Saturday, July 09, 2011

Busy, Fun Busy, Busy

I am now having a lot of fun putting together kits for my Beaded Cabochon  Pendant class next week.  You can see in the picture above some of the cabochons I made for the class.  I have already glued on the backing to save time since the glue requires considerable dry time.  I like to use E6000 since it is good with ceramic clay. 

I have come up with an additional sample for the class to work from.  This one adds a row of beads around the edge.  They don't all show here due to the angle of the shot. And I see a small bit of thread I will need to cut off.  I have struggled quite a bit with which method of attaching the beads I wanted to use.  Originally I used a blanket stitch which gives a lovely look to the back as well.  But it takes a very long time and requires some skill.   So I went with the bead embroidery back stitch which does a great reliable job and looks good.  The sample above uses the back stitch method.  The class is only 2 1/2 hours long so I am trying to teach a method that will result in a finished product in the time allowed.

Here is a picture of some of the cabs I made up for the class.  I totally enjoyed making these and I love how the colors came out.  I imagine I will be making some more before too long.

I made a lot of earrings for the show and they sold well.

I have also been very busy because last week I participated in a Craft Show:  Mare's Wares Art Festival to celebrate Canada Day and start off the long 4th of July weekend.  It was a wonderful experience and I am so glad that I did it.  I felt a bit rusty since I haven't done a show in 2 years.  I see how staying practiced helps.  But I sold well and best of all I saw many folks that I hadn't seen since my last show.  Great blasts from the past and wonderful reconnections.  And the organizers of this show Mare and Karen are just the best.  Friendly and helpful all the way around.  And the setting:  so beautiful.  My booth was nestled into a lightly wooded area next to an apple tree.  How pastoral is that.

More earrings--my hand stamped hoops with Vintaj flowers

       And lots of funky Lake Erie beach glass that my Buffalo friends just love and bought for gifts.

And my beaded bracelets which went well.

What didn't sell well, my new wire wrapped bracelets.  Necklaces were not a go either.

I guess you can see what I mean about Fun Busy!!!
Thank you for stopping by!!


  1. Love those cabs and earrings!

  2. The cabs you made for class are awesome! They are going to have a lot of fun creating! Glad you had a wonderful show. Have an awesome weekend!

  3. Hi Mary,you are just so talented & those cabs are so pretty, i would love to be in that class. Have a great weekend ttfn Lana :)

  4. Oh, that class is going to be so much fun!!! And what great pieces to work with (drooling here!). I share your love for working with little seed beads. I'm a bit obsessed with their different sizes & finishes and must have a billion in my possession… Now to just use them. I like using E6000 epoxy with any clay pieces as well. Have found nothing else that quite works so good.

    I wonder if it being so hot temperature-wise now that necklaces didn't move as well. I know I personally can't stand the feeling of something around my neck with it's hot out. Unless it's one of those cool you down wet bandana things or something very simple and on a tiny thin necklace. Earrings and bracelets are a must for summer though! I wear Cait's bracelet I got from her all the time :)

  5. Aren't we so lucky to love our work, work with love and happiness every day. I love your cabs- All of them. Wish I could take your class. Great job on everything... as usual... thank you, you always inspire me.

  6. All the goodies!!! I love the blue in those pendants such a great visual pop!

  7. Wonderful use of those new cabs on the beaded pendants. Love the earrings and bracelets as well ~ Always love seeing your beautiful creations Mary. :)

  8. Looks like so much fun, your Cabs are gorgeous.

  9. All your pieces are so grogeous! I really wish I could take that class as well! I just love seed beads like Marsha said, but don't use them often.
    Your beaded cabs are awesome!


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