Sunday, June 12, 2016

What have I been up to?

It seems I've taken a bit of a break from my blog.  I guess it's one of those things.  Life gets in the way, pictures seem like a bit of a chore instead of something fun.

It's been about a year and a year and a half since I was posting regularly.  Let's see if I can get myself back into the game, so to speak.

I've still been beading .. a bit.  I love Kate McKinnon's Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.  The techniques are amazing and the pieces I've seen are wonderful.

I started a fortune teller bangle early last year, but got only so far.

I hadn't sized the bangle properly and a bit of it split off.  I ended up taking a several rows out and also removing a bit from the inside.  I haven't gotten back to this, however, because my attention wandered to a few other projects.

You see, my wonderful husband somehow procured tickets to the San Diego Comic Convention last summer.  Of course, I needed something awesome to wear.

I finished these next two bracelets about a week before we left for San Diego.

This Harley Quinn bracelet is an example of what can happen if the wings are left unchecked.

Granted, this bracelet is not an "every day" sort of thing, but I love how it turned out.  I am somewhat proud of the snap cover I came up with.

The little warped squares have snaps on the bottom and attach to both sides of the cuff.  I love how it blends in to the rest of the cuff.

I've worn this a few times and I'm surprised at how many people don't realize it's beaded.

The next cuff I made is a rick rack bracelet and not quite as wild as the Harley cuff.  I styled it with Wonder Woman in mind

It also uses snaps for a closure.  You can see the little snaps on the left of the picture below.  The other half of the snap is on the underside of the bracelet.

I really love the techniques in Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.  I'd like to do a bit more with it, but, I seem to have trouble coming up with an idea.  My daughter suggested a Madeline Hatter cuff (Ever After High is a favorite of hers), so I may look into that.

Aside from last year's ornament swap, I'm pretty sure this is all the beading I've done.  Instead, I've been working on chain maille.  I have quite a few pictures to show you in my next post.


  1. I have missed reading your posts! Totally understand - there are weeks (months!) where I just cannot seem to get motivated to write, either!

    Now for your beading, all I can say is WOW!! The Harley Quinn is just amazing! You create such beauty!!!

  2. I know exactly what you mean about blogging and beading. I've been off the grid for about a year and haven't done much beading at all. But, I'm a big Kate fan and all the beading I've done lately (given that it isn't much) is from her ideas! I love, love your bracelets. I'm happy to see you're coming up with different ideas for closures. I can't size a bangle to fit my because my knuckles are bigger than my wrist! So, if I get over my hand it's too big for my wrist! But, it's so nice to see someone else is fascinated with CGB!!

  3. Hi Tanya! Nice to 'see you' again! ;) I've definitely been where you are at where suddenly I am in shock that it's been months that I've posted or read my friends' blogs! Anyway - I absolutely love the bracelets you've worked up! I have had my eye on that book for a long time and I will have to take the plunge one of these days!!