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Polymer Focal Bead on Leather Cord

Custom Pieces

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asking $16.00 US for each of these Polymer Clay on Leather Cord necklaces

I made these by mixing different colors/blending and then made them into a Focal piece.

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Now Taking Orders

I am now taking orders for the jewelry I make.
I will be doing custom pieces in the size or colors of your choice.
I will make necklaces and bracelets  like the one below

which is call KUMIHIMO.  I use glass beads.

KUMIHIMO Bracelet
KUMIHIMO Bracelet

A little history about this type of beaded braid.

Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses’ armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).

I will also be offering Fused Glass Pieces for not only the women but for the men in their lives.

I will also Start another BLOG to post this jewelry and for others to link to who also make pretty things they want top sell.  Let’s support each other.

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Alone With My Beads/Daily Prompt: The Zone

Inspiration comes in many forms but when it happens to me I either grab a camera or my Blue Tray upon which I do my Beading.

I head into the spare bedroom,  though there is no bed and open up the many drawers and containers I have full of beads.  As I poke around I zero in on the colors I have available.  I used to just have colors of the Sea.  I have been beading for two years now and have some of each color it seems.

So with tray in one hand I begin to add beads, needles, thread and findings to complete a project.  Who knows if I will sit and work it to the end or put it aside half-finished for a later day.

Even when gathering the supplies to make something pretty and new,  I slip into THE ZONE.  You have to or the creative juices can stop flowing,  even before you begin.

Now with all I think I will need,  piled high upon my blue tray,  I sit at the table over looking the yard and river with my dog and cat close by.  I add the string to my needle,  usually Fireline so the piece will last for years and then I use the needle to pick up one tiny seed bead at a time.  I like using 15’s and 11’s the best.  They are very tiny.  I have to focus or prick myself.

As I sit and pick up each one and add them into my design it starts to come together nicely and as I do the world seems to stop.  Yes I enter THE ZONE rather quickly when I place that Blue Beading Tray in front of me.

Do you BEAD?

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Have a great day getting lost in THE ZONE!

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Western Avenue Studio Visit

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Enter through this door and travel by elevator to the different levels full of Art!

 

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Common area

 

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Metal Man creates these sculptures from trash he collects

 

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Hallways are lined with art as well as many rooms full of all kinds of Art

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Someone else loves dogs

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Hanging from piping

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Wonderful artist was more than happy to let me take a few photos

 

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Metal Man had walls and walls of interesting re-purposed items Loved this section!

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Zentangle  taught here too!  I love doing this too as well as my friend Val who takes her lessons from this studio.

 

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Zentangle kits and supplies sold here

 

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This artist had a wonderful shop full of  so many beautiful pieces to choose from

 

 

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Old Mill Building had a display of colorful spools of thread that caught my eye

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Most of the artists also offered some snacks

 

 

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This shop was same one that offered Zentangle

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Metal Man piece

 

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Yes Art of every kind can be found here.  In many rooms I did not ask if I could take photos,  the ones I did were happy to hear I would do a blog on the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell MA,  to get the word out.

The month of December they are open each weekend before Christmas.  Usually it is OPEN STUDIOS the first weekend of the month.

If you will be in Massachusetts and looking for something fun to do,  stop in this old mill building and get up close to those who are creating art right there in their spaces.  They want you to watch and also ask questions as well.

A friend  and I went as light snow fell and while the outside of this building gives no hints about what is inside, you now know the secret that is held just behind all those bricks.

You can get some great pieces for gifts, that are one of a kind.  Maybe you do Interior Design please keep this place in mind for some great deals.

Step into the elevator just inside the door go all the way to the 5th floor and work your way down.

This is truly the bare bones of what you will find inside.

 

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Having Fun

Ok I made up some more beads and baked them up now while pies bake tomorrow I will wet sand and make them into some pretty pieces to wear.

 

 

Polymer Beads
Baking Polymer Clay Beads

 

 

 

polymer clay beads
washed

 

 

 

beads
different mix

 

 

Now all I need to do is use 600 grit wet sandpaper and  a machine to buff them up add wire or jump rings,  then ear wires.

 

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Friday’s Jewelry Work

 

Here are a few photos

 

 

 

These are made from glass,  I fuse in a kiln then drill then embellish and add earwires and get them ready for sales.  3 of these already have a new home she will have her pick since she placed a special order for her Christmas list

 

 

 

Now here are a few more Polymer Clay Beads I did

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to check them out

 

I need to get busy making lots of different kinds for the Holiday season.

I also need to place more of my photos on Zazzle for those shoppers looking for my prints on cards, stamps and even T-shirts

 

I am still learning so nothing is PERFECT but I am OK with that and prices reflect that compaired to masters prices

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Kumihimo Bracelet

 

Bobbins loaded, hate the thread I used.  Cotton.

 

 

 

Thread and beads

 

 

Fall Colors

 

 

 

 

 

It starts to develop

 

 

 

Not really happy with my choice of foundation so I will take it apart but I LOVE the COLORS

of Fall as it sits on my wrist or ankle

 

I will show what it looks like using another thread type soon.

 

I rested all day FULL MOON tomorrow,  BLUE MOON  so I made this and  took photos of

Buterflies all day  as tomorrow it will be time to shoot the MOON

 

 

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Checkered Flag part 2 as well

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I spent hours getting my whole bead area clean and organized.

While I was doing that I thought about my post “Working in Neutrals”

What could be easier than Black and White.

I am just playing with the edges of a wide cuff type bracelet on this tray but have many

ideas running through my head.  I will take my time no reason to rush.  Wait till you see the

earrings!  I am also thinking of making some beautiful Kumihimo bracelets.

Who likes Black and White?  What are your favorite color combinations?  I am always looking for

INSPIRATION you should see my Pinertrest Boards !

Have a great weekend

Stay safe

 

I went with earrings today

 

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I need to learn to work in Neutrals

Here are some more of the pieces I make, that are for sale and I also make custom pieces in not so BOLD COLORS

These were the 1st two stitches I learned.

Tubular Peyote and Kumihimo

 

A few more lessons learned

 

This one below is a type of netted cuff.

Sea Glass Pendent

 

another wrapped piece

 

 

Fused Glass Pendent/Dicrohic Glass also wrapped

 

 

A Silver link Necklace I made by hand

 

Pretty Holiday Colors with Crystals here and there.

It always starts with beads!

 

I was thinking Autumn into Halloween

Maybe my most mellow piece,lol

Eyeglass Layard’s in buyer’s choice of color, these I called Root beer.

Top one Root beer and Pink Herringbone

Banana Cream and Peach with White ,these are even count flat peyote

light weight Purple and White Earrings

A mixture of all types of dangle earrings

Dicrohic Dangles

Crystal and Stone with three  larger beads for accent

Even Count Flat Peyote

with cream button to go with cream and beautiful bluish-green beads

 

Spiral Stitch Bracelet in pretty  Greens and Yellows

 

 

Thanks for checking them out

I have a Pinertrest board for Color Inspiration but NO Neutrals not sure if many people  LOVE COLOR

I myself live in a Turquoise House so you know I do.

 

Peace