Inching back & Quick Earring Recipe

I’m slowly inching my way back into my normal schedule after a weekend away.  My nephew’s wedding was beautiful.  It was wonderful to be able to spend a couple of days with so much of my husband’s family in one place.  M did a reading during the wedding ceremony.  (the groom is her godfather)  She did a great job and even managed to walk around in her crazy tall spike sandals without any problem.  I, on the other hand, had on a pair of low heel sensible mommy shoes and my feet were still screaming.  LOL  Sorry no pictures.  One of these days I need to get a decent pocket sized digital camera.

Fortunately I found a pendant from 2007 that coordinated with my clothes for the wedding.  (Stewart Gill Byzantia paints & Jones Tones foils under translucent clay.  Sterling silver textured surface bezel)

Good thing too, I really didn’t leave myself enough time to make a special necklace for the wedding.  I did, however, make the quickest earrings ever.

The purple glitter beads were made by my friend, Jenn Dorion.  The color in my photo is off.  The beads aren’t as blue as they appear here.  I had been meaning to turn them into earrings for ages.

Here’s the “recipe” for these earrings:


  • 2 beads (the glitter beads I used were approx. 11 mm wide by 9 mm high)
  • 2 ball end headpins 3 or more inches long (I used 20 gauge wire)
  • 7/8 inch silver tube bead


  • chain nose pliers
  • cup bur or file
  • wire cutters
  • plastic or leather hammer

Slide the bead onto the headpin.  Slide the silver tube bead on next.  Use the pliers to bend the wire at the top of the tube.  Holding the wire in your pliers make a curving bend with the rest of the wire.  (I’ll try to add a picture here later when someone else is here to hold the camera)  Clip to desired length and file off any sharp edges at the end of the wire.  Work harden the curved section with a plastic or leather hammer.  You can also work harden the curved portion of the wire with your fingers, but it takes longer.

They were so quick I made another pair.  Modeled here by a semi-cooperative 13 yr old.


What’s up

I know I haven’t been writing much lately.  The fall arrived and mixed me up, and I don’t feel like I have much to say.  We’ve got a big family wedding to attend this weekend and I’ve been somewhat preoccupied with the task of getting acceptable dressed-up clothes for the family.  It’s a darned good thing we don’t have to get really dressed up very often.  I am so much more at home in our increasingly casual society.

I am supposed to make some jewelry for myself.  I’ve only got about a day left and that’s going to be a busy day without counting any studio time in.  If I manage to create something, I’ll post a photo when we get back.


Catching Up

Last week just slipped away from me.  You’d think that I’d be revelling in having time to myself now that school is back in session.  Somehow it takes me at least as long to adjust to having my days to myself as it does for me to adjust to the absence of free time during the summer.  Clearly, it just takes me time to adjust to any shift in my day.  LOL

The Bead Bazaar is done.  I will have to wait until after next Saturday’s guild meeting to know for sure, but I suspect I will have a lot of pieces left over.  The traffic at the show was definitely slower than last year and it seemed like the lower priced items were what were selling. I don’t think I sold any of the Strata pieces.  Oh well, I had fun making them.  I may have to put them on Etsy or something.

Now that the Bead Bazaar is behind me, this week’s first project is going to be making earrings for my mother-in-law.  My nephew is getting married in just a few weeks and my MIL has a lovely dress but no earrings.  The dress looked purple in the catalog, but in real life it’s more of a dark cherry color.  I had a small vial of mixed seed beads that matched reasonably well and I bought a few other beads as options while I was at the Bead Bazaar yesterday.  I am just waiting for an idea to strike me.


Drifting back

I have been informed (rather emphatically) by E that I need to update my blog. lol


We survived the Great College Drop-Off. Thanks for all the well wishes and sympathy. It was a day my husband and I had long dreaded. It went really smoothly though. The drive from Connecticut to Ohio was a killer, even split into 2 days. The only time I got seriously emotional was driving up the hill to E’s dorm in a long line of cars at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. All of a sudden it was so real. We even managed to say goodbye without any of us crying. This was in part due to a stern declaration of E’s at one of the final family events that we’d “better not cry!”, and in part because she was headed off happily to a lecture with her new roommate. It was a bit of an anti-climatic moment, which is just fine with us because it means she’s happy and adjusting to her new life.


Still no studio time. We returned home Monday to a pile of filthy camp laundry and I got instantly swept up into the end of summer chaos. Yesterday was M’s 13th birthday, (yikes!) and school starts on Tuesday so it has been a whirlwind of sorts. I am afraid I am going to have to go to the mall today. (shudder)

Creatively speaking when I get sidetracked for a long stretch like this, I find it very hard to get back to the studio. On normal days I have some sort of bizarre resistance to actually heading down to my work space. When life throws in a few complications, it becomes really hard for me to even think about taking the time. I’ve got plenty of ideas so pretty soon I should be able to overcome that brain barrier/force field or whatever it is that keeps me out of the studio.

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