Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
No matter how well you think you know how to do something, I believe that you don't really know it well until you try to break it down to teach it to someone else.
When you try to put a process on paper, illustrate each step so that everyone can understand it, describe the process in words, photos and diagrams, then it becomes a part of you.
It was a good experience for me. A lot came out of it. The obvious thing is the new "Even Count Tubular Peyote Stitch Tutorial" that I now have posted on the sites where I offer my patterns. But during the process, I also learned how to compress photos with my publishing software, and which pdf publisher would give me the easiest pdf for other to download.
Oh, yes, and I even found some time for beading. Check out the new pieces that I have been working on.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It seems that whenever I get sick, my brain gets to hit it's re-set button. It dumps a lot of useless stuff that is just taking up space and it has room for a lot of new ideas.
That brings me to the title of this post "A New Angle on the Bangle". My recovering brain turned to creative thoughts of bracelets. I wanted to do something that was not a cuff for a change, so I found a "New Bangle".
What do you think????
Friday, April 2, 2010
In celebration of the return of the robins, the blooming daffodils, and the buds on the trees, I have designed a set that I named:
I am planning to post the Cuff/Bracelet pattern on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. This pattern will have all of the ususal features and will also include directions for adding a decorative button toggle clasp and loop.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Some of the stories are not true. But they tell of an event from a non-scientific perspective which can bring us understanding and healing.
Everything has a story. Rocks, trees, mountains, streams, animals and people all have a story to tell.
Even the jewelry that we make tells stories. How the piece was made is one story. The properties of the stones and metals that you choose to incorporate in the piece is another story. Even the animal images and decorative designs that you use can communicate a message.
We can connect with each other through the sharing of our stories. I think the key for us as jewelry makers is to find the best way to share these stories with our customers.
When I create a piece of jewelry, I try to learn the properties of the stones that I am using. I want to be sure that I use elements that are harmonious. When I put the item on my sale table, I display it with a card like this:
- Make cards to use on your display so the piece can tell the story if you are working with another customer.
- Make smaller cards to put in the package with the piece when you sell it. Then the customer can take the story with them.
- Strike up a conversation with your customers when you see they are interested in a piece. If you have something special to tell them about that piece, it might make it even more appealing to them.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I live my life trying to make the smallest footprint possible. Ask my family, nothing in my house goes to waste. I save the smallest bits of fabric and leather. Stray beads are collected and used in collage pieces, and leftovers... well, I am the queen of "Let's see what happens when we mix this with this." Usually, we are not disappointed.
Well, in the Native community, everyone has a place and a purpose. And my "family" has put my beadwork skills to work. One of the projects that I am honored to do for my family members is a beaded feather quill.
I wanted to be sure that I did it "right" so I started by doing research about beaded quills. I visited several native sites, and took my inspiration from their teachings.
I learned that the beadwork should reflect the individual. So I set about designing a pattern that represented my friends. I can't show photos of that feather here, because it would be disrespectful. But I can tell you that it incorporated the 4-colors of the Lakota Tradition (for the man) and a blue sky (for the lady).
Since then, I have done several others for family members, and I have designed a few that I have published as patterns. Here are three that I have available now. (please note: the feathers in these photos are all hand-painted reproduction feathers.)
Monday, March 8, 2010
My teacher was a very patient lady and I was blessed to be the only one in the class. She was conservation minded, just like me, so she did not mind that I felt compelled to save every last scrap of the sterling silver wire that I had to cut off. She showed me a lot of pieces that she had done, then encouraged me to be creative.
Since then, I have gone on to wrap a lot more stones and create a lot more necklaces. If you were to ask me “Which comes first? the Pendant or the Necklace design?” I would tell you that 99.99% of the time it is the pendant that comes first. I love to collect beautiful stone. Some are semi-precious and some are not. As I make the pendants and necklaces, I try to learn something about the stones and their meanings and properties. I try to share that information when I share the pieces with others.
Here are a two of my latest pieces. They are all for sale at www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php in my Designer Jewelry category (Bouncing Wolf Creations)
Tiger's Eye is a symbol of Commitment, Strength, Creativity and Courage. It is said to help the wearer focus through pain and stress. It sharpens your perception, focus & clarity. It balances & brings prosperity.
The 19.75 inch necklace features 4mm Tiger Eye beads, Tiger Eye nuggets, base metal spacers, and 8/0 glass beads. The clasp is sterling silver. It is strung on 19 strand nylon coated stainless steel wire. This is a one-of-a-kind piece.
Lapis Lazuli is a semi precious stone prized for its deep blue color. It is said to have the ability to increase the wearers psychic ability, virility and calm. It enhances creative self-expression, making it a great stone for teachers and speakers.
The pendant in this one-of-a-kind piece features a 1.5 inch Lapis donut wrapped in four strands of square sterling silver wire. The bail decorations include twisted wire rosettes, a sworovski crystal bicone and sterling silver beads.
The 20 inch necklace is strung on 19 strand nylon coated stainless steel wire and features 4mm and 8 mm Lapis beads, Czech glass beads, sterling silver spacers and a heart-shaped sterling silver toggle clasp.
The matching earrings are 2 inches long and feature 4mm Lapis beads, and Czech glass bead. The ear wire are sterling silver.
This is a one-of-a-kind set.
Hope you like what you see. If you would like to see some more, check out my Designer Jewelry page at www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php. I offer free Priority Shipping to the US and Canada. But, don’t be afraid to ask for international shipping. We can work something out.
Thanks for looking and sharing with me.
Beth “Bouncing Wolf” Rudy
Original Native-style bead weaving patterns available at:
www.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php & http://www.thebeadcoop.com/
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- Lighters are a handy tool for everyone. They are not just for smokers.
- A lot of people around me smoke and ask me for a light
- If my lighter is has a beaded cover, I know it is mine. It's harder for someone else to pocket.
- I can make an ugly lighter look a lot more attractive by beading the cover.
My beaded lighter covers also give me a great way to show-off and share my beading passion. Lighter covers also help me to personalize and unify my accessories. They make great gifts for the smokers and candle lovers in my life. They are quick and easy to make and can be done in almost any style.
Lighter covers are not just for smokers. They are a useful tool for anyone. You don't have to carry a plain, ugly lighter. Bead a beautiful, creative cover and you'll be proud to carry a lighter too!
Bouncing Wolf Creations
beading weaving patterns can be found at
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I personally love the leafy green fringe on the bottom of the lighter. One beader commented that it made it a bit more "girly".
I hope to have the earrings posted on March 3.
The bracelet should be ready by March 10.
And the pendant/necklace (which I have not photographed yet) should be done by March 17.
I am also hoping to have a barrette to complete the set on March 24.
All of the patterns will feature complete instructions to finish the pieces. I hope you like them and that your Spring begins soon and Winter ends quickly.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My husband love to be in Walt Disney World. We always buy the mugs at the resort where we stay and we refill them during our visit. But sometimes carrying them can be a pain. I found a pattern for a Mug Carrier right before Christmas, but did not have time to make it then. We hope to be heading down this spring, so I decided to do this one for him for Valentine's day. I used Mickey fabric, because Mickey is one of his favorite characters.
My daughter, the budding pastry chef, got a new purse. I found the cupcake fabric in a remnant bin several weeks ago and knew that it was ment for her. She loves pink and butterflies, so this was perfect!