Hello everyone… it has been a busy few weeks with lots happening. I had a holiday, I had shoulder surgery and have been at home recovering. Due to the surgery I haven’t been beading very much, and what I have done has taken 3 times longer than usual as I keep having to take breaks.
On the upside, I have finally gotten around to reading some of the books that Lark have kindly sent me to review 😉
The first one I am reviewing is Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.
I did actually buy a copy of this before my review copy arrived and I actually made one of the designs from it too… I made Verticals – photo below.
Now onto the book. I mostly enjoyed this book, the diagrams and photos are clear although at time the instructions are not so easy to follow for complete beginners. Thankfully I could understand most of the designs, although I have only made the one. I really like the way that chatons and rivolis are captured to show more of the crystals, although I have yet to try it out and see if secure. I have found in the past that customers tend to fiddle a lot with their jewellery, and as such I am not sure whether this technique of holding in the crystals would stand up. I will try to get my hands on some chatons to try it out, I think I would like to try the Three Crosses Necklace first – the simplicity and elegance of that particular design really appeals to me.
The book is a glorious riot of colour and beautiful beads and crystals and is lovely to read, there are a lot of tips and new techniques for me to try and I look forward to being able to get stuck back into it very soon.
You can buy your own copy of the book at Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348157489&sr=8-1
Or if you pop along to my beady page on facebook –https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations and help me get up to 800 likes I am giving away this review copy to a random fan. Get over there…
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It has been a busy couple of weeks/months. I have found time between the day job and the rest of life to get some beading done. I have also decided to start making/selling glass cabochons through my Etsy shop and I am testing the water with a friend across the pond and also at ArtFest in Chatham this weekend.
I also received my first set of books to review from Lark Books and as I already have Beaded Fantasies by Sabine Lippert and Japanese Beadwork by Sonoko Nozue I am giving the new copies away on my business page – https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations – all you have to do is like my page, comment and share the status update regarding the giveaway. Once I get to 800 likes I will pick two names at random to receive the books. You can of course buy these books from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340298827&sr=8-1 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Beadwork-Sonoko-Beadweaving-Master/dp/1454702788/ref=pd_sim_b_1
I made this using one of my new cabs the other week and it is fabulous, a peacock pendant with lots of lovely fringing with swarovski crystals. I have only listed three cabs for now on my Etsy page – and they are seconds – I will have more listed after my craft fair this weekend. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingSmith2010
I also had India at https://www.facebook.com/Indiv1dualDesigns make me some bespoke eye designs for my beading and these are the first three pendants I have finished using them. The purple one was a gift to a friend who works very hard with school kids, who are challenging to say the least, and I thought she deserved something special for her birthday.
I also made some more MotherShip pendants to sell at ArtFest, here is one of them:
Lastly I made a bracelet using a Bead Soup from Nancy Dale of http://www.etsy.com/shop/NEDbeads and although I failed to make a proper freeform bracelet, I did resist the urge to sort the beads out into colours and I made this three stranded bracelet – what do you think?
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