Saturday, February 17, 2018

Teaching via Video

I do not think I will ever be much of a "live" teacher.  I am a terrible traveler, unless it is by car that I drive myself, and teaching seems to require mobility.  I also am introverted, and not comfortable for long in groups.  Plus there is the anxiety management for public speaking.  I will teach "live" for what I believe will be the last time on April 7th, at the Upper Midwest Bead Society Demo and Do event.

But I do think I have useful information and skills I would like to share.  So I have taken a page from Mikki Ferrugiano's book (I must say she has been kind and supportive!) and created my first video tutorial support.

I had a partial box of Volcano Triangle jewels, purchased to re-kit my very first offering, Spiral Damsel Dragon Necklace.  This project features a spiral Chenille stitch rope, and the scales follow the spiral around the rope.  As on all my dragon projects, the back of the rope is smooth, sitting comfortably against your skin.  I believe that with the video support, an Intermediate level beader could manage this project with reasonable ease.


So, my first video supports this project, and will be provided at no additional cost to purchasers of the E-tutorial.  It is hosted by Google on YouTube, and you must have a gmail address to access the video.  I am incredibly pleased that there is a way for me to store and offer this 90+ minute video to you, and it seems to me that a free g-mail account is not a huge price to pay for the experience.

I will explore other options as I learn more, but for now, YOU MUST PURCHASE THE TUTORIAL, AND HAVE A G-MAIL E-MAIL ADDRESS TO VIEW THIS VIDEO.

NOTE:  IF YOU PURCHASED THIS TUTORIAL WHEN I FIRST OFFERED IT, I WILL SEND YOU A LINK TO THE VIDEO SUPPORT, IF YOU SEND ME YOUR G-MAIL ADDRESS.  PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH ETSY CONVO FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Here is a link to the tutorial, which includes the 90 minutes of video support.

I am pleased with my results, although I have to say, it was a steep learning curve, and I know I will improve with time and experience.

I have 13 kits, which I will list sometime this weekend in my Etsy shop and I will list the newly polished tutorial at that time as well. Additionally, I have one original kit in the shimmering, golden Chili Pepper colorway available and will list that after the tutorial listing goes up. These dragon wings look like leaves in Autumn to me.  :)



I have also played with the beautiful new TOHO colors of Galvanized PermaFinish beads and recognized the fact that Butterflies Have Scales Too...

I have not make kits for this colorway, but if enough people express serious interest, I will put together some for you.  I love how the shape of the butterfly feels like a feminine little bow.


Next up on my video list, Pineapple Blossom Necklace.  I have SOOO many requests for more kits, and this seems like a good opportunity to get it filmed.  Also, although I have two other exciting projects in mind for the near future, but I think it's best I work on another video while I remember what I did to get it cemented in my mind.

As always, thank you all for your kind support and for reading my little blog!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wintery Blueberry Blues

The last kit of the season will release today!  The missing bead arrived yesterday afternoon and I am busy filling the final bags and assembling the many, many components.   These Teakwood beads smell DELICIOUS, and it's sad stuffing them into their baggies, but I promise they will still smell awesome when you open the packages.

This is the final kit for Caramel's Claws Necklace that I have planned.  There are quite a few of these kits, and I cannot reserve any this time.  I have too much work left to do, but I believe there are MANY great choices, and I hope you'll find one perfect for you.  I will post them for sale at noon CST on Saturday, December 9th.

Aa always, each focal bead is unique, and this blog post will serve as an introduction to each one.  There just is not room in the Etsy listing to let you see them all.  So without further ado...

FOCAL A is SOLD OUT
FOCAL B IS SOLD OUT.
FOCAL C IS SOLD OUT


FOCAL F IS SOLD OUT
FOCAL G IS SOLD OUT
FOCAL H IS SOLD OUT




FOCAL M IS SOLD OUT

FOCAL O is SOLD OUT.

FOCAL Q IS SOLD OUT.

 Most of these focal beads are similar front and back, but two of them are dramatically different on each side, and either side could be chosen as the front.  I have shown you both sides of these focals.

FOCAL S IS SOLD OUT

 Caramel is fat and fluffy in the icy temperatures here in Minnesota.  She shows up every morning for her peanuts, and never misses a chance to hop up into my beading window and entertain me.  I hope you have enjoyed the necklaces inspired by her clever claws!  She, and I, wish you a happy holiday season!

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Grape for Caramel!































I am not usually a big purple fan, but I have to admit I bought a purple t-shirt, AND a new sweater to go with this version of my Caramel's Claws necklace.  Caramel herself is turning quite silvery gray in honor of the cold weather, and although she prefers nuts over fruit, I think she would like this one too!

Kits for this colorway will be listed Saturday, November 25th in the Haute Ice Beadwork Etsy Shop at 9am, as usual.  The kits are $40 each, and there are 15 different beads in sizes 15/0 to 6/0, plus the focal bead, findings and stringing material.  The tutorial is purchased separately.  If you already own the tutorial for the Caramel's Acorn Earrings, then just purchase instructions for the Bezel and Yoke at this link.  If you need both the Necklace and Acorn instructions, purchase both tutorials at this link.  And if you already own both tutorials, you are on my "VERY NICE" list!


Each buyer will be able to choose their own focal.  I chose one of what I thought were the "worst" focals of the bunch for my sample, saving the best for you!  But despite the few pits, I think it's still lovely.


The oval focal beads range in color and markings quite a bit.  Some are lighter, some darker, some have more pattern and some almost none.  Some are more cool indigo, some warmer violet, and some have a bronzy glow or veining. The stone is Crazy Lace Agate, dyed to this yummy grape.  Photos of the available focals follow, and if you convo me with your choice on Etsy, I can make you a custom listing.  But move fast, as I never know how quickly they will sell, and once a stone is gone, it's gone.   They have two sides, and I have shown you the one I liked best, but either could be used.  Focal I has two beautiful sides and I have shown you both!

FOCAL A is SOLD!
Focal C is SOLD OUT.
FOCAL C is SOLD!
FOCAL D is SOLD!
FOCAL E is SOLD!
FOCAL F is SOLD!
FOCAL G is SOLD!
Focal H is SOLD OUT.
FOCAL I is SOLD!
FOCAL J is SOLD!
FOCAL K is SOLD!
FOCAL L is SOLD!
FOCAL M is SOLD!
FOCAL N is SOLD!

FOCAL P is SOLD!
Focal Q is SOLD OUT. 
FOCAL R is SOLD!

In this season of THANKFULNESS, I an so thankful to be able to do this Tutorial and Kit thing!
THANK YOU ALL, so much.  I am so pleased to be able to share my designs with you.