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How are tricks?
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 15, 2006 at 2:54 PM (Pacific)

It's been a while...I've been too busy to do much beading. And I've been sick. I had that weird thing everyone seems to be getting, where you cough for a's gotten better though.

And it felt good taking a break. I need to work in phases on this sort of thing.

I'm getting back into it. I think I've gotten more picky about my materials. I was tempted for a while to go straight to semi-precious and just use semi-precious beads...which I like, but my philosophy is this. Anyone can copy semi-precious bead designs. I've looked around on the Net; there is good work there, plenty of it, but not much individuality. It's understandable since it's products for sale. You have to produce something you think will sell.

But for myself, from the beginning I intended first to make products to wear. My idea was not to have to buy jewelry myself. Secondly, to be able to produce unique designs, custom designs; to be able to take the raw materials and produce something interesting out of them. So for me there is an economic aspect to it (I no longer buy jewelry); it is also an exercise, in the sense of bending my fingers (they have gotten stiff again during my break) and also in the sense of having to create unique designs. Design is not my strong point. So it is an exercise.

Currently I'm working on some pendants. The idea is to take an interesting bead...for this I use glass. At most I would have to find a unique, large semi-precious bead; in short the central bead has to be different.

Then I attach three little beads at the bottom. Here I'm still deciding. I tried out some crystal beads with tiny aurora borealis black beads and tiny metallic silver beads, in the end though I decided I didn't care for the black. Or? I'm going to try some tiny gold beads.

At the top is another crystal...that's it basically. I just got some sterling silver for the top. I can get sterling head pins but I'm trying it out with base metal ones (the central eye pin should be base metal in fact, it should be hard rather than soft).

This sort of thing takes forever for me. I want to condense what I'm doing into a template, or at least a model with minimal changes; something that would work with any central bead.
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