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Introduction September 06, 2005 9:03 AM

Hell-o, I'm Rebecca and just joined this group. I make jewelry. Some is traditional Native American Design but most is just what ever pops into my head. I focus on necklaces with earrings to match (for pierced ears only). I have boxes upon boxes of beads (glass and semi-precious stones) as well as findings a all that other good stuff bearded hoard. But, I have a problem, my creativity seems to be blocked and I need to find some inspiration! I have a walking stick project that has gotten as far as finding and sizing a piece of hickory (formerly a small limb from a tree that over-hung and provided too much shade to a section of my garden), I've even gathered materials that might be used to embellish it, but I just can't see the finished design in my mind's eye. Does anyone have any ideas? Or any experience in making embellished walking sticks? Native American design elements are important to me, so examples would be nice. I don't wish to copy any other design, but incorporate design ideas into something that is uniquely me. TIA! Rebecca  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 06, 2005 7:29 PM

Wow, that sounds like a cool project. I don't have any useful ideas, as I've never done wood carving (just a soap carving, once ;)), but whatever you know would probably be useful to *me.* ;) I've been thinking of doing a carved staff for a costume, myself. I know it'd take a good investment of time and effort, but I enjoy making things, and I love to learn new techniques, and I've always kind of wanted a personal walking staff, anyway, and since I identify with the character, it seems like a good opportunity. :D At least I'll know how to do it for future reference if I want to do one solely for myself, too... Anyway, er. I'm just going on, aren't I? ;) Positive vibes and good luck on your project -- and I'm sorry I can't help more to unblock you! I have enough of that block thing going on, myself. I've found two ways to get around it (and I don't use them often enough ;)): one is to look at other people's work until I start to get ideas and energy, and the other is to go ahead and design (do drawings, etc., even if I have no idea where I'm going) and/or work on something similar (another carved thing, in this case? or something else made of wood?) until that brings me to a point where I get ideas. And ... that's all, folks! :D Crystal -sail to the tide of a different sea-  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 06, 2005 7:30 PM

And, of course, you didn't actually mention carving, did you? ;) So for all know, there will be none involved. But, er, pretend my reply makes sense across the board, anyway. Crystal  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
WQALKING STICK September 07, 2005 6:32 AM

Crystal, Only a very tiny amount of carving as I am not a wood carver, but I had thought of forming the tip to look like a deer hoof. I have "rabbit" fur, leather (for cutting into bindings) feathers, a small hank of horse tail hair and various sized beads. I just can't "see" the finished project in my mind's eye! The top of the stick has a "handle" and I'll either try to do a modified dream catcher from it to the main staff or hang trappings from it. As you can see I have several design elements in mind, just can't get them "put together"! ARGH! Also need to figure out how to finish the wood (once it is all sanded down and smoothed). I have a Polk berry bush with lots and lots of berries I can cook down to use as a natural dye, but not so sure I want it to be indigo or purple, could use coffee or tea (brewed really strong) to stain the wood. Wish Sassafras Trees grew where I live, it would make a wonderful stain. I also have, or will have, plenty of black walnuts (hickory nuts) I could use to make a stain. Guess I ought to do a search on natural dyes to see how to go about making them! Sure do hope other members will chime in with some ideas and/or a way to jolt my creativity into gear! Rebecca  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hi Everyone, September 16, 2005 8:58 PM

I'm a beader as well. I make amulet bags, and am learning how to make beaded roses and the like. I also make beaded jewellery. Hope to learn lots. :)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 20, 2005 11:37 PM

Hi! I just joined, and love to do beadwork... i design necklaces and earrings. I didn't know that there was such a group!!!!! Cool! This is awesome!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Rebecca October 05, 2005 10:35 PM

I used to use tea and cofee to stain bone so I guess it will stain wood too!!!........JIM B.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hi guys October 06, 2005 10:17 AM

I just got a wire kit in the mail and I also bought some dichoric glass stations, beads or I don't know what you call them . I 'm going to try to make something wild and crazy. I want something that looks different. They also have that polymer clay to make your own beads.Plus some silver clay stuff to form your own silver pieces. I want to try some new stuff. I have so many beads. I bought the new crimp bead covers. They make a necklace look a lot more proffesional. It also helps to hide the extra wire I seem to always have at the ends. I don't know how to get it really tight. I was having a problem with the necklaces falling apart. I think I've been using too big of a crimp bead. Hopefully these will stay.I sent my mother some jewelry and it was all apart when it got there. Either someone was in the box or I didn't do to good. Somebody had to pull pretty hard to break them. Anyway the new crimp beads won't let you string the wire back through so you can only go through it once. I hope it works. They are the tub kind and look better also. Now I have also started to buy some cut gems. I want to be able to do all sorts of jewelry. Oh and I got some wood and bone beads. They are so cool but I don't know what to string them with. They have really big holes. Maybe some cord or somethng.I happened to have a little extra money and went crazy I guess. I was on the internet ordering from different sites and just have a conglomeration of jewelry things. Also some cameos and other cabachons.Boy I'm going to be so buzy. I have to have surgery on my knee. So now I'll have something to keep me occupied. I hope I can get out of this wheelchair soon. It's been two years. And 60extra pounds later. People really treat you different when you are over weight. This is so wierd. Thanks Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Ahhh Beaders, I've found you at last! October 17, 2005 5:39 PM

Hello! I've been doing things with beads and jewelry for about ten years. How's the walking stick coming? It sounds like there are some tremendous ideas. Sometimes, I just start beading and see what happens. You might want to do that. The talking sticks that we used in therapy groups (where I used to work) were usually beaded and embellished with totems that were meaningful to the artist. There should be something from each of the four main elements present - water (woman), sky (spirit), earth (man), and fire (life). Clear crystal or rose always looks nice for the water element, or at least I think so. Your feathers are good respresentations for sky as is aquamarine or turquoise! Earth can be other stones, the wood itself, (ususally something brown or green). Fire is red. Elders would have put blood or bloodstone, or silver for the fire. Every tribe has a different way of looking at things - but they all seem to require that balance between nature and man. You'll probably use that in your dream catcher too. Will a picture of it be available? This is soooo excitiing! If you want to check out my "stuff", see my beads album! Deb  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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