Monday, May 20, 2013

Chicken or Egg?

Chicken or Egg?
 Which one comes first?
Jewelry people have a joke. It is simply called by the name "Beader's handshake" It is hard to put into words because it is a visual joke but here goes:
A Beader's handshake is when you walk up to another bedecked beader (often someone you don’t even know), stare at her neck, freely pick up the focal piece on the necklace she’s wearing, get a “wow” look on your face, look into their eyes, and then finally say “Hello!” and shake hands. This is really never acceptable behavior. But it happens all the time. Trust me.
OK, I didn't say it was a funny joke - but beaders get it and relate to it, immediately.

Oh, yes, the chicken or egg, which one comes first? Well, I really don't know that but it brings me to another similar question.  ;-)
Do you make jewelry to go with your clothing or purchase clothing to match a piece of jewelry you've made? In this case, it is both but most often, for me anyhow, I purchase clothes to go with the jewelry I've made.
With the change of season, I've been thinking about new kinds of jewelry I need to make.
In the winter, I wear a lot of turtle necks. They require longer necklaces to be seen. (Short necklaces sometimes don't even make it over the turtle neck). Thus all those plain turtlenecks I wear in the winter. They seem to "show off" necklaces better than busy print tops.
Spring and summer bring out crew necks and V necks and will show off 16 or 18 inch necklaces. For example,
Ring by Ring Designs' Signature necklace
Many times bracelets don't even show with long sleeves but some spring, shine with short sleeve blouses.
So, chicken or egg first, jewelry piece or clothing first?  I can only answer the second question = Both.
Do you have a favorite piece of clothing but no jewelry to wear with it? Do you need a new bracelet to perk up your spring wardrobe?
Let's talk!
Until next time,

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Purchases

New Purchases
from the Innovative Bead Show
Every May, my friend and I drive up to Marlboro, MA and spend several hours at the Innovative Bead show. I was able to find some new cabochons at this show .
I also recently purchased a DVD so I could learn some new types of wire wrapping. Naturally, that is why I purchased the new cabs.
I was able to practice Monday morning. Here is my first try.
The colors are dark so I know it is hard to see the wire.
Then I noticed the angles were all wrong. Well, at least not as good as they might be and I tried again. Also, made the coils bigger.
I like this one better.
As I look at the results, even the better one, I'm wondering if I should try it again using silver? I just might give it a go to see what happens. What do you think?
Of course, this was not the only cab I purchased. You can see I found some others. These will take me awhile to finish.
I just had to purchase that owl though. Not sure what will happen to him. Suggestions?
Then I found some that were almost finished, hearts to boot. Couldn't leave them there.
But I did leave some there.  ;-)
Let me know what you think of my new purchases.
Until next time,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother's Day Ideas
Last week I encouraged you to start thinking about things you would like to have for Mother's Day.
Gifts for Mothers, Grandmothers, favorite Aunts or just someone who has been the "special" person in your life. (I remember a cousin of my Mother who was that "special" person in my life after my Mother died)
As I was looking over my inventory for special ideas I decided I'm make a short "video" to show.
I've included earrings, some of my favorite Kumihimo pieces, wire wrapped pendants and of course a chain maille piece.

Click on the above picture or here to see the video. Enjoy!
Always remember personalized items. Mothers and Grandmothers always like items with Birthstones of their children/grandchildren.
Here is one for Mothers or Grandmothers with child's name and birthstone:
As usual, I like to know what you think about what I show to you. Leave a comment below.

Until next time,