Pam I am

60 years old
Beautiful South Carolina

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My Bio

I'm 57 years old.  I moved from NH to South Carolina in August, 2009 because of love that began here on these forums.  I loved Billy the minute I talked to him on the phone although I need to confess that I suspected as much even before that starting with the first post of his that I read.  Now I'm here with him.  I am in awe of this good man, his sweet love and tenderness, his brains, and his incredible inner beauty.  I found the love of my life.  I love you Billy.

Back to the more ordinary stuff....I do a good amount of beading and have done a fair amount of silversmithing. I want very much to do more of that. I've done a little lapidary work and enjoyed that too.  I'm a pretty good seamstress and have been sewing since I was very young. I love to knit.  I love to grow vegetables and flowers. I really love the woods and all the things that grow and live there.  I like photography and do a little perfume making and aromatherapy.   I love animals and have had some wonderful dogs and cats over time.  Every one has had a special place in my heart.

Beading I have done includes of course stringing, then peyote and brick stitch, Ndebele, netting, RAW...loom work...wirework...hmmm...lots of this and that, a little here and there though I can't remember all of it really.  I've been doing this for 15 years and am self-taught, or I should say, self-teaching, because I'm still learning.  

I've never taken a class in anything except beginner's metalwork.  I've done a fair amount of silver fabrication though not lately as my bench has been dismantled for awhile because I have moved a couple of times.  I want very much to do some more of this and am working on getting my tools, etc., set back up and replaced where needed.   I want to make some great stone-set clasps and pendants plus some good rings.

I've also done some lapidary work, cutting stones from the river behind my house with a series of grinding wheels and a dremel.  Also some turquoise which is very easy to cut.  For awhile I had a rock saw but didn't use it much so I sold it to the Girl Scouts and am happy that I did that.  It's fun but very time consuming for the results.  Still, a hand-cut cabochon can't be beat by much.

Pam

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  • Apr 30, 2010
  • Beads I like, beads I don't

    I love stone beads.  Almost any kind of stone, probably turquoise is on the top of the list, but it's a close race.  I love jasper:  Red jasper, leopard jasper, picture jasper, bloodstone, etc.  Nice rich colors.  I love quartz, almost any kind except the violently dyed versions and the ones manufactured in vivid magenta, or other kool-aid colors.  I love rose quartz, white quartz, rock crystal, amethyst and citrine.  I love aventurine in any color, but the ordinary green is my favorite.  I really like just about anything in just about any shade of green, except swarks.  I love agates, almost any kind, again, except the violently dyed ones.  I LOVE carnelian in both the natural shades and the kind that's dark red having been sugared and baked.  I love lapis.  I love sodalite.  I love garnet.  I especially love garnet because the river in NH that was my favorite hangout for years was washed in it, tiny little bits of garnet, pink-looking, in the sand.  I love lepidolite.  I love magnesite.  I love hematite.  I love black tourmaline, pink and green tourmaline.  I love rainbow obsidian, snowflake obsidian.  I love howlite, undyed, plain white.  I pretty much have never found a natural stone I don't like.  There may be one but I can't remember it. 

    I love freshwater pearls in natural colors.  Mostly small to medium sized ones.  Dyed dark pink?  Nope. 

    I love shell.  Again, natural shell, not dyed.  There are some that are dyed that are okay, but they aren't my first choice.

    I love bone beads.

    I like wood beads.

    I love good metal beads, copper, brass, sterling silver, silver plated and even nickel.  Not gold plated though. 

    I love seed beads, Czech being my favorite.  Japanese are good for tight and even weaving but I'm not stuck on them, I don't have to have those.  Brass-lined crystal E beads are only one of my favorites here. 

    I do like glass beads, druks, fire polished without AB coatings, I hate AB.  Some of the other coatings are okay, apollo gold is nice in small doses.  It depends on the bead itself here, some I like quite a lot, others I really don't like at all.  I really do like the shaped Czech beads, flowers, leaves, vintage kinds, etc.  Without AB or other kinds of coatings. 

    I love really good lampwork. 

    Beads I don't like?  Swarovski.  Swarovski anything.  I hate them.  I'm serious, I don't like swarks.  I don't like plastic beads either, not even the newer lucite things. 

    This can all be summed up like this:  I love the natural stuff, I hate the flashy overly colored fake stuff.