Bracelet in the making

Here is one of the things that I am working on right now. I'm really enjoying weaving these teeny tiny Karen Hill beads (1mm) into the piece. Waving thanks to Pippi for hooking me up with these lovelies! If you don't know Pippi, I'd pretty much say you've GOT to go look at her work! And she's such a sweetie too. Here she is: Pippi's Jewelry blog.

I've enclosed a photo on my thumb so you can really get the scale. Be forewarned... if bad cuticles and nails offend you -- don't look! For 38 years now I've not been able to make my self take the time to make them look pretty. Working hands are what I've got :)

I'm also using some amazingly beautiful AAA chalcedony and enjoying every minute.

If you aren't familiar with the Karen Hill Tribe beads, get this: Each one is individually handmade and in the instance of these tiny babies, hand faceted.


Swati said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!!

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

It's going to be gorgeous! I can't wait either!
Your nails look just like mine. LOL I have never taken very good care of them, because it's just a waste of valuable time. I hate having to cut and file them, much less do cuticle work! :)

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

Oh, I forgot to say, your eyesight must be excellent to work with those teeny beads!

SCJ Jewelry Design said...

This is going to be beautiful! Working hands are proud hands:)

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

You must be going cross-eyed working with those tiny beads! They're great though, giving the piece some subtle glimmer.

Ditto on the hands/nails - mine are always either in dye or dirt so manicuring is pointless. If I'm eating out I have to remind myself not to spread them out on the table!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Wow. Beautiful work. And that tiny little bead...oh my, time for the jeweler's glasses!!!

Working with your hands doesn't translate into becoming a hand model...that's a certainty! :D I think all of us have working hands!

Anonymous said...

That bracelet is going to be awesome. Love our work and your blog.

Shay Stone said...

Thanks for all the kind words on the piece (and hands! ). I'm really enjoying working on it and have no idea where it is going to go from this point. I may leave it just about where it is after adding the finishing beads, or I may build on it and make it into a wider bracelet. No clue! Bracelets and rings are still pretty new territory for me. Woo-hoo! Well really most territory is new to me. It just goes on and on.. aren't we lucky?

About those tiny beads. Believe me, I can't really see them! I must be using a certain cross-eyed, squinty magic to deal with them. My my how those beaders that use the tiny beads can work - I haven't a clue!

Thanks for all the comments. I love seeing your familiar faces and a new one (waves to SassyGlass)!

Hugs to all,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your very nice comments about my work.

Lola D said...

I just gave you the LOve Ya blog Award!

Shay Stone said...

Well thank you Lola! I've still got to catch up to the "One Lovely Blog award"!! And I love ya right back :)

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