Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Silver Charm Bracelet

I took a class with Sally Stevens at Stars Beads on Saturday to learn how to make this charm bracelet. Her daughter made the lampwork beads which hang from it. Connie Fox was pretty much the original designer of it, but Sally had a few extra tricks up her sleeve. The bracelet has been tumbled for a couple of hours to bring out the shine of the silver, but that very shininess which I wanted to see has created havoc with picture-taking! I've been working on photographing it for a couple of days and actually thought something was wrong with my camera. Finally figured it out after requesting help from the resident photographer, Frank. The shininess caused the camera to think it was much brighter light than it was and the resultant shots came out dark. After changing the background several times, I put it in the lightbox on black construction paper and that was the solution!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Enchanted Shawl Completed

This is quite a large and heavy shawl and it feels wonderful when on my shoulders. It stays put because of the heft. You can't see it in this small photo, but there are a lot of amethyst colored AB beads which add bling and weight to it. (You can double-click the photo and you will see a much larger picture and the beads are visible.) The pattern is Enchanted Wood and was knit along with many other knitters as part of a KAL on ravelry. The yarn is The Unique Sheep gradiance fingering wool/tencel in 6 skeins each dyed a little bit differently to have a gradual transition. There will be another KAL starting in May with another mystery stole.