Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Here is one smiling to you :)
When we got back, I finally finished my metamorphosed asteride bracelet and it became full of colourful daffodils.
The daffodils are done following "3-D Beaded Daffodils by Emily Hackbarth":
I found a daffodil I did about a year ago with Chinese seed beads and simple fishing thread. http://judith27k.blogspot.com/2007/03/narcis-cactus.html It took me then at least three hrs if not more. The beads were exploding all the time and the thread was too thick. I had many many difficulties with it and it was a real achievement to finish it then. It took me one year to recover from the horrible experience with those Chinese seed beads. This time, I did the daffodils with Matsuno and Toho 11 seed beads. The yellow and hot pink Matsuno were behaving so badly I had to use a 15' needle. When I was really efficient, I managed to finish one daffodil in 1 3/4 hr. An additional conclusion, is that it is better to use a monofiber nylon thread to make the yellow center of the daffodils so that it can stand stiff and not fold itself.I also finally found a home to the bumble bee I showed you lately:
The bumble bee scheme appears in Marie-Claude Burel's book - "Petites Betes en Perles - 30 Insectes Et Araignees En Perles De Rocaille" p.58-59 (Bourdon Terrestre).
After some shots of the bracelet I encountered a couple of butterflies having some fun together. Aren't they nice?
This bracelet is very popular among the French bead forum. The scheme was designed by Yelona and kindly shared in the Forum.
http://yelona.canalblog.com/archives/2007/08/05/5813080.html Yelona's original Bracelet
http://www.ileauxperles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49806&highlight=asteride Asteride Bracelet Scheme
It took me about 25mn for each square when I was very efficient. I think in total the bracelet took me about 6 hrs.
I started with Bumble gum and Pistachio colours that I like very much, only that these colours doesn't suit at all my skin colour.
Thanks to Varda, I got an idea to embellish it so that it can be wearable also for me.
The embellishments are almost ready and I will soon publish my final version to the famous Asteride bracelet.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I wanted to make for Frida a small present for her Birthday. I thought it was today, but actually it is on the 10.1.08. I also wanted it to be ready yesterday - but it didn't came out.
Without Omer, I would never get myself to start neither end this study. I call it now a "study" in order to try to remain positive (I am very unsatisfied about the way it sits on the body and the final result is disappointing).
I wanted to make something simple but nice and somehow I always find myself complicating things.
Frida gave me few months ago some jewels she doesn't wear anymore and she told me I can use the beads for my fun. I unpicked the jewels and there contained mainly 3 kinds of beads: peach corals, died turquoise stones (?) and also pearls. The pearls in this study are from one of those necklaces.
In my last job, Frida was picking me up almost every morning and mostly keeping me sane in this insane place we were working at. I prefer not to detail the funny and horrible stories here. I really feel grateful for her and I had fun to take a drive with her, often listening to "Varda-Raziel Jackond" Radio program and just chatting together.
I don't know what will be the end of the story, will this be a present for Frida or will it be buried in my "depression box"? (The "depression box", is the name I gave the box with all the unfinished projects or projects to be unpicked. In future, I will divide into three boxes: one box for stuff to be unpicked, one box for projects to be redone with better colours/ uniformed seed beads and one box with elements to be repaired). I would gladly replace my "depression box" with the Jar that David Chatt has in his studio - with all kind of seed beads candies and ideas. I admire him so much!
OK, so if you liked it, this is the moment to encourage me, before I break my head to think what special present I can make for Frida. For the moment, I really thank Omer for encouraging me during the whole day (and also helping me with the designing) but I still feel disappointed. Maybe tomorrow I will woke up differently??!
I took some pictures from the last workshop I gave on a nice Friday morning.
My grandma has always been saying that I have a "stomach memory" (I remember events according to the food I ate there). Also here, each one brought something nice to eat but there was one very special Salad I really liked. It is made of chickpeas grains, cumin grains, red capsicum, parsley, sunflower seeds, home-made burgundy olives, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red paprika, cumin and I am sure I forgot something. I hope to get the recipe.
In this workshop some of the girls worked with size 10 or 9 seed beads for the drop earring and I think it looks very nice on them. The 11 seed beads can be too small or too delicate to my opinion.