Monday, July 21, 2014

Upcoming and Current Projects

Hi there, everyone! It's been almost two weeks again; what have I been up to?

First thing is that I have been working out a few new designs. One is an all-wire pendant; I came up with it after playing around with bundles of wire (not the copper wire, but some mystery-metal craft wire that I want to use up). It has many coils and is much easier to make than it would appear. I wrote down how to make it, and am working on tweaking the instructions to make it an honest-to-goodness tutorial! I still need to have my instructions tested for clarity and I need to take some work-in-progress photos, but it is near the top of my jewelry priority list. :) The other design is for a cute collar-type necklace using chain and many bead dangles. I did up a full necklace/bracelet/earring set in blue and white, and am working out several others. Currently, I'm trying to figure out which colors of beads that I own will go best with a peach color.

Necklace, bracelet, and earrings.
My display bust is a little small, so the necklace looks long.
The necklace is about 16" long and will sit nearer the base of the neck, more like where the bracelet is.

I think I may have overdone it just a tad with the Contrast controls
in my photo-editing program on this one, but those are the earrings.


Second thing is that I have a definitive goal in mind for the back yard. I've been working at getting rid of weeds, keeping it mowed, and reclaiming the edge of it, but I know what I want to put around the outside of the grass itself to help contain it. That would be brick. I like how brick looks; it'll help keep the grass from spreading where I'd rather not have grass (namely, into the shrubs and bulb beds); and if I'm really feeling froggy, I can paint the patio to also look like brick to continue the look. There's still a lot of edging to be done - it's a jungle out there - but it's nice having a concrete (or brick, heh) goal towards which to work.

Third and final thing is that I'm working with the kiddo on her potty-training again. Last time, I quit early because everyone got sick and I just didn't have the energy or drive to keep it up; also, it wasn't so much "training to use the potty" as much as it was just a general introduction to the toilet. I'm glad I did that initial introduction, though, because she knows what the toilet is and what it's there for, and all we have to focus on now is learning how her body tells her that it's time to go potty. I'll spare y'all the details, but from what I've read online...well, let's just say that I think I got really lucky to have the kid that I do.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Question

Does anyone else look at photos of models (or anyone, really) wearing earrings and immediately check the earlobes? I've seen some amazing earring designs lately, but on almost all of them, the model's earlobes have been this really angry red color, and I have to wonder if that's from the weight of the earring, maybe a sensitivity, or maybe the model just did a lot of earring posing that day and the lobe is red from all the "wardrobe" changes. Just wondering if anyone else out there has noticed this, too. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

So Much Wire, So Little Time

So, my dad recently brought over a bunch of copper wire he's collected over the years. I managed to sit down and sort through it a bit, and holy moly, there's a lot. I've got five or six coils of it, each coil being at least ten feet of wire by my estimation, plus another ten-ish-foot-long triple strand of it. Some of it's bright and shiny, and some needs some serious cleaning. So far, all I've done with it is to take a quick guess-timation of how much I have (yards and yards!) and the gauge of it (maybe 10- or 12-gauge? it's fairly thick), and I've made a few idea sketches and an idea list.

Taking a quick glance around the interwebs, I've found this post for cleaning and maintenance tips. I have enough materials that I can spare a bit for cleaning experiments; I'll keep y'all posted on which I've tried and if I find that they work or not. :)