Still on the jig. Had this idea for a bracelet. Wish I’d had different beads in a different colour but it was an experiment. Made a latch style closure for it.
I keep having ideas for the jig. I took a butterfly theme and went all rings then tried a choker. Used a variety of wires as well. Heavy copper from the hardware store, steel wire and silver filled parawire. Love it in all styles and types!
Found these great Dover clip art books – one with Japanese borders. This piece was copied to PnP paper, then burnished onto 24 ga copper. During last week’s class at Beadfx I put it in the etching solution. See Poopsie McAngrypants overseeing the ferric chloride bath.
It went into liver of sulphur for patina then I glued it to a strip of leather with e6000. Corners were punched and riveted with screw and nut rivets from Susan Lenart Kazmer. Then I used my leather punch and snap setter to add the closure and bracelet bending pliers to give it a rounded shape. It fits my wrist like a second skin!
I haven’t had a lot of time to play with my Now That’s a Jig by Brenda Schweder. But I had an idea for a cuff on my way home from teaching at Beadfx yesterday so I decided to try it out.
Here is a pic of the bracelet in progress. You can see how I set up the jig to create the prongs of the bracelet and the flower-shaped focal.
Then I wirewrapped the prongs after I flattened them and shaped them around a bracelet mandrel. I wrapped the central oval for a focal crystal to nestle into. Not sure yet how I will finish the back or if it needs finishing.
After my Swarovski Elements cruise, I re-evaluated my life and know that following my bead and metal dream is my only course of action. So this blog will document my new teaching and designing journey.
A few things about the cruise, while it’s still on my mind. I made a few new friends, which was great. I learned a lot about Swarovski Elements and befriended a few more Ambassadors to grow my network of contacts. The exciting stuff happened on my shore excursions, though. My guide in Costa Maya channeled an old, dear, departed friend and gave me some very heart-felt messages that set my mind and heart at ease. The warm, humid air and sun restored my mind and body from the stress that was winding me to the breaking point. The cerveza ensured that I relaxed and the great food and company engaged my creative mind and spirit.
I am looking forward, with a light heart, to my new teaching and learning adventures at Bead and Button in Milwaukee, in a few weeks. If you’re going to be there, check out my classes and sign up!
Finally, the sun is breaking through in Toronto, literally and figuratively, and I feel amazing! Join me on this creative journey. I welcome your feedback, comments and support.
Only love and good thoughts to you all.