Sorry this is so late today. I was beading and couldn’t stop. It goes through tomorrow and ends at Midnight. If you are out on the Memorial Day weekend vacation, don’t worry, there’ll be other sales =)
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So this week THIS Happened…
Yeah…I bought a peyote-stitch bracelet pattern on Etsy I fell MADLY in love with without checking if I had the colors in stock. Guess what?
Sound familiar? It happens to all of us…Pattern Makers/Masters and their customers alike. And I have done a few new pen wrap patterns in the past month (6 to be exact) and expanded my already extensive collection of Miyuki 11/0 Delica colors to make them, so I was taken completely aback when out of needing a dozen colors for this beautiful peacock bracelet, I had only ONE COLOR in stock.
We always have options when running across a situation like this. It’s why when I started listing pen wrap patterns in my Etsy Shop, KC Dragonfly, I always include a visual of the colors used, like this:
(Well, for that reason and because I want to seduce buyers with the pretty, shiny & colorful side of the pattern XD) But is also for the convenience of letting a customer know what kind of expense they are getting into ahead of their purchase, so they can avoid going broke buying all new bead stock.
So even if you can afford 11 new colors, there are other considerations to uh, consider when doing a purchased pattern and getting it so you are happy with the final result. And those are:
- Color Scheme
- Pattern Accuracy
- Your Personal Skill Set
So let’s take these points one at a time in the case of the peacock bracelet design I am currently working on and you’ll get the idea – and hopefully some ways to troubleshoot any future problems you run across in your own pattern-making/purchasing.
As mentioned above, this is on the top of the totem pole for a lot of beaders – especially serial beaders like me. After all, what good is having that shiny new bracelet if every time you look at it, all you see is you sacrificed food money for a week to buy the beads to make it?
In this new pattern’s case for me, it was eye-opening to shop online as opposed to running out immediately to my local bead store. And I actually hate saying this because there is only one bead store with a large, dedicated section of Delica beads within 50 miles of me, so I go there all the time to feed my bead obsession and ensure they stay in business. I knew I would be spending more money than I had budgeted to make this particular piece, so I checked out the prices online and found them everywhere from 40 to 90 cents cheaper than my local source!
So why didn’t I buy them online? The problem came with the next consideration and that is…
Are you sure you will like the colors in that shiny new pattern you just acquired? I was happy with mine and ready to buy the Delicas online, but since I wanted to make it now (heh, don’t we all?), I called and spoke to the owner of my local Delica supply store. In going over my list, she said it wasn’t the colors she would use. In the case of the peacock feather bracelet, I grabbed an actual peacock feather and compared them and to my horror, she was right!
In a lot of cases, you don’t have to worry about this if it is an “I ♥ Cats” or a geometric/subjective design – unless of course there is a glaring error in the pattern itself. In the case of the peacock bracelet, I wanted to modify and add colors I thought were missing that were both more accurate and would make the bracelet pop. The original suggested colors of orange and yellow did do this, but I wanted a chance to play with some beautiful, inside-dyed, pearl-lined copper colors! I also discovered in comparing the pattern to an actual peacock feather, the interior surrounding the eye itself is an amazing shade of coppery bronze. And guess what? Have you ever looked at a peacock feather? Believe it or not, some of them have a lining of hot pink at the top of each eye!
Here it’s oversaturated to emphasize the color and where it is, but even on an untouched photo, if it has it, it’s visible:
So in the end, I took a trip to my local Delica bead shop, pattern, notes and a peacock feather in hand and continued our phone conversation whilst perusing her hundreds and hundreds of vials of colors for that perfect look.
Your Personal Skill Set
Another thing I ran across that made me pause before hitting the “Buy” button for this pattern was that it was a “two-drop” peyote pattern. I have never done two-drop before, but knew I could master the stitch with video tutorials and advice from my favorite local Facebook Peyote Stitch Patterns group. And expanding your beadwork skills can only lead to bigger, better and more beautiful projects to tackle, like this one:
This amazing beauty took the photographer 12 hours to complete, being a combination of peyote stitch, herringbone and embroidery. And one day, when I have the time, I’m going to buy that pattern and make this!
So the takeaway on this point is if you want instant gratification from your pattern purchase, don’t get something you don’t currently have the skillset to make. Buy it if you have to, but for maximum satisfaction out of the purchase – and the “build” – make the goal of developing the skill to do it and do it right.
Ah, yes…Time. The friend and enemy of us all. It all depends on whether you have the skills to master it such as planning, organization, focus and discipline. And being a good juggler helps too. You don’t have to wait to be a master at one or all, just be aware you have to take all of them into consideration when embarking on pattern modifications. There will be trial-and-error periods where you might end up tearing out a row or rows because you don’t like the colors, but with these experiences comes wisdom which will win you time back in future projects.
So don’t be afraid to change up/throw out/add to those colors in the patterns you buy. Just remember to check with the seller if you plan on selling the finished piece – many sellers allow this, but not all of them. And if it’s for you or as a gift to a friend, the only rule of thumb then is to have fun and go nuts!
Resident Bead Whore
Things haven’t changed much behind the bead board since the pandemic hit. There were the usual ups and downs in sales – maybe a little bit more than usual, but every time a covid relief check hit American’s pocketbooks, I saw a sale or two trickle in here and there.
Now at the end of the lockdown in California (amidst our pathetic Governor’s attempt to save his political skin), I’ve changed direction yet again in my artistic endeavors.
I’m doing peyote-stitched pen wraps.
What the heck are those? I’m glad you asked!
They are simply a rectangular patch of peyote-stitched Japanese Delica seed beads wrapped around a pen. I never knew the patterns for these things were such a rage on Etsy until I saw them on Facebook in the beadwork group I haunt called Peyote Stitch Patterns.
I was fascinated by how quick and easy they are – and how lucrative a business it is for some Etsy crafters. Locked in at a strict range of 924 or 945 beads, it’s incredible how many different designs can be created…geometric, occupation-themed, nature-scapes, celestial and the list goes on and on and on.
Their big advantage for me is that they don’t take the usual 1 week to make like my genre-themed bracelets have in the past. Once upon a time I had a goal of creating a new bracelet each week – until I realized how much time it took out of my day to bead my goal of 13 rows. It doesn’t sound like much on the surface, but when it takes 2-3 hours on top of my full-time caregiving job, yeah, it’s tough. These wonderful little palettes of beauty take a mere two days.
I’ve quite simply fallen in love with them!
The first one I created, “Dragonfly Lily Pond” (are you surprised it was of a dragonfly?) was inspired by my husband Dennis’s amazing images of a Red Skimmer dragonfly at CSUN two summers past. This was a very special trip for us as we watched this little guy for several hours, played with and we both even got to hold him, much to our great joy.
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Hi all. Have been busy, busy, busy recreating the breathtaking colors of Fall & Thanksgiving in my studio, updating available crystal & stones in the shop and addressing the concerns of my United States customer’s needs to heal from the recent, many-months political battle for the Presidency. Let’s take a look at what has come about jewelry-wise as a result.
The Colors of Fall
Ankh Ear Cuff in New Colors
The Ankh ear cuff is now available in 15 different stone finishes!
- African Jade
- Azurite & Malachite
- Botswana Agate
- Crazy Lace Agate
- Fancy Jasper
- Fancy Jasper in jade green
- Flower Jasper
- Montana Agate
- Picture Jasper
- Poppy Jasper
- Silverleaf Jasper
- Snowflake Obsidian
- and the new, vibrantly-colored Red Jasper.
Red Jasper is a healing stone that helps us move forward in life and promotes a healthy sense of security and confidence – something we all could use in the great and turbulent time of change currently happening in the United States.
Azurite & Malachite – I also recommend this unique blend of both stones for healings because they cover more ground together to combat the uniqueness of the conflicts as of late. Azurite works on the throat chakra, promoting compassion & empathy and helps one to express their feelings & thoughts. Malachite, a well-known heart chakra stone, keeps the expression of our passionate thoughts in emotional balance, bringing calm and relieving all forms of depression. It boosts the overall immune system, in extension helping support a wide variety of bodily systems including heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen, pituitary gland, eyesight, teeth, tissue regeneration, physical balance, endurance and detoxing.
Poppy Jasper, Picture Jasper, Silverleaf Jasper – no matter what type of Jasper you choose, it is an extremely stable & protective, grounding, all-around go-to stone to have. It gives reliable support during traumatic events, preventing burnout. It also facilitates ending situations no longer for your highest good with gentleness and grace – a key component in recovering from the tense political situation many find themselves in with conflicts that have arisen in the last three months in the U.S. Each variety of Jasper has additional unique properties it adds to its overall attributes as well. To see my offerings in various jaspers, click here.
I hope you have enjoyed our look into healing stones and it gives you some tools for healing your own bodies, minds & souls. If you would like more information or a customization on a piece here or in our store, please feel free to email me here via the contact form or through Etsy.
There is a harmony I often feel compelled to follow when working with specific crystal & color associations for earrings and ear cuffs in my shop The Ears Have It. It seems natural to work with the color black on Saturday, White on Monday, Red on Tuesdays and so on. Stones and crystals follow suit in this fashion as well – Saturday is a day for working with my pewter charms and pairing them with Hematite, Obsidian and Jet – all dark stones associated with the darker shades and the ruling planet for this day – Saturn.
I thought it’d be fun to share my reference chart for this. It’s taken directly from my Book of Shadows and was updated just today. I would enjoy hearing what you all think of the pairing for each weekday and what your experience has been, if any, in their application and use and how effective following them has been for you. Please feel free to drop a comment here or contact us through the website or on our social media links here. Enjoy!
Colors: Silver, White, Grey and Pale Blue.
Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Selenite.
Colors: Red, Scarlet, Autumn Shades, Black, Orange.
Crystals: Ruby, Garnet, Bloodstone, Flint, Rhodonite, Hematite.
Wednesday (Wodin’s day)
Colors: Yellow, Purple, Orange, Grey and Mixed Hues.
Metals: Mercury and Zinc.
Crystals: Citrine, Agates, Aventurine, Mica, Pumice, Opal.
Thursday (Thor’s day)
Colors: Purple, Green and Deep Blue.
Crystals: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Turquoise.
It has also been identified with Sapphire, Emerald and Cats Eye.
Friday (Freya’s day)
Colors: Green, Aqua, Light Blue, Pink and Copper tones.
Crystals: Amber, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Coral, Emerald, Malachite.
Saturday (Saturn’s Day)
Colors: Maroon, Purple, Dark Shades and Black.
Metals: Lead and Pewter.
Crystals: Obsidian, Jet, Coral, Hematite, Serpentine, Salt, Apache Tear.
Sunday (Sun Day)
Colors: Gold, Yellow, Hot Pink and Orange.
Crystals: Amber, Tigers Eye, Carnelian, Sunstone, Quartz Crystal, Topaz and Diamond.
It was such a relief Friday to be able to just walk into a Michaels craft store and look around even if I couldn’t buy anything. Ever since the lockdown and they and JoAnns have been closed to pick-up only service, I wondered how I would deal with it. It shot down my plans to keep my mind off the pandemic by working on creative projects – what if I needed something in the middle of what I was making? I couldn’t just run over there and grab it. The first day I needed something, I ordered it from JoAnns and it took THREE DAYS for it to be ready for pick up. I had made sure it was something I didn’t need to create something – it was just a large self-healing mat to place underneath a new production table, but wow, it showed me how much I rely on local craft stores, maybe too much.
ADDENDUM: As I knew they would (and told my husband), JoAnns opened up the NEXT DAY. Sadly, their organization’s communication and organizational skills are a TRAIN WRECK ’cause I called them Wednesday to find out when they would be open and I was told, “July 1st”. They just COULDN’T STAND seeing their competition open a full month before them.
Return of the Sun
In 2013 I posted a brief mention of the uses and qualities in the semi-precious stone carnelian. I mentioned some basic associations with chakras and the body’s system. Looking back, I see it was only a quick, incomplete overview. Let’s go over some more information and to go with a new design.
Back then I paired carnelian with a vibrant gold sun charm dangling from an ear cuff. I have reintroduced this powerful healing stone in the Etsy store for all to enjoy today in a new form.
To say life has been tits-up since my last blog post is a frigging understatement. Now, the weekend California is starting to relax and get back to normal, I am also updating my Etsy store listings. Orders have begun to pick up this past month, so I owe it to my customers to make sure everything is in stock and bring them something new and pretty!
The Azurite/Malachite Feather ear cuff/earring set has 15 stones available to choose from.
I am hoping yet again to update this list as soon as I find my stock of Azurite/Malachite beads (found ’em !). They got buried somewhere in my stock and as soon as I dig them out, I will list them as also available.
The stone size is 5-6 mm. I have smaller ones available in different stones such as Blackstone, Bloodstone, Burma Jade and Brown Tiger’s Eye, but they don’t look well with this design. Still, if you want to custom order an ear cuff with them, I’ll be more than happy to create it for you and send you a preview of what it looks like. Just contact me here.
Stay safe everyone. I don’t like wearing masks any more than the next damn rebellious American, but it appears our idiot California Governor is relaxing retail restrictions – that and the food and retail industries are just fed up with his bullshit and opening up anyways, so hopefully it’ll be done soon. /rant
)O( Luna the BeadWitch