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Lost My Mojo

For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.

Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.

I've been working on wrapped loops.

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I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.

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I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.

Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.

Meditation Dream 

I knew I wanted to write today, so I thought about it and then got nervous.  I got myself a little worked up about what to write. Now I seem to be writing about the process of thinking and worrying about writing. Is it supposed to work this way?

Dreams are the New Reality

In one of my dreams last night, I was in some unknown location when a guy (I think he was Asian) asked me to meditate with him. I agreed to do so, and we sat down on the floor holding hands with eyes closed. The session was successful. The guy acquired lots of good energy from me, and I felt as if I helped him. The dream tells me that I'm on the right track in my spiritual pursuits.  I am sure now that when I dream, I go to real places. I visit other planes of existence. I may have thousands of lives.

Food

I bought some baby spinach the other day. I think I'll do a salad with strawberries. I need some almond slivers and red onion to add to it. I can either make my own vinaigrette or buy some.

Another food thought is to prep an onion or two and freeze them for later use. I think you can do that. What about garlic? I'll have to look it up.

I have sweet potatoes to cook as well as frozen salmon.

Yoga

I've been doing yoga fairly regularly. I think it has improved my gait, but it could be that I'm just at a good walking time of my nutty hormonal cycle. It seems to work for me to do a session at 9 pm most weeknights.

Jewelry

I've been spending a lot of time practicing wrapped loops. I'm getting better at it. I made a necklace for Linda, one of the residents at my dad's assisted living facility.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I thought the pendant was an angel, but I realized it must be a fairy after looking more closely at it.

Wire wrapped loop necklace with fairy pendant.

Finishing Fear from 9/1/15

I think I have a pretty good design sense. I can arrange beads in a pleasing way and make a nice looking necklace or bracelet.  What I don’t have is solid jewelry making technique. My goal is to improve. I’ve gotten a little better as of late. I conquered my fear of using eye pins to make a chain of beads. I did this making the necklace pictured in my previous post.  Now my loops weren’t perfect, but I got a little better as the chain got longer.

My biggest jewelry making fear has always centered around finishing pieces. I once made a nice little bracelet and finished it with a crimp. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to use a crimp properly, and the bracelet broke. Finally, I understand crimping better, so my task is to keep crimping until I do it right. After that, I’ll figure out how to use crimp covers.

Here’s a necklace I made for myself.

Necklace with black and clear seed beads.
I had some crimping mishaps, and it’s shorter than I want it to be, so I re-did it.
I want to make a bunch of necklaces for myself so I have a lot of different pieces to wear to work every day. I have lots of beads to experiment with.

I found this great video from Fire Mountain Gems on using a crimping tool.

And here’s the new necklace, waiting to be finished. I decided to go ahead and finish this post before finishing the necklace. Hopefully, I’ll post in a few weeks and show several new, nicely crimped, creations!

Version 2 of the necklace

Necklace #2

 

Adorning the Arms From 9/7/15

bangle –  (noun) rigid, ring-shaped bracelet usually made without a clasp so as to slip over the hand, but sometimes having a hinged opening and a clasp.

Origin: Hindi, 1780-17901780-90; < Hindi banglī, variant of bangrī glass ring, armlet

From Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bangle

Drawer of Bangles

A drawer of bangles from my collection. I sometimes wear lots of these when I perform belly dance.

Speaking of wearing bracelets and bangles for belly dance, Tribal Fusion belly dancer Rachel Brice wears beautiful jewelry on her arms. She  collects jewelry from all over the world.

Take a look at her Pinterest board, “Bracelets & Anklets,” to see some beautiful pieces.

 

 

 

 

Here’s video of Ms. Brice with arms adorned.

 

 

 

Learning: Wrapped Loops

Making wrapped loops is a wire jewelry fundamental. With a wrapped loop you can securely connect your jewelry components. I had a difficult time understanding how to do them until I took a Curious course from the O’Neil Sisters, DIY Beadedp Jewelry. Here’s something from them on YouTube.

I have made a few bracelets using wrapped loops.My technique needs some work.

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Bracelet Crazy

I went on a bracelet making spree. I wanted to master the multi-strand bead cone design. It started out kind of bad, but it got better. I’m not a master yet, but I’ve got some experience under my belt. Making these two bracelets took about 12 tries. It was all about getting the length right, crimping correctly, and achieving quality wrapped loops.

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