I received a Border’s gift certificate from my mother-in-law for Christmas. And since rediscovering the majesty that is the library, the only type of books I like to buy now are craft books that have lots of projects and inspirational pictures that will get me going on a lazy weekend day without having to leave the house. With my gift certificate I bought two beading books, and one of them, Beadalicious by Sonya Nimri, is now one of my favorites. It is full of gorgeous, original designs (photographed on very skinny women, one of them I think is the author).
2. Beadalicious has this gorgeous beaded, wrapped heart pendant. It is intricate and lovely. I decided to give it a whirl using a circle form. First, because the circle would be easier than a heart. I haven’t figured out how to bend 16-gauge wire easily without a lot of cursing and pain. AND ever since my college roomate took a womens’ history course where they told her what the heart represented in Victorian times, and then she told me, I can’t get behind the heart shape as much. I won’t tell you – I won’t ruin hearts for you. LIKE SHE RUINED HEARTS FOR ME. Let’s just say I can’t eat those Necco hearts at Valentine’s day without blushing.
3. To go with the above pendant, I made a wire wrapped ring, another project from the book. Hers is better, but she is a professional. I am quite happy with mine, thank you very much.