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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


My friend Yoshie wants me to wear my new MAKUstudio bird to the NY Bead Society meeting tomorrow night so I needed to finish the necklace.  Since I  hated to cut the pretty ribbon, I decided to make a small scarf ring as a fastener in back and crochet two wire bird's nests for counterweights.  You can see the finished necklace above.  I can wear the ribbon ends in front with the bird or hanging down my back for a dramatic exit.

The bird's nests were so much fun that I made two more sets and turned one set into earrings. 

If you want to try your hand at crocheted wire bird's nests, here is a site to get you started:

I did things a bit differently, starting with using 22 gauge wire which I would not recommend.  It makes great-looking bird's nests but it is hard on the wrists and fingers.  I will try 24 or 26 gauge wire next time.  Also, I chained 4 instead of 3 for a slightly bigger nest.  I formed the nest over the end of a large crochet hook to make it deeper and used the second tail to make a few squiggles and loops on the top edge of the nest.

Now I can't wait to wear my new necklace tomorrow.

UPDATE:  I stumble across an excellent tutorial for making another type of finding for the hand-painted ribbon if you don't want to just tie the ribbon or cut it and add a lobster claw and jump ring fastener.  Check out Jen Cameron's website Glass Addictions for instructions or just to view some lovely jewlery.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Raku New Year

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of attending the holiday party at Bead by in Bergenfield, New Jersey.  My plan was to just buy some seed beads for upcoming class projects until I walked by the trays of raku pendants by Marianne Kasparian of MAKUstudio.  I managed to grab this little bird and pair it with one of Marianne's hand-dyed ribbons for an instant necklace.  You can check out more of Marianne's pendants, beads, and earrings at  Everytime I look at this little birdie, it makes me smile so may you also find your own blue bird of happiness in this new year.  Happy New Year!