Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Considering what kind of gifts and Homemade Christmas Ornaments to make this holiday season? 

These are just a few beaded ornament patterns that have been a favorite of mine since I was a child.

They are fun and simple to do making them a great group activity to engage in for the holiday season. 

Wishing everyone a creatively fun holiday season!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beads & Butterflies

I recently was provided with someone's old bead collection. When I saw all of these beads I was pretty excited. Such an array of so many shapes, sized and colors.

I did quickly notice that they were all quite  a bit smaller from the beads that I have been using though. But, as long as they fit on the wire, it should be fine!
<-- Here, you can see the difference in bead sizes. The green bead is the usual 3mm size that I've always worked with before. The other two are the average sizes of the beads provided to me. One is 2mm and the other is 1mm.

The next day, I started to work on a thank you project that I would give to this person in exchange for all of these beads. I quickly learned that they were quite a bit more difficult to handle Because they are so tiny, they are not only difficult to pick up and string on wire, it also takes more of the beads to add a colorful accent to my designs.

So, my first project with these little beads, I chose to crochet the wire to fill in the butterfly design. I used this technique to make this butterfly pin. So may little beads and so much wire to fill in this tiny 2" pin.

I wasn't absolutely sure how I felt about crocheting in all the spaces on my designs. So, I made a butterfly ornament. In order to use the tiny beads, I had to make a smaller ornament than usual. My typical ornaments are about 3". But I made this one 2".

Honestly, the smaller beads were very frustrating for me to work with. But when I finally finished this project, I had to admit that they added a very delicate look to the design. So, I may continue to use the smaller beads. But, I'll also have to look into methods to help make handling them more manageable and proficient.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Skull n Snake Jack-o-Lantern

While filling a wire craft order for a friend and deciding what to make for her, I said "go ahead, challenge me."

With that, she decided that she would like me to make a replica of one of the carved pumpkins that her husband does, as she said it would commemorate his work. She then provided me with this image to work from.

As soon as I saw this. I thought "wow, that's some amazing pumpkin carving there." But, then a second thought came to me, that was something like "how am I going to pull this one off?"

Sometimes, I just don't know how I'm going to pull together a project until I start working on it. This was one of those. Every detail of this project was a challenge for me. I had redone every detail 2-3 times, before I felt that it was creating an essence similar to this carved masterpiece. I had tried many different style forms and techniques that just didn't make the cut with this project before settling in on the ones I ended up keeping.

But, not giving up when things get difficult, is what helps us overcome our limitations and helps us to expand in our abilities. I feel that this project has taken my crafting abilities to a new level, so I do respect being challenged in this manner. After all, I did request that I be challenged, and this was the end result of those efforts:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Goddess of Wholeness

I wanted to make a unique birthday gift for a dear friend, so I asked her what kind of a wire product and design she might be interested in.
All she mentioned to me was that she was interested in something she could hang in her window that was symboilc of wholeness.

With that in mind, I created this:

Why did I choose this design? 
Well, I did some research on wholeness symbols and came across the Cretan labyrinth, which represents a journey to one's center and then back out to the world. 
I decided to add the woman to the design as it represents the connection of feminine energy and spirituality.

Finally, the color arrangements are a representation of the chakras. The arrangements start from the center of the labyrinth as one journey's outward.

Once I got the design laid out in my mind, I knew it was absolutely fitting for her, and it has also become one of my most favorite creations so far.
When creativity flows, everything amazingly and easily comes together! 


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Broncos Fan Pin

I made a wire and bead pin for a Denver Broncos fan. I thought this would be so easy to accomplish and expected to have it done in just a few hours. After all, all I had to do was mimic the original design. Right?

So, I did an outline of the original design.

Granted I didn't smooth out the details yet, but that's because I just wasn't loving it. In fact, I wasn't happy with it at all.

That final piece of wire where I ended up spiraling it made me realize what it was I needed to do. If I don't make my creations a bit unique to my individual form of creativity, then it's not really my work of art.

So, I dissembled the whole thing, started over and came up with this design.

This one has a spiral main and I like the way the inner blue design turned out. This bead and wire pin, though for a Broncos football fan is for a lady. So, I felt like this created a bit of a softer look for a female Broncos fan.  I feel much better about my final product and learned that I can't simply duplicate other people's artwork. I have to take the idea and then make it my own.

This lesson makes this quote very fitting for this project:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I have an idea for a new project! I thought it might be cool to be able to create little wire motorcycles and then connect them together to form a bracelet. First though, I had to know if I could pull off making a tiny wire figure that was detailed enough to be recognized as a  motorcycle. Though my first attempt is a bit rough and not the best form. At least I know that I can pull off the idea. Not bad huh?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Turtle! Turtle!

Yay! I may have been away from my creativity for a while, but the creativity wasn't gone for good!  This cute little turtle came to me as an inspiration when I decided to make an ornament for my turtle loving sister-in-law!

I love how the use of spirals for the shell and larger glass beads for the coloring came together in this most adorable creation!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Peace Ornament - Beaded Decorations

These chenille stem and tri-bead peace sign ornaments make for simple bead craft projects. Fun bead decorations that can be made and given to others for any occasion!

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