Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/19/18 Moon Marble UFO

This week I finished my Moon Marble Company Cuff bracelet. When we traveled to Kansas for my High School reunion (nearly two years ago) we stopped at the Moon Marble company in Bonner Springs. It was a fun stop and I bought a bag of broken marbles which I used some of to start this cuff. I then put it in a drawer and forgot about it!

This week I was successful in finishing this bracelet. It is backed with a soft suede and has a satisfying weight due to all the Hematite I used in my design.
  

I haven't decided if I am going to put it up for sale or not since it has a bit of newly found sentimental attachment to it and I have no idea how long I worked on it before this week's finishing. It only took about an hour and half of stitching before it got the glue. Then I did the edging in about an hour. I know there had to be more to why I stopped but I have no idea what it was! I do know I shouldn't have stopped, it was an easy and satisfying finish!
  

Next week and possibly the week after, I will be tackling more bead embroidery! This time with one or more of the many Lisa Peters Art Cabs that I have. I have a collection/addiction that I can't add any more to until I stitch at least one from my current stash! -sounds like a good rule to me! Make something, buy more! :)
Bead Honesty: this isn't all of my LPA cabs, it is just the ones I had handy when I decided to shoot a picture....

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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, April 12, 2018

4/12/18 CGB Exploration week #6

This was my final week of CGB exploring. I could do so much more.  I could spend a whole year creating things based on what I have recently learned about Geometric Beading. This week I made another exploded from a pod Rick Rack bracelet and tested my theory about sizing.

  

When I made my first Mraw RickRack I used Cath Thomas' Rick Rack Sizing Guide in the CGB free pattern library to plan my sizing. I estimate that I was an average size wrist and used the 9 peak (pg. 8 of her pdf), 19.8cm size and I was lucky it fit! My theory was that a pod with the same side count puts out a same size rick rack as the guide! It was true, I am not sure why I doubted it before I tried it, but I did, and now I have the proof it works! It makes pod sizing easy if you have made a Rick Rack in the past using the guide, the pod will make the same. For example if you know a 20cm band fits, the Rick Rack guide has the sizing  for many variations of peaks with the sizing and bead count waiting to be used!


I used the same finish of beads as my first bracelet and I am also happy with the way my cast turned out after I finished it.

  

Next week I am going to do something different and finish a bead embroidery cuff that I started two years ago after I got back from my HS reunion. It has literally been on this board in a drawer for long enough for me to have forgotten about it!

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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, April 5, 2018

4/5/18 CGB Exploration week #5

Remember last week when I added another week for exploring CGB?! This week I am doing the exact same thing. I will be continuing through next week since I am not done yet. 
  

This week I did explode a Rick Rack off of my pod. It was my first bead explosion and worked out better than I expected.


Since this year is about finishing things and doing something with my UFO's, I did finish the cast off into a shiny single layer bracelet.

  

The reason I am continuing for one more week is my theory that Cath Thomas' Rick Rack sizing guide in the CGB free pattern library can be used to determine the size of a cast off piece from a pod. I have made a 9 point pod and am in the process of making a cast off with the same finish beads as my Rick rack from a couple of weeks ago. The theory is that if the bead count one one side of the pod is the same as one side provided in the sizing guide, the bracelets should be the same size, allowing the guide to be used for pod estimation as well as MRaw starts. I can use my MRaw start finished piece, make a similar cast off piece and compare :) Wish me luck- see you next week on my actual last week of CGB exploring.

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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, March 29, 2018

3/29/18 CGB Exploration week #4

This week I made a shiny galvanized baby Kaleidocycle that I will be wearing as a pendant. I did break one bead in the final connecting process, but in general I am happy with it and will wear it (and play with it) with pride. 

  

Three of the colors are "old" Delicas, the kind where the color rubs off of them and they were expensive for something not durable or wearable. I bought them in the days before Duracoats, permanent finishes and knowing better!

  

Something awesome happened between last week when I posted my blog and this blog posting. Contemporary Geometric Beadwork posted (seven times!!!) about an amazing thing. The "podcast bead!" Here is the one I made before I add anything else to it. 
  


I am going to add the beads for another Rick Rack bracelet and explode it off! I am going to devote next week also to my CGB explorations. I didn't expect to have this many weeks, but I have to say the timing of the new Podcast Bead-a-Long is great. If you don't know about it- click on over and check it out! 
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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth