From bowling ball to pendant…..

How did that happen; a bowling ball turn into a pendant?  Here is how….

I often buy gemstone cabochons from SuperiorAgates.etsy.com because I am always able to find something nice to work with.  The other day while crusing Facebook I saw a awesome cabochon that they had just listed.  When I went to their site I found out that it wasn’t a stone but rather made from a bowling ball.  Way to recycle guys.

I thought I would show it off and what I did with it.100_9587

                                                           

Wanna see how I made it?

Here ya go….step 1 glue cabochon to foundation material…

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step 2 …make a peyote bezel around cabochon

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add some Soutache trim and some beads to embellish.

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trim and add backing, and trim stitch and there ya go a finished Bowling Ball pendant.

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Learning new things is fun…

I get easily bored so I am always looking for a new skill to add to my crafting techniques.  The newest new technique is Wire Filigree…

Wire filigree is an airy wire wrap pattern.  I will say it is not a beginner’s skill; as with everything I learned this the hard way.  This is not for wimps[lol].

After hours of practice and many feet of wire I have learned a few things.

1. I will need a lot more practice before I make anything worth keeping.

2. I really need to find a tutorial rather then just trying to figure it out as I go[ duh]

3. need to work on making neater wraps.

4. it’s fun and I’m gonna keep on practicing…

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How do you make your handmade jewelry special?

I love to make jewelry it makes me happy.  I want mine to be one of a kind so how do I do that?  I make my own beads and cabochons and I think that’s what makes my pieces kind of special.  What do you do to make your jewelry special?

Lately I have been in a bead making frenzy and it’s been a lot of fun.  Some of the beads I have used in pieces and the ones I don’t need I sell in one of my online shops for other beaders to use. 

I use polymer clay to make my beads it is a wonderful versatile product that can be used to make wonderful things like beads and sculptures.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  So I will show you some of the beads and a few of the projects I made with some of them….

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This bracelet and necklace were made with these beads….100_7508

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100_7498Here are some other beads I have made lately

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I have lots more in my bead stash and in my shop this is just a small sample.

I’m Back……..

Things have been busy in the Gonzalez household so I have neglected my blog a little….

Today I would love to introduce you to a wonderful glass bead maker I have found….The other day I was browsing Etsy looking for some new and beautiful beads to make earrings with and I came across a wonderful bead maker from Pennsylvania named Catherine Steele her Etsy shop is http://www.artwithheart.etsy.com

I bought 2 pairs of her awesome sea shell beads and made earrings with them.

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I like these Aqua ones I added some moonstone beads and some pearls and crystals to finish them off.

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I LOVE these purple ones I put them on rose gold ear wires made by my friend Moe added some chalcedony and moonstone beads to make these beautiful earrings.

 

So if you are looking for some beautiful well made glass beads I highly recommend her shop.

I taught myself something new

When I feel uninspired or unfocused I find the best cure is to teach myself something new to spark my creative energy.

I have been wondering what new thing I wanted to learn and I thought why not take an old skill and use it in a new way.  Ages ago I used to do basket weaving like a lot of other people in the 70’s [yes I’m old} and remembered I really enjoyed it but quit because I was a young single Mom and to broke and tired to keep up with it.  So yesterday I was wondering how it would look if I took a basic weave pattern and used wire instead of  reeds.  And after working out in my head some of the ways to go about it I gave it a try.  Guess what it worked and my first try doesn’t look 1/2 bad.  The weave needs to be tighter and more even but with a better vice and a little practice that should be easy  to do.

The pattern is pretty and it’s a very sturdy bracelet I wore it last night and so did my 3yr old granddaughter and it held it’s shape really well.  And the most important thing is that it was fun and something new to help my creativity.

If you want to see a closer image of the bracelet so you can see how pretty the pattern is just click on the photo to enlarge.

 

I would really like to know what you do when you are in a creative slump.

DIY How I made a bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 3

I am very happy I finished beading the cuff bracelet this morning.  Now I will show you the final steps.

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Now that I have finished all the top beading it is time to start trimming away the back ground material.  It is important for this design to cut as close to the beads as I can without cutting any threads on the back.  I always get nervous at this point because once I start cutting there is no going back if I don’t like it.100_7007I stop several time while cutting to wrap it around the brass form to make sure I like the shape it is taking.

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All trimmed now and I like how it is fitting around the form.

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next glue bracelet to cuff form and then glue a backing to cover metal and stitching to create a clean back of bracelet.  I use little clips to secure it till the glue dries.  When everything is dry I them trim the backing flush with the front.  I am almost done.  The only thing left to do is edge the whole piece with a nice edging stitch and some beads to hide the rough edge  It is important to use very small stitches so they show very little.

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and Tada you have a cuff bracelet!  I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 part DIY on making a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet.  Now it’s time for me to start figuring out what my next project will be.

DIY Bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 2

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Here you can see the progress I have made on the bracelet.

1. I stitched down my Mom’s vintage bugle beads and topped the with some of the purple beads used in some of the bezels.

2. I bezeled one of the tanzanite crystals and have glued down the other.

Next I’ll bezel the other crystal and then pick some beads to fill in the rest of the design.   I am considering letting some of the plum backing become part of the design; it is such a pretty color and the backing has a nice texture.

I also need to think about the finished shape of the bracelet; do I want it to have straight sides or maybe wavy sides? I have never made a wavy finished one but I am kind of leaning that way I think it would compliment the oval and round shapes that are emerging in the beading.  I’ll know for sure as the beading gets further along.

Now it’s time to go back to beading so I can share more next post. TTFN.