The sun was shining and I had the urge to make something light and summery:
I smile whenever I look at it. I just wish I had made it longer. Maybe I should wear another to go alongside it…….
Whilst at Spoilt Rotten Beads at the weekend I spotted a bargain. The sun was out and I was really drawn to the lovely bright summery colours:
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them – make them into rings so I also bought some of this:
).8mm silver plated wire.
I made three rings:
So which colour will you wear to bring on the summer?
(ironically I am writing this listening to the pitter patter of rain!) Bring on summer!
I am not one to sit idle as you will be aware and last week was a bit of a challenge. The steroids that I was on made me shaky and I found it hard to concentrate on things for long. I was also mostly based around the bed thus ruling out many projects such as beading.
I have had a technique on my wish list for a while and I thought that this may well be the time to try…..viking knit. Viking knit is not knitting, really a weave. You end up with a rope like piece:
These can then be turned into jewellery pieces like:
I had bought the kit to do this when I did the celtic heart necklace with the wire mesh.
This is the kit I got. It comes complete with a pair of nail clippers!! There is also a simple wire gizzard and some wire to have a go with. It was this wire that I started to work with. I found the instructions easy to follow and was able to get going quite quickly.
I obviously made a mistake on the second day that I picked this up and ended up having to undo a load due to leaving one of the loops out, but that is normal is it not? Overall, I got on very quickly the second day.
The one thing that I did struggle with was that I knew that I would be ‘stretching’ the braid and had no idea as to how much it would grow. I simply didn’t know when to stop. In the end I decided to stop when it nearly reached around my wrist.
Pulling it through the draw plate means that you can set the desired width and length. I am hoping that this will help to iron out the ‘imperfections’ that occurred whilst I was ‘weaving’. I shall keep you informed…..
I have just read this post from Notsogranny. At the end I wanted to give her a huge hug. I so recognised the feelings that she was experiencing, in fact I had been so caught up in my own ‘problems’ that I had failed to see how she was feeling. (Bad, bad friend).
It is no secret that this has been a tougher than usual week for me and, yes, I had let myself get a bit melodramatic and caught up in it but perspective is a funny thing. I view Joanne’s life as a real achievement, something that is to be aspired to but failed to recognise that her life, like mine has its ups and downs too. Yes she has a wonderful family, built up an amazing business around her teaching, designing, tech editing and producing but there are times when burn out happens to her as well.
We all get so busy, caught up in all sorts of amazing, exciting opportunities that sometimes it is hard to step back and remember who we are and what is truly important to us. My illness should not really come as a surprise as I had been saying for a little while that something needed to give. It turns out that this is my health! I am a firm believer that everything that we encounter makes us who we are. I may have started today morose but I am not going to end it that way.
Last night I got out my wire and had a go at doing some wire hearts. I had a play and enjoyed myself. I relaxed a bit.
That is not to say that I haven’t enjoyed everything that I have been doing recently. I have. A lot. But I do push myself. Constantly. I am always trying to learn new things and take on something new. Even this week, when I was ill in my bed I ‘took the opportunity to have a go at Viking Knit’. Hmmm yes, even when ill I am pushing myself.
So, going forward I am going to try to step back a bit, and take a bit more time. I am writing this here so you can all remind me. Starting from now. I don’t think that I am going to defer my marathon. I may not be preparing in quite the way that I expected, or even, be able to quite achieve what I wanted to but I am not an elite athlete. I am going to go out there and enjoy myself. It is an experience that I am going to enjoy. I had a *cough* big birthday this week. Life is for living in the best way possible for you in the here and now. I am going to try to remember this. Always.
If you are having a wobble for what ever reason then please accept a hug from me. Life is busy, it even gets in the way but whatever you are doing try to enjoy it. xx
This will probably show my age but I didn’t attend a prom when I left secondary school. Did you? Now, it seems like all schools hold one. I have to say that it seems really nice, a bit like a mini wedding. You get all dressed up with a nice dress, get your hair done and organise a special (unusual) way to get there. Fire engines, limousine’s, VW vans etc. I am not sure what my shy and reserved 16-year-old self would think about it but now I think it sounds like fun.
The reason I am writing this is because we are coming into prom season and I was asked to make a bracelet and some earrings for a friend’s daughter. It appears that they had found the perfect dress but had been unable to find the right jewellery to go with it. As the dress has a high neck line a necklace would not work.
I have to say that the responsibility did make me quite nervous but I cracked on anyway.
They entrusted me with the dress so that I could choose the perfect beads. Yes I took it to the shop with me and had some excellent advice from them.
All I needed to do now was to make the pieces.
I was undoing this to add a border around the edge so that the beads were a bit more ‘contained’. However a friend that I was with said that it was great as it was. Seeing how she is completely OCD about symmetry I took her advice and left it as it was.
As an added extra I recently added a ring as well. I had some beads left over and, having begun to get a bit more comfortable with ‘proper’ jewellery making I was keen to have a go.
Luckily everything has gone down really well. A huge relief although we did have plenty of time to rectify the situation had it not been.
I am a bit late joining up with Handmade Monday this week as my computer had a bit of an issue with the internet yesterday. (oh the joys!) I hope you all have a great week. Xx
I need a lot more practice at this!! For fuller instructions head over to here.
For fuller instructions head here.