I froze to death in Borders for 1.5 hours tonight. I looked at just about every book in the craft section because I had a 25% off coupon. I perused the wire wrap books and the Dover clip art books for a long time. I found a cool metals book as well, but most of the projects I wasn’t interested in. I did write down some of their patina techniques though. I ended up getting Paper, Metal & Stitch. I found it very inspiring.
I looked for a printmaking book as well, but the selection was really poor. I found myself wanting to get an MFA in printmaking. I’ve done wood block and mono printing, but I never took a class. I should have while at the Art Institute, because the photo department (that I was in) and the printmaking department were somewhat collaborative.
During this nice three day weekend, I plan to play around with paper and metal and see what I come up with. I will also finish my website even if it kills me. I completed the necklace sets and bracelets pages last weekend. Take a look.
My co-worker gifted me with another load of jewelry supplies. There’s a lot of already made costume jewelry, beads, components, buttons, and tools. It’s very overwhelming. Most of the beads are plastic. I’m not sure what I’m going to keep. It will take some time to go through it all. Good thing there’s a 3 day weekend coming up. What I won’t keep I will give away or sell for postage, so watch this space.
From Beading House
8mm sterling silver beads. My big splurge.
From unknown vendor:
14mm simulated turquoise coins of unknown material. The color goes through the bead, and it does not ignite with a lighter. It does not fracture like plastic, so I assume it is some soft stone. These are pretty beads and will look fantastic with copper wire.
12mm jasper coins.
Dyed magnesite 20x15mm
I’m going to string them with this bone focal:
Last, but not least, an agate bead 1.5 in long. This would be great in a mens necklace.
I combined silver, gold, and a little bling for these earrings. It’s not my usual style, but I like em.
2 sets of earrings that match the shell button chain maille bracelet, and a second bracelet that is a little shorter than the last.
I was at a private club today for lunch and they had a collection of very fine minerals on display. This is a huge chunk of flourite. I drooled.