Author Archives: Elaine

Week 17: Making Gifts

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A few weeks ago I turned out my first couple dragon ornaments. A local friend is particularly fond of all things dragon and so the next one, I promised, would be her birthday gift. She loves purple and so the little purple one above will go to her. It just had to visit with the resident dragons before she headed for the gift box.

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Before the dragon of the week there were trays and trays of beads. Which makes me very grateful to have a clay dedicated oven at work.

Week 16: The Bead Factory

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Don’t get me wrong: I love making beads. And I love working for myself. It’s just that sometimes it starts to feel like I am hosting my very own little bead making factory. This was one of those weeks since custom orders slowed down and routine orders were manageable. I churned out a stack of bead canes (and regular canes) for the next few days and weeks of bead making. The innocent little stack above will probably turn into 800 or so new beads. This is all good because the shop badly needs fresh new stock and I need piles of beads to crank out pieces for my show next month but… factory like.

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Luckily as I start the first round of slicing and shaping, I have help. My daughter is pretty patient about working on the routine stuff. Keep her in WiFi, tea and cookies and she’s a productive bead maker apprentice.

Week 15: The Ladybugs

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When I moved from Calgary, where I lived in an apartment, to Swift Current I got the chance to try my hand at gardening. Turns out I enjoy it and I’ve had fun moving the perennials around, figuring out how to keep the birds from eating ALL of the strawberries in the spring and generally digging in the dirt. One thing that surprised me was just how many ladybugs there are out there. In the city I didn’t see them often but in my yard they are legion.

In my bead world they’re one of the designs I’d intended to make for years and years and hadn’t gotten to. Then a customer gave me the perfect kick in the butt and asked for a few beads. So I buckled down and did it. The above are a few from the first batch and they got the patented Seal of Cute from my minions.

Most of the rest of the week was spent in topping up regular stock: purple crocus, forget me nots, little wildflowers made from the end of some other project as many of my beads are. The bead making table has been gratifyingly busy the last few weeks but it’s nice to start getting the decks clear enough to work on other projects, as well.