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My pretty, let me show you it [Mar. 12th, 2010|09:32 am]
Zoethe
Here is a picture of the first piece of jewelry I have ever made:





It is from a class that I took last weekend (oh, earthenwood, Maria Rypan said for me to tell you, "hi!") and one in which I immediately was a troublemaker (how surprising is that?) because the instructor had kitted out the beads and we had a choice of which kit to choose. When she got to me, I held up two kits. "I want to use the small beads from this one, and the big beads from this one. Is that okay?" To her extreme credit, she said yes and let me raid the kits for the look I wanted.

The class was in a terrific local bead shop, and a lot of the women there knew each other, so it was cozy and chatty. But the pattern for the neck band was just tricky enough that if you were chatting, keeping count was a real challenge. So since I was new and was mostly listening instead of talking, I quickly pulled ahead of the crowd. Which the shop owner noticed. She complimented me on my design choice of the colors, to which I said that it came from quilting, since I'd never beaded anything before. Then they ALL wanted to talk to me - seriously, this was the first piece of jewelry I'd made? I explained that I'd used beads on quilts, but had not made jewelry.

Of course, this put me off my count and I had to pull out several rows.

But eventually I finished the neck band and got started on the swags. I was quite smug to be one of only two people who got to the swags before the end of the class time, and sad that I had an appointment and couldn't stay for their First Friday evening. I got home from my appointment and raced through the rest of the swags.

Now I have to revise my first sentence in this post, because, really? This is the second piece of jewelry I've completed. I finished it last Friday evening, held it up, and noticed it was a little lopsided. I'd messed up the swags from the second row down. Oh, well, I told myself. No one will ever notice. I put it in a drawer.

But you know how that little voice in your head tells you the truth? The truth was, I was never going to wear that slightly lopsided necklace. And that was a waste of my time and the beads. So last night I took it apart up to the first row of swags and restrung it the right way. NOW it is something I can be proud of.

And wear, as soon as I put a clasp on - the one that came with the kit is icky.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2010-03-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
Lovely; congrats!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: violet_helix
2010-03-12 02:37 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely gorgeous! Is there any chance I could get my hand on the pattern?

Now that you've added jewelery making to your crafty repertoire, is there anything that you don't do?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 02:44 pm (UTC)
Knit. But I'm hoping to change that.

And, really, I don't sew. My clothing-making has been limited to Halloween costumes.

Patterns are available here. She has some very lovely ones.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear!
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[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2010-03-12 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ooo, shiny!

Very pretty necklace. Well done! (Are you going to continue with this new hobby? Perhaps set up shop? *hope hope*)
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2010-03-12 02:51 pm (UTC)
Stunning! I cannot wait to see it with that sexy black dress of yours. I believe a VTR night is called for...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2010-03-12 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is SO GORGEOUS.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2010-03-12 03:10 pm (UTC)
Very, very nice! I've just started seriously revisiting the idea of jewelry making, and this is definitely inspiration to get on it. :-)

I must ask: did you take the class at Bead Q?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:00 pm (UTC)
No, Grand River Beads in Rocky River. It's in the same strip of buildings where Max's used to be. Great shop.

And thanks!
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[User Picture]From: smallekins
2010-03-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! It's beautiful - you did a great job, and I'm so glad you enjoyed doing it. It's so nice to find another way to bring light into the world - making things that look so pretty is a lovely way to do so!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was fun, even the second time.
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[User Picture]From: catvalente
2010-03-12 03:19 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, that's gorgeous! I propose we institute a spring jewelry swap, as I'm learning new stuff too!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:03 pm (UTC)
You've given me such gorgeous things that I'm totally intimidated! Thank you, and I think it's a great idea!
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2010-03-12 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's really pretty!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2010-03-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
I've got all these beads in my shop...I hope I make something as pretty as that when I get around to doing some beading.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:06 pm (UTC)
Maria Rypan's patterns are very lovely. I couldn't have done this without the pattern, believe me.
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[User Picture]From: norda
2010-03-12 03:45 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I love collar-style necklaces.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2010-03-12 03:54 pm (UTC)
Holy crap that's wonderful!!
My jewelry skills are basic and this is just awesomesauce.

Want. :)

I love you. Keep it up!

And...I can't wait til you knit. *grin*

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:09 pm (UTC)
Love you, too. Your Orphan's Tales shawl now has a place of honor in my studio, BTW!
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2010-03-12 03:59 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! I'm starting to crochet/knit with wire so I can make some jewelry. It's tricky but fun. :)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:10 pm (UTC)
It sounds tricky, but those are skills beyond my ken at this point.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-03-12 04:11 pm (UTC)
that is a MAJOR wow!! beautiful work indeed!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-12 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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