Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spiral Rope Bangle Bracelets

I finally got around to figuring out a simple way to make bangle bracelets with the Spiral Rope scheme.  I don't know why I waited so long!  They are so fun to make, I have had difficulty stopping.  Alas, mundane life pulls me back - to eat dinner, interact with my husband and 6 kitties...etc.

First, I made a couple of them (to match the necklaces in my previous post ).  I liked them so much - I went crazy!

I made these three as a set:


Then, I went "Tropical":


Finally (to date), I went for a fancier look:


I have already listed most of them at my ArtFire shop.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Re-Making and Re-Discovering

In my previous post "In the Beginning", I said I was planning on re-making some older necklaces.  As you can see in the photo above, I have done just that with one of them.  (It is currently listed at my ArtFire shop)  Using size 8 seed beads instead of those tiny size 11s made the work go so much faster.  I liked it so much, I started playing around with making some entirely new necklaces with matching earrings...like this set:



And, a necklace with a matching "bangle" bracelet - no clasp, no button, just one continuous circle!  I love them and will definitely make more!  Here is one of them:


Then, I made a set with a necklace, earrings, and a bangle bracelet (I'm keeping this set for myself I think):


Yes, I still plan to re-make the other 3 older necklaces...sometime soon.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets






My sister likes to make lampwork beads.  Some time back, she gave me a bunch of them.  I have been waiting for just the right projects for them.  I think I found those projects.  Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets. When I have a special focal bead, I like to put it in a simple design.  That way, the focal bead gets to be the star of the show...as it should be. Here they are individually:

First this set in blue and green.


Then, I made this Peach Set:





Then, because I was on a roll, this one in white, orange, and lavender:


Then, I decided to make some Spiral Rope "Y" Necklaces with matching earrings.  First this one in black, brown, and white with milifiori teardrops.


And, finished up this round of beading and knotting with this set in tan, jade green...with an agate focal bead and some additional agates.


I have listed them all at my ArtFire shop under "Sets and Matching".



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ads on My ArtFire Shop Pages and Getting Rid of Them

Since I stay "logged-in" to my ArtFire shop, I had no idea that there were so many "third-party ads" on my shop pages!  When I view my shop while logged-in, I do not see the ads.  And, since I rarely go on ArtFire's forum, I really did not know what was going on.  More fool me!

However, that has been remedied!  

But there is a little story first...

Today, I received an email from ArtFire about "changes to fees/sales commissions"...so, of course, I went over to the forum to find out more.

And, if I am understanding things correctly, this is basically what has happened:

Apparently, Google recently made changes that charge site owners for access...so ArtFire began to place third party ads on shop pages so as to counter this...and quite a few shop owners got mad and left.  So, now ArtFire has come up with a new "tiered" rate policy.  As a "legacy" shop owner, my base rate does not change, but if I want the ads to go away, I must "op in" to pay a 3% commission on every sale.  I cannot say I am happy about this, but I guess I understand why ArtFire needs to make these changes.

I have "opted in" for the plan without those ads.  Really, go check out one of my item pages.

As many have said in one way or another "The Only Thing Permanent in Life is Change"...sigh.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In the Beginning



I belong to a micro macrame group on facebook.  Quite some time ago, new members asked for the more experienced knotters to show some photo of our early work.  I kept meaning to get around to taking the photos and posting them...but, I also kept forgetting or putting it off.  Since I plan on dismantling these necklaces and re-making them, I decided I better get a photo first.

Although, I still like the colors and the basic arrangement of the beads, I was never happy with the knotting cords around the outside of the focal beads.  They don't look like they are part of the design, they look "sloppy" to me.  It was this dissatisfaction that led to my practice of stringing the knotting cords through the focal beads along with the holding cords.  It is sometimes a challenge to do so as the holes in the focal beads can be a bit small for this.   Still, I think it "cleans" up the look. 

When I made these necklaces, I had discovered Omega #2 nylon crochet thread.  Although it was way better than using cotton crochet thread, it has a tendency to "loosen up" over time.  I still use it for "Spiral Ropes" type designs because it makes them so flexible and supple, and I also make my knots tighter these days.  And, as I said, I pass both the knotting and holding cords through the focal beads.

If you take a look at my Original Waves Bracelet on my Free Downloads post, you will see how I put tassels even on bracelets with clasps (not just the ones with button closures).  At the time, I designed that bracelet, I was still using the Omega nylon crochet thread.  Because the crochet thread is not a bonded cord, the knots don't always hold tight.  This is fine within the body of a piece, but problematic (for me at least) at the end.  Ending with a ring (for a clasp) means the knot has to accommodate the ring.  Even using fabric glue was not sufficient as far as I am concerned.  I know, I tend to be overly cautious, but I want a piece of jewelry to LAST.  Ending with a tassel meant the end knots were overhand knots which hold much better since they don't have to accommodate the ring.  Since I have discovered C-lon Bead cord, this issue is no longer a problem and so I began to end pieces on a ring without the need for a tassel.





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