Hallo again! Today saw my first well-attended Twitch stream – some brave souls rolled up to watch me put beads on things! Which is pretty much it when it comes to me…beads, yarn, glue…that’s all.
But because I’m starting out and I have a less than ideal camera rig, I’m afraid it was difficult to show what I was working on during the stream itself. So here are some photos of what emerged. Beadwork is notoriously difficult to capture on camera, with the size, texture, and all. But I think we got the point.
I started with some loose charms, quartz crystal and purple themed. The fun of quartz is that in the “lower” grades that I favor, you get all sorts of fun inclusions (cloudy bits, “bubbles”, and glitches) that make the stones more interesting to look at. These are the 4 guys on the right.
Each is about an inch long. They’re too heavy for earrings (although they’d look amazing), so I’m considering using them as stitch markers or totebag charms. The 4 on the left are purple and silver beads from my stash and Alara Shade’s de-stash. Those may yet be earrings – not sure! This is a large part of my creative process: just making things and figuring out uses later!
Next were some quickie pendants I worked up while chatting with people. The little vial on the right has bone and dried rose petals. It’s pretty much finished, just a simple pendant on a linen cord.
The guy on the left though…hmmm….I like this shape, and the round beads are a lovely lavender color. I think I want to put it on headpins, though. That may make it more stable then the really flexible cord. It’s a cool look, but needs some strength if I’m going to consider putting it up for sale. That’s something I have to consider with all my pieces, especially the vials and bottles – people loooooove touching these. I want to make sure whatever I produce can stand a lot of handling. Things that are really small and detailed are going to get a lot of “action”. I’m considering this triangular pendant a good rough draft. So thank you for hanging out while I worked on it!
Lastly, I’m going to show you this, my sneak preview of tomorrow’s project for Fiber Friday. I’ve decided to keep the fiber arts to 1 day a week, so I don’t get stuck in a rut. This is my slow progress on a prototype for a totebag organizer.
This uses plastic canvas and regular acrylic yarn. I also have some sparkly embroidery floss to jazz it up with.
When I work out all the kinks and assemble it, I’ll be able to show you what I mean, then better make another to sell. The first one’s mine though 😉 I tend to keep the first runs of anything new, in case I make mistakes!
And here we are! Remember to keep an eye on this blog and the stream for continual crafty goodness!