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Labradorite cab necklace

November 23, 2008

This is the labradorite cab necklace I made. It’s a tubular herringbone chain, and peyote bezel and bail and toggle clasp. It’s a huge, heavy cab which is why the bail is so wide. I made some simple earrings in the necklace colors. I want the focus to be on the necklace, ot the earrings.

The beads are from SeedBeadSue, a.k.a. MiyukiGalBeads on ebay. She had the perfect colors to go with the stone. Choosing the colors was a project in itself. I wanted to bring out and accent the stone colors. I used olive green, silver lined Capri blue, silver lined aqua and lt. topaz. The cab came from Overstock.com believe it or not.

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This pic shows the color of the stone the best. It really has a lot of blue flash to it.

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The completed set. This is mine. LOL! I love the way it feels and I fell in love with that cab the second I laid eyes on it.

Designing the Electric Sky Choker

May 29, 2008

I had lots of trial and error while I was designing and looming this choker. At one point, it looked like whale flukes. LOL! If you would like to read about the trials and tribulations that were endured while this was a work in progess, it can be seen http://www.starvingjewelryartists.com/index.php?showtopic=7108 here on the forum. Complete with pics of what it looked like a few times.

 

Survived the holidays

January 13, 2008

hpim0437ed1.jpghpim0440.jpgFinally work and life have slowed down enough to let me update this. I am so glad the holidays are over. They just weren’t the same without my son. I got a couple of necklaces finished, but have decided to specialize in Cmas. ornaments-mostly drapes. They sell like crazy and are fast and fun to make. I’m waiting on a bead order that is supposed to arive Tues.. The necklaces I finished were both variations of a stitch called St. Petersburg. It’s a great stitch, but isn’t sturdy enough to do what I had intended, so I modified it and changed one into a choker and the other has a delicate fringed focal on it, like the earrings. I changed the color scheme, too. That’s all part of designing things, I guess. Ideas into realities turn into many modifactions. Or alternative uses.

I don’t much care for New Year’s resolutions, but made 3 this year. Made 2 last year and accomplished one, so I figured I would try 3 and see what happens. One  (and  one I really want to keep) is to quit smoking this year. I used to enjoy it to a certain point, but now I’m tired of it. My husband and I go through 3 cartons a week, sometimes 4. That’s a lot of seed beads going up in smoke every month. Besides, I would like to bounce grandchildren on my knee one day. The 2nd resolution is to update my blog at least twice a week. The 3rd is to get more focused on marketng my jewelry. I know I can do 2 and 3, but the 1st one has me scared. If you have quit smoking after doing it for years and years, I will listen to any and all advice and suggestions.

Introducing myself

October 22, 2007

My name is Sue, a.k.a. subeeds and I’m a jewelry designer who creates with seed beads. I have a job that helps pay the bills-I’m a desk clerk in a small economy priced motel by the interstate. I have done desk clerk work for years. When you come from Fla. you deal with tourists in one form or another.I like my job because it has let me meet people from all over the world. I’ve worked in 500+ room resorts, places with fancy golf courses and now here. I have lots of stories to tell in the days to come. When you work with the travelling public, life is usually not dull. I want to get my jewelry business, Dancing Wind Designs, going well and then I hope to weave beads full time. I think that covers it for now. See you later in the week.