Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rose Gold Caramel's Claws

I have a rose gold phone.  I have a rose gold wallet.  I have a rose gold cardigan sweater. (There is one in every shop at the mall, I swear!)  So I needed a rose gold necklace.  I thought you might like one too.

I also admit, I did this because I wanted to make video support for this design.  So I filmed as I worked the sample.  I have not yet finished the editing.  So maybe, one day, I will do that.  But to be honest with you, I just want to bead, and I have a couple designs begun that are calling my name.  REALLY LOUDLY!

But I do love this necklace. I especially love how the contrast between the matte onyx focal bead and the vibrant rose gold makes the shape of the bezel edge pop!

In the process of designing this colorway, I also designed an acorn cover for a 12mm round bead.  I remember when I published this tutorial, there were questions about whether it would work with a 14mm round, and it did.  But I could not find a 14mm round matte onyx that I liked, and there are no black 14mm Melon beads.  So I re-designed the acorn cap for any 12mm round bead.  It's different enough that it requires new illustrations and instructions.  I really like the earrings because my face is small.  :)

If you own the tutorial for the Caramel's Acorn, or for the Caramels Claws Necklace with Acorn Component, I have added this new tutorial to my Etsy listing and you should be able to download it from your purchase receipt.  I'll include some specific instructions at the end of this post.  :)  Because those 14mm Melon beads will not be available forever. :(

I feel I should apologize for my fuzzy-edged photos.  My camera is glitching, and keeps re-setting itself to tiny Fstops at random, and I seem unable to remember to reset for each photo, so off it goes to the repair shop this week!

In the mean time, I am packing kits, to ship tomorrow and the new kit is in my Etsy shop at this link. 

Lots of parts in this one!  20 different baggies, (some inside others) and an insert to boot!

But it all goes fast when you are dressed for the job.  

And when I am done, I get to go the Gem and Lapidary Workers Show.  I'll stop at the Post Office on the way, with the orders to date.  I listed last night and co-incidentally one of my favorite buyers checked my shop, knowing I list on Saturdays and bought it immediately.  The little cash register noise from my phone nearly scared me off my chair.  But today I am prepared!
Here's the download info from the kit insert for the new, FREE (if you own the original tutorial) Tutorial adaptation for 12mm round beads.  Maybe I'll see you later at the show!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Teaching via Video

I do not think I will ever be much of a "live" teacher.  I am a terrible traveler, unless it is by car that I drive myself, and teaching seems to require mobility.  I also am introverted, and not comfortable for long in groups.  Plus there is the anxiety management for public speaking.  I will teach "live" for what I believe will be the last time on April 7th, at the Upper Midwest Bead Society Demo and Do event.

But I do think I have useful information and skills I would like to share.  So I have taken a page from Mikki Ferrugiano's book (I must say she has been kind and supportive!) and created my first video tutorial support.

I had a partial box of Volcano Triangle jewels, purchased to re-kit my very first offering, Spiral Damsel Dragon Necklace.  This project features a spiral Chenille stitch rope, and the scales follow the spiral around the rope.  As on all my dragon projects, the back of the rope is smooth, sitting comfortably against your skin.  I believe that with the video support, an Intermediate level beader could manage this project with reasonable ease.

So, my first video supports this project, and will be provided at no additional cost to purchasers of the E-tutorial.  It is hosted by Google on YouTube, and you must have a gmail address to access the video.  I am incredibly pleased that there is a way for me to store and offer this 90+ minute video to you, and it seems to me that a free g-mail account is not a huge price to pay for the experience.

I will explore other options as I learn more, but for now, YOU MUST PURCHASE THE TUTORIAL, AND HAVE A G-MAIL E-MAIL ADDRESS TO VIEW THIS VIDEO.


Here is a link to the tutorial, which includes the 90 minutes of video support.

I am pleased with my results, although I have to say, it was a steep learning curve, and I know I will improve with time and experience.

I have 13 kits, which I will list sometime this weekend in my Etsy shop and I will list the newly polished tutorial at that time as well. Additionally, I have one original kit in the shimmering, golden Chili Pepper colorway available and will list that after the tutorial listing goes up. These dragon wings look like leaves in Autumn to me.  :)

I have also played with the beautiful new TOHO colors of Galvanized PermaFinish beads and recognized the fact that Butterflies Have Scales Too...

I have not make kits for this colorway, but if enough people express serious interest, I will put together some for you.  I love how the shape of the butterfly feels like a feminine little bow.

Next up on my video list, Pineapple Blossom Necklace.  I have SOOO many requests for more kits, and this seems like a good opportunity to get it filmed.  Also, although I have two other exciting projects in mind for the near future, but I think it's best I work on another video while I remember what I did to get it cemented in my mind.

As always, thank you all for your kind support and for reading my little blog!