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!  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  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 … Read more

Sarcasm is Wired – with Wine!

Welcome back to another week of snarky sarcasm, beading, and…..WIRE! Yup, I’m going to depart from my own beading for a bit (but only a bit – actually only a few paragraphs!) to talk about Wire & Wine! See, I like to drink wine – a LOT! It gets me through the long, tough days of grandchildren, beading, dental work, financial woes – and they are a-PLENTY right now (see my Paypal donation button on this page, please – Ha!), stressing that I won’t make it until I can pour my next glass, and generally just breathing. But I digress… … Read more

Sarcasm Does a Wedding (by Jill Wiseman!)

Did ya miss me? Sorry about not posting last week, but as I mentioned previously, my Sis got married last weekend and I was out of town to participate in her taking of the vows, though I nearly missed the boat on that one, literally! See, she got married on a freaking boat in the middle of the Mobile Bay here in Alabama, and I was running late getting there to begin with, cuz I overslept staying up trying to finish her jewelry. Then, the hubby and I got lost trying to find the boat landing! She was literally standing on the dock … Read more

Sarcasm Does Cheat Sheets

Ahhhhh, that wonderful week after Christmas. You know, the one where the holiday excitement in your little one’s eyes is now glazed over by boredom (already!) with their newest toys and gadgets and you are ready to climb the walls wanting them back in school? Yeah, that’s the one. I had almost forgotten what that feeling was like, and then wham! My grandson starts kindergarten and he is staying with us this week. But alas, my wonderful hubby being the awesome Grandpa that he is, has planned on taking him hunting and out to the farm for some target practice … Read more

Sarcasm is a rockhound

sarcasm2A couple of years after I got into beading, my favorite Bead Fairy, Cyn Wilson, introduced me to the use of focal pieces in my work and how to do peyote bezels of cabochons. What, wait, these beautiful…..rocks! That’s right, rocks. Most people hear me talking about my rock obsession or see me scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at slabs and cabs and think either A.) she’s got a screw loose; or B.) does she know something I don’t and are these valuable? Well, the answer is B! The right kinds of rocks can be extremely valuable, and I have learned so much from them!

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My favorites to work with are blue lace agate, moonstone, lepidolite, and pietersite. Most people who collect or buy mineral cabochons do so for wire wrapped jewelry. That is something that I desperately want to be good at, but right now I am all thumbs, as you can see.

My first wire wrapped cabochon, an agate wrapped in copper.
My first wire wrapped cabochon, an agate wrapped in copper.

I have discovered that I have a knack for bezeling these lovely stones with peyote stitch into some fairly decent looking pendants. Then they are either placed for sale in my online store here, or I add a beaded rope, usually done in chenille stitch, and sell them as necklaces, also in my online store. These two are available now. I so enjoyed doing this Shasta Chrysocolla cabochon mined in 1 specific mine from California in a hand beaded bezel of chocolate and mint to accentuate the lovely vein of Chrysocolla running through it. The cabochon was provided by Danny Wade. The black Chinese Writing Stone by Ken Sexton is incredible with its markings and challenging shape. It comes with an 18 inch black and silver chenille stitch beaded rope.

Chinese Writing Stone with 18 inch chenille stitch beaded rope.
Chinese Writing Stone hand bezeled with 18 inch chenille stitch beaded rope.
Shasta Chrysocolla mined in California hand bezeled in turquoise and chocolate Japanese seed beads.
Shasta Chrysocolla mined in California hand bezeled in turquoise and chocolate Japanese seed beads.

My husband keeps threatening to take my bank card away from me because of my rock addiction. I have a display case full, plus enough to fill another. That doesn’t even count all the dichroic glass, polymer clay, and resin cabochons. I have even started making a lot of my own polymer clay cabs for bead embroidery. I love to work with the sun/moon faces as focal pieces, but most of the ones you find for sale online are hand carved out of bone, making them rather pricey. I can make a dozen of them in whatever colors my piece calls for in less than half the money.

This has been a rough week. My home away from home, The Enchanted Bead had to close their doors permanently as of this past Friday at 5:00 p.m., due to the owner’s illness. Cyn Wilson has been a blessing to me, a sister, a friend, but most important, she is a survivor, and will fight like hell with her newest health challenge. I love her and will miss the bead shop, but more important, will miss seeing her on a regular basis. I have learned so much from her, and hope to continue to do so. I am currently working on a project in her honor.

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm faces a challenge

So every month for the last few months I have been participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color design challenge. You can find this month’s challenge here. They post a color pallete every month and you have to design something amazing using those colors. I love the challenge of finding something that will fit withing the color parameters, and they are generous enough to award a $50 gift certificate to their 1st place pick, and a $25 gift certificate to 2nd, to be used in their store or website. This month’s challenge was unique in that it … Read more

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