Thursday, January 13, 2011

What I did over summer vacation

I was delaying posting because I was hoping to have pics of a finished pair of earrings to show off, but they are still UFOs at the moment. I signed up for the Year of Jewelry Project 2011 with the hopes that it would motivate me to finish at least one piece a week, and the weekly themes would provide inspiration. Since Monday I have made three separate attempts to create earrings that fit the Week 2 "eclipse" theme. I'm still hoping to make Saturday's deadline with attempt No. 3.

Meanwhile, the photo above is the bracelet I made at family camp back in August. This is the bracelet I believe I referred to in my very first post. I made sure to snap a picture of it last week when I was photographing jewelry for my ArtFire shop (although this will not be for sale). It is a simple tubular peyote-stitch bangle, but it makes me outrageously happy whenever I wear it.

Why? I love the seawater colors. I love the mix of textures: matte and colored glass-lined size 6's, with that sparkly jolt of chartreuse size 10 or 11s. (I'm not even sure what the real sizes of the beads are--I'm just guessing.) I love the way I was able to size it to fit me precisely--most bangles are too large for my small hands. But mostly, I love how I was able to figure out how to make it while sitting at the crafts table at a camp in the Adirondacks.

I had attempted tubular peyote a few times before but hadn't been pleased with how loose my tension was. I didn't have an instruction manual or anything. I just grabbed some beads from jars in the supply closet and started playing. It felt like the beginning of Something.

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