I don't usually blog two days in a row but I'm so excited. I have been teaching myself to bead crochet as you know from previous posts. I was bound and determined to do this no matter how much swearing was involved. Well, I'm proud to say I finished it today but not without trouble. I had it all done and attached a beautiful magnetic clasp to it only to find out that the magnet side of the clasp quit working after 4 openings. I got mad, cut it off and glued the ends so it wouldn't come apart without thinking about the fact that the needle wouldn't go through the glue when it dried. I really would have liked bigger end caps but didn't feel like running out so I used what I had and the beginning end where the trouble was is a little off kilter but not so much that an untrained eye would know. My next one will be perfect (LOL).
I love these colors and I'll have to make something to hang on it. What I like about the crocheted rope is how slinky it is compared to doing peyote in the round or Herringbone.
STUDIO BY SCULPEY BEADS
I love making beads with Studio by Sculpey clay. It feels like suede. I had some leftover clay and made extruded flowers but cut them different than normal and with the other clay I made a spliced cane and made some beads. Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. Maybe some golf stroke counters for Etsy.
The flower ones have a little shine because they have a little Premo pearl in them. Studio clay does not shine after it's sanded unless you put Future or Varathane on it. I like it just the way it is.
SHIMMERING BATIK LEFTOVERS
I made quite a few batches of Tina Holdens "Shimmering Batik" beads and pendants with her new tutorial. You can find it on her website at http://beadcomber.blogspot.com/ or a place on her website where she will tell you that you can find it. I had quite a bit of leftover pieces and couldn't decide what I wanted to do with the clay. I did what I always do, make swirly, lentil beads. I thought these came out quite nice. Will probably put a hole in them and do some wire wrapping.
These have been sanded and buffed starting at 320 and working up to 3000. I've heard and read that a lot of clay artists only do 400 and 600 and leave it at that. I hate sanding. I use my tumbler as much as I can.
AMERICAN FLAG BRACELET FOR SENIOR BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Sun City West is hosting a senior bowling tournament here the end of May. All clubs have been asked to donate something to their silent auction. I offered to make something from our beading club and what better than an American Flag bracelet. Most of the people bowling in this tournanment have been through 4 or 5 wars and most of them are vets. I thought this was pretty appropriate.
Well, off to a romantic dinner at McDonalds and back to making earrings for the guild swap.