Organized Disorganization

Never, ever be separated from your hobby for so long that, when you sit at your desk and view the terrain, you have no idea where to start. -_-

This is why practicing the discipline to do your craft daily is important. Even if you set a time goal rather than a production goal, any completed task is epic… to say nothing about how it makes the daily goal a little easier to attain each day you are successful.

Needless to say, this is my goal at the moment: to sit down at my desk each day and produce something, even if it is simply a matter of getting the area a bit more manageable.

Forays and Favorites

It is challenging to start a habit, positive habit of course, and once it is set it takes discipline to keep it going.

My hobby habit has experienced a collection of hurdles and hand grenades when it comes to getting it set – super frustrating, by the way – and so I wanted to share my work in progress.

Instead of simply working with stringing beads and wirework, I’ve begun experimenting with Resin!

Before
After

Working with epoxy resin was daunting at first – took me a year to gather my courage to perform this first attempt! Why? Because the end result of epoxy resin is dependent on the accuracy and care of the mixture of part A and part B. If you don’t get it right, the result won’t be hard enough and will need additional work to cure, or it will have bubbles, etc..

Favorites

The result of my first foray into this medium was a mixed bag, but these are my favorite 3 of the 7 I made.

I’m trying my hand at UV resin today, but the stench is awful, so I might stick with epoxy resin going forward, though the 15 minute curing time is preferable to the 24 hour curing time of epoxy ….

UV resin

And the UV resin is still sticky while the epoxy is firm and smooth. I wonder if it will work better with a permanent mold used as part of the piece rather than a removable one?

So I think I’ll need to do some research. But that’s fine. As a writer, I’m very familiar with research.

UPDATE: The longer I kept the UV resin pendants in the sunlight, the better the cure. So no more sticky!

Another Farewell

The current digital age is none too kind to physical magazines, and one by one they drop off the face of the planet. Even those that offer a less frequent physical version and a digital version. Case in point Bead & Button magazine. I received notice that they are closing down after twenty years! There are so few beading magazines already, and now we’re losing another one. I don’t know what I’m going to do for inspiration and challenge….

I lost Simply Beads. I lost Bead Style. *cry*

Now I’m losing Bead & Button. *sniff*

The only remaining magazine, that I know of, is Beadwork.

Other than that, if I need inspiration or information I will need to rely on the wonderful articles at Fire Mountain Gems & Beads, and I hope and pray that they will continue to be as awesome as ever. In fact, below are the links to the different sections on their website where you can find articles or design inspiration, etc.

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/todays-jewelry-making-trends

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/stylishstringing

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/gemstones

In fact, you can also search their jewelry making articles by category / subject, and I know they have several about Sales and Marketing. This is definitely something I need to start reading on since I’m attempting to sell my pieces on Etsy….