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Jewelry Classes at Michael's
Some of my first creations and supplies
Pandora Beads Keychain
My very first project was the keychain for my brother's very first father's day. It was the only thing I could think of to make him, as he does not wear any jewelry, except for his wedding ring. My mother says that the key ring looks better in person. The picture does not do it justice. The special beads placed in this project are: Daddy's Little Girl bead, his wife and his daughter's birthstones.
First FREE class, supplies not included project at Michael's
My very first project was the photo of the supplies. Later, at the class, I was able to return some items, as the teacher realized that I really didn't need it all. (The teacher was there when I signed up for the class, so she helped with the needed supplies. When she looked at the project again, she realized I didn't need some of the items. I really liked the littler turtle charms better than the larger ones.) So, I brought back the turquoise turtle charm.
I made two bracelets in this style. This bracelet is actually one of a kind, as I did not use the charms suggested for this project. I used the turtles instead of a ship's steering wheel. It actually turned out better than I thought it would. Three turtle charms came on the card, vs the one large ship's steering wheel charm. I still have the pink turtle charm left to make another one in this style.
Anklet & Bracelet
The beginners class was $15 plus supplies. I am a real fan of the gem like beads. I am, also, more of a bracelets/anklets fan than I am a necklace person. Therefore, for my first beginners class I made one bracelet (red) and one anklet (blue). The blue anklet is strung on stretch string, while the red bracelet is strung on wire.
I also really like the toggle closures on the red bracelet. It is the same toggles that I used on the first 2 bracelets that I made at the "free" class. When you live in your parents basement, and one parent is visually impaired, you have to be able to put on your own jewelry.
2nd FREE Class
There were many more that attended this class than any other class I have attended thus far. Turns out that the instructor went missing in action as I did. However, this time we made what are called "slip knot bracelets." We got to pick any charms that we wanted for this project. I opted for a more "personal" message on my charms, than the family type charms, such as mom, sister, little sister, big sister, etc. My mom is not too interested in bracelets. Therefore, I really felt that I can only make my bracelets with me in mind. My 2nd bracelet turned out better than my first. My first bracelet has charms that say, "YAY!" "breathe," and "you got this!" My second bracelet has charms that say, "escape," "Be you," and "reflect." Something for me to constantly try to be "effective."
My first time creating earrings
Hobby Lobby bracelet kit
2nd set of earrings
Girl's best friend charm anklet
Woodland critters anklet
Hand made jewelry
Now, that I have had a few classes at Michael's on Jewelry making, and bought a book of the basics. The first projects that I did on my own are those starting with the first 3 pair of earrings. Therefore, as you go down the pictures, everything below the first 3 pair of earrings, have been made by myself with no assistance from a beading teacher. I have learned some new things along the way. Making jewelry has become quite a rewarding pass time for me. Something that I can enjoy doing on my own. Yes, I confess, "I have a bead addiction."
The pendant was actually made from scratch, and it came out better than I thought it would. The actual necklace came out a bit longer than I wanted, but you learn from your errors. I don't like my necklaces too short, due to my history of seizures. (My lanyard below turned out to be a great length.) However, the lanyard was a different beading pattern that allowed me to put it around my neck and if I needed to add more beads, I could arrange to do so.
FYI....my mother showed pictures of my jewelry to my Aunt (her sister)....and now she wants to go to Michael's and take a jewelry making class. This could end up being a family thing.
I have some rope type stuff from a project above that I would like to make some "Roy symbolic" jewelry, as the rope would symbolize my paternal grandfather's work with his horses. Maybe adding stars, for the history of Charlesbourg, where the family originated in Canada from LaRochelle France. The colors red, blue and purple. (The last time I was in Canada and we went to the Astrology place in Notre Dame de bois; I ended up purchasing a necklace with one beaded marbleized star, in the color of white and red. Quite an amazing piece. However, I want to make this "Roy symbolic" piece more unisex rather than feminine. Something that my brothers and their significant others would wear.) I am having a difficult time figuring out how to work that one out.
Guess it is time to start making Christmas presents to my mom and sister-in-law. I found a string of beads today that they would both love.
My new beaded lanyard (I like IT so much better than the company issued one)
I have to say that it is nice to be set apart from the rest of the staff at my office wearing a beaded lanyard vs the standard issue. The standard issue lanyard was also royal blue, so I just kept with the same colors in my beaded lanyard. I have to say that the lanyard is the item that I have gotten the most use out of. It has made me like necklaces a bit more than I used to. (I just prefer them longer, and now that I can make them myself, I can make them as long as I want.)
The lanyard and the necklace, bracelet and earring sets were the projects that took the longest to make thus far (setting up the bead pattern, as well as stringing all the beads, checking the length and adding more beads until it became the length that I wanted). The beads that I used in the lanyard project were acrylic beads from Wal-mart, some greyish seed beads that I do not know where I got them, some beading wire from Michael's, and the lobster clasp from Michael's.
I wanted to make this piece before I had to attend my offices' monthly coaches meeting. I already showed the piece to my sister-in-law, who works in my office, and who will be sitting in on our coaches meeting. If you notice on the lanyard, the bead in the center of the front of the lanyard, did not have a matching bead, so I added it to the top of my I.D. badge to add more reflective color. I had many single beads in the lanyard signature color of BLUE, but I wanted something that would add interest to the badge in question. Now, I think my boss should update our pictures. My bosses' boss did not recognize me when she last saw me in January, so yeah, I think it is time to get a new picture.
Necklace, bracelet & earring sets
Hobby Lobby "Class in a box"
For my birthday, I received the "Class in a box," which was purchased from Hobby Lobby, along with a new beading book, and, of course, special beads from the giver, as she wants me to make her a pair of earrings. LOL HINT HINT!!!
Anyway, I decided to work on the "Class in a box" first, because you never know what will be left over to use on another project. It took me 6 hours to make two pairs, of earrings, two stretch bracelets and two necklaces. It increased my skills on making the loops to make my own dangly earrings, and other charms. It also increased my skills (and patience) working with the stretch cord for the bracelets and anklets, and using the crimping tool on the crimp beads for the necklaces and bracelets.
It was a great gift, as I am also off of work, convalescing, without pay. This really helped me enjoy my 10 days off.
Now, I will just have to look through my book and get some other ideas for my close friend's earrings.
Earrings for a friend
Earrings for a friend
Today I worked on a pair of earrings for a friend who bought some of the beads that were specifically supposed to be used in the product. A little birdie told me that she liked angels, SOOOO....I hope she likes these....
My friend loves the earrings, and plans to buy more beads for me to make another pair for her friend's birthday. They are actually well-known people in the area. Maybe this could turn into more.
Jewelry making business
These earrings I made for gifts. (I actually made 3 pair.)
Someone asked me on Facebook if I have sold what I made. I told her, "not yet." She told me the colors that she likes. I think I am forming a clientele. I should have started this years ago.
Green earrings & Turquoise earrings
The turquoise earrings, however, are mine. I made them to go with a top that I purchased awhile back.
This hobby is getting quite addicting.
Singing the blues
Highly stressed....I put the stress to work by making these two pairs of earring....After making another pair of the angel ones, because my friend gave them to her friend for her birthday. So, I made her another pair....
Got to be productive when I am highly stressed....Soon I will have the answers that I need....and someone could be in BIG trouble....
Bracelet & Earrings set
I made the bracelet and earrings set for a possible special occasion. If I am to get remarried, it will be to a man who has family members that would marry us, make the cake, and take photographs. There is even a DJ. Only thing I would have to find is a dress and the location. I thought my family was big, his is bigger.
The single pair of earrings, I created for a bridal attendant. Not really sure if I will have one or two? I would make a bracelet to match the earrings as well, but it is difficult to know another persons wrist size. Especially since my sister in law is pregnant again, and anything can grow when pregnant. I went up one, complete shoe size. I was a 7 1/2, now I am an 8 1/2. If I am to have one attendant, it will be her. If I am to have two attendants, they would be two different people.
There has been no proposal. However, we have discussed the season we would plan the occasion, as well as the color. The location would have to be spiritual, or historic, but not religious. The ceremony would be small and intimate, the reception would be bigger.
My only wish for this occasion is that my son would give me away. I recently told my boyfriend how I feel I raised my son in the image that I see a true man. I pointed out many ways that my boyfriend is much like my son. From sports to integrity to work ethics.
Christmas Angel earrings
OUT with the old/IN with the new
A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend's mother gave me an old necklace made out of seashells and turquoise beads and wanted me to make it into something new. However, I took it apart and am having an issue with putting anything through it again. Wonder if they put glue in each shell as well? Might be difficult to try and figure out what to revamp these shells into??
Either case, my dad is glad to have all those beads out of the family room. My nephew and oldest niece had to be careful when downstairs in Gina's domain. Of course, they are not allowed down here until after Christmas. Thank God.