Thursday, December 29, 2011

Magfest preparation--lots of earrings!

Earlier in the year, one of my friends asked if I'd like to share a table at Magfest to sell some of our geeky wares.  Around this time I bought a bunch of beads out in Oregon and started working on researching better techniques, practicing techniques and looking online for different designs.  I killed a lot of head pins learning how to make my wraps better, but my jewelry looks much more professional as a result of all that practicing.

A side effect of all of this is the realization that making jewelry relaxes my mind, and puts me at ease. I'm not sure if it is concentration needed to do it leaves no room in my brain for anxiety, or if it is the creation of something tangible that is left behind.  I'm one that generally gets frustrated when I screw something up, but with jewelry, I have no issue cutting up something that took me a half hour to make, simply because now I see a better way to make it.  

Here are some pictures of the earrings I've been making--comments and such are greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me for costs, because I would love to sell and support this jewelry making habit!  I was really enjoying taking pictures using my favorite stoneware mug, so that's why there are birds in the background of some of these!

Crystal and amethyst

The first three are crystal and amethysts. On the right is
gold stone--my new favorite!

Some chainmail done with jumprings. Fun to make, but
inevitably annoying.

Pearl with...agates, I think. I did a long wrap
on these.

Crystal bicone and chain. They look better
in person...

Wrapped amethyst. Fun to make!

How many jump rings can one person go through?
A lot!

Part of my pearl/cloisonne bracelet. So pretty!

Crystal and sodalite. 

Crackled CD's that I am making into coasters!

No two are the same! My husband was ecstatic to get to put CD's in
the microwave. I wonder why...
I have lots more goldstone earrings, since I was on a kick the last week and made a bunch of different designs. I am also making coasters out of the middle of vinyl records, and bowls out of records. I'm currently running outside with the coasters to spray them with waterproofing every time the weather is clear, but I'm thinking of just picking up hodge podge for the rest of them, which I can do inside and NOT fumigate myself. I've also got dozen hats, and some mario type mushrooms. At this point, I need to stop making new stuff, and finish all the different projects that I've got started! 

1 comment:

  1. I love the pearl earrings!!! I'm kind of a pearl slut, though. :)

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