Hi everyone, my ergonomic mouse appears to have blown a gasket today and I can't type much using the laptop one, so this will be a short post.
Here's something I pinned recently on Pinterest. It's more a tip than a tute, but Tamara Summers shares how she uses nail polish to add a patina to metal beads. Now I've seen plenty of hints about using nail polish to give metalwork an enameled-looking finish, but hers is the first I've seen to demonstrate the effect of applying the nail polish, then wiping it off, to give a soft, translucent, watery effect. This tip is featured in Rena Klingenberg's latest newsletter, which I have praised before.
And a shout-out to Kathy of KJ's Beadacious Beads for mentioning this Monday feature on her blog recently. Thanks so much, Kathy, and I do so appreciate your regular comments here!
I know I am woefully behind in posting pics of my progress on my bead room makeover--I have made progress--in fact, I've made so much progress that I cleaned up the room then trashed it again!--but that will take some time to write the post, and my weekends have been eaten up with grad school work and other non-beading tasks.
I'm also participating in an Artfire Beadweavers Guild bead swap, and I need to post pictures of the lovely beads I got more than a week ago from Barbara Judy. Please check out her amazing beadwork at her blog and Artfire store, Beads of Spirit. And thanks, KraftyMax, for organizing this fun swap.