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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I've Been Working On.....

Continuing the friendship bracelet theme, I moved onto some stacked bangle type bracelets.  Marina Rios of Fancifuldevices came out with a tutorial earlier this year on how to make them.  Shannon LeVart of Missficklemedia also has a tutorial on how to make them.  And, Lynn Ferro of Yuccabloom has been making them for some time.  I have been a bit afraid to tackle them but decided that the only thing I had to fear was fear itself.   (I just made that up but you can use it anytime.....lol).  Actually, I think President Roosevelt actually said it, but I could be wrong about that.  I probably should check on that.

So, I attempted to make a set.  I enjoyed the process much more than I thought I would, but I don't like mine as much as I hoped I would.  I guess they are okay, and I realize this isn't very good advertising, but I am just being honest.  It just seems like every one else's is better......

I am going to keep trying and I figure that after I've made a few more sets, 1) I will be sick of making them and 2) they will get better each time.

Before the bracelet set, I made some pieces that I've had out to make for some time, but they always seemed to get pushed back for something else.  I made these using Marti Conrad's stoneware pieces.  I love this black glaze of hers and in keeping with the wing and feather theme, named the small series "Black Raven".




They have several similar components and could all be worn together with no "matchy" problems at all.

I also made a bracelet using one of Kara Moeller's owl components.  I love the rustic look of her work and she is a hoot to visit with.  (Get it....a hoot!)  Really, she is really a lot of fun, great sense of humor, trained in the arts and I believe she used to teach school.

I used some chrysoprase and agate gemstones, handmade lampwork, and an owl charm by Patina Queen on etsy.

Now, for business......

Don't forget that this saturday, July 28, is the first reveal date for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party Blog Hop.  I am participating in the first reveal along with my partner Judy Turner.

I am also working on a blog post about Daisy.  Daisy belonged to Isabelle Moore and Isabelle lost her in June.  I want to share a bit of her story with you.  I have had to work through some emotions about it before I could tackle it, but I have pictures and Isabelle's permission and will share that with you next week.  There, now I have made a promise, set a deadline, and must follow through.

And, today I hit 100 members on my blog with almost 17,000 views.   This is since Thanksgiving of last year.  I am thrilled that so many people find my little chronicle interesting enough to follow.  Anyway, as soon as the hop is over this weekend, and as soon as I get back from next weekend's legal seminar at the Lake of The Ozarks (we are taking the dogs camping along the river too) I am going to have a giveaway.  It should be around August 5th or thereabouts.

A big thank you to everyone who has joined as a member and as always I love your comments.  I don't have much of a social life you know and look forward to seeing what you all have to say.......lol

THANK YOU!

9 comments:

Julie said...

Love the Boho bangle! Hope you don't mind if I put it on my Facebook.

BackstoryBeads said...

I love your stacked bangles! Swirls of summer for your wrist. Now I'm going to have to try my hand at some. (Thanks for the links to tutorials.)

Coffeefreek53 said...

Heck, I love your bangles, they are awesome. Don't dis yourself honey; there are always plenty of folks who will jump on that bandwagon!! Congrats on the blog too, I enjoy your blog and look forward to postings.

coffeefreek

Monique U. said...

I love the balance of earthy and shiny you blend into every piece. Congratulations on reaching a special milestone (Yay, Lori!) and I'm sure there will be many more.

Alice said...

You've been busy! Everything is just lovely, especially those colorful bangles!

Congrats on 100 followers!!!

Rosemary said...

Jean,
I love the bangles - you did a great job - so colorful! Is each a separate bracelet or are they connected? I'll check out the tutorials.

Keep up the great work and always enjoy reading your blog!

Anonymous said...

Always fun to try something new. I think everything looks great (as usual).
vickie

Jean A. Wells said...

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ShadeTree Studio ( http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html ) said...

Wow, you had an amazing collection of beads to work with! I love all your creations but especially the flower cascade necklace and the skull necklace what fun:)I want both of them:D