I have been trying to organize my jewelry making corner. Jeff is so patient as he bites his tongue. He hates that I am so messy and disorganized. My hobbies take over the house. He gave me a corner to do my jewelry in the dining room. That may have been a mistake on his part, so he keeps quiet. But he has recently started to huff and puff and I am in danger of him blowing my house down. So I am working hard to get things back in order.
Beading has so many components. I was able to purchase some coin tubes (200 of them) to begin the task. But after filling every last one of them, I realized that this was not going to be enough. I started, and will continue to save my medicine tubes. Organizing the beads into colors and then different drawers. But there are wires, elastic, cords, ribbons and metal findings. There are also tools, glues, varnishes, polymer clays and more.
My drawers are full, the top of the work area is full. I desperately need more storage space. I will keep at it.
In the meantime…my recent creations.
This Blue Set was a favorite and was sold to a family member in Texas. I was glad because it will stay in the family. I really came close to keeping it. I loved that it would go well with jeans. Does anyone else have trouble with letting go of their creations? It is becoming harder and harder to do so.
Now this bracelet, I am wearing as I type this. I really love the colors.
I just cannot tell you how much I love these agates. I found them at the Gem & Mineral Show in Lincoln this last weekend. I could not leave without them. They looked so much like melted chocolate and cooked marshmallow in S’mores. I made both the necklace and bracelet the moment I got home. I added a sterling silver clasp and finished with matching earrings of sterling silver. The effect…totally unique and stunning!
This post is hush hush. But since I don’t think my daughter-in-law reads my blog, I’m going to share with you a necklace that I just made for her.
A little background: I called my son M to ask what K likes with Christmas in mind. He rattled off a few interests of hers and the one that caught my attention was “moldavite”. I said, what the heck is moldavite? He said, “well, she is into crystals and stones and that moldavite was one that she likes.”
Of course this made it interesting to me. So I looked up moldavite on Google. It is a fragment from a meteor that fell to earth 15 million years ago in present-day Nördlinger Ries … 99 % of all moldavite finds are from Southern Bohemian localities, 1% were found in Southern Moravian (Czech Republic) localities. A really great website to learn about this amazing natural crystal-like stone is www.aboutmoldavites.com. If you want to read about moldavite’s metaphysical properties, you can go to www.moldaviteman.com/metaproperties.html
Moldavite is just “cool”! This beautiful piece was found in the Czech Republic.
So I took myself to my favorite online store…ebay and sure enough, found a seller of moldavite, FrantFrant. I found this piece that I could buy outright without having to bid for it and simply bought it. I was a little worried that it might not get here in time (all the way from the Czech Republic) for me to make something with it, but luckily, I had ordered it with plenty of time to spare.
FrantFrant did a great job of getting it to me in a protected wrap and a certificate of authenticity. It tells me where the fragment was found, its size and shape etc.
I was so excited when it arrived and I opened the package immediately. I went straight away to my desk and made a wired-wrapping for it (only two tries) and made it into a necklace. I think she is going to love it.
I sure hope K loves it as much as I do. Ha, I liked it so much I ordered another fragment for myself!