Friday, 18 August 2017

Confessions of a Seadbeadaholic part 4

And it's story time again today.

The wire necklaces I made were ok. But that's definately not the end of my bead quest.
I was thinking what if I made my own beads with Fimo Polymer Clay. Then my necklace would be even more special.

So I started experimenting after a quick glance on the internet. Couldn't be that hard I thought. Haha wrong off course. I rolled my beads - nothing wrong at that time. But then they needed to bake in the oven. Ok no problem, I took some tooth picks and pushed them in the clay. But none of the clay beads kept their shape when being pushed on the tooth pick. But I managed to get them shaped again more or less. And in the oven they went.

Great my first badge was ready. After they had cooled down I put on the varnish and waited for a day to let them dry. Finally the next day it was time to get them of the sticks. What did you think happened? The sticks where stuck - couldn't get the beads off. There they went, all in the trash can. 😢

So I decided to buy this book on - they even still sell it :)

After a bit of training I succeeded into making some reasonably nice beads. Like the ones in this necklace I still have 😊

But I must say making those beads is pretty labour intensive. First softening the clay and making shapes or mixes with them. Then rolling out the beads. And the step that I didn't know about before was putting them in the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden the clay again. And I used special bead baking pins to put the beads on. So then they went in the oven for 35 minutes.

After they had cooled down I put on a first coating with varnish. Then I had to wait until next day to put on the second coating. And finally the third day I could take them of the pins and start to use them in my jewelry.

Some people liked and others did not. And I did sell a few on markets. Yes indeed always enough to cover my costs and buy a few new materials. But I wasn't getting rich - no way. My business was still bringing in just enough to buy me some more beading stuff. And I was still happy with that.

The end for now - gonna tell you more about my bead addiction later

Hope you had fun reading.......Until tomorrow......Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Seadbeady's Finds on Etsy - Scarfs

Today I wanted to show you some more of all the wonderful handmade things you can find on Etsy. 

Ok you can have a guess on what my feature item is this time.

It is a part of an outfit. Both women and men wear them.
They can be long or short. You have them in silk, wool or cashmere.
Nooo not socks - have you ever worn silk socks ? I don't think so 😏

Ah you got it indeed scarfs. Or you could have read the title maybe 😕

Scarfs can be tied in many ways including for example the pussy-cat bow (tied under your skin), the square knot (decorative knot that forms a square shape), the cowboy bib (surely everyone knows what cowboys wear), the ascot knot (a mans neckband with wide pointed wings), the loop (has no ends), the necktie (something that makes men uncomfortable lol), and the gypsy kerchief (Gypsy women head scarf).

In Ancient Rome a scarf was mostly worn by men and used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather.
The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century, scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories.

I have lots of scarves in my closet in many different colors. They make such a wonderful addition to your outfit. And in winter time they are so warm and cosy. And most important if you gain or lose a few pounds. No reason to worry the scarf will still fit.

Here are some of the examples I found.

Long silk scarf ' Trees in blue ' hand painted scarves

Chunky knit cowl scarf,  wool knit cowl with soft faux lamb lining

Infinity Scarf / Chunky Knit Scarf / Winter Shawl / Loop Scarf

Felted Scarf, Ruffled Wavy, Holes Fringes Scarf

Cranberry Knit Scarf Knit Infinity Scarf Chunky Winter Knit Scarf

Handmade Grey Shawl "Charming rose", Knitting Russian Shawl

Winter scarf knitting kit , Scottish tartan infinity scarf , stripy scarf

Fancy Shawl Scarf in Rainbow Colors Bleu Red Purple Pink

Mens scarf, winter scarf, infinity scarf, mens winter cowl scarf

All Eyes, Kids Shawl. Double Warm Jogging Fabric Scarf for Boys/Girls

Did you know that handcrafted products are green. Handmade work takes less energy than a mass production assembly line, which makes it better for our environment.

Hope you enjoyed.......Be back tomorrow.......

Have a lovely day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Confessions of a Seadbeadaholic part 3

Time to tell you a bit more about my story on my tiny bead addiction. A big addiction, but tiny beads off course. Last time I told you my necklaces where far to simple and I had sold a few to colleagues. But my business wasn't thriving, if you could call it a business at all.
I needed to find something better if I wanted to make it in the Jewelry business at all. Since my physical health problems had forced me to give up my music (who knows maybe if I have the courage one day I might make a short video of me singing). I really needed to find something to keep me busy during the time my body needed rest. So I had no intention of giving up on this. Must have herited some of my fathers stubbornness. 
I remembered seeing something with thin metal wire that another colleague made. So I started searching the net again to find out how to make those. The net aaah such a wonderful invention, but careful you could get addicted just like me to my beads. And I haven't found a cure. Actually I am still not sure if I even want that cure. I hope this picture is not too shocking, but this is what my first wire necklaces looked like.

I know that's a hideous picture. Sooo sorry 😉 Way to dark, my own shadow on it and way too yellow, or should I say brown. But the necklace itself wasn't that bad, and I did sell a few of those to colleagues again. Haha those poor colleagues, but sweet, they must have felt sorry for me.
But I decided I had bothered them more than enough. I wasn't gonna bring my jewelry pieces to work anymore, only if they asked for it. That's when I found out about creative markets. I bought some materials to be able to make me a stand at those markets. I used an old pasting table and some lawn chairs to be abele to present my goods.
The biggest reward I got on those markets were the great comments from people who admired my work. And I even sold some pieces. Seriously I am not pulling your leg. After deduction of my costs I had about 30 or 40 euro left for buying new supplies. Just like a little girl in a candy store 😀
But the biggest downfall was the pain I was left with afterwards. So much that I could hardly straighten my back. My husband could not understand why I still wanted to do this. He actually really got mad at me sometimes, cause he didn't like to see me in so much pain for such a lousy bit of money.
That"s it for today - hope you enjoyed
Have a great day
Renata (Seadbeady) :)

Monday, 14 August 2017

Seadbeady's Finds on Etsy - Cats

Today I wanted to show you some Etsy finds on cats. 
Since I am a huge Cat fan all my finds will be featuring cat's in one way or another. Don't you just love those little creatures that sit on your lap purring their hearts out.
Sometimes I even wonder how it would be like to pet a Lion or a Cheetah. That has to be an amazing experience except when you get eaten. That would be just a tiny bit less fun 😀
I even read somewhere that these lovely animal friends give us more benefits than just an emotional support. House cats are said to be good for our health with their cat purrs.
Some Scientist say that cats have been living with people since 12.000 years ago. In ancient Egypt society cats were even considered sacred. So why not honor them :)

FUNNY CATS - embossed, engraved rolling pin for cookies

Cat planner stickers - 84 cat mood tracker stickers for planners/journals

Life size sitting cat sculpture. For garden or indoor display

Bengal Cat Print - All Curled Up - Limited Edition Kitty Art Print

Crazy Cat Lady Tank Top / Crazy Cat Vest / Cat Lady Tops

Crystal AB Cat Czech Glass Beads, (8 pcs) 13x12mm Cat Beads

Cat decor | Cat lover gift | Animal lover | Pet decor | Orange cat

Book Lovers Pillow, Pillow Cover, Book Pillow, Writer Gift, Couch Pillow

Linnen Pocket Book Protector "Cats and Butterflies"

Cat Keychain - Glass Keychain Cat - Glass Cat Keychain

That's it I think I harassed you enough for one day? But if you want to get some more. Ah some people just can't get enough. No worries I will be back again tomorrow with a fresh new post. 

Have a great day  😄

Renata (Seadbeady)

PS Let me know if there is something you sell or make that you want me to brag about 😎

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