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Year of Jewelry ~ Week 16... and the awesome trade☺

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Once again this week I did not follow the prompt, which was "Hidden from View". Instead I took the opportunity to learn another new jewelry making technique...
Chain Maille!
It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I'm sure there are super complicated patterns out there, but this pattern was kind of fun. It's call Byzantine.
Learning the Beaded Russian Spiral was, at least to me, much more difficult. And it is MUCH easier to go back and fix a mistake later in the Chain Maille. And quicker. Much, much quicker! lol
I have already ordered a couple of chain maille kits, (surprise) so I can play with this some more.
In other news,  I think I made the trade of the century this last week:~)
A lady came in the shop to drop her car off for some services. While waiting for her ride, she noticed my display cases and we got to chatting about jewelry making. She is a metalsmith and she used to do some lampworking. We had a nice chat, her ride came to get her and …

Free car wash....

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~~~ If you are looking for the BSBP Reveal ~~
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We are currently in the middle of break-up (finally!) which means the arrival of Snirt.
I have been needing to wash my car, but  this time of year,
with everything thawing and freezing, a clean car doesn't last very long,
so I've been putting it off ~ til now~



Seriously glad I didn't pay for this car wash
Or I think I would  have had to ask for my money back☺

The BIG Day!! The Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day has arrived ~ and The Year of Jewelry Project ~Week 15

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And believe it or not ~ I am ready! Yay!!

 (I was ready on the original reveal date but I was also grateful for the extra week to 
improve the photos and tweak the blog post ;~)
(I've also submitted the necklace as my Week 15 project
in The Year of Jewelry Project  ☺ Killed two birds:~)

My partner for this hop is Sheryl Stephens
of  The Babbling Beader
She is a very talented seed beader
and also has an Etsy shop where she sells some really cool
jewelry and some very unique beads.
Check it out, you won't be sorry☺ This is what Sheryl sent to me♥

As strange as it may sound, I absolutely LOVE the colors,
but they are not colors I would have actually picked out
if I was bead shopping.

So, without further ado, it's time to show you what I made☺


When I first saw this gorgeous pendant,

I knew I wanted to try wire wrapping it.
I am just learning this technique.
  I need a TON of practice, but I like the way it came out.
(That little oval up front is a charm I made from pmc a while ba…

Year of Jewelry ~ Week 14

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It's my own fault....

Yesterday I posted this to the group.... And then I may have mentioned that it would be nice to wear this with  a pair of jeans and a t-shirt when things warm up a bit.
And this morning I was greeted by this..... I have lived here for over 20 years and I know that we will usually get snow in April, but it still feels like Mother Nature is being just a little bit rude.
And my weather obsessed hubby informs me that there is a second storm on it's way and it is expected to dump another 12 - 18" of snow  on top of the 8" we got last night:( ~ sigh ~
Even though Spring hasn't actually sprung for us yet, it will get here. And I will be ready☺