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Wire Bliss?!?!

After my class with Janice I was inspired to work with metal. I really wanted to rivet more things together, but I was too sleep deprived to do so. Instead, I worked with wire.

Here are some of my creations.

Those earrings are crocheted and that’s actually my second pair. A friend came over and swiped the first pair!

If you’re interested in making your own, here’s the tutorial. If you don’t want to be bothered with making your own, but want a pair let me know. I do custom orders. ;-)

Here’s my second pair of earrings.

design by Jamie Yoshida (The Bead Gallery)

I had so much fun making these earrings even though it took me a few tries to get some of the components to match up. I really like weaving the pieces together.

I keep meaning to make a matching bracelet, but, like I said, it really isn’t a good idea to work with wire or metal when you’re sleep deprived.

Here’s an excellent example.

Look at the top right of the pendant. I start weaving in a totally different direction.


Hrm. Maybe no one will notice. ;-)

It looks like Sammy wants me to shut my trap and stop the whining. :P

What a glare!

Happy Wednesday, folks! I’m going to lie low and keep out of Sammy’s way. ;-)

Riveted Leaves

On Saturday I took a six hour class from the fabulous Janice Berkebile over at The Bead Gallery.

Yes. You heard me. Six hours.

Every minute of it was intense. We were allowed a lunch break, but most of us powered through it.

The end result was totally worth it.

We started off with a sheet of metal, wire, and headpins. I should have taken a photo of the raw materials, but I was operating on 4 hours of sleep.

Janice taught us how to cut the metal, the rivet embellishments and the shapes together.

I textured all of the back pieces, but somehow my sleep deprived brain missed the bottom leaf.

Oh well. It’s the back of the piece and will most likely not be all that noticeable.

My favorite part of the piece is where we secured the top with a headpin and spacers on the top of the pieces. In between the layers the washer and a bead are squished in there.

I will say it was a bitch to thread the head pin through all of that.

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t texture the leaves myself. I got the metal sheet from Janice. I believe she used a rolling mill type thing to create that effect. Kind of like a metal embossing machine.

I’m eager to experiment with the new skills I’ve learned. Only the shop was out of the type of metal shears I want. So I’ll have to wait.

I can do that.


In other news, my doctor has upped my sleepy meds and I got over 8 hours of sleep last night. Only I now have a druggy hangover. At least, I’m allowed to tweak the dosage a bit, so maybe tomorrow will be a better day.

Except I’m going out to lunch with a friend today. I’m not sure if my face is going to land in my food.

Ack foo.

Have you ever wondered what cats contemplate? This photo makes me wonder.

Happy Monday? I hope you’re all recovering from a fabulous weekend!

Stick to the plan. What plan?

I’ve been metal stamping pendants and whatnot for friends as practice. Megan chose the word “laughter”.

I did two pendants with that word as things did not go according to plan with the first one which is on the left. The one on the right has also been slightly improvised.

The placement of the letters on both pendants aren’t to my liking. I mean, look at the pendant on the left! The “h” was so out of place I figured I might as well get whimsical with the rest of the word.

Maybe one day I’ll revisit the word, but for now I’m shelving the word “laughter”.

Instead, I shall remain grim and stoic.


I had a hard time with the design stamps too. It was tricky getting good impressions. I’ll continue to practice because practice makes perfect!



I’ve decided that any plans I have for a metal stamped piece are going to have to be loose and flexible. Because until I’ve got more experience under my belt anything goes.

Also, I think it would be best to try not to stamp when I’m bleary eyed from lack of sleep.


Well, there’s one thing that’s coming along well. My Tour de Fleece progress of the week.

I’ve been spinning every day since the Tour started. I may not be making monstrous skeins of yarn, but at least I’m still participating. That’s a big home run in my book!

But what’s this?

What is Sammy looking at?

He’s looking at the weekend, folks! And what a great weekend it’s going to be!

I have a class at The Bead Gallery.  Hopefully I’ll have the energy to share a ring with you all on Monday.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Filled with fun, flexible plans!

Yet another new endeavor.

On Tuesday I took another class at The Bead Gallery. This time I learned how to do metal stamping.  You can find a hand tutorial right here on YouTube.

One of the nice things about taking the class at the shop was that I had access to all their design stamps. I was able to try all sorts of funky stamps.

I ended up making a pendant.

As you can see, I really did use a lot of their design stamps. We call it “loading up the palette.” :)

I’m in the process of making a necklace for it, but I’m not sure how well that’s working out. We shall see.

I came home with a lot of goodies so I could do my own stamping at home. For my first solo project I decided to make a tiny charm to attach to a bracelet I’ll be giving to my Mom for Mother’s Day.

I had a great vision for the charm. The word would be centered. The little lotus would be right under the “e”.

As you can see, that didn’t happen. So I kinda winged it. Hopefully, it’s still pleasing to the eye.

I had a hard time coming up with a good word for Mom. She’s not a very frivolous woman and simply putting the word “mom” on a charm would be too corny for her. I think  “zen” embodies her whole life philosophy and will be much more appreciated.

This whole new aspect of jewelry making has me really excited and I’m anxiously awaiting more design stamps coming my way.  Only I can see this getting really expensive. I mean dreadfully spendy. You would not believe how much the set of alphabet metal stamps cost me and here I am already lusting for another in a different font.

Tsk tsk.

I’m not the only one excited. Sammy spies something out the window that’s got him all agog.

Happy Thursday, folks! The weekend is right around the corner! :D