Definition of "creative", according to my dictionary:
creating; able to create; inventive, imaginative; showing imagination as well as routine skill.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

YOJ week twenty-four

A not-quite-finished piece of fingerweaving here! I originally thought I might take photos of this piece at various stages of development, but then didn't. I'm not sure I'll get the gluing of the knots done today, so I decided to photo & post this now, and I'll finish it later.

This lush bracelet combines such a wide assortment of beads that I feel compelled to list them all.
-carved shell flowers in brown
-flattened shell discs in purple
-effervescent boro beads in brown
-multicoloured boro beads in a shape I've seen described as "teardrop swoops"
-Swarovski bicones in 4 different sizes and two different colours
-Czech firepolished beads in 4 different sizes and 3 different colours
-an assortment of seed beads, mostly in purples, ranging in size from 6/0 to 15/0

I'm thinking this series might have to be called "Medley"...

I love these toggle beads as clasps, although they are a little tricky to use as both ends of the bracelet end in a loop. Previously I shaped the loop part of the clasp first and then had to deal with finishing at the toggle end; this time I switched them around and did the toggle end first. I don't know if it was any easier, except that I didn't have to guess how big the loop end needed to be. I'll do it this way again next time.

Friday, June 08, 2007

YOJ week twenty-three

Another finger-woven multistrand bracelet, this time in a metallic mix of browns & bronzes. I just love doing these, although I am becoming fixated on getting them to twist in different ways. This one was an attempt at a tighter twist but ended up with different strands twisting in different ways and different amounts. I like it anyway - adds interest!

I have made minor decorations on previous clasp loops, but this time I made the decision to put beads all the way around the loop. I like the richness it adds - I'll be doing it again.

The clasp bead is one of my own lampwork. There is no metal in this piece. I almost kept this one (and still may), but listed it on Etsy today.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

YOJ week twenty-two

I've had a productive week, but I'm not caught up on photography. I wanted to get this week's entry in on time - I've been late a lot lately - so I'm putting up these simple summery earrings. Dyed shell, iridescent glass beads, and sterling. Fun, simple, and lightweight - perfect for hot summer days.

Friday, June 01, 2007

YOJ week twenty-one

Another multistrand finger-woven bracelet, this one combines chartreuse with gold-green and cream. I like the way these feel on, and I'm working on the next one already. The closure bead on this is palmwood, which has very interesting markings.

I was tagged on my last post. I shall try to get to that this week.