Q is for Quick Beading

If you ask me, there is no such thing as “quick beading”.

Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.
Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.

Creating anything from scratch takes care and time. It is for this reason that I don’t believe a quality hand-made item can be created quickly when beading is concerned.  Beading requires many steps. Being “fast” for me is not a concern as much as being creative and careful.

When I create my own clay or glass beads, this adds time onto my total creation time. Adding another element to the art process is like adding more hours to the clock. It is a layered process.

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When working with seed beads especially, quick is not a word in my vocabulary.  It takes time to sort, count and add very small beads for each project.  I believe that there are no real “short-cuts” to take to speed up creation except experience.

Practice affords me the confidence to “see” the direction I wish to go in design. Practice also allows me the ease of my step-by-step routines to flow more readily, or bounce back from mistakes easily. The more I bead, the “quicker” I seem at decision making but the overall process still requires time invested.

If you are wondering of the average time investment in beading technique alone per project- I would estimate that I do not undertake many projects that are not worked up from start to finish in less than an hour.  Numerous projects require a time investment of several hours. In some cases, it may take weeks of dedicated time to end up with a creation that has many phases.

Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio
Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio

The act of physical beading alone is not the only factor in determining the time it takes to finish a project. I believe that the prep time and decision-making time is also an important dynamic to creating art. It is also important to factor in the time it takes to add finishing touches. For example a beaded project may appear complete but, maybe it calls for reinforced areas requiring back steps or adding elements or polishing. These factors add to the clock.

Although I have touched upon how long beading may take, I also want to stress that time is also irrelevant in most cases of  the one creating because they get “lost” in their art and value the outcome more than the time it took for creation.  Time is a gift that is added onto the art.

So, the next opportunity you have to examine a hand-made beaded item versus a manufactured beaded art item, think of me and many other bead artists who have dedicated time and talent to creating items with love.  We have dedicated time and have shared that with you.

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F is for: Finally Finished

Club Creative Studio invests time in creating one-of-a-kind, hand-made beaded items.  Today’s feature is a statement necklace that took about three days of on-and-off work. The creative process for me can be short or long in duration, it depends on the final bead count.

PHASE ONE:

Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.
Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.

PHASE TWO:

Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio
Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

PHASE THREE:

Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.
Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.

FINAL PHASE FOUR:

I wish I would have counted the number of beads I used in this statement necklace. Now, I  am just curious and still wondering of the actual count of beads that were incorporated.

The thrill of creating hand-made jewelry is being witness to the art process and evolution.  Although drafts and initial design ideas are considered, art changes and evolves in all phases of development. Sometimes the process is quick, sometimes it takes days to finish. It is ALWAYS, however a rewarding process to see start to finish art.

Final Phase: Finished Art!
Final Phase: Finished Art!

Do you have a project I can work on for you? The creativity is ready to be shared! Contact me to discuss your custom design jewelry needs. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

 

 

 

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E is for: Elegant

Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry
Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry

Club Creative Studio’s signature designs have a distinct love of color and design flair, but don’t hesitate to use the word “elegant” to also describe designs as well.

Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio
Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio

There are three words that are most used to describe our jewelry art: festive, unique and handmade. However, add the word elegant, and you have a new category all together.

Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio
Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio

When there is a particular call or expression for a subdued style or sophistication outside of bold and expressive, our art has also found a way to fit right in to those needs.

Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio
Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio

Club Creative Studio has a vast range of design and appeal.  It is a welcomed challenge to design with new and desired looks, that’s what makes the art process so exciting and rewarding.

Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.
Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.

I love creating for special occasions that require an elegant look. Military balls, socialite occasions, weddings, proms, and other important life events are perfect for wearing something unique, hand-made and elegant. I am always ready to design something special just for you to enable you to Overcome Ordinary and Set Yourself Apart with Club Creative Studio Art. 

Contact us to let us know what your custom design needs are.

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B is for: Beaded Beads

Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio
Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio

B is for Beaded Beads. This is Day Two of the A to Z Challenge.  I love creating hand-made beads created from beads.  Think of a beaded bead as a creative larger bead made from many smaller beads.

Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.
Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.

There are two common types of beaded beads.

The first type of beaded beads are made by adding beads around an entire “blank” bead, or some type of inner core.  Commonly, wood beads are covered and they become the inner structure.  Beads added around it form a new beaded shell, or covering.

I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.
I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.

The second type of beaded beads are the kind that I most like to create because I have compete control over the final size and shape of the completed bead.  This is where imagination and creativity come into play of designing a beaded bead. I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the beads into the shape that I want when I first begin creating a beaded bead without a inner core.

Festive and colorful beaded beads hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Festive and colorful beaded beads with no inner core. Hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.

Creating and incorporating hand-made beaded beads into the jewelry art that I create offers yet another unique element. These beads are one-of-kind, and I believe are also extraordinary.

To view additional beaded creations from the Club Creative Studio collection, please feel free to browse the website shopping section tab at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com or write me to inform me of your custom jewelry requests. I love creating Art That Sets You Apart!

 

 

 

 

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K is for: Kumihimo Braid Jewelry

 

Club Creative Studio- Beginning of a Kumihimo Cord
Club Creative Studio- Beginning of a Kumihimo Cord

Kumihimo is the Japanese name for the art of cord-making via braiding.

 

Kumihimo can be translated as ‘gathering of threads’ and the earliest Kumihimo in Japan is generally believed to date back to the Nara Period (645-784 AD). Braids were used for securing clothing and possibly also in religious ceremonies.

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Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese cord braiding technique usually braided on a marudai.

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A marudai (丸台, marudai?) is a frame used for making kumihimo, a type of Japanese braid. The Japanese style marudai is 16″ (40cm) high and is usually used while kneeling or when placed on a table. The Western style 26″ marudai allows the braider to sit in a chair to braid. They are most commonly made out of wood, although sometimes plastic is the chosen material.

Unlike kumihimo disks, marudais have no indication of where the thread should be placed; it is done freehand. To create the tension required for the rope to form, tama are rolled on the strands of threads, and a bag of counterweights is placed at the base knot of these threads, where the rope begins. The tama are wooden bobbins that are often filled with lead or other heavy metals.

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My experiences with this method of making cord is evolving. I find comfort and satisfaction knowing that my unique spin and design sense is incorporated into Club Creative Studio Kumihimo creations. Let me know if you desire to request a custom-made item incorporating this technique. I am happy to create something one-of-a-kind with your needs and specific taste in mind.

Club Creative Studio Art: Multi colored Japanese glass beads and red coral chips.
Club Creative Studio Art: Multi colored Japanese glass beads and red coral chips.
Club Creative Studio bracelet: metallic color theme.
Club Creative Studio bracelet: metallic color theme.
Club Creative Studio- Japanese braiding.
Club Creative Studio- Japanese braiding.

 

 

 

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Free-Form Soutache Technique

Sweet Soutache Success

Club Creative Studio Free-Form Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio Free-Form Soutache Art

The free-form, technique of beading and sewing known as Soutache is a wonderful creative activity with a free-spirit.

Welcome to the Club Creative Studio blog. Today, we focus on the Bohemian-style art form.  Bold and organic in form, this technique is fun to create.

Club Creative Studio- Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio- Soutache Art
Close-Up Club Creative Studio Soutache Art
Close-Up Club Creative Studio Soutache Art

Soutache is a narrow herringbone pattern braid used as fiber trimming. Many have used this free-form technique as a jewelry application. I have also found a new-found appreciation for combining my beading and sewing creative skills.

This ribbon weaving between beads is called Soutache (pronounced sü-‘tash) and I just adore wrapping and folding around my bead stash.  The beads and cords are held together with stitches of thread.  It’s my kind of sewing. Making unique one-of-a-kind jewelry creations.

Club Creative Studio Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio Soutache Art

I have discovered that I have best results when my designs in Soutache are not planned but are random. I let the cord and my beads inspire the design and lead me to the final results.

To view more creative and unique art, please take time to browse the Club Creative Studio online shopping boutique and see what we are up to.  We are proud to be “Creative Everyday” and look forward to sharing Art That Sets You Apart.

 

 

 

 

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Beaded Embroidery Cuff Bracelets

This is another TNT Thursday. This-N-That (TNT) is the general topic of conversation here. I share a dilemma today, perhaps in time I will come to a conclusion soon.

Lately, I have been creating hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelets. Normally, I love to create something new and share it with others as soon as possible online, within my local vendor spaces or in specialty shops.

Bead Embroidery cuff bracelets hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Bead Embroidery cuff bracelets hand-made by Club Creative Studio.

These projects however have involved a learning curve, a planning phase, several steps to completion, the need for many materials on hand as well as a time dedication. More so than any other project I have embarked upon at one sitting.

With all that going for it and sometimes against it- the finished product is stunning.

Hand-beaded embroidery cuff bracelet.
Hand-beaded embroidery cuff bracelet.

My questions come as I complete each one and step back to realize and analyze the time spent on the creation. As to date, I have not completed one in less than five hours. That is a lot of time invested in a single creation. Should I continue to make more knowing that the price needs to be reflective of the amount of time it takes in its lengthy creation?

With each additional cuff I have created, I begin with hopes that the time frame from start to finish is less than five hours. I am patiently waiting for that joyful experience.

Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.
Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.

In the meantime, I create these cuff bracelets with care and love for the process. I may or may not find any short-cuts to cut the creation time frame down. In the end the desire to maintain a unique one-of-a-kind art piece remains the focus and the reason for the joy at seeing the completed work of art.

Club Creative Studio Art- beaded embroidery cuff bracelet.
Club Creative Studio Art- beaded embroidery cuff bracelet.

Truth be told, this is one reason that makes hand-made art more valuable. It was not manufactured quickly and without thought. Hand-made items take personal time and dedication. This adds value to your unique piece of art by Club Creative Studio. I am happy to share art with those that appreciate that value and mix of time, and talent passed along in an artful item.

 

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Wire Crochet Statement Necklaces

Club Creative Studio- Wire and Bead Crochet
Club Creative Studio- Wire and Bead Crochet

Crocheting with yarn may seem like a craft from the past but, I have incorporated it into making statement pieces of jewelry art as I crochet necklaces with wire.

I remember learning how to crochet. My Mother taught me as a child and I had a bright pink crochet needle.  Somehow, that seemed so cool to have.  I used to make potholders, she enjoyed making afghans and baby blankets as gifts.  Thank you Mom for showing me how to be creative with yarn because, I can now express creativity with the similar process in wire with beads.

In my lifetime I can probably count on one hand the crochet projects I have completed in adulthood, until now…

Club Creative Studio Statement Glamour Jewelry includes wire crochet necklaces.
Club Creative Studio Statement Glamour Jewelry includes wire crochet necklaces.

I recently began a new series of wire-crocheted creations as statement necklaces.  These necklaces are created as individual crocheted triple strands of wired beads, then I combine them together to form an interesting combination.

Club Creative Studio Wire Crochet Necklace
Club Creative Studio Wire Crochet Necklace

I love creating these one-of-a-kind adornments because they have the ability of really making a simple outfit “pop” with color, texture and bulk right where you want the attention drawn- near your beautiful face!

To browse the crochet statement necklaces in this collection, please visit the GLAMOUR category section tab found in the online shopping tab on the Club Creative Studio home page.

Consider stepping up your style with a unique piece of jewelry that grabs attention and holds it near your heart!

 

 

 

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Club Creative Studio’s Casual Classroom

Club Creative Studio Casual Classroom

Club Creative Studio is now equipped to instruct small group, beginner projects!

Club Creative Studio values creativity and promotes inspiration found in others.

YOU HOST the gathering and receive special perks. This service is offered to local group gatherings at the discretion of Club Creative Studio.

For Details Contact: veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

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Beading Bracelets

Club Creative Studio hand-made wire bracelet.
Club Creative Studio hand-made wire bracelet.

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Turquoise bracelet hand-twisted wire from Club Creative Studio.
Turquoise bracelet hand-twisted wire from Club Creative Studio.

Hand-made wire bracelets by Club Creative Studio.

Club Creative Studio speaks often about creativity. Here on the blog, you will find inspiration from art, project ideas, and other helpful information stemming from creativity. Today is no different in that I am sharing a short story from the spark of creativity that comes from the opportunity to collaborate and brain-storm.

I attended a networking event a few months ago and there, I met very interesting business people. Among all of them, I met a lady who had a common thread with me. We both shared the love and passion for beads. She was also designing jewelry so needless to say we had much to talk about. What began from a single common friendship fostered a bond through beading. As we connected via other social media methods, we learned more about each other. We planned an outing together to a local bead store that was going out of business. It was there that we spent several hours looking and speaking about beads as well as shopping for beads. It was really a fun time to spend time with someone with a shared enthusiasm for beads and supplies. We are now “beading buddies”.

My beading buddy bought a bracelet (say that three times fast). The wire bracelet was a store sample from one of their classes. When we looked at it we thought the same thing. We both had wondered how it was made, and if we could figure it out by closer examination, since there was not a way to get instruction from the store that was going out of business. We both had mentioned that we had wanted to try to create something similar but had not taken instruction on the technique. We thought that we could make them ourselves. We ended up splitting the cost of the bracelet and I took it home to dissect so we could recreate it later.

After meeting for a brain-storming session, we combined our creative time, and collaborated with our supplies to make our own versions of the same bracelet. Turns out the pattern was a good starting point for us to springboard into our own style and wire-wrapping techniques. Our skill levels were expanding together and we were inspiring to each other. That is what I am thankful for today, the opportunity to connect and support the creative drive of a fellow artist. Can you think of someone you have merged talents with or have benefitted from bouncing ideas off of? Do tell how it was a positive impact for you.

I am now getting comfortable with the technique and my materials. I will soon be able to offer these hand-made bracelets online for others to enjoy and purchase http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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