I just finished this bracelet: #8 silver lined purple seed beads for the zigzag, #6 matte seeds for the triangles, vintage bead for the clasp.
This next is not actually new- I made it almost two years ago. But I never took pictures, and I gave it to a friend. I finally remembered to take a pic on Saturday. It's cut from an old barrel, the rust ground off and then painted.
I longed for a pocket watch, but could not afford one. So when I found a large-ish, aged brass finish locket at the crafts store, I had a brain squall (that's like a brain storm, but smaller). I went to WalMart and got one of their $12 watches and took the band off.
I thought about using polyclay or something to make a bezel around the watch, but then I wouldn't be able to get in and reset the time- or to deal with it when the battery goes dead. So I decided to just put a piece of double sided tape on the watchback.
While there is a little extra room on the length of the watch, there is almost no clearance on the depth. I went into the store with a tiny ruler to check the thickness of the watch before buying!
The finished product. It looks good from the outside, and it's functional. I just can't let anyone see the insides when I check the time!
A review of the first gardening book I ever bought (way back in the 1970s)- and it's still in print!
In a sudden burst of creativity (and refusal to work without let up on the taxes), I made this bracelet:
It's 4mm dark gray pearls, surrounded by metallic silver seed beads and then a picot on each edge of clear AB seed beads. Even though I haven't made anything in quite awhile, I had no trouble and I had a breakthrough- I finally was satisfied with how I wove thread tails back into the bead work so I didn't feel compelled to make ugly knots in them. I did still glue the ends, though- don't trust myself that much yet.