Books and Bead Bloggers

So yesterday morning about half way through watching the Notorious Bettie Page at a little after 6am I finally went to sleep. I woke up around 1 in the afternoon yesterday, so at least somewhere I managed to squeeze in 6 hours of sleep. I woke up becasue we had a contractor coming to look at our garage which we are having closed in. The bid was quite a bit higher than I was expecting, but I really want a new studio out of the house. We are getting a couple of other quotes as well. Has anyone ever had their garage closed in? What’s the going rate on that kind of thing?

Yesterday Chris and I weathered the bazillionth rain storm this week, ordered Chinese take out and watched Internal Affairs (The original Hong Kong version of The Departed). My main goal for yesterday was to spend the day working on my book. I made a pair of earrings, hair goodie and 1.5 necklaces. I am pretty pleased with the necklaces thus far, one I only narrowly avoided drill disaster and almost ruined the whole thing the other is having drying problems. Without giving too much away about the projects I am using photographs and glass, trying to attach the two. I first used decoupage and it would never dry and stayed thick and white looking. As if the picture and the glass were too close and not letting air in to dry it out. Isn’t this how marble magnets are made? Several hours later I took my mystery glass objects and washed it off as well as the pictures and tried to reapply with clear glue. This immediately seemed like a better choice. I could see the pictures and they were lying flat on the glass and not beveling up like with the decoupage. There are a few tiny bubbles like when working with resin but I keep trying to squish them away. This morning the glue is still wet. Is it trapped between the pictures and the glass? Is it because 24 hours has not passed? Could it be the humidity? Hopefully it will eventually dry. My next question is how shall I seal the back? With a marble magnet you use a magnet. Hmmm, that is today’s dilemma.

Speaking of books one of my label mates is in my bead blogging group. We have a little thing going in case you have not noticed where we all post each others links weekly to our own blogs. Saturday is my day to post so here ya go….

The Impatient Blogger
Margot shares a FREE project from her fantabulous new book, Sparkletastic! Feel lucky? You should!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean shows “A Study in Teal” , a never before displayed “Party Dress Bracelet”. Party Dress Bracelets, or “Party Bracelets”, are one of her signature designs. Two of these were shown in Belle Armoire Magazine’s Salon. Dress up every day! Life’s a Party!

Savvy Crafter
Check out Candie’s wine charms that she made with objects she’s collected in China.

Jewelry and Beading
With summer here, the heat is on, but Tammy at Jewelry and Beading is already thinking of the holidays and offers a Goofy Reindeer ornament project.

Bead Arts
It wasn’t easy to make “Queasy”! Cyndi shares some of the design dilemmas she encountered in entering the Ugly Necklace contest.

2 Responses to “Books and Bead Bloggers”

  1. Claye

    A. I received your package of crafty curios in the mail yesterday; love them… thank you so much!

    B. I have never seemed to be able to find a fabric glue that doesn’t dry darker. I’ve tried Aleene’s fabric glue and a few others, and no such luck.

    C. What kind of drill do you use for your plastic jewelry? The power drill I use tends to be a bit finicky and gives me attitude

  2. Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club


    A. Hooray send me a picture of what you make!

    C. I use a small Dremel. With plastic you have to kind of drill a little bit at a time. Drill pull out wait a second, drill again. You don’t want you plastic to get too hot. Also I have a piece of wood right next to me so that when the plastic starts to melt and get all over my bit I drill the wood to get it off.


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