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01:28 am: What A Price!

I did a lot of errands outside today and five of them involved getting out and back in to the van, so when I got three days worth of magazines, after I came in, I just sat in the recliner and skimmed through the ones I thought looked interesting or hadn't seen before. I ended up turning a corner down in two of the catalogs and I'll look at those again next week because I probably won't want them by then.

But in one catalog, I saw a piece of jewelry that amazed me. It's a loomed bracelet that I could make in an hour and then put the findings on in another half-hour. They say it has an "intricate pattern" and I've seen hundreds of more intricate patterns in loomed or beaded bracelets. So now that I've criticized it, look at the price. They've got to be trading on the fact that the woman is Native American.

I don't make a lot of bracelets and they're usually beaded rather than loomed, but this one is loomed and the pinwheel works (different bracelet).

This is definitely not a bracelet, but it's all loomed. I loomed the bag in a shape were I could just pull the warp (pink thread) and have it form that bag.

I still love this bag and the bag itself is loomed.

I sent this adjustable necklace to a contest and I knew the judges hadn't even looked at it. They noted how bad my peyote stitch* was, and that was because it was all loomed. :::sigh:::

So I not only have some more intricate patterns, but I used more expensive beads. (Feel free to look around in beadwork.mjlayman.com.)

*peyote stitch. (That's the bottom of a turtle bag, here's the top, and side.)

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 2nd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
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That is a very pricey bracelet. It's beautiful, but definitely pricey. I just googled her, she's described as a Santa Fe artist.
Obviously, the judges who critiqued your necklace aren't all that knowledgeable.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 2nd, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
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Yes, but it's not actually very unique or difficult to make. Even the materials are inexpensive. The judges were all well-known beaders; I think the primary problem was that there were a number of beaded sculptures that year and they just didn't care about any other kind of beading. (All the winners were sculpture.)
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From:soon_lee
Date:December 2nd, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
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Is she a 'name' artist that her pieces can have such a high asking price?
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 2nd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
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I haven't heard of her, but I doubt she gets involved in general bead groups and magazines.
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From:marykaykare
Date:December 2nd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
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That bag you still love? I still love it too, and I still wear it. Thanks!

MKK
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 2nd, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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