Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I still have all my fingers

Man those self-portraits yesterday are scary!

I set off all the fireworks without incident.

I duct taped an incense stick to the end of a broomstick to light them.

The fuses worked fine, despite their age, and gave me just enough time to run away.

If you would like to know how the rest of my 4th went, just look up videos of Santa Ana on the 4th of July.

Today the 5th was my day off for the week.

I tried to network and discussed some details with the painter, and about the brakes with Don.

Nothing looks like it will be happening for a few weeks, though.

In the meantime I made lots of jewelry.

Yesterday, while I was waiting for the sun to go down,  I copied a Victorian design for a beaded necklace.

It isn't something I'd wear in the summer, but that's what I felt like making.

It came out OK, but making a chain of tiny beads took hours and hours.

(You can't tell by the picture, but the beads are a dark garnet color, not black.
I guess everything I took pictures of recently was over-exposed.)

Today I had nothing better to do so I looked up jewelry trends.

One trend on the runway that I've noticed and seemed easy to do, was industrial looking jewelry made from thick cord, like parachute cord.

I don't have anything like that.

What I did have was a bunch of leather lacing.
Some of it was regular, and some of it (the brown stuff) was irregular ends from a bag 'o leather bits.

I thought it would be nice to stick a big silver bead on it, and make it more bohemian.

I came up with this:

Those are definitely something I will wear.

It was really hard to find a bead that would fit on thick cord.

I looked around and found other beads and thinner, round leather cord.

The blue beads are the kind that would go in those big chunky, memory bead bracelets.

The orange beads are kid's plastic beads.

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