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Look what followed me home

Shopped at my "local" bead shop today. It's 45 minutes away, but what can you expect when you live in the middle of nowhere?

There was a trunkshow recently and while I couldn't attend on the day, I got some lovely gemstones and some lampwork glass beads. Take a peek!

Starting with the yellow strand by my pliers -
10 mm matte finish citrine wheels 12-15 mm polished barrels in what I think is a jadeite or similar. I forgot to ask and they weren't labeled. 10-12 mm polished aquamarine pebbles (I love these!!) 9-10 mm freshwater pearls in pink (Spring here we come!) 6 mm matte magnesite (they have a very slight veining, but are basically white) 1 x 1.5 cm matte lampwork beads 1 x 1.5-2 cm shiny lampwork beads (so gorgeous, made by a Wisconsin artist, too) 5.5-6 mm round faceted strawberry quartz
No two are the same shape!!  With some of the wire, findings and other stuff I just ordered (some in rose gold!) I should be able to make some truly delicious pieces. 
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Gearing up!

Remember when you were in school...did you LOVE getting new school supplies? Oh me too! Lucky for me I still get that thrill when I get new jewelry-making supplies. Woo hoo!

That's it there by the vise. I have a few projects in mind and so look out for new items in the shop!

In the works!

Playing with a couple of variations on a design today.

Figuring out how much wire I need and what gauge. With pearls it can be a little limiting since the holes are so small. I also think I need a bead borer since I had to go through a few pieces of ametrine before I got some that took 22 gauge wire. And of course they don't match. Lol. Good thing I'm only in the experimenting stage!

What is good design?

People have been asking this since...I don't know...forever?

And it isn't a universally accepted standard, but I'd like to post about things I love and designs I admire. So because I'm a reader and it's the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I'll begin with SP Books' inspired cover of her original manuscript -

I think it's brilliant because it's understated. It's restrained. Many Frankenstein covers are garish and shocking, but this one is subtle and subtly painful. 
Just that. ~~~ shivery! ~~~

Creating the right mindset for creativity and productivity!

So you’ve decided to open up a small business and you’re going to work out of your house. How many people have laughed and said you could work in your pajamas? Whenever someone has said this to me I always ask if they work in their pajamas. Seriously. It’s a stupid thing to say. Even when I worked a corporate job from home I got this kind of flack.

People say dress for the job you want to have. You want to be a successful business owner, right? An entrepreneur. A creative genius. A leader in your field. Dress for that. Dress like you’re giving someone a studio tour and they’re bringing their checkbook!

It doesn’t have to be a suit and heels or anything, but I believe it’s important to separate your work time from your leisure time as distinctly as possible. Most of us have our work space separated - a studio, workshop or office. I don’t work in bed or on the couch, why should I dress like I do? Even if you’re hiding behind a computer and never see anyone except the UPS man, you should…

Don't compromise wearability for design

Adventures in Handmade Jewelry is right.

Here's my latest and what I learned from it.

Design is very important, but like all good designs it must work. It must function well and enhance the time you spend using it.

I bought these cute little wooden cubes recently and had a design all done and finished. I loved it. Isn't it cute?

I even had a name for it picked out (no, not Jeff). Then I tried to put it on.

And realized I couldn't.

It wouldn't bend enough to do up the clasp easily. Take a look -

The most flexible part of the design is where the flattest part of your wrist is. Uh. Wrong. The bendiest part should be at the sides of the wrist. Right where I put those cute little cubes. Cute, but not bendy. Not comfortable all that much either.

What happens to jewelry that's difficult to put on or wear?

It sits in the drawer and collects dust. Or it gets tossed away if you're the letting go type.

So back to the bench. This design works much better - it can be put on…