Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I finished the second class project from the classes with Margie Deeb last month. I realized after I was done that I had not followed the instructions. I did not have two fringes coming out of each of the anchoring beads. I also did not like the way the drop enamel beads hang. I need to redo this part of the necklace.
I have been wearing the foundation multi-strand necklace. It looks great on this own.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I remade and rephotographed my small snowflake design. I used a blue felt background so that the white and silver-lined beads would show better. The pictures were better but could still be improved. I am reading Photographing Arts, Crafts & Collectibles by Steve Meltzer and learning many things to help improve my photos.
I now have 10 kits ready for techniques night next week at the Toronto Bead Society meeting. Each kit includes enough materials to make 6 snowflakes. They are very quick and easy to make. Techinques night is always a fun and creative evening, especially in December as we also share holiday treats!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
At the end of one of my toddler programs this morning, one of the toddlers came up and started to talk to me about the colour I was wearing. I was wearing my finished red collar of colour and light with my favourite red top. She thought that red was a colour that made me happy. I told her she was right, it is one of my favourite colour. I asked which colour made her happy... it was pink of course. I then pointed out to her that there were some pink daggers on my necklace.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Collar in progress at the end of class
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Yesterday was a great, colourful day. I attended the Around the colour wheel in 5 hours class with Margie Deeb. We learn the properties of colour and how to create various palettes. It was fun to see how different the palettes were even when we start with type of scheme.
Here is a palette Suzanne and I create for a floral print.
To help Roxann use some interesting pink beads we did this.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have enjoyed her two books about colour, The beader's guide to color and The beader's color palette. I used one of the palettes as inspiration for my Sea Aneome box series .
It is going to be an inspiring time. I will post thoughts and pictures over the next few days
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The spikes of the coral make this an edgy looking necklace, but the addition of the matte black and the gold spacers make it elegant. I look forward to wearing this to work tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Rypan Designs will be at the Toronto Bead Society Bead Fair on October 31 and November 1 and than at the Hobby Show on November 6, 7 and 8. Stop by and see the latest designs.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I combined the sodalite with acid etched black quartz in a two stranded criss cross necklace.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
This morning as I was waiting at the local Go train station I saw the fox that lives in our neighbourhood. I saw this fox a few days ago. This morning it was in the green space between the tracks at the train station.
It was being chased around the area by a very territorial cat. Here they are watching one another.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
My first day at Creativ Festival is over. I started the day by help Maria start setting up her booth. In the afternoon I took my first class with Lisa Pavelka to make her crystal column. We used shades of purple crystals on a base form. Here is a closer picture.
This evening I took a cross-stitch class with Jennifer Aikman-Smith for her Castle Paper Ornament. It is a beautiful castle design stitched on perferated paper, folded into a 3-D ornament. I will post pictures when I finish it.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I am also take a few classes during the festival, including two with favourite cross-stitch designs, Jennifer Aikman-Smith and Teresa Wentzler and one beading class with Lisa Pavelka.
Monday, October 12, 2009
The second set of beads the I purchased from Elly Peters were white and orange, which would be perfect for a Halloween or pumpkin themed pieced. But once I started playing with the beads and adding beads to the bracelet it started to remind me more of a favourite childhood frozen treat, Creamsicle. So here is my Creamsicle Dream Bracelet.
I added 6mm fireopal Swarovski round crystals, 10mm white fire-polished beads and copper spacers to the lampwork beads. I have finished it with a copper toggle.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I used two sizes of Swarovski crystals to create the pistil in the center of the flower and a couple green crystals for the stem. This makes them look like the classic white calla lily.
Now it is on to the sides to see the dragon really take shape.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am currently writing up the instructions as I have volunteered to teach this small project at the December techniques night meeting of the Toronto Bead Society.
I photographed the steps as I made up another sample this morning. I plan to include the photos to illustrate each step.
I may try a different placement of the colours and use crystal AB Swarovskis instead of the chalk white AB.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I decided to make this piece earlier in the summer when I looked thru my binder of bracelet projects taken from various bead magazine. I had enough crystals on hand to make the bracelet. The only thing I did not have was a two strand box clasp. I was able to get one at last weekend's Bead Oasis show from Manhattan Bead Company.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here is the first piece that I have made using the beads that I purchased at Bead Oasis. This necklace uses some of the Ugandan paper beads from Titan Beads. I added turquoise beads, silver disc spaces and white Swarovski crystals.
I tried different colour crystals and found that the white added just the right lightness to the piece.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here are Maria and Sandra with Maria's article in Beadwork Magazine
Here are the beads that I got to do my Smaug box.
Red hats by Amy Waldman Smith
Blue cylinder bead by AirWynn Glass Designs
Little glass spacers by AirWynn Glass Designs
I also purchased seed beads to do the Lively links project in the October issue of Bead & Button, crystals and pearls to make the ring in the October issue of Beadwork, three strands of acid etched black quartz, cooper lanterns to finish a necklace, vintage calla lily beads and crystals to make earrings. I purchase more of the Ugandan paper beads.
Look for some completed projects later this week.