Quote of the week

Almost exactly six years ago I decided to post a weekly movie or TV quote and started it off with a quote from this movie.
This movie that I went to with my sister, an evening I'll never forget. I honestly don't think I have ever heard anything like that before or afterwards when watching a movie. That theater was filled with people who choked up from laughing. It's a sheer miracle we even heard what was going on. There was thigh slapping, shrieks and people crying from laughter.
Maybe it was because we all had the same kind of humor. Maybe all of us were in the same mood. Maybe we were ready to be entertained and just got into the flow together. Whatever it was, it was a great experience.
While I'm not in danger of dying anymore when watching this movie for the umpteenth time, I still enjoy it immensely.

Like in the scene when Wanda who is part of a gang that robbed a diamond dealer tries to seduce her boyfriend's and gang boss' barrister Archie to find out where her boyfriend whom she and her secret lover Otto whom she officially sells as her brother ratted out on has hidden the loot *taking a deep breath* Did you get all of that?
Wanda and Otto are American, by the way, and Archie is quite the British cliché.
Now Archie and Wanda are on the bed. There's a noise.

Archie: What was that?
Wanda: What?
Archie: Your brother didn't bring you here this time, did he?
Wanda: No.
Archie: He's no idea?
Wanda (chuckling): He doesn't have a clue.
Archie: What?
Wanda: He is so dumb.
Archie: Really?
Wanda: He thought that the Gettysburg Address was where Lincoln lived.
Both are breaking out in laughter.
Archie: Oh, those terrible lies he told about the CIA! So painful!
Wanda: And when he heard your daughter's name was Portia ...
Archie: Yeah?
Wanda: He said 'Why did they name her after a car?'
Again they are breaking out in laughter. 
Wanda: I love the way you laugh.
Archie: I love you. You're funny. Mmm. How come a girl as ... bright as you could have a brother who's so ...
Otto comes up in the back.
Otto: Don't call me stupid.

This shows one way to get an apology out of someone. I don't recommend you trying it, though.

A Fish Called Wanda, USA/UK, 1988


Tackle that stash - Beaded spring flower necklace

So I have been a little flower crazy lately. I made earrings, a pendant, experimented with more petals, ripped up said experiment. Sorry, guys, I'm afraid this hasn't been the end yet.
Not even today's stash tackler has been the end.
First of all let me tell you the story of this seed bead stash. I have won these beads in a contest. They are seed beads of different colors and sizes. My problem were - the different colors and sizes. I don't work in opaque colors much. I didn't have enough beads of the same size for using them together in a nicely patterned loomed piece and off loom beading is not high on my list. A whole cup of transparent green size 15 seed beads? What on Earth could I make with them?

Over the years I used some of them in wire crochet and knit projects. The others I kept looking at, desperately waiting of a sign from the beady gods.
Once again a rope did the trick. A beaded rope would use up those tiny green beads very nicely, and then I could decide what to do with it. Herringbone. Herringbone spiral. When this was finally done, the flower idea jumped to mind.
One flower, two flowers, speckled flowers. How many flowers, though? After all my choice of color was limited. Leaves. Leaves and vines.
And last but not least ... hm ... a beaded butterfly? Wouldn't that be too much? And what colors? No butterfly, but .... hey wait, why didn't think of that right away? Perfect. A rotund, happy, cute as can be lampwork bee by Izzybeads.

A closer look.

An extra bonus was that this necklace qualifies for the JAC April challenge "Spring has sprung".
The necklace is not available yet because I am still waiting for some findings, but you can tell me how you like it, anyway ;-)


Oldies but Goodies - It's A Zoo Out There

Time for this week's Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community.
As you can easily tell from the post title, the theme was "It's a zoo out there", and isn't that true (although I might have had a different kind of zoo in mind ;-)).
Not only could we submit animals of all kinds, though. There are various stones that are named after animals. Tiger's eye, zebra jasper, crab agate, snakeskin jasper are just a few of them. Items with stones like that were allowed as well which made for some interesting variety.

You know that usually I don't point out a single artist's work in these challenges, but this time I have to say something about the great elephant bangle by our Dawn. I wish we still had access to the contents of the old forum, so I could guide you to a long running thread about how this bangle came to life. Who knows, maybe this will inspire her to put the story on her blog ... oh, and Dawn, when I did a search on JAC to see if there was a post after all that I could link to, I found something else. Let me just say "wolf, wolf, wolf".

Okay. I didn't mean to take attention off all the other pieces completely, so ... have fun.
Oh, forgot to say, click the picture to get a better look, or even better, go to the thread linked above for all the pictures that have been submitted!

1 and 8 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 7 MC Stoneworks
3 and 6 Cat's Wire
4 and 5 Violetmoon's Corner


One of a kind versus repeating a design

April is almost over and it's time for the monthly blog carnival over at the Jewelry Artisans Community.
This month it's about one of a kind items versus repeating a design.

In the old days of JAC (actually when it still had a different name) there was a time when newbies got a mentor if they wanted to, someone who had been around in the biz for a while, someone who helped out with tips, who could answer questions and offer encouragement.
I remember two things that my mentor told me.
1. You can't milk a dying dinosaur. That one was about my camera that was on the way out when it started to tint my pictures in a lovely soft purple. It had been my first digital camera and it was hard to say goodbye to it, but the purple didn't go away. This dino was dying indeed.
2. If you have sold something, make it again right away. Ah. That one I wasn't so sure about. Even back then I had a hard time making earrings because that meant making the same thing twice.

Time showed that #2 really wasn't for me.
Of course some pieces look similar. A wire knit bezel is a wire knit bezel, no matter if it has a jasper or an agate sitting in the middle. I still like to experiment with that, though. Adding a bit here, manipulating the stitches there. A wire crochet rope is a wire crochet rope, but you can add beads in different ways. You get the idea.

True, sometimes I like to make a series. There are the Rainbow Fairies, a series of wire crochet ropes in different colors with matching bead mixes. To be honest, I don't think these days I would still have the patience to make ten ropes in a few days, not mentioning that my wrists would be very unforgiving about that. There are the single pearls in wire crochet settings. There are wire knit bracelets with lampwork beads for buttons.
That doesn't happen very often, though. How many times have I said that I need to make this or that in a different color or with different beads and how many times have I found something else I wanted to try before getting around to it?

Another thing is that I almost never use patterns and I don't write patterns except of course for my bead loomed items.
Many times I simply don't know how I made something. It's that adding a bit here and manipulating there again. I often say I let the hook and wire take over, and that means that afterwards I have no idea how those two have been taking me to where we ended up. Often it's impossible to tell from the finished piece what exactly I have done, and I definitely never count stitches because that would break my concentration during the process. Well, unless I make earrings. Don't even ask how often an earring got made into a pendant because I suddenly noticed that I stopped counting.

Mind you, I'm not saying at all that it is wrong to repeat a design, and I'm also not saying that it is better or more artistic to make one of a kind pieces.
I think everyone has to find their own way, and my way is mostly not to repeat the exact same design.
No rule without exception, though .................... ;-)

You'd like to know what other JAC members have to say about this?

Violetmoon's Corner
Echoes of Ela
Jewelry Art by Dawn 


Zibbet finds of the week - Australia

I remember the first presentation we had to do in English class. We were allowed to pick our own subject, and since I had been checking out books about Australia from the library for a long time, the choice was easy to me.
Those books were mostly about the flora and fauna, though, and I have to admit that I concentrated on the fauna. So to get more information - you have to remember, those were the early 80s and there was no internet - I wrote to the Australian Embassy and they sent me a wonderful big package of brochures and things which might even still be around somewhere. I worked through them and through library books and put together my presentation.
There was also to be a short Q&A session at the end, and not only the students could ask questions, but also the teacher who would usually ask the class to make sure they didn't drop off sleeping. A friend of mine asked me if I could tell her just one thing, so she could make a good impression, so she prepared to explain what marsupials are.

Back to the present ... today's finds of Zibbet are in honor of Australia's unique and wonderful fauna.

Koala bear crib mobile by ZooToys

Boyd the Bat and his Pink Teddy original Flying Fox painting (read the story, please!) by Puffin's Pictures

New Holland dingo vintage engraving at Le Petit Poulailler

Great White Shark security blanket by BBs for Babies

Resin earrings with vintage Kookaburra stamps by I Walk With My Heart

Duck billed platypus by Suzi Q Designs
Vintage Australian dollar coin pendant by Traveler's Treasures Lorinda 3 L Jewelry

Australian animals wine glass charms by Catching Angels


Quote of the week

What do you do when you are on a spaceship and there's a polymorph on board? What a polymorph is? Well, it's this creature that can change shape to evoke a deep emotion in someone, so it can feed on that emotion.
In this case the polymorph has already had a delicious emotion meal made up from guilt, anger, anxiety, and vanity that it sucked off the four spaceship staff members. Now they are discussing plans how to get rid of it.
Rimmer who has lost his anger comes up with this plan.

Rimmer: Um, but here's my proposal. Let's get tough. The time for talking is over. Call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and hit it fast with a major, and I mean major leaflet campaign. And while it's reeling from that we follow up with a whist drive, a car boot sale, some street theatre, and possibly even some benefit concerts. Ok? Now if that's not enough, I'm sorry, it's time for the t-shirts. "Mutants Out." "Chameleonic life forms? No thanks." And if that's not enough, well, I don't know what will be.

Red Dwarf, UK, 1988 -


Tackle that stash - Beaded Tudor Rose pendant

First of all let me say this. I know that this pendant is not an exact replica of the Tudor rose. It is, however,  inspired by it.
The other day I made a pair of flower earrings that reminded me of Kanzashi flowers (which are actually Japanese folded fabric flowers) when I had finished them, and this time I wanted to see how I could make a variation that was maybe a little larger and more three dimensional.

I beaded it from silver lined red and golden seed beads and experimented with how to sew the individual petals together for the best effect.
At first I wanted to leave it at that, but you know me, I love my dangles on earrings or pendants, and this pearl drop makes such a great one.
I was tempted to add something green to it, but then I found it would have been too much here, especially because the green beads in my stash are also silver lined. This is one shiny pendant!