After a long snowy cold winter I am so looking forward to Spring. I will bet I am not the only one……..
Spring is the season of new beginnings so in that spirit I have been teaching myself something new….I have become fascinated with Miniatures. Mostly mini food, maybe that’s because I have been on a Damn diet for the last 50 years. I am loving learning new techniques and putting them to use. My goal is to make so mini Gingerbread houses and maybe some miniature Christmas shadow boxes.
Here are some examples of my experiment’s so far.
This is my first cake..It is about 2 inches big. I am happy with it overall except the cake texture needs work; I have gotten better.
How about some gooey chocolate cake this one is about 1 inch [see the crumb is looking better].
So now I have made little cake slice charms, they make sweet earrings.
How about blueberry pies ..these are 1 inch . I made a couple into cute refrigerator magnets and turned the others into pendants.
I made the plate 3/4 of an inch so you can imagine how small the sugar cookies are.
and this is my last piece…I think the hat is sweet. So now I am off to work on some mini Christmas cookies
Go ahead and complete your design on the top and trim bead backing.
Cut2 pieces of lining material and 1 piece of backing..lay out backing stack lining right sides together and then the top.
Because I can’t use pins to hold fabric together I use tiny clips that won’t put marks or creases on fabric…Now it’s time to put it together.
Go around the 3 closed sides with a cool edging stitch sewing the case together at the same time….On the open edges I used another edging stitch and sewed the lining together at the opening at the same time.
and there ya have it a finished functional way to use bead work.
I sure hope you enjoyed my mini DIY…if you have any questions I am happy to help.
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.
I like these Aqua ones I added some moonstone beads and some pearls and crystals to finish them off.
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 am very happy I finished beading the cuff bracelet this morning. Now I will show you the final steps.
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.I stop several time while cutting to wrap it around the brass form to make sure I like the shape it is taking.
All trimmed now and I like how it is fitting around the form.
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.
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.
I am blessed to have some lovely talented nieces who are each special young women. I really enjoy them and find them interesting in many ways.
One of these young women is Melissa Santiago she is beautiful, smart and a darn talented knitter. She made these awesome fingerless gloves that I got in the mail yesterday.
They are the perfect color and fit my little Hobit-like hands great. I asked her to make the fingerless kind because I have such short fingers I can rarely find gloves that both fit and are comfortable. I can’t wait for cold weather so I can wear them.
I think she did a great job I love the cable detail running up the front of the gloves. I can knit but not as well as she can, I will enjoy these for years to come.
Thank you so much Melli I love them.
p.s. sorry everyone has to see how messy my work table is,lol.
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.
I have always found that the best way out of a creative slump is to teach myself something new.
As of late I have been dealing with some health issues and that has put a strain on my energy and creativity. I don’t have much control over the health stuff it is in my Dr’s hands but I do have control over my creative mind. I have decided to pull up my big girl panties and take control of what I can and get on with it……..
My friend Moe can tell you I am not much of a wire worker. For some reason I find it a little intimidating so I force myself to incorporate wire wrapping into some of my projects. My skills are very basic but every time I master a new wire skill I feel happy and it sparks my creativity.
Yesterday I was determined to make a basic wire wrapped ring; and guess what it wasn’t as hard as it looked….
Here is my first one………..
not bad for a first try and it is surprisingly comfortable and fits perfectly. So I tried another……
There it is on my hobbit hand; the wrap is much neater and it fits great too. Now that I have the basics down it is tine to start adding some creative flair to the basics.
I do a 10 day craft show every fall and I think it would be great fun for the people to pick their own bead and watch while I make their ring for them on the spot. I have until October to perfect my skill set for it and come up with some pretty designs. I have ordered some more wire and will get to practicing when it arrives.
I felt much better after playing around with the wire and felt a little of my spark come back……….yeeehaaaa!