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Gonna level with everyone here. This is the result of doing things I deeply do not enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy them! But the process... no. Just, no.
It started with the choker. Which I didn't even really plan to be a choker; just a couple of inches of a brick stitch demo with these incredibly lovely scale/spike beads because I wanted to try out other shapes and textures. And let me tell you, I had no idea I would dislike brick stitch as much as I do (and yes, I know it "looks better" with uniform beads, but I really wanted to play with the slightly "chunkier" ones for texture reasons). But it looked good and I... just kept going even through the mental grumbling. And of course near the end one of the beads turned out to be fragile and broke, so I had to go through hoops to replace it and there's one row at the back that looks crooked, but it's in the back and if anyone complains they're welcome to do it all over again themselves. ...Ahem.
After that harrowing experience, I then decided, "You know what else I don't like doing? Plain strung necklaces." GIANT SHRUG, I have no idea why this seemed like a challenge to take on, but it did. I dug through my bead drawer and came across this hematite pendant I'd had for years, just part of a random grab bag of things, and designed around it while keeping the look of the choker in mind. Instead of just one or two threads, there are five holding the weight of the pendant and holding the necklace itself together. Because I never trust single-thread necklaces.
Like I said, I'm actually really happy with the result. I just. Never want to do this again.
This is a case of playing with materials and trying new things that spiraled out of control. Considering I was left with this result, I really can't find it in me to complain.
It all started with the fabric "feathers". I had some scraps and wondered if I couldn't manage to make a couple of different feather shapes and make them look relatively decent. That worked out, I think, and then I... just wanted to try a very different kind of stylized feather with beads... and naturally one can't make pendants without making a necklace, right? Yeah, sure. I had some cotton cord, recently learned the super simple macrame technique, have had these beautiful dark amethyst beads forever... and at the last moment I was handed a gold ring "for artistic uses". So, clearly, I used it. And this happened.
For some of us, it is the most delightful coping mechanism.
I'd had these little black labradorite beads hanging around for a while, picked up from one place or another because black labradorite. I bought the tiny pewter skull beads on a whim, because who wouldn't? The rest just sort of... fell into place when I was looking for something "simple" to accomplish. I think it worked out quite well myself. Subtle... to a point.
Two curious jewel dragon hatchlings, ready to explore the world! And have a snack. And take a nap. You know, the truly important things in life.
I've been making these baby jewel dragons off and on for a while now, but I'd always been a little worried about their stability. Sure, everyone ought to know to be gentle with tiny handmade things like this, and I never received any complaints, but even so I just wanted to make them overall sturdier with enhanced stability just to be sure they'd stand the test of time. These two are the fruits of testing and labor and so much cursing and complaining, but the results are spectacular and extremely sturdy. They're still a little squishy and flexible, but overall the body, wings and limbs are much more stable than previous attempts. ...The downside here is that they take an awful lot longer to make (read: much more work) than previous attempts, but it's a worthwhile trade-off.
Still, I mean. Aren't they worth it?
I was contacted with a remarkably specific request for this pale yellow and cream snake lariat necklace, and was extremely happy to work on something like this again. I do hope it’s being greatly enjoyed. Date: 04 March 2017
Because sometimes certain amazingly awesome nonsense phrases just totally need to be done over in shiny beadwork. And maybe my life has just revolved around one video game in particular for far, far too long.
From the moment I saw Roen's design for Prompto's belt, I loved it. But, dude, I am not the kind of person who spends $300 on a belt. ...Apparently I am the kind of person who off-loom weaves 2,380 individual beads together for the main design, because yeah that makes sense. But I love the result and it's too late now.
The phrase "as is tradition" started at Desert Bus 8. I believe it actually did have a specific purpose, initially (such as the insistence of taking people to the store, which is something that would take another a paragraph and a video to explain), though it sort of just spiraled out of control from there. I know I've been using it ever since.
And so, as is tradition, I had to make something beaded for Desert Bus 10, and I jumped on the chance to use this phrase. It also fits perfectly on a bracelet that's about 7.5 inches long, and that clasp was being discontinued so of course it fit the rest of the color scheme perfectly.
Sold at Desert Bus 10 for $360! Thank you for your generosity CanadianGirlFNC!
I'd been wanting to do something related to the white robes in thegamecompany's iconic Journey, but like so very many things, never properly got around to it. And then I got a lovely commission request from someone who was planning a Journey-themed wedding. Ideal.
Two full weeks from start to finish, and a whole lot of very careful tension monitoring, anchoring and reinforcing, but wow that result. I'd also agreed to try a new kind of clasp, which at the time was vaguely terrifying. It turned out looking so incredibly nice, though, and was well worth the learning experience.