Since it's technically Monday, I'm going to go ahead and post this. I stayed up too late stringing it, but I couldn't resist. I like how the PMC web turned out (I have another version of a spider's web that turned out poorly. I'll try to show you that one later this week). I wasn't sure how the linoleum cutter (which is what I use to carve the stamp) would do on thin lines, but it seems to have worked pretty well. The ceramic beads that I added are all by Melanie Brooks Lukacs of Earthenwood Studio. I didn't know what I was going to do with these beads at the time I bought them from her. She has a little spider bead in the same series - now I wish I'd bought one of them. Perhaps the spider has gone out for a walk? Perhaps the wearer is the spider? Yeah, that's it. I used the black dagger Czech glass to suggest spider legs. I finished the piece with amber, Czech pressed glass leaves and Swarovski crystals.
Given how close Halloween is, this will probably be the last Halloween-themed piece. Yep, it's almost time to buy the Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters (I typically wait until the last minute to buy the candy to avoid temptation. It's one of the nice things about not working outside of the house right now - my former office used to be replete with holiday sweets from now until the New Year. I'd always gain at least five pounds.) For any overseas visitors who are unaware of the American custom - candy is given out to trick-or-treaters, rather than money. I found the Engish custom intriguing. Of course, I found Guy Fawkes' Day even more intriguing, especially since I lived near Lewes and had the opportunity to see the Pope burned in effigy during the Lewes celebration. More on this later.
Sorry for the short entry, buy I'm barely able to prop my eyelids up at this point. Yawn. (Oh, how funny - I accidentally typed "Yarn" the first time, instead of "Yawn." What does that say about my fiber obsession, I wonder?) Good night.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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