Starting this month (October) I will feature a category of items that I sale for HALF-PRICE. I will have this sale the last weekend of every month that I am in town. This weekend I will have all of my glass pearls that are normally priced $2 per strand for $1. Come by and stock up.
Here is a picture of my sale items for this month. Normally, these glass pearls are $2 per stand but this weekend you can get them for $1 per strand. Most of these strands are 8 mm beads and 30 inch lengths. As you can see I have a variety of colors.
I am continuing to make Halloween Jewelry. I also have created some items for Dia de los Muertos (it is a two-day holiday honoring the spirits of the deceased. The celebration coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2).
These orange and black agate beads made me think of all the mums and marigolds that we see this time of year. The agate beads form a choker with an onyx and carved lava bead drop. It is a piece that looks gorgeous when worn.
I had some left overs from my agate choker so I used them to make a large cross. The cross dangles from a simple stranded necklace using orange glass pearls, czech glass cubes, onyx, and carved lava stone flowers.
I made two rosaries for Dia De Los Muertos altars. One used blue skulls and white crosses while the other used white skulls and blue crosses. I made this necklace with my leftovers.
Beads in Wonderland posted a picture of bangle bracelet they were making this week. I had forgotten about this technique.
It would work perfectly for some of my left over beads. I used black aluminum wire for one. The other two bangles used 14 gauge wire to form the bangle (it is hard to work with) and 22 gauge wire to wrap the beads. I had forgotten how hard the 14 gauge wire. I made the black wire bangle bracelet using 12 gauge aluminum wire and 22 gauge wire to tie on the various beads it was much more pliable. I REALLY like how the black wire looks with these beads.
I found some more spider parts so I made another necklace and some really dangling earrings.
I have been selling these sugar skull connectors for the past month or so. I decided that I wanted to make something with them, too. I connected 3 inch lengths of stainless steel chain to the blue sunstone and sugar skull links that I made. I REALLY like making these long chains with various connectors and stone beads.
Jim and I went to Lytle earlier today. We could set up our space at the Lytle Community Center between 10 am and 2 pm. The booth space was 8 ft by 10 ft but it seemed smaller. I used one six foot table and my four foot collapsible baker’s rack. The baker’s rack is a really easy way to get LOTS of VERTICAL space at a craft show. Also, the rack is easy to transport.
How I used my Baker’s Rack for this show.
I used the side with three shelves to display necklaces. The top shelf was used to show my more expensive items. The next two shelves were covered with $20 items. The table space below the bottom shelf housed $10 items.
For this show I used the back side of the rack to hang various chains that I was selling. Also, I displayed a picture of my storefront at the local flea market where I sell beads, jewelry making items, and custom jewelry. I filled the remaining space on the table with more $5 and $10 items.
I have always used the left and right side of the baker’s rack to display themed jewelry. Sometimes I will showcase my leather work, my rosaries, or seasonal items. This time I displayed Halloween themed items on one side and Christmas themed items on the other side. I try to have most of my seasonal items very reasonably priced. The Halloween themed earrings are $3 pair or 2 pair for $5 and they are displayed in little coffins that I found at a dollar store. The Christmas earrings are placed in a holiday tin. Higher priced earrings and ornaments are hung on the metal trees. These holiday items range in price from $3 to $5. I have a variety of $10 holiday bracelets spattered around the metal trees and tins.
Collapsible baker’s racks are great for displaying merchandise in a small space.
Beaded Spiders are very popular as holiday ornaments. Most jewelry makers are making them for Christmas. I am making them for Halloween decorations. Small ones can be used as focals with ribbon necklaces or simple chains. They can dangle from mirrors and lampshades in your home. I am using memory wire with my beaded spiders to create a dangling web and then they can be used for suncatchers this fall. Take a look at my designs.
I visited several sites that discussed how to make beaded spiders. Most had a cute story that went with the Christmas holidays (why we have tinsel on our trees). Here is how I adapted all of these tutorials. Here are some of the tutorials that I bookmarked.
Spider Tutorial #1 I tried this one and I did not care for the wrapping of 4 leg wires and working them thru the filigree bead cap. It was too cumbersome for me.
Spider Tutorial #2 This tutorial will show you how to make a spider without using a headpin. Instead of making 2 eyes for the spider you can make a wrapped loop for attaching the spider to something. Also put small bead in center of wire for body and thread both wires thru two parts for body. I originally make the two eyes and used rosettes at tail but I liked my adaptation better.
First….. I found it easiest to use a long headpin to make the body. You can use sturdy (20 gauge) piece of wire and wrap to make the body. I made a wrapped loop at the front to attach to the memory wire.
The trickiest part is the legs. Use thinner wire and cut 4 equal lengths. Take a pair of wires and twist them in the center. Then take this twisted wire and wrap it tightly between the head bead and body bead. Pull VERY hard like you are trying to tie a shoe lace REALLY tight. Repeat this with the other pair of wires. Spread the wires out so that you have 4 on each side. Despite all of your efforts it is likely that some legs are shorter than others. Don’t stress. Check the legs and first bead the shortest leg of your spider using any pattern of your choice. I found small round beads and bugle beads worked the best. The addition of the round beads give you some flexibility in bending the legs WITHOUT wire showing. Leave enough space at the end to make a small coil. I always started with a small round bead and wedged it between head and body. The pattern that you made for your first leg will be the pattern and number for all of your other legs. You will be tempted to start shaping the legs to look like spider legs. If you can—wait until you have beaded all of the legs.
Next bead a length of memory wire (about 3 or 4 circles) and attach one end of the memory wire to the wrapped loop at the head of the spider.
Some of my spiders were not heavy enough to pull down the memory wire. To fix this, I made a spider web.
Cut 4 lengths of 20 or heavier gauge wire. Cut the wire long enough so the web and spider will be proportional. Wrap the wire in the center and fan the wire out to look like a web. Now get a long length of thinner wire. Wrap some in the center and then work your way to the outside. Wrap once around a wire then go the the next and wrap then the next and wrap and continue until you are at the edge. Make rosette at end of each wire.
Attach your spider to the web you just made using the spider leg coils. I liked mine off center but it’s your spider…do what you want. Attach the memory wire to one of the rosettes of the web.