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Sometimes my Inside The Studio post comes round and I find I'm wanting something to tell you about, something beyond just me being 'inside the studio' (or at the table, in my case) making things. But, that's all I have to tell you about this month: I've just been making things, by and large. Since I last did an ITS post I have made, glazed, listed, sold, and sent off rather a lot of beads. In my last ITS post I showed you a few images of beads awaiting glaze. Now I can share a few before and after shots!
Good old colour, hey? Most of these have sold, I'm afraid, but there's still the odd one or two in my bead shop. While I was working on this last batch of beads, I kept feeling this jewellery-making itch. I kept thinking of various fresh supplies I'd had to squirrel away. With the monster batch of beads out of the way, I've been allowing myself some unadulterated jewellery making time. So far, I've been focused mainly on earrings. I've made a stack of pairs, nearly all containing art beads (do you ever feel that a piece isn't quite complete without one?). I'll just share a few here.
(ceramic drop - Scorched Earth)
(ceramic drops - Scorched Earth)
(fibre beads - Carolyn Saxby)
(ceramic droppers - Something to do Beads)
You can see many more here. In the last day or so I've moved on to necklaces. This one is nearly done; just can't decide whether to trims those tails or add some beaded tassels.
(art beads: Nadia Terra, Something to do Beads, Gaea, Nature Scavenger, Blueberribeads, Scorched Earth)
I just finished this one, which also has a Scorched Earth focal. (Please excuse the greying bead matts!)
These are more works-in-progress.
(art beads: Happy Fish Things, Something to do Beads, Calisto, Shipwreck Dandy, Nell's Embroidery, Scorched Earth)
They are, mostly, just going to be pendant pieces, without further beads around the neck. It's the style of necklace that I wear the most and as they're so easy to wear I hope they'll appeal to others. That plum-y, copper-y one on the outside right definitely still needs more work!! I've been giving quite a bit of thought to what to put around the neck. I don't really want just chain, but I don't want anything too fussy or distracting. So I've been looking at and - inevitably! - buying various cords and fibres, which I may or may not mix or combine with chain. We'll see...
I've had some of the components I've used in these kinda totem pendants bagged up together for a while. Planning these pieces out really makes me wish I had more work space. In a former phase of life, I knew an academic who used to have a room wholly given over to jigsaws. There were numerous tables, each with a different puzzle on it, and she'd move between them, working on one then moving to another, as she fancied. Well, I wish I had a separate large table (or tables!) where I could lay out components for multiple projects, and leave them for days on end, so I could add to them, move things around, mull them over, and just keep looking and thinking. Which brings me to this week's giveaway. My question is: if space and money were no object, how would you alter your workspace to aid your design process?
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Bye for now, Claire