Friday, August 8, 2014

Bead Show Prep: The Madness

by Staci Louise Smith


It is that time of year again, Bead Fest is right around the corner.  I know I am not alone in this preparation hurricane.  If you make your own beads and components, and you are getting ready to do a big show.....now matter how much you plan, or prep ahead of time, you are making beads for weeks straight.  It is just how it is.

I love it and hate it.  I love the intense bead making, I love the last minute creativity that floods my brain, but I hate that my body doesn't always co-operate.  Oh well, this is 40.  I must listen to my body when it says NO MORE BEADS....lol

I have been snapping pictures, meaning to post, and share updates on how things are coming along, but I have hardly posted any at all.  So here is a glimpse into my world right now. (in no particular order, just to try to capture the chaos that is my home)

 antiqued bronze just rinsed on top, in liver of sulfur below
 kits being put together for class
a tray of bronze waiting for liver of sulfur
 my helper working off some debt!!! lol
 carved beads
 more carved beads
 organic metal clay shapes

black carved beads
 metal clay components for class
 class table stuff
sanity
 naked beads
 piles of junk
 sari ribbon
 sea glass for sale- drill bits and sea glass, and just sea glass packets
 figuring out the layout
sugar skulls riveted- still need a liver of sulfur bath and sealing
 the "still need to be riveted pile"


 the sound of a tumbler running non stop in my studio while the metal clay was beind made.  This double barrel tumbler from Harbor Freight totally saved me though- its awesome, and can hold an entire kiln load of bronze and copper in one shot.

So there you have it.  I am on track, so, hopefully all goes well and I complete everything in time.

Next phase is painting the polymer.  After they are done, its pricing and packing.  
 just a few to paint


Now, add all this to "three kids and end of the summer stuff, like Bible school, youth camp, and pre-school preparation" throw in some dental appointments and some asthma and allergy appointments, and I am going to be pretty busy.  Wish me luck, I can't wait to be there!


7 comments:

Robin Reed said...

I think you are amazing and crazy all at the same time!!! LOL What a wonderful thing you do!!! Hugs and Prayers! I think you will need both!!!

NaiadNecklaces said...

Good luck! I was especially partial to the "sanity" photo! :)

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Staci,
I always enjoy seeing your work. It has been a real joy to watch you and your talent evolve over these past years.

One thing I LOVE sbout you, besides your ART of course, is that
with all you have on your plate, all the pieces you produce and the things you share with us...you ALWAYS seem to be happy.

I wish you nothing but success at Bead Fest! And HAVE fun (somehow I know you will! LOL)

~ Shelley

Deb Fortin said...

wow, that's a lot of work . your list seems endless but i see no mention of the word SLEEP. lol
lots of goodies to sell, wish i could be a the show.

Shel said...

I'm drooling over all your creations - oh my! Your 'Sanity' and "Piles of Junk' photos cracked me up. Good luck w/getting everything ready - including your kiddos for school - and best wishes for a successful BF show!! (if it wasn't so far, I would be there in a flash!)

Robbie said...

You had me at "sanity"! ;)

Ann Schroeder said...

It's really fun to see some of what all goes in to making the beauty that all this ends up being!

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