Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zipper Bracelet

I was blog surfing here and came across this tutorial to share. I have 2 daughters in their early twenties and just thought this would be fun to make for them...

Now I must    get   away   from   the   computer NNNOOOOWWW and get some stuff done. Operation tomorrow YICKS!!!!
Annette In Oz xxx

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gorgeous Glass

I've been still madly getting things done pre operation on Monday and I am fast running out of time. I haven't had a chance to post about my glorious glass necklace and ear ring making day( I was supposed to be cleaning up the art desk and got hopelessly side tracked making stuff). As I said most of the lamp worked glass beads and all the dichro items were made by my talented friend from Tasmania  Gail Hart . Gail has patiently taught the basics of lamp work bead making and I am still trying every few days to replicate what she has taught me. They are getting rounder but are still mainly crap LOL. I'm sort of ok at spacer beads so even though I have used mainly Gail's glass work allot of the spacers are made by me. I having allot of trouble with finding a good height for the torch so my stupid left shoulder wont complain. Hopefully after operation on Monday that problem will be solved too.
Allot of the beads and some of the dichro items I have from Gail and used in my making fest are not her "gallery" quality BUT I still love them all and had fun playing with cringing Gail Ok ?  Sorry some images are a little blurry too I have a natural shake in my hands which gets worse when I concentrate.

This gorgeous hollow red and white lentil bead is huge(approx 4cm in diameter) yet lite as its hollow.

Another large lentil in blue,white and black colours. The blue parts are far deeper in colour IRL.

When I was trying to clean up and put stuff away I came across two large tear drop shaped stones. I think I'll give one of these each to my girls. The beads at the top have lovely soft purple and greens in them.

The green one I had a whoops moment with as I should have put the brighter green spacers closest to the green stone but I had already crimped the closer and can't get it off. ALSO I don't like the brass toned jump ring so shall change that to dark silver or gun metal grey when I can get to Spotlight to get some next. I've ordered some more vynil covered necklaces so when they come I'll fix it and attach it to a new necklace.

This huge 4cm long hollow heart is really more red brown IRL...I am so in need of a new camera.

I LAURVE the coral colour on the lime green of this solid heart

HHHmmm the spacers are too large for this little heart. I'm thinking it will get fixed too and maybe turned into a dangle for a charm bracelet instead.

Gail makes the most amusing fish beads. They of course all turn out differently and have some funny "expressions"

And cute cup cakes. You can't see it in the photo well but there are clear pink "sprinkles" on the top.

Some of Gail' dichro rejects. Photos NEVER do shimmer justice but these shimmer like all heck depending on how the light hits them. See that centre on how it looks isn't it has the most gorgeous blue/purple shimmer when light falls on it...see the image below this one where I picked it up.

These large approx 4cm square dichros are some of my favourite made by Gail.

I still have loads of spacers so made a few ear rings as well.

So there you go...not gallery quality at all but Annette quality is fine by me *grin*. I'm off to bury myself in the trying to tidy my art room more...wish me luck with not getting further distracted LOL.

OH before I forget...I am not very good with promoting myself but when I upload stuff here I also load an image in which ever page tab it goes in (at top of my blog) they belong too and YES I do sell stuff so if you are interested just ask me the price. In the jewellery tab I also will say underneath in red if the item is sold :o)

Annette In Oz

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wire Weaving

Hi all
I have to have another shoulder operation next Monday so I have been doing a big house know the type where you pull the furniture out and rediscover something from Christmas last year hiding there LOL. I'm up to the art room now...there is stuff everywhere on the spare bed, desk and tops of cupboards. Problem is as I put stuff away I get easily side tracked easily and start making things and in so doing create more mess LOL. In amongst one part of the stash, I found a wire woven rock that I started in Mary Hettmansperger's class. It was only 1/4 off I went and merrily finished it...then took a photo only to realize I had stopped doing the correct wire weaving are meant to go over and then under the wire but I went under and then over!! Here is the wrong way to do it:

Then last night I decided to try again on a different rock and got a bit better of a result. I hit some trouble when I ran out of the bright red wire and started using a darker shade as I couldn't see it as easily as the bright red (combination of me needing new glasses and having horrid wall mounted oyster lights in the house...its like having candles on  !!). Anywho here is the red wire woven rock:

Today I did some general house work and then went to clean the art room some more and got hugely distracted with hand made glass beads and dichro cabs.....most are made by the ubber talented glass artist Gail Hart although allot of the glass spacers were made by me. I think I made 15 necklaces and 2 pairs of ear rings and still have loads left over. I shall load them up tomorrow as I have to scoot to work soon. I'm not looking forward to this other surgery but I am hoping it frees my shoulder up and reduces the pain once its healed again. Grant will be home for 4 days from next Thursday and I can't wait :o).
Annette In Oz xxx


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