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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Various Completed Projects

So, yes, I'm aware of the facts that I haven't been blogging much since I came back from the vacation :)

However, I've still been doing some stuff that I'm going to share with you in this post. I completed a bead embroidery pendant, which I started off just before I went on vacation. And for those who follow me on facebook and twitter, I mentioned that I finally bought myself a metal block and a chasing and a rubber hammer. And yes, of course, I've been doodling around with some wire; copper as I find precious metals are very expensive, and even more expensive to practice on.
As I went on and playeed with wire wrapping once again, I remember even why I haven't done it much to begin with; my nail are very soft (really soft, like jelly "almost") and the wire really manage to give them quite a beating, heh.

Here's the bead embroidery pendant I mentioned earlier. For the bezel I used 11/0 delicas and 15/0 Miyuki seed beads. The cabochon with the skull I actually painted and varnished; it was just black and white from the beginning, but I wanted a bit of  a personal touch to it so I painted the skull red and added some golden highlights on it on various places. I used a 14mm Swarovski rivoli to enhance the look of the piece a little more. At the bottom part there's an 8mm black onyx gemstone cab which is surounded bu 11/0 delicas and 11/0 seed beads by Matsuno, along with blue goldstone chip beads. The fringe I wanted a bit simpler then the rest; for the bottom I simply used some 11/0 seed beads in black and red together with 9mm twisted bugles, 4mm Swarovski bicones and small magatamas. For the sides I embellished with some long magatamas, to get a bit of a "tribal" feel to the piece.

When I played around with wire, I wanted to make something rather simple and basic. So I found this small project in the book "Bead & Wire Art Jewelry" that I wanted to try out now when I actually had access to a bigger selection of wire gauge then I had when I first bought this book, last year.
This project required 20 and 18 gauge wires.

This is another wire project. I saw this tutorial on the YouTube channel of Beadaholique, and I just wanted to give it a try to practice some wire working.
 This is my own design. I wanted to make something a little bit more abstract, yet not too complicated. First off, I drew the design I wanted in my sketch book where I have most of the designs I've made that aren't free-form. First I measured how much wire I would need, and then I hammered the frame flat, and used the ball side of the chasing hammer to give it some texture. I then began to join the loose parts I wanted around the main frame with some random wire-wrapping techniques (yes, I know; it looks really amateurish - only one way to learn; practice, heh). For the web, I used turquoise chip beads and 11/0 Toho seed beads in a permanent finish. 
 Oh yes, I've also been playing around with some kumihimo!
I've been wanting to play around and incorporate beads into my kumihimo for some time now, and I got my hands out of the pockets and actually did this one. I used both long magatamas and the smaller ones, to embellish the rope a bit here and there. The reason to why I didn't do a complete surrounding of beads is that I didn't have enough of the magatamas in the colors I chose to work with. Still, I personally like it. Main thing, right? lol ^^

Do you also have a lot of balls in the air at the same time?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Back in Belgium and did some Wire-Wrapping!

I'm back home in Belgium again, after having one of the most awesome vacations ever! Seriously though! :O

Sharing some photo's I took along the way :)

We set out on Wednesday 29th of August, and we spent the entire day at the airport... Pretty much, heh. Landed in Luleå, Kallax - airport at 22.10, to after picking up the luggage go to my mom and spend the night and approx. one more night there.

On Friday my grandmother and her husband came to pick us up to drive all the way to Kiruna. We spent the whole weekend there, walking and driving around, showing my other half some stuff that definitely can't be seen in Belgium. And also got to show him some old silly childhood places :P He also got to taste the famous moose-meat-soup (älgköttsoppa in Swedish) I've been going on about for ages, and came to his senses that it is divine, lol.

On Monday we ended up taking the bus to Luleå, to go and see my aunt and cousins. My bf told me that he's never, ever sat so long on a bus in his entire life (lol, almost 5hours drive with bus), and kept saying that if he did the same in Belgium, he would end up in a completely different country!
Anyway! ^^
We spent almost the rest of the week, till Thursday evening at my aunt's place, being social until we went back to my mom's place. She was the only one that could take time off to drive us to the airport in the morning :)
That rock is a sacrificial site where some of the Sami have been sacrificing reindeer to their deities.

So yeah! Back home, and it actually feels nice to have personal space and my lil' studio again, lol. Although, I ended up getting a darn heavy cold from one of my cousins and it's kept me in bed pretty much the entire weekend, I'm just now starting to feel a lot better again.
Went nuts on Sunday and ordered a metal block along with a chasing hammer and a rubber hammer, some copper wire in different gauges and finishes, and some additional beads that "accidentally jumped" into the shopping basket, LOL.
One of the most amazing wonders nature has created. It's called "Lapporten".

The hammers and the metal block arrived before the additional wire I purchased, so I went on and played with some older silver-plated copper wire I've been having around for quite some time. I ended making a pair of hoop-earrings which I actually rather love, heh. I used 20 and 24 gauge wire to make them, and used some 3mm firepolished Czech glass beads along with some cubic zirconia tear drops for the center of the earrings.
A long waterfall in Abisko National Park.
My grandmother and her husband in the Church of Kiruna.
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