New category for a new hobby document time!
This has continued on from the beaded jewellery I started making last summer and sold at craft fairs, but I’m hoping to improve and take it to the next level as I’m enjoying it all the whole process from design to the finishing touches on a piece- I’m finding the actual bead weaving itself quite therapeutic. I’ve got lists and lists of designs and accessories to get through! Which now consist mainly of crash bandicoot, zelda, something harry potter, the tardis, space invaders and several ambitious painting remakes and film scenes along with patterned designs and once I’ve drawn up myself and yes it’s going to take me to the end of summer to get through it all
I’ve discussed before how I often had creative crafty outlets when I’m not in work or on photography jobs, I think it’s because I’ve always been painting etc whilst in school and I always need to be doing something. I initially was going to get my hands on a soldering iron and do some metal work until I got the bead loom for Christmas- now I’m hooked.
Here’s what I’ve done so far: I started off simple to get the technique down;
Then I started thinking more elaborately and had one of those “the possibilities are endless!” moments when thinking about designs and that I didn’t had to stick to jewellery.
So then I started trying shapes, more so to see if I could do it:
Experimented with beads too- types, colour and sizes, then I had to move onto how I would finish off each piece. Especially when the gifts began;
I want to do some more scenic one’s- beach scenes, forests and the like but quite proud of the peacock feather bag charm- it was tricky and probably took the longest, but all the more to be happy about when it was finally finished. Here’s were I got thinking about making more than jewellery, I’m aiming to be able to create purses and phone cases as well as the current creations which consist of sew-on patches, bookmarks, badges and coasters. I’d love to do more, but right now I need to perfect what I’m already doing.
As I’ve mentioned previously on a blog update, I want to also create a lot of photography themed items and products for photographers. It’s going to take a lot of work, research and moulah so right now I’m focusing on the designs. Ideally, I’d love to get to the point of being able to make elaborate bead embodied items- but that’s a long way off, and I don’t want my photography to suffer. At the moment I’m involved in an animation collaboration project and have been commissioned to do some food photography whoop! The first batch of Jammy Dodgers were awesome
Finding a balance has been a bit tricky with working at a restaurant as well, but I’ve enjoyed bead weaving! And so, you can find these for sale in my Etsy shop “Lets Make Tracks”
I want to be able to use this blog category to document each design or piece- I’m going to start doing more research and I’ll do write ups about what I find interesting or helpful