Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone enjoys a Happy Thanksgiving with their families. I'm going to try and squeeze in as much sleep as I can in the next 12 hours. Then after an early dinner, it's to the retail circus! Until that craziness begins, let me update on what I've done so far....
 The snowflake from Jan Stawsz is finished. Well, except for ends to hide and then mount up on the bangle. I really like the color contrast between these two Lizabeth colors, Periwinkle and Elderberry Jam. I need to retake this photo during daylight hours so you can really see how pretty it is.

I've picked up another crafty skill with my fellow enabler, YouTube. This time I'm trying my hands with clay charm making. I found this tutorial on how to make Pokeballs by GandaKris and she made it look so easy, I had to try.  The first run.

While not exactly perfect, not too shabby either. I have a few more currently in the oven hardening.  This is a fun distraction. It only took about 30 minutes to make these. I'm not going to get carried away and ignore the resin or even the regular tatting. Sometimes, you just need a break from routine. I do have to get more paint to finish the other balls though.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twinkles

I just had to share this. This is Circle of Crowns from Jon Yusoff. I made it with the metallic thread from the DMC spool in Light Silver. I love the way this tats up. I did have to keep my tension a little bit looser than normal. This was to keep the metal from flaking off the thread. Once I figured out the correct tension, after the first ring, it tatted up like a dream! I've used the other DMC metallic threads that come in skeins and I have to say this spool type is so much easier to use.

I did use bobbin shuttles not post shuttles. It keep the tips from the shuttles from scraping the thread. I used it straight from the spool so no doubling up on the thread. It's size is slightly larger than 80 but still smaller than 40. I also found it really hard to take a picture of it. It's incredibly sparkly! I believe it will be go wound up with another color, darker preferably, to balance it out.