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The Birds and the Beads

New Claythings

It’s show-and-tell time! First the birds: I had these UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for those not in the know Wink) sitting around for the last few weeks and today I finally drilled a few holes, attached a few findings and took a few pictures. I made three pendants, three buttons, two pairs of earrings, two bobby pins, and a ring in colors to match Alexander Henry’s Birdseed fabric. The items not pictured are on flickr here and here. If you’re lost, I wrote about the work-in-progress here, and the skirt that inspired all of this here Smile.

Building Better Beads

And now the beads: Remember waaaaaay back in June when I took the Building Better Beads class with Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes? I came home from that with a handful of big beads that needed to be sanded and buffed. I finally got around to buying some sandpaper, and I did the deed this morning. Let me just say, these beads are so smoooooth, I can barely keep from stroking them all day long! I’ve never sanded my work before (I have a different finishing technique that has always worked well for me), and so I’m not used to it feeling like this. And see that shine? It’s not glassy, but it is a soft, satiny shine, and I got it just by buffing for a minute or so with a terrycloth towel. Not bad, eh? I’m considering adding a sanding step to my finishing routine, but only if I can manage to do it in a position that doesn’t leave my wrist feeling sore. I need to work on my technique Smile

Skirt for my sister

And lastly, something that is neither bird nor bead: A skirt for my sister. At the height of my skirt addiction, I asked Donna if she wanted me to make her one. She said she’d always liked eyelet fabric, but we never got around to shopping for any and the idea was practically forgotten. Until yesterday. I went to a sale at a fabric warehouse, where I picked up some insanely cheap eyelet fabric. It already had this built-in lacy edge to it so I wouldn’t even have to hem it. Pretty cool. So, I called her for her measurements (which I was instructed to burn after I’d used them Smile) and whipped this little number up. [I would have modeled this skirt for the photo, but then you’d see in which ways Donna’s measurements differ from mine, and given the whole “burning instruction” I was given, I figured that was a no-no Wink]

And let me just take the opportunity here again to gush about Sew What! Skirts. Using what I learned from this book, I was able to make a pattern and sew a custom-fitted skirt with just two little measurements from her. And now that I have this pattern made, I know what Donna’s Christmas present is going to be. And maybe her birthday present in February as well Wink

Whew! I’m glad I got to do a little show-and-tell today. It seems like everything I’ve posted in the last week has been either a complaint about packing orders, or a description of some activity I initiated to keep the boys from tearing each other limb-from-limb Smile It’s nice to have been creative for a bit!

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8 thoughts on “The Birds and the Beads

  1. Your beads are incredible!! Great designs and colors.
    Very nice skirt as well, love the eyelet!

    1. Thanks, Jen! Glad you dropped by!

  2. oh what beautiful beads and I love the 2nd lot of big beads you are so amazing at polymer.

    1. Thank you! I don’t know what I’m going to do with those big beads! I forgot to put holes in them when I made them, so now I either have to drill some, or just pretend they are colorful rocks.

  3. I love how you match the beads to the fabrics!!! So cute!

    1. Thanks, Erin, I’ve been admiring your fabric jewelry on your blog for a while – we have similar taste in fabrics!

  4. Sensational!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you! I just dropped by your site – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stuffed platypus before! How fun.

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