Next beady blog
I’ve not got a great deal done over the weekend craft wise- I started three pieces and then unravelled them because I either didn’t like them or there was a mistake I couldn’t ignore. They were only prototypes but with experimenting or practicing with designs it’s a case of make it, photograph it then take it apart to reuse the beads. At the moment anyway- I can’t keep everything I make as I need the beads! Here’s what I made:
making miniatures for ear rings and hair clips
I sent off my first order to America this weekend though very happy! I seem to have a fair few people interested but no more orders yet. I think I’m going to make a stack of orders and variations of the designs… hoping to find a craft fair over the summer
Anyway, today I thought I’d write about my resources and earlier work and put up a few pics I initially started using this book and when I started bead weaving;
It helped a lot with the initial set up and first few practices; I found it a lot more helpful than looking at tutorials online and there’s a lot more in there than using a loom. Though it did make me want to read more books are too expensive atm so I buy magazines every now and then for inspiration, tips, seeing what’s in and what people are producing. Here are the two I’m going through now;
Soo much in there.. it can be a bit off-putting sometimes to see creations of a higher level than your own and wondering if you’ll ever get there! Or even if what you’re doing will be successful (even if it is a hobby!). All that uncertainty, but I suppose it’s still early days and everyone started at the bottom anyway. The thing that worries me most is the competition, it’s the same with my photography as well but there’s ways around it.
Either way, I had a few other books and mags like this when I began making jewellery last year- I’ll have to dig them out, along with some old pics and blogs! In fact, I’ve got a bag full of bracelets to take apart or repair or remake so I’ll be making a blog about that:
I have a couple of craft boxes I should probably go through as well- so many unmade things it’s the same with folders on my hard drive and desktop full of tutorials and images. I’ll get through it all eventually like getting around to making these;
I remember having a set of a matching necklace and bracelet when I was younger a big trip down memory lane when I came across this pic! I think I’ve got some old jewellery from when I was little! My favourites are the one’s we got from a shop in Abersoch in North Wales- we used to go there every summer for a beach and walking holiday one of those crafty, tourist, little independent boutiques dad would deem “tat shop” I love tat shops, I will have my own one day haha
Anyway! Getting back on track. Actually, I don’t think this blog had a track. So yeah.. Resources! Of the online type- here are my current favouries and I’ll have an inspiration blog coming soon that will involve a couple of these:
I’ll leave it there for today; I feel I have waffled too much oh well. Finally, some insights of my er, “workspace” and tools I’ll be moving from the couch to a table any day now hehe!