More jewellery and bead custom orders

The jewellery making frenzy continues. I am now, however, trying to do some bead-making alongside; seeing if that will help me round the problems I mentioned a while back. So, if you have any bead custom order requests, let me know. It’s probably better if you message me through Etsy, as the whole comments thing on this blog continues to be a bit of a nightmare (no, scratch that, a total nightmare). I’m afraid I can’t take custom orders for the moths – sorry! If I had to make them to order I think my head would blow pretty soon. Most other things are okay, I think. Also, if you do want something, please let me know sooner rather than later because I can’t always take custom orders; right now, I have a bit of time when I can. One other thing: it will be a few weeks before things are ready, perhaps up to four to six weeks.

Anyway, here’s the new jewellery. Sorry, but I’m feeling far too lazy to add the bead makers’ names (I know I should!). Mind you, it’s mostly stuff from my regular band of favourites, and if you’re interested in either art beads or my jewellery, you’ll probably be able to recognise them for yourself.

Air and Darkness 1 An Entire Night Itself 1 Apotropaic 3 cheree 1 Down River 1 Electric Lives 2 ghosts 1 Her Only Possession 1 Mercies1 One Giddy Day 1 riven 2 So To Speak Take Down The Clouds 1 Her far-off repose 1 The Content Of Light 1 The Earth Has Care 2 the old trophies 1 3 the quiet bones 1 The Slightest Hook 3 Tuned to the notes of forever 2 news from another planet 5 Wounded Air 1

Some of these have sold but all the rest are available on Etsy.

Ta Dah!

Look at this. This is the clearest and most tidy that my work table has been since… since… I started working on it:

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Also: I have a tidy, tidy stash:

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All orders are packed (thank you!):

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Essential purchases have been made and delivered –

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– and appraised by Dexy:

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And unwrapped:

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(yep, all essential stuff, that….)

Which means….. it’s time to get the mud out!:

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If you have any bead custom order requests, now would be a good time to ask. Email me: somethingtodobeads@gmail.com.

Final day of Sale, plus things and stuff

I’ve done a woeful job of promoting it but today is the last day of the Spring sale in my jewellery shop.  In case you don’t know, I’m offering 25% off all jewellery, including a good number of pieces that have already been reduced. All you need to do is apply the coupon code SPRING25 when you check out. This means you can get this bracelet for £22.50, which seems a crazy price, frankly.  (Click on the links below the pictures to go straight to the shop listing.)

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Sea Wreath

These earrings – always a bit of a personal fave – can be yours for 12.38.

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Picasso Coins

This bracelet will be just £20.25.

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Soft Geometry

Which, again, is pretty daft. And this necklace can also be had for £22.50.

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Sometimes you just want make space and what have you… Many of the items in the ‘Sale’ section of the shop will be removed and no longer available from tomorrow, and the price of those that remain will be put back up. So, it’s now or never on a good few items…

Aside from all this, I thought I’d share a few pics of other things that have been happening, like you should do on a blog. On Thursday, the gallingly good Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads shared a post on Art Jewelry Elements showing some stamps that she had made by lino-cutting. This is the sort of thing I have been meaning to do, but I hadn’t managed to get my finger out and do it. Thanks to Caroline, I finally gave it a go.  As Caroline said in her post, it’s often not really desirable to use commercially produced stamps and textures, and I generally try to avoid doing so. I made some plaster moulds whilst I was still doing pottery classes last year and I’ve loved having them to use. I wish I had the opportunity to make more. I do own some moulding compound but I always feel I should be all organised and have everything planned before I use it, and that sort of thing tends not to happen in my world. The beauty of the lino-cutting thing is that you can just have a bit of a doodle and see what you come up with, and the materials are relatively inexpensive so it’s no great disaster if you bodge it up. I’ve got a little mound of carved lino bits now.  I’ve yet to try them out properly on any clay yet but I did try a few bits, just to see if I was on the right track.

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a huddle of houses

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some flowery bidnizz

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scribbly Giacometti-style faces

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And as you can see here, you can save up any stray offcuts and carve them to make textures for rolling beads over. I’m looking forward to seeing these glazed.

What else? There’s been some sun the last few days – the proper stuff that actually makes you feel that Spring might just be a possibility. Dexy has be sprauncing around on the terrace sniffing the air…

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…despite having mysteriously developed arthritis in his back legs. He’s only six. He’s a medical marvel, really – always managing to find some new ailment requiring extensive and expensive treatment. Thank the lord for pet insurance. Apologies for the cruddy little mobile phone pictures. Here’s some better shots of him that I’ve had on my desktop, waiting for to be shared, for an age.

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Other than that, I don’t have much to report. I’ll leave you with a tune that’s been buzzing round my head for the last day or so…

New Autumnal Beads

So, a little while ago I decided to try out some designs I had in mind for some stoneware autumnal bead sets.  The wonderful and generous Petra Carpreau sent me some stoneware glazes that she wasn’t using – a really delicious deep rich red and a fizzy marmalade orange.  I’m glad that I was prompted to try out stoneware. Had it not been for getting these glazes I might not have tried it out so soon, but now I have I’ve got a real love for the feel of it.

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After quite a bit of work I just have these five sets but I’m pretty happy with them. I particularly like the leaf/tear-shaped drops with the pools of yummy Petra-glaze in the middle. 4th autumnal bead set 2

I’ll be adding them to the shop today (Saturday, 27 September) at 5.30pm. I’m happy to take reserves – I think a lot of folk are anxious for payday to arrive this month.

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Along with these, I have a handful of other autumnal pieces that I’ll be listing today.

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I have a stack of other beads in the works and a number that are completed. I just thought that I’d put this small lot out as a group to give people chance to get them in their autumn designs. I should be done with the others and ready to do a big full update some time in the first half of October – I hope.  There is rather a lot of glazing to be done –

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Anyway, do head over to the bead shop at 5.30pm today if you’re interested in picking up one of these new stoneware pieces.

A little late: a smattering of new beads… and something new…

[NB. I wrote this post last weekend and planned to publish it when I put these new beads in the bead shop.  Anyway, there were so few beads, they sold very quickly so I didn’t get around to publishing it. Anyway, I’m just going to publish it because it’s there and written, etc….]

As you may know, I haven’t made many beads of late.  However, I had to get the clay out for a couple of things recently, so I decided to make a few bits for the shop. The tiny birds and geo patch birds I made a few weeks ago went well, so I decided to make a few more.

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There are a number of the tiny pairs in different colours.

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And a couple of loners, including this sweet wee blue guy.

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These are likely to be the last polymer beads I make for a while. Why?

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I’m trying my hand at ceramics. I did pottery for several years when I was younger and I’ve wanted to go back to it for some time.  There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve forgotten so I’m doing a course of classes. I’ve also got myself a big lump of clay at home. I’m not sure how it will all work out (whether I’ll get a kiln or get firings done elsewhere, for example) but I’m enjoying it immensely.

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So, I’m putting the polymer to one side for now to focus on ceramics.  Accordingly, I’m afraid I won’t be taking custom orders for a while.  So, this batch of birds will be it for the time being.

oh dear, oh dear, oh beads….

Oh dear

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I had a bit of a hectic few days over the weekend and the backend of last week. I had some bead custom orders to make and a magazine project to make and write up.  The trouble is, I get caught up in doing these things and then things just get out of hand.  This is the result – bead mayhem. I have all these beads that I’ve ordered recently that I’ve either not had chance to put away or that I’ve left out with a view to making something.  And there are these ‘exploded’ orders that I’ve pulled open for the vital elements that I needed and that have remained in their ransacked state.

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Predictably, there’s a Scorched Earth bundle that I raided last week.

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Aren’t these toggles amazing?!

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So, the task for this afternoon will be sorting this lot out, putting some away, deciding what I need to leave out to use in the near future.  Before I do that, I thought I’d share some of these new goodies with you – knowing you’re likely to be one of those peculiar individuals who loves looking at beads.  I’ve had some fabulous post days recently, this morning included.  I’m loving this new Moogin colourway.

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I think at least 2/3s of this little bundle will be staying with me!  Here’s some more gorgeous glass.  I had these in my cart for some time; I’m so glad I got them.  They’re from Rachel Art – this is my first order from her.

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The colour mix is fabulous: bright red and citrus shades with grey – it really works.  I’m just trying to work out how I can use a number of them together so I can incorporate the full range of colours in whatever I make.  They were beautifully presented too.  Here’s some more yummy glass, from Earthshine Beads (which was also beautifully packaged) – plus an enamel leaf from C-Koop.

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I’m sure these should be used together – again, I just can’t work out how… Perhaps I’ll mix in some of these.IMG_2356

I love deep red picasso finish glass so I’m finding this pile very pleasing. I’ll be struggling to separate them, but I guess it must be done. (Beads here from The Curious Bead Shop, Lima Beads and Smitten Beads).  These headpins would fit in this mix rather nicely, I think.

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Mmmm – lovely goodness from Bo Hulley, of course.  More ceramics here, from Happy Fallout.IMG_2387

This is the *third* set of palimpsest beads that I’ve ordered and I’ve still barely touched the first.  I. just. love. them.  I have a similar problem with my Jubilee beads.  These will be joining my sprawling conurbation.

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Another building here, from Blueberribeads, along with some sweet hearts.

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And here’s another first order from a new-to-me maker, Margit Boehmer.

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Kinda wish I’d got more now. I also have a couple of bundles of vintage wonder waiting to be used/filed.  This lot is from Bumbershoot Supplies.

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Loving those vintage sequins; I’ve wanted some for a while.  Fabulous colours!  I’m also loving this little lot too, from Vintage Bead Cache.

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I think that’s the lot!  Thankfully I’ve also just received a pile of bead boxes.

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Dexy finds beads very boring indeed.  He’s waiting on a walk, right now.

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Not impressed. So, I’d best get on and walk him before turning my attention back to this chaos.  Before I go, a question (assuming you’re still reading!): white czech glass starburst coin or blue ceramic star?

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I’m thinking white czech glass….