Another cat picture.
Alternately a picture of my daughter somewhat masked by the cat. When I remarked upon receiving it that the picture was awfully green, she cheerfully said, "Oh yes, I used green and red filters because the colour was too dull", which makes me wish I was a comic book character so I could have a thought bubble containing the following three characters:
She knows more about photography than I do, which is good and proper since she plans on making her living thereby.
On to me and my travails with beads.
I bought one of these when I saw my local bead store had them. Recently.
Xilion Chatons SS34? They're teeny-tiny rivolis, and I desperately wanted to make a gaudy and delicate Something with them. I started as soon as I got in from work on Friday, continued all day yesterday (with a break for "Race" by David Mamet, highly recommended) and all day today until I finally had something that didn't need cutting up.
It wasn't this.
The thing I needed to make had to be something approximately like this, but not so square and, well, cheesy. I made about seven variations, none of which survived long enough to be immortalised via the magic medium of digital photography.
I thought I might be barking up the wrong tree, so I took a left-hand turn.
This was semi-successful in terms of what it was (and only semi-successful as the petals don't lie right), and wholly unsuccessful in terms of what it wasn't (an embellished thing encrusted with lots of seed beads).
In some small part of my brain I thought I'd make a delicate chain with exquisite little beaded thingies sprinkled hither and yon, but I only had four of these chatons (see the picture of the packaging above), so earrings it was.
The red one? That's one of the sizes I usually work with. It's about twice the diameter of the centres of the earrings.