Why is this picture me? Well, because, this morning, I decided to dust off a NaNo project and ask a dear friend of mine if she could edit, reformat, make a cover for it. It’s a gothic novel with a detective twist. It took me this long to finally decide to do it because I was always fearful that it wasn’t finished and that I needed to add to it. Well, this morning I threw caution to the wind and decided to let it ride. Yep, me, let it ride. The girl that has four unfinished fiction novels and two unfinished non-fiction books has decided to take the plunge and get a book published.
Now, I wait patiently for her to finish, and bite my fingernails. I can’t help it. Yes, I make jewelry and other crafts as well, but this is different. I am entering the word of the greats, like Chaucer, Dickens, and Tolkien. I am going to tread where Stephen dominates, and Bently Little has wonderful stories. Me, ME, publishing a book. Me, out there with Patricia Cornwell and Iris Johansen so, yeah, I am nervous.
I know I should relax, but it’s not possible. It’s just not possible, not for me, not right now. Hold on to your hats. I will all of you know when the publishing happens.
There are a lot of things to remember when you first start making jewelry. The terms, sizes, how long something should be. It’s all enough to get the most determined beginner to go cross-eyed. Here are ten things to make life easier:
…or finally getting on track with finishing a long awaited order.
“I love a challenge.” That’s my motto. When it comes to creating jewelry, angels, or anything crafty, I love to challenge myself. So, when a good friend showed me a picture of a dragon, and asked if I could make it, I said I would. That was, a little over a year ago.
There are several trials that got to this point in the design, but I didn’t take any pictures. I placed two rings in the middle, and later, I took one out. This was done so that it would hide the holes in the tail of the bead.
I tried different sizes of jump rings to get the right look for the center. I think I went through about 4 different sizes.
Yep, this is how all my chainmaille project start. With wire, a mandrel, and -if I am at work- my wrist action. It is a shame that my drill is too big to take to work. It takes twice to three times as long to coil wire by manually, but I love what I do, and I already painting a picture in my mind of how the piece is going to look.
I have already linked two rings to a hook for a closure and to mark the start of the bracelet. The small diameter coil is going to be the small jumprings I am going to need to make what I call Celtic flowers.