Sunday, January 22, 2012

An early bloom...

So as of two nights ago, seven of my UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for those who haven't read the last entry) have now become FOs I guess you could say. They are finished and they are GORGEOUS! ...if I do say so myself. Here's a picture of the bunch of them:

 I was able to acquire some black felt that made a perfect backing for my flower broaches... well, for most of them. (Oops, I just realized I didn't take a picture of the backs of any of them.)I have 3 that just won't look right with a black backing and they're going to need white felt. This I should be able to get on Monday. So I decided to take a few pictures of them, but they won't be the pictures I use when I put them online for sale. I'm going to give eBay a try and maybe ArtFire, for these pretties. Here's a few close-ups of some:

This pic has a quarter in it for size reference. These flowers are pretty big.
The official pictures will actually be edited a bit more. Making sure the focus is on point and the lighting does them justice. There also needs a bit of color correction done. The green placemat underneath them should be a brighter green but I'm on my netbook right now and I don't have the tools to fix that and I don't feel like turning on the big laptop. I've been working on this blog entry all day actually. I've been having a lazy Sunday... well it's a bit more complicated than that, due to body aches and pains, etc...

So, as I mentioned in a past entry, I wasn't so sure about doing the backing in the first place but felt maybe they needed to be done. Well, they turned out so nice that it makes me want to make more of the flowers. Besides, I have a lot more different bead colors now than when I first made these flowers, and I feel like I could come up with some very interesting color combinations. On top of it all, I'm so happy that I've been able to make jewelry again after so much time of not really being able to make any. Hell, before the last blog entry I did about jewelry making, the last one was at the end of June of last year. That's far too long.


  1. Great job on your pins, April. I am glad you are getting back to beading, too.

  2. Thanks Marilyn, I'm really looking forward to trying new things and posting them.

  3. These flowers are gorgeous!!! Is this your own design? I'd love to have/buy them if it is, or let me know who's design it is. IT looks like fun to do!

  4. These are so fun--love them April.

  5. Thank you guys, Terri, someone asked me about the design earlier, it's sort of a hybrid I guess, I took someone else's design and tweaked it (accidentally lol) and that was some years ago. The closest thing I've found was an article in the February '05 Bead and Button called Floral Fanfare by Allie Thompson.

  6. April, everyone is right. I would love to have the pattern for these flowers. How large are they? If not too big, I could see them on a hair clip. Please, please, please share the pattern. :) I can never figure out how things are done. I always need written & pictures instructions.

    They are very beautiful.