It seems to be my month for cleaning up old work. Here's another project that's been sitting around for several months. You may recall that way back in October I showed you a few Hato cards, which are Korean playing cards. Well, I finally got around to making a bezel setting for it and embedding one of the cards in resin. Actually, I had a few false starts with the bezel. Making bezels from PMC can be interesting, because PMC shrinks when it's fired. After a few costly mistakes, I got frustrated and put the whole thing aside. As it turns out, I found a template that worked for this last week, made an impression of it in the clay and simply cut the impression out freehand with a craft knife. The end result is a little rough looking - there are no perfect 90 degree angles here - but I kind of like it that way.
Anyway, it's actually a little late in the year for me to be using this card. Hato suits are based on months of the year and this card is from the suit for February. However, the image seems very spring-like to me, and I'm all in favor of a little springtime, right now. This is a bit of a teaser/spoiler, too, as I'm likely to use this pendant in my Ornament Thursday project for this month (which will take place on the last Thursday of this month). It's a bit of a stretch for the theme, but I'm quite keen to use it, now that it's finally assembled. I hope you'll come back to see what I make with it!
My mother, who is visiting, came down with the stomach flu that's been going around here. I feel very sorry for her - she spent the whole day avoiding the Short One (who is mighty curious about this development and keeps making a run for the guest room every time we go upstairs for anything) in the hope of not passing it on/back (he had stomach flu a couple weeks ago) to him. Fortunately, at this point, it seems that this is one of those 24 hour viruses. We are hoping that she will be back to normal very quickly after a day of rest.
Meanwhile the SO, who has a habit of clambering up one of the dining room chairs so he can reach our notebook computer (as you may recall, he feels that we keep the computer especially for his entertainment), has started falling off of the chair in quite dramatic ways. So far, we've managed to avert real disaster (although one seemed bad enough to warrant checking his teeth, afterwards - they're fine, fortunately), but keeping an eye on him is no longer sufficient. Two eyes and a couple hands seems more like it. Are girls like this? I just have this impression that this is more of a boy issue. Maybe I'm just falling victim to stereotypes here? I mutter to my Husband about his Y chromosome, but he just rolls his eyes at me...
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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