I DID get them done…just under the wire…am about to pack them away: this year’s Christmas ornaments. Usually, I have devised a clever title, and a way to date and sign them…this holiday, I was happy to just FINISH them… Now, on the other side of all the chaos of packing and moving, they make me smile! YES! I won! Chaos lost.
Constructing them was a very simple process. I began by beading the brass bells, using a fine gauge wire and small beads, “sewing” in and out of the perforations. Some were vintage seed beads; others were not. All were from my stash (hooray!).
I then strung series of beads on 26 gauge wire, trying to create sets of each combination. I generally made as many in any one series as my pile of any given bead would allow. (Using up the stash! Points for that.) As the number of sets grew, I began to “wire” them together with a short piece of scrap wire to keep them all together. They were so lovely. And, it turns out, this was probably the only kind of project I could have done given everything else going on. I carried them back and forth between houses, laid them out wherever I was and just worked on them as I could…strand by strand, set by set.
When I was “done”, i.e. tired of stringing and getting close to “the DEADline”, I laid all the sets of different combinations out on my table, undid the scrap wires and just played with combinations of bells and beaded wires. In the end, I had about 15 “ornaments”. To finish, I joined them together with a large wire link, and added the final silver bead collar and string. Victory. Still smiling.