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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Back to the UK // Sunflower bag

Well , guys, my leaving the UK thing did not work out the way I have planned.

Just short of two years of stress and uncertainty almost drained me out dry and brought me back here... but it's all about the experience, isn't it?
Never the less, being an idealist I still keep going, and looking, and learning and I do not think I would ever stop.

My box of beads I have carefully packed before leaving, signed and label with "HANDS OFF if you value your life!! DO NOT OPEN!! It's Ira's Beads" has been officially opened now, and  with my bubby's deepest sigh "Oh, Lord, not that again!" he helped me to bring it down from the loft. :)
All of this has been sorted and organized, I had to borrow my kids plastic drawer they use to keep as toys storage and all my treasure box fit there nicely!

Going through all this treasure and all my unfinished jewellery I came up with idea to upcycle the jewellery, which I really like, but does not seem wear at all.
And being a woman (more or less) I LOVE bags (and shoes!!! :) )

 So there is hopefully going to be a bag collection. Yey!!!

 I have few designs in place but I have never made a handbag before (the upcycle jeans summer beach bag does not count), so it's going to be interesting.

I have started one already. It was funny... I had to try to do 3D design using paper and cardboard with a lot of tape. You visualise a picture in your head but cannot be asked to use you geometry skills so you just improvise without any calculations! Sometimes it's nice to avoid using numbers, planning and calculating... I have enough of this at work, thank you very much.

So that what I had in mind at first...

And there is cereal boxes design trying to adapt the idea.
Must admit the design is a bit ambitious and I have no clue how practical would bag be.
I guess I just need to carry on and see what happens.

My sunflower pendant used as a focal point and I am still not sure if I going to apply embroidery on the both (front and back) sides of bag or just one and what to do with the sides. And a thought of incorporating zip just gives me chills. Yeah, be brave, Ira, you can do it!

As you can see, it does not really coming out in lime green   :) This is to you creative process!! :))
This is how it looks so far and I have no idea when do I continue making this bag.

It's just too much in my life I need to do and think about right now and make the correct decisions of what is the best for me and people depending on me.

Hope to get over with the bag before Christmas. I thought I would take it out this summer, but it's already almost end of June! Time flies!

I must say the colours in real life are not that pale as it looks on this picture.

Hopefully I will not disappear for such a long period of time like I did before. Please do not let me.

Best wishes :)
Iryna (Ira)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

B.O.T.B'14 Alice in Wonderland

This year I am lucky to be one of the participants of Battle Of The Beadsmith. The third contest hosted by Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith.
My entry is a collar- necklace called Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to try new for me style of COLLAGE for quite a some time and ones I had such an opportunity I have decided that was it's time.  Alice in Wonderland seemed to me one of the most suitable themes to picture this style and, ones it was written by Brit, I thought it would be nice to make something as a memory of the UK, after all I am leaving this wonderful, but so bad-weathered country this summer.
"Alice in Wonderland" collar- necklace was embroidered using Czech seeds beads, freshwater pearls and Czech pearl beads, soutache trim, satin ribbons and roses; also I have spiced it all up with some zips, lace, chains and other little quirky bits and bobs.
It measures approx 10.5 inches wide x 16 inches long or 26 cm x 40 cm that includes lace and chains. It took me about 1.5 months to create this necklace. Well, I did not count the hours, I would say 1.5 month includes sketching the design, ordering and waiting for materials, then re-ordering and waiting for more materials and, of course, making the collar.
I had a lot of fun making it and I am sure will have even more fun wearing it!

My big daughter kindly agreed to be my model for the day. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Zipper Owlet PDF tutorial is out

I have at last managed to list PDF tutorial about how to make this cute little soutache owl brooch.
It took a while to put it all together and edit the pictures. This time it has 32 pages of text with over 100 pictures of step by step description. The description is in English and shown on example on pinkish - cream owlet. You can also use it as pendant like I have made the blue one.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Pink Butterfly - Zipper brooch

Oh, these kids!
My little daughter is six years old, she will be seven this July and she was a witness of my beadweaving from very early age. She has a passion for beads already and she asks me to teach her to bead. "When you are 8 I will teach you beading "- I say. But if it was so easy! She adores my butterfly brooches and asked me to make one for her. "OK",I said,"but I have to make another owl and doggy first". "Fine", she said.

Monday, 3 March 2014

2014 - The Year of The Blue Horse - bead embroidery necklace

This year beading web-site hosted another contest where the participant had to create wearable jewellery piece. There was a New Year theme  in honour of  Chinese New Year's animal - horse. This time there was a twist - must be present fringe. It could be different size and shape and as thick or as thin as you wish but it must be made out of seed beads.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

New zipper butterfly:Black Red Gold - monthly challenge at tacklethatbeadstash

Another month passed and there was the second time I have entered my work for a chance to get a prize. February challenge theme was " Black Red and Gold ". This time there was a little optional twist to use herringbone technique, but unfortunately I could not picture these 3 colours with named beading technique. Instead I gone for my zipper butterfly.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Zipper Brooch -Dog

My new work with zippers. I have been playing around with zipper and noticed, that I can use back of the zipper as well as the front. I think it gives few dozens of new possible designs with it.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Zipper fever continues! Zipper OWL brooch

Oh, dear. Ideas with zippers are coming and coming, but unfortunately I was caught at the crime scene cutting zipper of my husband's jeans so now I am patiently waiting for my order with zippers and weekend to sort pile of jeans together. And whilst I am waiting  I continue to draw more designs.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Zipper butterfly brooches and PDF tutorial

I have been fascinated about using zipper in handmade jewelry.
At last I have tried to do it myself and loved it.

Size of these cuties just approx 4.5 x 6.4 cm.

Please let me introduce you my new tutorial about how to make this cute butterfly brooch  /broach or pin.
It's now for sale in my shop on Etsy for easy download.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Special Order - Fantasy Warrior Or how I created a mystery custom order ...

This necklace was created for a very special person - my second cousin Nina. Her mum wanted it to be a surprise so I had to guess what would young 26 year woman would like to wear. I know she is Libra and auntie said Nina likes gothic drama... fantasy...astronomy...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Custom order Leather Queen II and The Earth 2

Few month ago I received two orders on two of my very first necklaces: Leather Queen and The Earth.
They both have been ordered by the same person as the originals I kept for myself.

  The Leather Queen II turned out to be much more elegant monarch.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunflower - My entry for January Challenge Famous Painting Inspired // Подсолнух - кулон для январского конкурса "Вдохновленный Известной Картиной"

Recently I have discovered that there is monthly challenge running on blog
I love the idea, that in order to be a participant you do need register, you do not have to have full shop on Etsy, or be from particular place, team... You just need to create a piece of jewellery to reflect the theme of monthly challenge and e-mail your picture to the host. The prize, kindly donated by one of UK bead shops, goes to the winner and this winner chosen not by juries,  public or team member votes, it picked up... randomly, so absolutely anybody can be the winner! Just like lotery! It's so clever and so fair!