Thursday, January 29, 2009

Don't Quit

I love this and I found it on a favorite page of mine, BridgettWalther, it is a horoscope page.

I am always looking for a positive word, thought, or image, to help me further my studies in life and the arts and I quite often find them on Bridgett Walther’s Home page under the Highlights, just scroll down to read the pearls of wisdom she plants there. And before you leave, also check out your sign in the blue bar under her name. I find that true wisdom can be found everywhere if I am willing to open my eyes.
She says:
“Thank goodness there are no real crystal balls to forecast the future. Through trial and error (lots of errors) I have learned that the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
Here's the poem that has helped me through the darkest days:”

Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to cry,
When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit.
It's when things seem worse
That you must not quit.
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch that you won't.
For life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But, sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

Success rarely comes on the first, second, third or fourth try. Sometimes even the hundredth. Keep trying and don't give up. Even when you are rejected unnecessarily, consider each rejection as character building. You are a miracle of life, and you can do it. Give yourself a break, but never quit. You are a star! Embrace each "no" and exclaim, "Thank you, I am now that much closer to a yes!"
We do and we'll continue to march on with determination.
Everyone counts. Dare to care!
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Jazzy Glass Beads

I meant to get this posted before the end of the year! Sorry, but it seems to be a great start for the new year. You may want to choose colors that are a little less holiday looking!

Jazzy Glass Beads
Marie Segal 2008

Do you have some plain glass beads that could use a make-over? I have lots of glass beads and I thought why not take some of them and make them different from what they are? One way to do that is too stamp them with Gold pearl ex ink!

I used some,
Rubber stamps, mostly for the texture, not as much for the image
Pearl-ex inks- gold
Glass Beads- Flats and cylinders are easier to stamp
Bamboo skewers or needle tool- different sizes
Heat gun
Baking card board- using a box top cut from a corrugated box is great
My Home Oven- to bake the beads to completely cure the ink
Rubbing Alcohol
Old towel or toweling

Here is a pdf file for the care and feeding of the Pearl-ex stamp pads
the link under the gold bottle of ink on the right side of the page is from the company that makes the inks and pads and the link to the right of that that says “How to use and care for these inks and ink pads” is from me and a lot more detailed with some fun instructions in there.
Clean the glass beads with the towel and alcohol and let them dry
Place the ink up the stamp with the ink pad.
Place the bead on the needle tool or skewer.
I used the needle tool for this one because the handle is metal and less likely to break when I press it down on the stamp for this long bead.
Stamp one side then the other and then the other sides. You can heat each side of the bead with a heat gun before you stamp the next side, but keep the heat gun moving or you might crack the glass by leaving it in one place too long. No, I did not do this, but the beads do get very hot. Do not stamp the next side of the bead until the bead cools down. I do two sides of the bead and quickly heat set, do the other sides, heat set until ink is not tacky and set on cardboard to wait until I am done stamping all of my beads.
For the cylinder beads I place them on a skewer and roll the skewer and the bead gently up the inked area.

Here you can see what it looks like when done. I find that too skinny of lines in the stamp are not as nice as the bolder stamps like the one shown (ERA Graphics stamp)

Here is a bead I placed on the needle tool and rolled up the inked area, You can place you finger on the needle on the other side and hold the bead down that way and still roll the needle up the stamp. Also placing the stamp on the folded toweling helps the stamp to conform to the bead shape while stamping. Go slow, the ink will tend to slip on the bead, you can just wipe it off if this does happen and the image blurs.
When all the beads are stamped and heat set until not tacky, you can place them on the baking cardboard and bake in a 275 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Shut off the oven and let cool in the oven.
String your jazzy beads just like regular glass beads and enjoy.

I think that the darker the glass on the bead the better these look. JMHO!