Monday, January 7, 2008

update on journaling

I just wanted to update my blog. I am diligently working away on my mandalas. I decided to show the first half year together. Besides the fact that they are round, I don't really see any theme. However, the one I made for December has water in it, and the current one I'm working on is another yin-yang design. When I decided to do the bead journal project I made a pledge to myself to finish a lot of incomplete projects. I have been doing just that! An interesting thing I learned about myself - I don't like to make clasps! I have 5 projects that are completely done except for the clasp. So I guess they're not really complete.

One of my goals for this year is to work on projects of my own design. I live in a place that has great bead stores, lots of classes, and a great bead guild that brings in lots of national teachers. Hence, I have many beautiful pieces, but they're all designed by others. I would like to explore my own design abilities. I also want to make more non-jewelry pieces. I recently started beading prayer bags for people I know who are ill. I like this idea and want to explore it more.


Christina said...

I'd love to see a photo of one of your prayer bags.

I'm not crazy about making clasps, either!

I know what you mean about design; I've got a lot of great pieces and kits created by other people. I don't think this is the year for me to design seed bead work, but maybe I can branch out a little in metalsmithing.

KV said...

The mandalas look so beautiful together in that photo. It hardly matters whether or not they are unified by a specific theme -- they are just wonderful!

Kathy V in NM

freebird said...

I was just reading about someone who used jump rings to attach a temporary clasp so they could use the jewelry and when they found the "right" clasp it could be added. I don't see why you couldn't do this and make your own when you feel more like it.