Meet the Rilakkuma (Or My Creative Process)

The last two reveal dates for the 7th Bead Soup Blog party have been pushed back a week so I have one more week to experiment with all the beads I got from my partner,  Miranda Ackerley of MirandackArts.      This means you get to be a fly on the wall of my workshop and witness my so-called creative process.     I make a lot of junk when I  work out design ideas.  Read on and you will see what I mean.

Soldered Copper Ring before flatteningI decide I want to showcase some of Miranda’s beads a little differently than just stringing them.  With this in mind, I start with 12 gauge copper wire and solder a ring

hammerflatringI hammer the ring flat

Texturing happer

I add texture with my home made texturing hammer

texture close up

Looks pretty good so far.  I decide to make a multilayer pendant.  (If a little looks good, a lot will look better, right?)    I make another ring and loops for a chain and solder it all together.

pendant polishedGaaaa!  It looks like Rilakkuma.  Oh, dear.  This is not good.  Wait!  Let me send it through the rolling mill!

After Rolling Mill

Now it looks like a teen-aged Rilakkuma.  This is not going well.

Remove punch holes

I take Rilakkuma apart and punch holes in what was the lower ring.


I add a bail and polish.  Now I will string beads and freshwater pearls through the pendant.


Yikes!  Did Plumpton do this when I wasn’t looking???


Second try.  Better.


Second try with a dangle.   Not sure how I like it.  Time to put it away.

To be  continued. . . . . .

A few days later. . .

How do I like it?  Not much, but   I think it’s important to post my failures as well as my successes ( such as they are).  Some say the secret to success is failure.  What do you think?

Don’t forget Beadfest this weekend!