Wednesday, 31 July 2013

I didn't create much today

Today was a day of organizing. I bought 3 new flat containers and promptly emptied out all of my little baggies that have been floating around. Yay for containers! Of course, I didn't buy enough LOL

Earlier today, I did manage to mostly finish something though...
I made an embellished barefoot sandal. It's not 100% finished because I am going to put a ribbon closure on it.

I made it using RAW and I used stretch magic, 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm pearls, seafoam green acid dipped 11/0 seed beads and 3mm and 4mm seafom AB roundells. I have 4 more to make/finish.


Monday, 29 July 2013

Snakeskin jasper filigree

I finished my second filigree piece today. I also did this one in raw copper, with snakeskin jasper and lemon jade. Hopefully tomorrow I will find some gun blue in town, and I will be able to play with a few pieces that are dying for some highlighting.

Like this one..
I'm happy with it :) I plan on playing with patina with this one, and then it will be spectacular!

The other thing I'm working on, is this
I was digging for beads to shoot for a custom order and I found this cord. I had forgotten I had it! It's perfect for this canadian jade and swarovski crystal reversible pendant. Did you see that plug there? Smoooth.


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Working, working, working

Today I am working on a copper chain link necklace. I should be working on a custom that has been "in progress" for a while now, but I picked some chain for it that is VERY much a pain in the butt to work with, so I keep avoiding working on it. Actually, I made some hammered paddles today for that necklace, so I guess I can't say that I didn't work on it at all.

Here is the copper link necklace.

I haven't been able to get a good picture of the howlite skulls, but they are vibrant blue, and are going very well with everything else. I am actually going about this necklace backwards to what I normally do.. as in I am designing the necklace first, and pendant second. Usually I do a pendant, and then decide if I am going to make a necklace to match. That being said, I really have NO idea what I am going to do for a pendant for this.. but I am all for the learning process!

Okay, I got an idea. While it's not finished, this is what it looks like at the moment :D


It's strange what comes out of my head sometimes.


I really have too many things on the go. I mean my project box that is full of Frustrating Things, isn't getting any smaller as I add to it without trying to finish projects that are already in there. I know lots of those with chaos and art in our heads who also have a project box. 

Digging through my hoard of Pretty Things, the other day I found one of my first wire wraps. I mean seriously first.

It was so bad! (and once I find it, I will insert a picture of it here.)

I've had some other firsts that were way better though.. like my first sculpture piece.

I called it the fish, and it is gorgeous. I still have it.

And then there is my first prong setting.
I managed to make that one reversible, and I was hooked! Wire, wire, you calling me?
LOL okay, I am trying to write too late, because now I am being punny and even though I am catching them, my typos are going way up!

I will continue taking you through my journey in my next post.. my first tutorial piece and my first attempt at fold forming.

Good night and god bless, from the frozen north!

Friday, 26 July 2013

New to the blogging scene

Hey now, when did I become a blogger? Oh yeah, just a few minutes ago! Yay me. 

Here you are. Welcome to the world of YukonReddy Jewelry and Beads. I have been creating pretty things since middle school, and have given up on it many times. I had a semi-recent tragedy that sent me into my own little world, and out of that tragedy my little world has brought beauty! I am still more of a hermit than I would like, but my obsession is with creation. 

Up until a couple of years ago, I had never even tried anything other than tiger tail where wire was concerned. Then I had a fellow Pretty Things lover send me some stranded copper wire, and I was off! 

I had to research, and learn how to 
  • strip wire without marring it
  • what gauges work best together
  • how to wrap a simple weave
  • how to make a bail
  • what different wires contained, and that cheap silver wire isn't actually silver at all
all the while figuring out that wire does NOT react like thread. I think that this fact alone was the biggest learning curve for me.

Good night and god bless, from the frozen north!