Sarcasm Imagines Peace


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If there is one movie character I identify with (besides Scarlett O’Hara), it is Sandra Bullock’s Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality. I don’t mean the FBI agent part, although, I am a gun-toting, do NOT mess with me when I have gel in my hair and lip gloss on kinda girl. I do mean the part about her really wanting world peace and harsher punishment for parole violators. I mean, Hello??? Recidivism?!?! But, I won’t bore you with my political stances, because that is not why I’m here.

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So, if you are a regular reader, you know that I participate in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color challenge each month. This month however, I am back in the saddle, and decided to go in a decidedly different direction. The Chinese New Year is coming up on February 8th, and I decided to combine my January Bead Journal Project and my entry into the challenge into one big ball of well, polymer clay! Wonder upon wonders, I do not just bead and crochet, but I also dabble a bit in polymer clay. I’m still new at it, finding my niche, making a lot of mistakes, but absolutely LOVE it!

2016, “Year of the Fire Red Monkey.” This is a year of adventure, discovery, questions and answers, when luck can strike at bizarre times and fortunes can turn in the blink of an eye. Risk, strategy, learning, change and progress feature prominently in a Monkey Year. Under the influence of elemental Fire and the Monkey’s fixed element of Metal, it’s an era of building, creating and forging ahead. We’re hurdling obstacles with remarkable ease and reaching for the stars. It’s a year of blazing opportunity and wild passions, a roller-coaster ride of the senses, and sometimes all you can do is hang on and surrender to the journey! It’s best to take nothing for granted. The Monkey is wise but also unpredictable, and given to bouts of jealousy, suspicion or temper tantrums. Trust is difficult this year. Nonetheless, you may recall that the Space Age officially began in 1956, a Fire Monkey year. Expect to see innovative developments in the sciences, technology, education, commerce and the performance arts.

Ok, now that you have had your Chinese astrology lesson for the week, without further ado, I will present my piece. I made the yin-yang out of polymer clay, then painted it in metallic pearl blue and gunmetal. It is also adorned on top with flatback Swarovski Crystal AB crystals. I peyote bezeled it in 11/0 matte metallic silver and 15/0 white lined opal seed beads. I surrounded it with 4mm Chinese (duh!) Firepolish beads. The Chinese symbol meaning “Year of the Fire Red Monkey” is hand-stitched in hematite seed beads and twisted and regular bugle beads on powder blue Nicole’s Bead Backing.

2016 "Year of the Fire Red Monkey"

2016 “Year of the Fire Red Monkey”

Bead embroidery was once described to me as “painting with beads.” You start with a blank canvas (your bead backing) and let your imagination and your artistry guide your needle and color choices. There is no right or wrong colors or bead sizes or shapes. It is literally the most freeform type of beading you can do. It is also the easiest, believe it or not. I’m not saying I could teach a master class, or any class in bead embroidery, but I am comfortable doing it on my own without outside guidance. Now, for me to say something like that is HUGE, because I am never comfortable doing anything without getting 52 opinions about my color choices, techniques, etc. And I realize it may not be your cup of tea, and that’s ok too. I just like to try new and different things. All the time. Which is why I have so freaking many craft supplies in my house. I told a friend the other day that my biggest fear is that when I die my husband will sell my craft supplies for what he thinks I actually paid for them! Ha!

Seriously though, I really do want world peace. I want everyone to just get along. I want everyone to realize the only superior race is the Human race, and that ALL lives matter. Granted, it would be a very generic world if there were no conflict, but wouldn’t it be nice if the only conflicts were among politicians (because we all know they are a joke anyway)? Ok, so rant/lecture over.

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So, I’m coming up on 10,000 viewers on this little blog, and I”m thinking about maybe having a contest. It would be open to all of you who subscribe by email (there is a sign-up box floating around this page somewhere), and like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter (@beccas_bangles). Don’t have all the details on the prizes yet, but I promise you it will be something good! Also, it looks like I will have a new pattern or two coming out in the next week, so be on the lookout! If you are an email subscriber you will have free access for a limited time once they are released. After that they can be purchased on my website.

Remember how I was whining about the cold weather last week? Yesterday it was 70 freaking degrees and we are expecting tornadoes Tuesday! This is what it’s like to live in the South. If you want to know what the weather is going to be, wait 10 minutes! Anyways, I would really like to hear from you people!!! Hellooooooo, anyone out there??? LEAVE ME COMMENTS PEOPLE!!! Sheesh!

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Y’all be good. Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm does a Prototype


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Brrrrrrrrr!!!!! That’s all I have to say about the weather! I feel SORRY for all of you on the upper eastern seaboard who have gotten all that snow! We got about maybe five minutes of it here in Montgomery, Alabama Friday evening, and of course, everyone went stark raving mad! My Facebook feed read like it was the end of the freaking world! THAT is what happens when there is even a HINT of snow in Alabama! Life stops, schools close, grocery stores go bare, traffic goes haywire with freaking crazy idiot drivers wrecking everywhere because they think they have to get somewhere quick before the roads are going to close. Puh-leeze! Our roads only close when they are flooded, and as of late, that has been rather frequently, unfortunately. Stay warm people!

So, you all know I had oral surgery a couple of weeks ago. Well, I have spent my recovery time at home up until just a few days ago, courtesy of my husband, who wouldn’t let me drive while I was on those GLORIOUS things we call pain pills. Personally, I think my driving is better when I’m under the influence, but that’s another discussion….

You already know I taught myself Jill Wiseman’s Wave Crest from last week’s snarky installment.Butttttt, I wanted to play around with it a bit. Well, I was freaking bored at home, so I also taught myself several other things, including tubular herringbone and the Russian Spiral. But, I was enchanted with Jill’s Wave Crest, so I decided to downsize my crystals and my seed beads a little, and use my absolute  buy isotretinoin online without prescription from canada FAVORITE color of  http://theartistseven.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=https://theartistseven.com/2019/05/may-the-4th-be-with-you/ PURPLE beconase aqueous nasal spray price !!! I mean, how can you go wrong with purple???

"Wave Crest" (design by Jill Wiseman) comparison picture with smaller size

“Wave Crest” (design by Jill Wiseman) comparison picture with smaller size

I also made another one in the called for by pattern size for a friend for her birthday. She wanted something that looked a little like the ocean and sort of beachy. I decided I didn’t want to just give her the pendant, so (man, I was SO bored while I was stuck at home!) I stitched her up my very first Russian Spiral, using 8/0’s in light blue pearl, milky sapphire Jonquil, and crystal clear hex, and 11/0 in silver lined alabaster pink.

"Wave Crest" with my very 1st Russian Spiral!

“Wave Crest” with my very 1st Russian Spiral!

Well, I have had the fabulous honor of being chosen by Potomac Beads to try out some of their new beads! SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! They sent me an assortment of beads that they (and only Potomac) carry, such as Rounduos, Rountrios, Faceted Routrios, and Discduos, along with some superduos, seed beads, Firepolish crystals, and Swarovski crystals to use to create with! Also included in this picture is some ultrasuede and Nicole’s Bead Backing I received the same day.

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I haven’t had a whole lot of time to work with them, because I got behind on my own orders due to my surgery, but I did work up a small prototype of a little something I wanted to share with you today. Not too sure whether or not this is going to work out to be a pendant, a set of earrings or the beginning of a bracelet component, but I welcome your suggestions in the comments below! Also, as a designer, I ask that you please respect my design process and not copy or reproduce anything I share with you in the picture below.

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As you can see, I am using the Faceted Rountrios, 8/0 seed beads, 7/0 Matubo’s, 11/0 seed beads, and Rullas. The one thing that I am really unhappy with at this point is the amount of thread that is showing. If you are a regular reader, then you know that is my number one pet peeve. But, like I said, this is just a prototype, and I haven’t decided (though I have about a gazillion ideas) where I am going with it next. However, once I do complete it, I will release the tutorial for free for a limited time here on this blog to my readers who subscribe by email only. After that time is up, it will be available for purchase on my website.

That about wraps it up for this week. I hope I have been informative, nice, snarky, and a little bit humorous! Don’t forget for all your 20 gram tube Toho beading needs to check out Eureka Crystal Beads and use code A10SAVE20R for 20% off your first order! And, don’t forget to check out Potomac Beads for the newest beads, the Rounduos, Rountrios, Faceted Rountrios, Discduos, Czech Pressed Druk Cup Button Beads, Potomac Crystal Faceted Machine Cut Buttons, and so much more!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm does Cellini (with a tutorial!)


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Ok, I had oral surgery Tuesday, so I am NOT in the best, or for that matter, the straightest frame of mind. (Thank you pharmaceutical industry for pain meds!) Fasten your seatbelt folks, cuz this is going to be short, sweet, and to the point this week. I gotta go lay down! Butttt, since I was stuck at home unable to drive, due to those marvelous wonders we call pain pills, I did manage to get some beading done!

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In addition to working on some new projects of my own, I decided to see what all the fuss was about with Jill Wiseman’s Wave Crest pendant that you can only get the kit for on JTV. Well, JTV has been sold out of their kits for like, forever, so Jill, being the super wonderful nice person that she is, went ahead and released the how-to video on Youtube and just kind of left it up to the viewer to figure out what beads to use. I did just that. 😀 Another thing you can do to learn Jill’s beautiful techniques? Pick up a copy of her book, “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches (Beadweaving Master Class Series)” at your nearest book retailer or online. You won’t be sorry you did. It is an A.WE.S.O.M.E. book!

My version (and I’m not specifying bead sizes out of respect for Jill and JTV’s publishing rights) uses copper firepolish beads, matte teal, matte tea rose AB, galvanized metallic chocolate, blue zircon, and Navajo white seed beads. I will say this, the only thing that makes this different from a regular Cellini spiral is just one teeny tiny little trick. You can find Jill’s how-to video here. Other than watching to see what that little trick was, I basically did it on my own, because I just am not a video learner. All that stopping and starting and rewinding and fast forwarding gives me a headache. I’m a visual learner. I look at something, visualize the thread path, and then just do it. Anywho, here is my version.

"Wave Crest" by Becca Scott - Design by Jill Wiseman

“Wave Crest” by Becca Scott (Design by Jill Wiseman)

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So this is just based on basic Cellini spiral principles. Need some pointers on how to do one, or just a refresher? Well, here ya go! The Cellini spiral, named after a famed 16th-century Italian artist of dubious reputation and immense talent, is a really fun and creative way to do spiral peyote.

The basic technique for making a Cellini spiral is the same as creating a piece of tubular peyote stitch: pick up an odd/even number of beads, tie them in a ring, and start working in tubular peyote stitch. What gives Cellini spiral it’s characteristic undulation is the variation in bead sizes used to make the tube. Yes, it really IS that simple! It can be worked in either even or odd-count tubular peyote stitch. If you decide to use even-count tubular peyote stitch, don’t forget to make the step-up at the end of each round. That’s another thing that makes the Cellini so darn easy: the step-up is always in the same bead! When working in odd-count peyote stitch, the work will just spiral around to infinity, with no need to make a step-up.

The most important thing to remember about doing a Cellini, and I can not stress this to you enough, is your thread TENSION! It is absolutely crucial for your spiral to look presentable and your beads to spiral correctly and lay against each other they way they are supposed to. Because it requires such a sturdy tension, I recommend you use at least a 6 or 8lb Fireline or Wildfire. Put your Nymo, and all those other softer, stretchier threads away for this, because you need something sturdy.

The other key thing to remember? The main thing about a Cellini spiral is that no matter what your bead combination, whether you are doing even or odd count, you will ALWAYS feed the same bead you are coming out of into the next bead. Doesn’t matter what color or size, this is always, always, given in a Cellini, and what makes it so freaking easy!

Four Bead Combinations for Cellini Spiral

Ready to give it a try? Here are four easy variations of Cellini peyote spiral for you to play with!

Copper Spine: Start each spiral with 13 beads as follows:Copper Spine

  • 2 dark blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 light blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 purple size 11 seed beads
  • 2 light blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 purple size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads

 

Raspberry Raspberry Spiral: Start each spiral with 12 beads:

  • 5 peach lined size 11 seed beads
  • 3 matte raspberry size 8 seed beads
  • 2 rose lined size 6 seed beads
  • 2 matte raspberry size 8 seed beads
  • 1 copper size 6 seed bead

 

 

Black crystal Black Crystal Spine: Start each spiral with 13 beads:

  • 1 black 4mm crystal
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads
  • 2 green size 11 seed beads
  • 4 matte bronze size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads

 

 

Copper Spine Olive and Copper Spiral: Start each spiral with 9 beads:

  • 3 olive lined size 15 seed beads
  • 2 matte bronze size 11 seed beads
  • 2 matte olive size 8 seed beads
  • 2 matte copper size 6 seed beads

 

courtesy of Jennifer VanBenschoten of Beading Daily

 

If you want video instructions, I recommend Potomac Bead Company’s video “Cellini Spiral Stitch (Introduction)” that you can link to here. Say, you need somewhere to buy those beads and crystals for this fabulous project! So why don’t you head over to Eureka Crystal Beads to buy them? They have Toho’s in 20 gram tubes, and superduos in 25 gram quantities for unbelievably low prices! They are based in Rhode Island and my orders to Alabama from them usually arrive within 2-3 days max. That’s how fast their shipping is!

 

Anyway, that is IT for me for this week. Pain meds are kicking in and I need a nap! Besides, the grandbabies will be arriving soon, and that means a LOT of work for my hubby! Ha! I guess there are some benefits to having part of your jawbone cut out and grafted back on! Please don’t forget to leave me some comments. Show me some love, people! I want to know what tutorials you need to see, and suggestions for what you want me to do, not do, whatever! Also, don’t forget to sign up in that little box thing that floats around this page depending on what kind of device you’re on to get my snark delivered straight up and first to your email inbox each and every posting. You never know when I might throw out a bonus post that doesn’t get posted on social media!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm does CRAW…..


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This week has been a doozy! I won’t bore you with the long version, but short version is I had to get two crowns on Thursday due to a broken filling from over the holidays, and in the same day was scheduled for surgery this upcoming Tuesday with an Oral Surgeon, for a totally different tooth that abscessed over the holidays. Apparently it now has so much infection that it has spread into my jawbone. He’s removing the tooth, the roots, parts of the jawbone that are infected, and putting bone grafts in to replace them. Have I completely grossed you out yet? All I know is I am SO glad he’s putting me under general anesthesia, because there is no way I’m listening to him chisel away at my jawbone awake! And how was YOUR week?

I want to thank you all for being such awesome and loyal and devoted readers, and well, you get the idea. As of this week, I have almost 12 THOUSAND views on my little ole blog! Advertisers and bead companies have taken notice, as well, and I just can not thank you ALL enough! I have some really cool news that I will be sharing with you over the course of the next few weeks too. All I can say right now is that it involves brand spanking new beads that are just being introduced on the market, and with it comes new patterns!

So, even though I said I didn’t make New Year resolutions, I did make a beading resolution, and that was to learn CRAW, or as most of you know, Cubic Right Angle Weave. There are so many tutorials out there, and weeding through them to find the one that best suited my learning style took some time, but as a faithful Beading Daily reader, I knew I would find exactly what I needed there. This tutorial was written for BD by Jennifer VanBenschoten and she explains it simple and concise steps.

Basic Tutorial for Cubic Right-angle Weave

Pick up 4 beads, leaving a 6″ tail. Pass through all 4 beads a second time, and then through the first bead picked up.
Pick up 3 beads, and pass through the bead you exited at the beginning of this step, and through the first bead of the second unit.
Pick up 2 beads, pass through the next empty bead in the base, the side bead from the second unit, and the 2 (brown) beads just added. Pass through the next empty bead in the base.
Pick up 2 beads and pass through the nearest (brown) bead from the previous unit, the bead in the base that you exited at the beginning of this step, and the first (blue) bead that you added in this step.
You’re ready to close up that last side unit of cubic right-angle weave! Pick up 1 bead, pass through the third (grey) bead from the second unit, the last empty bead in the base unit, and the (blue) bead that you exited at the beginning of this step. Give your beading thread a little tug, and your right-angle weave will zip together in a neat little cube.
Work your thread up to the top of the unit, and pass through the four beads at the top, connecting them. You can make more than one thread pass if you’d like to strengthen the cube, or leave it with just one pass for a more supple piece of cubic right-angle weave.
You can start to add another unit by picking up 3 beads, and starting all over, adding 2 beads for each additional unit, and then closing the side with a single bead.
Once you get the hang of the thread path and work a couple of inches of cubic right-angle weave, you can experiment with shaping it by adding beads between units using stitch-in-the-ditch, or try layering your cubic right-angle weave by using different types of beads in each new unit. The benefit of using cubic right-angle weave is that it creates a very solid structure with a lot of flexibility for shaping beadwork.

Another great tutorial can be found on Bead & Button’s site, by Marcia DeCoster here. There are so many tutorials available online now, but I found these the most helpful, and easy to understand. You see, I am a CRAW virgin myself! Yup, that was my beading New Year resolution – to learn CRAW. Did you have a beading resolution, and if so, what was it? Tell me in the comment section below!

I promised you more tutorials in 2016, and this is the first of many. There won’t be one every week, but I promise you one at least 1-2 times a month, both in techniques and in patterns. So, if you haven’t already, find that magic box where you subscribe to my snarky little blog, so you can get it first in your inbox! You won’t be sorry! Well, maybe a litte…..but I aim to please!

Also, don’t forget for all your beading needs, head over to Eureka Crystal Beads and use code A10SAVE20R and receive 20% off your first order! Super fast shipping, great customer service, and best of all, 20 gram Toho seed beads and 25 gram superduos at awesome prices! Not to mention that they have all the latest Czech mate beads! You simply can’t go wrong with them!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

 

Sarcasm Does Seed Bead Cheat Sheets!


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Welcome to 2016, the Year of the Monkey , according to the Chinese Zodiac. It’s also a leap year, so all you folks who have been missing your birthday for the last three years finally get to celebrate next month. Aren’t you the lucky ones though? I would give anything to only age every four years! I don’t know if the rest of you are sticking to your resolutions, but hey, if that’s what you need to do, then do it! I don’t believe in resolutions myself. I just want to wake up every day believing that something I did the previous day was something that improved my life or someone else’s in some way, even the tiniest bit. Other than that, I plan on this being MY YEAR. I want it to be a great year for my family, my business, this blog, and my community. So let’s dust off our buttkickers and get this year going!

Last week I featured some cheat sheets about all the new shaped and two-hole beads that are currently on the market for you to bookmark as a handy reference on your computer or mobile device. Well, as Gomer Pyle would say, “Gollllllllleeeeeee!!!” You guys nearly crashed my site! To date, I have almost 11,0000 views on my blog. You people absolutely ROCK!!!

One of my comments last week from reader Jenny S., was that she would like a cheat sheet on single hole beads, seeds, delicas, finishes, sizes, etc. So, here you go Jenny, and thanks for the suggestions! Please keep them coming, as I am more than happy to oblige my readers! You people are why I am here!

Basic Seed Bead Finishes :

  • Opaque: Solid colored glass
  • Transparent: Clear glass in colors
  • Matte: Etched glass
  • Luster: Lustre: High shine surface often with a silver or gold hue
  • AB:  Aurora Borealis – A rainbow effect on the surface of the glass
  • Rainbow:  Same as “AB”
  • Iris:  A mixture of glass beads, often opaque, metallic, or AB
  • Metallic:  A metal surface coating over an opaque or transparent bead
  • Dyed: Glass that has been dyed a secondary color
  • Galvanized:  A colored surface coating with a metallic appearance
  • Ceylon:  A high shine surface coating
  • Pearl:  Opaque glass bead with a pearlized surface
  • Lined: Color-lined : Color that has been applied to the interior surface
  • Satin: A translucent glass with low luster
  • Opal: A translucent surface lined with silver or gold
  • Stripe: A bead made with a variety of glass colors

Japanese Round Seed Beads

Japanese Size 15/0: 250 per gram (Miyuki); 295 per gram (Matsuno)

Japanese 12/0: 95 per gram (Matsuno)

Japanese Size 11/0: 110 per gram (Miyuki and Toho)

Japanese Size 10/0: 63 per gram (Matsuno)

Japanese Size 8/0: 26 per gram (Matsuno); 39 per gram (Miyuki); 43 per gram (Toho)

Japanese Size 6/0: 15 per gram (Matsuno); 12 per gram (Miyuki)

Japanese Size 5/0: (E Beads) 7 beads per gram (Miyuki)

Japanese Size 1/0: (EE Beads) 3 beads per gram (Miyuki)

Czech Round Seed Beads

Czech Size 15/0: 250 beads per gram

Czech Size 11/0: 100 beads per gram

Czech Size 8/0: 23 beads per gram

Czech Size 6/0: 15 beads per gram

Delicas/Cylinder Beads

Miyuki Delicas Size 15/0: 350 per gram

Miyuki Delicas Size 11/0: 200 per gram

Miyuki Delicas Size 10/0: 108 per gram

Miyuki Delicas Size 8/0: 30 per gram

Matte/frost finished beads are slightly lighter and smaller because the tumbling process removes some glass from them. You get a few more beads per gram with these beads. Beads with cut surfaces (charlottes or 3-cuts) are similarly lighter than the round bead of the same size. The lighter bead weights mean more beads per gram. Need to mix and match your Miyuki’s and your Toho’s, or just match one brand’s color to the other? You can find a handy Miyuki to Toho Conversion Chart here.

Also, you will never believe what I did. I actually followed a pattern as written! Yup, Starman Trendsetters pattern “Tri-Star” designed by Sue Charette-Hood was an absolute breeze to make, and such a beautiful finished piece! I made it in 2 colorways, one with cream triangles and round beads, and the other with metallic pink suede triangles (which are really purple) and pink frosted firepolish beads. Apologies on the picture quality. I didn’t have my camera and had to use my phone.

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I purchased all of the beads I needed for this at Eureka Crystal Beads. You simply can’t beat their prices, fast and free economy shipping, or the amount you get for your money. Heck, Toho seed beads are sold in 20 gram tubes and super duos in 25 gram tubes! They are also ALWAYS running some kind of a sale! Another thing, they have some great absolutely 100% FREE downloadable patterns. There is a link to those on the sidebar on this page. Use discount code A10SAVE20R and receive 20% off your first order!

I hope that is everything on seed beads you need. If not, please leave me a comment below and I will do my absolute darndest to try and get you the information you need! My goal with you is to be informative, but at the same time, show you a little bit of my life with a some flavorful taste of my sense of humor (some say I don’t have one – ha!). And hey all you new readers, be sure to fill out that email subscription box to get my snark delivered directly in your inbox first!

Until next week, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca