Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mermaids from Green Girl Studios

You could win these wonderful Mermaid beads by Green Girl Studios. All you have to do is swim on over to the Art Bead Scene and leave a comment. Make a blog post about the give away and double your chances of winning. My favorite Green Girls Studio Mermaid pendant reads: We do not remember days We remember moments. I used it to create this necklace on Bead Cruise 2009. For more information about the Bead Cruise visit Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Copper Etching

The Cricket pendant and the Humming bird are my favorites. My sister Rosanne had a day planned for us to play while I was Michigan. Rosanne had copper shapes cut out in advance. She was prepared for our day of playing with copper etching. I tried this process 6 years ago at the Arkansas Bead Retreat in a class with Judith Giffin of Beadline Studios. I still have the cuff bracelet I made. It has really nice patina from age. I had to get it out and put it on while wrote this post. We tried not to get carried away. We limited ourselves to a dozen shapes. We stamped our pieces and set them in the acid to etch. After 30 minutes in the etching solution. We had to neutralize the pieces with baking soda. The pieces are rinsed in water and set out to dry. We used liver of sulfur and steel wool steel to color and finish the metal. I bought this great magazine from Interweave press called handcrafted jewelry. It is filled with how to's and comparisons using different materials to create your own unique one of kind jewerly elements. Additional information can be found on the Art Scene Blog under tutorials. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Settling Back In

We are back from vacation and I am trying to settle back into the southern heat. The weather was so nice while we were in Michigan. Art and I went to the beach to watch the sunset. There were a lot of visitors in town for the Blue festival. We watch the sun set together. South Haven's tall ship sail out of the harbor. It was so calm there was no need for the sails. Joshua my grandson turned 10 years old while were there. He is growing into a handsome young man. My son in-law Eric flew his helicopter from Grand Rapids to South Haven and landed in my sister's front yard. It was so nice to spend the afternoon with them. My sister Rosanne wrote a great blog post about it. You can read it about here. Fabfibers Jaimee, Chris and Dane were visiting also. Carol his grandma just sent this picture of him being "Happy Dane" back at home. We were a bit to much for the little guy. He was just so adorable! There's more but I will save it for another post. Thanks for stopping by Beverly

Monday, August 17, 2009

iPOD Touch

For my birthday l was gifted with a wonderful gadget called the "iPOD touch. My birthday isn't for a couple more weeks. I try not to think about it to much as my B-day is on the anniversary of hurricane Katrina. I will never forget turning 50 but I remember turning 54 and having so much fun with my iPOD.

Thanks for stopping by. My next post will be from my computer. I will share my vacation pictures than.

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