Friday, July 18, 2008

My First Necklace

My first necklace was one I made for myself after doing a lot of reading on the internet. I found these purple fish at a European internet shop that gave free shipping with an order of 20 euros or more, and I just had to do something with them! I wasn't too sure of myself, so I decided to try something reasonably simple: a long lariat with no closing -- just fold it in half and put the ends through the curve.

Or come up with your own creative way to wrap and close it! I made earrings to match, but they're a bit heavy for me, so I seldom wear them. I think perhaps I need to redo them.

I was thrilled when one of my colleagues asked me to make her a necklace just like it! So I did. (It seems purple is her favorite color.)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

How I Got My Start in Beading

This was one of my first pairs of earrings, though not the absolute first - those were gold-colored hoops with brick-red glass coin beads, accented with jasper, bone, and seed beads. But I really wasn't into hoops, so I finally took them apart and re-used the beads.

Since then I've made lots of earrings, mostly for myself, though I've made a few for friends and family. I've also made some necklaces, rings and a couple of bracelets.

During the 2006 Christmas season, it occurred to me that it would be beneficial to see what I could learn from other people who love creating with beads. I searched Yahoo! Groups and found Beadingaholics, a group of kind and talented bead artists - from novices to professionals - who share all sorts of tips about techniques, tricks of the trade, opinions, and most of all, a love of beading! I'm happy to be a part of this group, and if you're into beading, then it just might be the right place for you, too. Just one caution: Spammers are not welcome!