This is my first try in creating beaded tree pendants and also my first post on this blog (wipes sweat from her brow). I got stage fright or better call it “blog fright” 😛 . I have been thinking about what should I put in this blog . This is not my first time to write a blog. I have posted on my other blog about my texture creations. On this blog, I was not sure on how to start it. I am not some bead guru. I am just another girl that loves beads, textures, patterns, chocolate cakes, Photoshop, owls, trees, coffee, yoga and simply creating things. The mind plays tricks, it can scare or motivate. So I said to myself, “fuck that blog fright, it’s time to press this!”
So how will I start??? What will I write about??? My answer to myself? Well, I said to myself, I will write today about my 1st attempt in creating my tree pendant and just simply share some photos. I even said to myself, it will not be that technical… just plain fun taking snapshots, explaining the materials used and editing pics in Photoshop. That was how I overcome my blog fright —- simply thinking of something “fun” to do besides worrying about what to write about.
So here goes my bead tree story. For this project, I used stainless wires, mix garden jasper and glass beads. I don’t have 14 or 16 gauge stainless wires, which could have been ideal for the pendant’s body/frame . So, my alternative was to twist 3 thin stainless wires (.60) . I also don’t have the fancy wire twister gadget which you can buy in online bead stores like Firemountain gems or Riogrande. What is my alternative? The solution was to buy a pair of cotter pins at handyman hardware store, which I did right after my visit to the gym. I used the cotter pins to twist the wires manually :P. That is what handmade is all about, that labor of love :). Enough of the technicalities. Nothing much on that for today.
Here are the shots of my materials and my beaded tree pendant. These were taken with a digital camera and had fun editing them in Adobe Photoshop with Lomo Filters from Filter Forge to create this retro looking shot.
I dug from my archive of photos for my beaded tree pendant while the materials shot were just done today weeee!!!
So a brief background about my beading history, I started playing with beads since 2003 but last year, I have been in love with wire crochet, wire wrapping and simply just everything about wire craft and beads.
Whew, this first post is done. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I survived my first post to my bead blog. It was not so bad after all. I kinda had fun photo editing my pics in Photoshop today. So as an added bonus, here is an image I did with the cotter pins as a background and a motivational quote by Martin Luther King Jr. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Have fun everyone! Namaste!