While the grass is green and no snow is in sight, we will be working on gathering more natural elements to create rustic beads and pendants. This fall, and during the winter, we will be working more
Our website is hosted on Weebly. Not only do I create everything I sell on-line, I also build and maintain my own website. Even though they have added a shopping cart to their program, we are still waiting for them to install real-time shipping options. It is in the works, so hopefully I will be able to convert both my websites over to their shopping cart system. My woodworking site is www.rusticwoodworking.com in case you need larger wood slices, pillars, or tools to create your own log furniture.
Even though Weebly is one of the easiest ways to build a website, there is still a lot that needs to be done to build your own site. First of all, if you have products to sell, you must take fantastic photos of that product, and then edit the photos so they are web-ready, and upload them to your web page. I do all of that too. The office and computer stuff is better done on a rainy day, or when it's too cold outside to cut wood.
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My little work space.
It is unbelievable how fast I have accumulated the tools and supplies to really buckle down now and get busy making stuff.
I have a ton of beautiful wood pieces just waiting for me to sand smooth. I can promise that you haven't seen anything like these.
I am posting this from my phone. I will post photos soon.
This keychain was made from a willow slice, and carved with a rotary tool. A small chain with charms and beads was added to liven it up.
When a woodworker thinks of a "composite", they think of laminate, or plywood. Thin wood glued together.
These leaves are carefully cut and glued together from the most unique colored wood I can find to make the variegated leaf look. Some are spalted to perfection, and others have tad bits of bark in them. It is truly amazing to see how they come out. Each one is different.
I had drilled a side hole on this particular wood leaf pendant. I strung it up with some other wood beads and a few glass seed beads to give you an example.
The leaf pendants come in raw form, meaning that they are cut fairly thin, but the edges are not finished at all. That's your job. That's where your imagination comes in. You can keep the raw edges, sand them down with a rotary tool or by hand with a piece of sand paper, or use your jewelers saw to cut the edge to look more like a real leaf.
Wood is really easy to work with. If you love natural, rustic style things, you will love working with this to make your own design.
I have many rustic parts just waiting for someone's imagination. I just need a little time to do the photography and get them posted to the website. Please check back to the website a little later to see how I'm doing. www.rusticbeads.com
Simple little key chain made from a small piece of driftwood from Lake Superior, and suede lace. Feels great in your hand.
I'm trying to tell ya, wood is beautiful!
I cut the logs, slice them up, dry them, and pick out only the best for jewelry purposes. The rest of the wood gets sold on the Rustic Woodworking website.
I am just beginning to do wire-wrapping. Just think what you could do with this! I like this one. I'm keeping it.
Nature is beautiful.
Normally, hauling wood is a total chore. It was an absolutely beautiful day, the temperature was great, no rain, and I had my radio going in the background. That old pile of slab wood had to be dealt with now, or be burned. I started this project earlier in the summer, but got freaked out by the snakes that were curled up underneath the wood. This time I made a lot of noise, pounded, jumped on the wood, and yelled for them to all go away. It must have worked, because there were no snakes.
While I'm working on that, cutting it up, and carrying on, I was thinking about other projects, particularly about staining wood different colors, other than the normal stain colors of pecan, oak, natural, ebony, and the stuff they sell in the stores.
As the sun was setting further down the horizon, and as I pulled up one slab of pine to cut, I noticed one little raspberry that was stuck on the wood. Then I noticed that the raspberry color bled into the wood. I want to share that pic with you. Then, the next slab had a red stain from a raspberry, and a big-ass snake skin.......AAAh
Here are the pic's.
I can handle spiders, worms, mice. I can't stand snakes. Raspberries are good.
Sandy is a long time artist and loves working with natural, rustic style medium.