Sunday, August 26, 2007

Melanie Potter's Lunar Lights Bracelet

I had the pleasure of taking Melanie Potter's Lunar Lights bracelet class. I finished it this week. The colour of the Swarovski rivolis is Crystal Vitrail Light. I made a matching ring. Note: I used Silamide to make the bracelet and Fireline to make the ring. Although I prefer thread, I think that for this project I'd recommend Fireline, it has so much more body and hold.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Macabre, beautiful, wasteful, definitely engaging.

This project came up on a jewelry group - a diamond encrusted skull byartist Damien Hirst titled "For the Love of God".

Gallery website

Artist with skull

More on the artist

UK newsarticle with a slideshow of how the piece was made. Click onthe "In pictures For the Love of God".

Friday, March 02, 2007

2007 Bag of Beads Spreadsheet

I've had some requests to explain how I used a spreadsheet to choose the colours for my Bag of Beads project for the Toronto Bead Society. So, here goes:
1. I selected a colour strip in a palette that I liked (from a book).
2. I identified the 8 colours that made up the strip and named them.
3. I measured each instance of the colour and recorded it in Excel (spreadsheet software).
4. I then sorted by the name I gave, totaled the area for each colour and calculated the percentage. I grouped some together into a colour group, so that I ended up with 5 categories and a percentage of each to use.
5. This mainly told me that the primary colour to use were greys, minimizing the whites and reds.
6. I DID NOT measure my beads by these percentages. I just paid attention to the mixes as I went along.
Hope this explains it!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Toronto Revue Theatre Marquee Collapse

For those of you who've been to the store, you probably know the Revue Theatre across the street. The historic building's marquee collapsed sometime overnight Sunday. Looks like rusted suspension chains to me. Without the marquee, the building is rather ordinary and unlike most other buildings on the street, or for that matter on most downtown Toronto streets.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Beaded Lizard?

Anyone else notice that Joni Mitchell appeared to be wearing a beaded lizard at her induction into the Canadian songwriter's hall of fame?

The detail is from is the best photo I could find of it: Alas, my computer software doesn't function like the ones on all the CSI programs - when I zoom it, the pixels get blurrier, not clearer - go figure!