Sarcasm says Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday Jesus!

Happy Birthday Jesus

I call the cross in the above picture The Old Rugged Cross and used just 36 superduos, and less than 1 gram each of 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, an 8mm Swarovski pearl (but I have also used fire polished and bicones of the same size), and a headpin to hold the pearl in place while also serving double duty as the loop for a bail.

And don’t think I have forgotten the rest of you!

Happy Kwanzaa

boxing day

I hope everyone has a safe, and very blessed and Happy New Year! Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

 

Sarcasm Does a Giveaway with Marcia Balonis!


Well, this is embarrassing. When I went online searching for my usual witty, sarcastic, yet humorous memes for the top of this week’s blog, all my searches kept coming up with earlier posts from here or my own Facebook page, so there’s this one! I’m drowning, send me some meme’s people!!!

I promised you a giveaway, and here it is! Marcia Balonis has kindly offered up an autographed copy of her new book, Lush & Layered Beadweaving: Stitch Jewelry With Texture and Dimension. I have had this book for a couple of months now, and have done several of the projects in it, and have to tell you, it is delightful! I love that she photographed the projects over a two-page spread so that I could enjoy the detail while I was making them myself.

These are just some of the projects I have completed from the book:

Pop Up Bracelet
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

Wheel Around Bracelet
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

Secret Garden Necklace
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Becca Scott

There are over 20 absolute gorgeous projects using a variety of seed and Czech beads. Marcia makes excellent suggestions not about what colors to use, but how to choose your colors for each project. I really liked the “Marcia’s Tip” scattered throughout the book that didn’t necessarily have to do with that particular project, but beadweaving in general, which I found particularly helpful.

I want to thank everyone for their patience as I resolved an issue on website yesterday as you attempted to download Marcia’s pattern. There was an update that reset all of my custom settings back to the default settings that I wasn’t aware of until some of you started having issues. As for those of you having issues getting locked out, please understand that if you registered here on the blog it does NOT crossover to my website and you will have to create a new account to get the pattern, but you will not have to share any financial details, as it is a free pattern. The email from here gives you the details and will go back out a last time tonight. If you still want that free Marcia Balonis pattern pictured below, then you HAVE to open the email I sent Sunday or the one I send tonight, as it has the password to retrieve the pattern!

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Stars Over Moon
design by Marcia Balonis
beaded by Ree Stanley

You can enter to win HERE. I also have a tab on my Facebook page if you want to send your friend s to enter, or you want to enter another email (I don’t judge!) Remember you have until 12:01 a.m. C.S.T. Sunday, 9/16/18 to get your entries in! The winner will be randomly selected from all entries by Random.org at Noon and I will immediately post their name here and on my social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.) The winner has until 8:00 C.S.T. to confirm their shipping address to me or on to another randomly selected name. Drawing is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. No purchase required

Look, I know I’m off my game now, and I really apologize. I have been in and out of the hospital so much over the last few months it is going to take me a hot minute to catch back up and settle back into my old self, so please just bear with me. So, now that I got all the legal stuff out, go fill out your entry and GOOD LUCK!!!

Becca

 

Sarcasm Has TWO Giveaways!


I have been EXTREMELY neglectful of all of you for quite a while, so to make up for it, I have teamed up with Marcia Balonis for not one, but TWO great giveaways! The first one I will be revealing in the coming days on my blog, and it’s GREAT! As for now, how about a FREE brand spanking new exclusive-to-my-blog-subscribers bracelet pattern from Marcia Balonis? If you already subscribe to this blog, then you have received my email with the details on how to get the free pattern. It’s called “Stars over Moon” and utilizes the Hubble stitch. All you need is a few colors of 11/0 seed beads, some Czechmate Crescent beads, and 2mm round or firepolish beads.

When you go to my website, please keep in my mind that if you have never registered there before you MUST create a NEW account in order to check out. Your registration here on the blog does NOT crossover.

This is a password protected item on my website and the password is in the email. I will send another one out on Tuesday, so if you aren’t subscribed, do it before then! As for the BIGGER giveaway, I will be posting that here on or after Tuesday.

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Makes a “Cameo” – Appearance


Sick

With grace (I hope), Sarcasm makes a “cameo” appearance in your lives once again. No, seriously, things have not been good for me healthwise as of late, to the point of spending way more time in hospitals than out, and that is just not fair to my readers.

One of the issues I had to face was whether or not I had breast cancer – during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As of now, the answer to that one is a tentative no, but in three months –  who knows? But needless to say, there are some other very serious issues I have and will be facing, so my postings may be rather sporadic.

As those of you who know anything about me know, every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month I pick one Designer’s piece, and do it in all pinks and then sell the design sample as a 100% charitable donation to the Breast Cancer Charity of the buyer’s choice. All I ask is that you specify a legitimate and recognized Breast Cancer Research Fund or Charity.

This year I took a left turn and decided NOT [sce emoji=”whatsgoingon”/]  to use anyone else’s design, and try my hand at doing my own. Not only that, but in place of the bracelet or bangle that I normally do, instead choosing to do pendant which is more representative of breast cancer by mere virtue of wearing it usually over the breast area, I chose the cameo because not only does it historically represent women (although men CAN and DO get breast cancer!) going back as far as 3rd Century B.C., and considered great status symbols – most notably with Napoleon’s support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos! The 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, who composed a cycle of six poems entitled Камеи (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero. In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos).

This particular objets d’art that I chose to use – as do any of the cameos of carvings of women, shows the woman cut off just above her breasts, eerily similar to a mastectomy. Freeform bezeled in flat, even peyote with Duracoat Galvanized Champagne Delicas and 15/0 Semi-Matte Silver-Lined Dark Rose (from stash), I then accented it with 11/0 Duracoat Champagne and 15/0 Galvanized Rose Charlottes (also from stash), Rose Polychrome Nib-Bit beads, and 4mm Swarovski Light Rose Crystal Bicones. I alternated the 11/0 and charlottes for a quick bail. It was a quick and as far as technique, relatively easy project, but one close to my heart, so to speak.

Cameo

 

No longer will you be left out of my sarcastic world, no matter how ill I am or will be. Yes, I ask for donations to keep this blog going, especially since my sponsor was yet another sad victim of the lost brick and mortar bead stores. However, you will never be expected or asked to purchase anything from my blog – only from my advertisers! [sce emoji=”shopping”/] If you would like to purchase from me, please go HERE and I thank you in advance.

Remember, I have zero overhead (mainly because I am not in the business of being a flea market), and I am a TRUE Starman Dealer and will NEVER charge you for a Trendsetter’s pattern copied from a customer. Heck, I would never charge you for a “free” pattern anyway! (I can actually afford to print a few pages if you need a written copy [sce emoji=”giggle”/]) You will ALWAYS pay less than what you would in a brick and mortar store. I teach FREE, basic techniques by appointment (due to my health treatment schedule) and would adore sharing something I have learned along the way with YOU. I show you by example and would never dream of handing you an instruction sheet and move on without showing you MYSELF. I may rip something apart six different ways to Sunday, but that is the PERFECTIONIST in me, not settling until it is beautifully done RIGHT. I may step away and work on something else during the process, but THAT keeps my mind sharp! If you focus on one project or misstep in a project for too long, you are much more likely to stuff it in that UFO box. How many of you have done that? Having multiple projects going on is a sign of the Creative Process – something only a TRUE Designer understands.

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

Becca, The Sarcastic Beader

Sarcasm Talks ©opyrights


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In this extremely overdue post, Sarcasm talks copyrights, more specifically about being bullied by other like-minded beaders and crafters who are (like I am on most subjects) a little confused by copyrights and how they apply to their particular craft. You all (hopefully!) read my reviews of the bead boards I did a while ago, and how two particular makers of said beading tool has been sending ummmm well frankly, threats in the form of emails, public social media posts, you get the drift, threatening legal action, claiming that the bead board was originally their own idea, yours are just knock-offs, yada, yada, yada.

really owe all of you apologies for not posting in such a long while, but I am having some pretty intense health issues, to the point that I am unable to even beading on a regular basis [sce emoji=”sadness”/]. In fact, if trips to the emergency room and doctors earned frequent flyer miles I could have circled the globe a few times over! [sce emoji=”facepalm”/] The new medication that the doctors want me on is so new, my insurance doesn’t cover it, so that means you just “might” want to click on the “Donation  to Paypal” button at the very top of the page! [sce emoji=”nod”/] I can not afford it. Plain and simple.

Now, back to the copyright issues for any type of crafter. To, again use the bead board tool as an example, I received tons of messages, emails, and comments about how some form or another of the bead board had been around by other makers, and for that matter, literally centuries. There is even an authentic Native American bead board in the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of the American Indian. (Sorry Bead On it and Silaba, but you did NOT invent the bead board tool.) I even have a picture of my Cherokee Great-Great Grandmother using hers. Fortunately, I have been informed by what has turned into a literal network of crafters and bloggers that I am not the first (and there have been more since) person literally bullied about copyrights. As it turns out, the one who hollers the loudest about it is the one who never got one to begin with, because it was turned down by the U.S. Copyright office several times.

There is a HUGE amount of misinformation about copyrights floating around the crafters and artistic communities, and why we have copyrights. In Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, congress is empowered “to promote the progress of Science and Useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors, the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”  To understand U.S. Copyright law, it helps to understand their purpose, as presented in our Constitution. It isn’t about promoting the individual artists and poets. It is about promoting progress, by limiting rights to ONLY creators of certain works, for a limited time something that is in our society’s best interest (even though that limit is 70 years past death of the original artist)! Progress is a GOOD thing, remember?

intellectual property

It is also helpful to understand exactly what can (and cannot) be copyrighted. According to the U.S. copyright website: “Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work.” To be more precise, Section 102(b) of the U.S. Copyright Act states: “In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.” In plain English: Your words and your pictures are your own, and no one has the right to censor your own expression of an idea, but a craft item, tool, or procedure is NOT copyrightable!

There is plenty, and I mean PLENTY of circulars and other helpful information about copyrights HERE. I strongly encourage you (especially if you are a designer who writes and illustrates tutorials) to familiarize  yourself with as much copyright knowledge as you can squeeze into your brain.

In a nutshell, if you or the original crafter/artist/designer have been deceased for 70+ years, and you come up with something  new or not so new, PUBLISH IT right away. Whether or not you have the little “c” in a circle does NOT matter. It’s yours – claim it! From the moment you publish it – anywhere, whether it be in print, the internet, or written on a scrap of paper, it is YOURS and will remain so until 70 years after your death, unless your descendants file for an extension. Period.

Until next time (and it will be a few weeks due to hospitalization), say smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

 

Sarcasm Says Happy Craft Month!


Happy Craft Month!!!! So….have y’all been getting all crafty? WE HAVE!!!! Well, I say “we”. I actually mean “me”. Poor Becca is poorly so she asked me to guest post.  She has no idea what she’s in for! HAHAHAHAHA! [sce emoji=”evilgrin”/] By the way, Becca will be back next week with that thread review y’all are wanting!

A little about me…I’m the guilty party that created the monster [sce emoji=”devil”/] that eventually became Becca’s Beaded Bangles. I’ve been making jewelry for more than 10 years and I’ve crafted all of my life. My style is a bit different than hers though. (don’t tell her but i don’t even OWN a seed bead. Not even one! Ed. note: that’s because she gave every single one she had to me!) I create from things i find or that are given to me. I started out doing things with shells and bits and pieces I found on the beach. That quickly expanded to things like car parts and rocks and old computers. [sce emoji=”whatsgoingon”/]  LOL  Yeah, I know it’s a bit odd. And that’s ok because that’s what art is supposed to be! I use bones, antlers, pelts, old draperies, and I’ve been known to rip up clothing. [sce emoji=”bomb”/]

Hiking with 2 of the mutts!

Of course, I use beads too, just not tiny ones that like to run away from you…. I like big honking pieces that make a statement! Anyway, I sell cars, and I have a couple of grown kids, a husband, and 6 dogs.  I created my “studio” in the corner of my new-ish hubby’s living room. Nothing fancy because I’m way too rough on stuff but it’s functional and I don’t feel like I’ve been sent to detention away from the fam. I spend as much time as I can outdoors hiking, swimming, canoeing, and generally getting into trouble any way I can find. (Bec will vouch for me on that!) I’m also rebuilding the gardens I sort of inherited. And of course, like all of you, I have a myriad of other life obligations that keep me running pillar to post every day. And like anything important, I force time for creating because without it I’m completely lost and I get depressed and laundry doesn’t get done and my family gets frightened I’m going off the deep end.  But that’s enough about me.

So what are you creating? Late winter and spring are always good for delving into new things and stretching your creative eye. Lately I’ve been playing with leather (that started as pants and a jacket. Don’t worry. They were pretty hideous as clothes but the leather is first class!) I can’t say that I’ll do this long-term but it gives the rest of my brain a break. It’s a sort of cure for “creative block”. I actually took several weeks off after Christmas because I would sit at my bench and *poof*. [sce emoji=”dull”/] Nothing. A total abyss. Ugh. So trying new things sort of sets everything on restart and I can move again. I strongly recommend trying new techniques, a new craft, a new perspective. Even if you never do it again, you’re forever enriched by the experience and will always see things a little differently because of it.

Speaking of doing new things…. Have y’all seen the new “Jackie” tutorial Becca did? She is actually the first designer to create a necklace with the AVA beads. Yeah…so… I really did create a monster. [sce emoji=”doctorstrange”/] LOL I don’t know how she does it. [sce emoji=”skipping”/] I really don’t. All those little tiny monsters! I mean beads.  Yes, I meant beads… LOL And she makes it all look effortless too! [sce emoji=”lalala”/] So go try a new pattern! Now is the time to snap it up because her entire webstore is 25% off this month with coupon code NCM17! (And she really needs the money with all that expensive medicine they have her on.)

“Jackie”

Y’all take care and come back now, ya hear? It’s time for me to go fold laundry and be an adult so I can go cut up more stuff! [sce emoji=”facepalm”/]

Oh….I almost forgot….. I promised I would also remind y’all that blogs ain’t free. It would be awesome if you could throw your spare change over this way. Don’t throw it hard cuz that would hurt.  Just toss gently, maybe.  Even better if it’s dollar bills!

Keep rocking your truth!

Sincerely,

Abby Lynn

Wire and Wine

Sarcasm Reviews Thread Burners!


 

Sarcasm reviews thread burners and throws out a reminder about a contest that ends in just a few days in this installment of snark! Not every beader uses thread burners, but in my opinion, every beader should at the very least, try one out. After a couple of years of using plain old scissors to trim my threads, I decided to go the cheap route, and purchased the Berkley Fireline fishing line burner. It runs around $9-$10 at Walmart or any sporting goods store, comes with its first set of two AAA batteries and an extra tip stored in the battery compartment door. The neat thing about it was the retractable tip that only got hot when pushed out to be used. The problem I had with it, was by the time the first tip burned out and it was time to change out to the provided extra tip, I could not get it to work again, and it went through batteries almost weekly.

So, I decided it was time to quit being a cheapskate and talked to Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Beads, and purchased the Thread Zap Ultra, made by Beadsmith, which also comes with an extra tip in the battery compartment, though no batteries are included. You can buy more Thread Zap Ultra Replacement Tips for about $3.00. Like the Berkley, it is retractable, ergonomic, but in my opinion gets a little hotter than the Berkley, making for a better thread burner, and the batteries lasted quite a while longer, as did the tip. I was really pleased with it, and have it as a backup to my current thread burner now.

Now, on to the thread burner that I purchased for myself (and giving away one in the contest) for the purposes of this review. That would be the Thread Zap II, also made by Beadsmith. Although it isn’t retractable, it is much slimmer, about the size of a magic marker, and has a lid that fits all the way down past the button that activates it. It literally heats up instantly upon pushing the button, and has a much finer tip, and because it is slimmer and easier to control in your hand, it means you don’t burn the wrong threads as often as you do with the bulkier models mentioned above. I freaking LOVE this thread burner! It only requires one AA battery too. The only drawback is that it does NOT come with any replacement tips, but a pack of two will only run you around $5.00 (and the winner of that thread burner will also get a pack of tips!).

So, if you have a favorite thread burner that I have not mentioned, please comment below and I will look into it! Next installment will be a comparison of various threads used in beadweaving, so I would appreciate your comments below on what threads you’re wanting information on too! I already plan on going over Fireline, Wildfire, Sono, KO, One-G, Sonoko, and Hana.

I also want to thank all of you who took the time to vote on the Bello Modo blog for my two entries in their Starman Post-Holiday Trendsetters Design Challenge. Thanks to your votes, my “Russian Crescents” bracelet won First Place, and my “Marrakesh Mosaic” bracelet won Third Place! Thanks to Bello Modo for the gift certificates, especially from my husband, Ha!

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 1st Place Winner – Russian Crescents Bracelet

2017 Holiday Trendsetters Bello Modo Design Challenge 3rd Place Winner – Marrakesh Mosaic Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget you only have until the 28th at 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. to get your entries in and pinned to my Pinterest board for the Pin It To Win It Contest! I will be up later than usual that night to add you to the Pinterest Board, so no worries! Once you fill out your entry form, I add you to the board, so check your email! If your entry isn’t there, and all other stipulations are not met, you will not be in the prize draw!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Needs Your Votes!


Yup, just as the title says, Sarcasm (me, HA!) needs your votes! Today will be short and sweet folks, because I have been having seizures all weekend. Bello Modo is having their annual bead challenge in which I have two entries. Prize winners win gift certificates, and thanks to the very expensive new meds for my seizures, I can’t buy beads like I used to, so I NEED to win! Winners are determined by votes in the comment section of their blog showing the 15 entries.

If you wouldn’t mind going over to their blog HERE and voting for my entries, numbers 12 and 13, I would REALLY appreciate it! Voting lasts all week and then they will post the winners Friday. I know my readers certainly ROCK and will help me out!

Speaking of contests, don’t forget that I have one going on too, my Pin It To Win It! It lasts until 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. 2/28/17. Once you register by filling out the form, check your email or Pinterest notifications and you will see where you have been added to the Pinterest board to post your pics of your entries.

That’s it for now! Stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca