveal day for the Winter Sparkle Blog Hop. Back in September I signed up for another of Lisa Lodge's wonderful challenges. This is based on the colors and sparkle of a winter's night.

I got a wonderful palette of purple beads. I would love to show you a picture of the what I got in my kit but my camera and I are having issues. I take pictures but when I go to transfer them to my computer the images are not on the SD card.  It has been driving me crazy as it does not always happen.

I was inspired by the the mix of purple fire-polished rondelles. I had also just taken a class with Sue Charette-Hood at CreativFestival to learn how to do kumihimo with beads. In the class I made a bracelet with Magatamas. She taught us how to finish the braid without glue.
My first kumihimo with beads
So now I had a technique I wanted to use but still need to be inspire for a final project. So it was time to head over to Pinterest. There I found this beautiful necklace which combined seed beads and Unicorne Beads Handmade Teardrop.  It was designed by Diana Shiraishi and originally pubished in Bead Treads August 2011. 
Under the Sea
I decided to see how it would work with fire-polished rondelles, like those in the kit from Lisa. To work out the details of quantities and layout I made a necklace with some metallic blue rondelles and bronze lined blue seed beads.
Protype with metallic blue
Given the limited quantity of the purple rondelles in the kit I had to use more seed beads to complete the length that I wanted for the finished piece. I used a silver lined matte purple seed beads. Using copper findings was a nice compliment to the purple beads.

Once the braid was completed and I had finished using the technique learned from Sue, it was a little shorter that I had hoped. I decided to a little extra strung section with some of the larger rondelles in the kit.

Finished necklace

Detail of segment with rodelles
I have since worn this to work and have found a small design problem. The leaves of the end caps catch on my hair.

Take some time to hop around and see what everyone else has created with their kit from Lisa.
Our hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Annette Rivers, Mama Owl's Mess
Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry
Karen Burg, KEB Designs
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti

Thanks once again to Lisa for organizing this wonderful challenge.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Monster Card

Here a fun Valentine's Day craft that I did with the preschoolers on Tuesday. Using two different sized hearts in two different colours we made a monster.
2 mid-sized hearts, 4 small hearts, 4 strips crimped for limbs and 2 goggly eyes
 Glue the two mid-sized hearts together to form the body of your monster.

Monster body
Attached limbs with hands and feet. Glue on eyes. Draw on nose and mouth.
Monster in progress
I printed a smiple card on card stock paper. Folded in half with message on the inside. Glue monster to front of card.
Finished outside of card
When the preschoolers did the craft on Tuesday, many of them glued the monster together right on to the card.

Here is the inside of the card which the children were able to colour the lettering any way they would like.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party #8


Today is the only day to sign up for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party. I signed up just after midnight this morning. It will be my third time to participate in this amazing creative challenge.

My creations from my first Bead Soup Blog Party

My creations from my second Bead Soup Blog Party
So if you have a blog, want to share some beads and be challenged creatively head over and sign up before midnight EST Feb 9, 2014.