I've been rethinking materials that I've been using for my hairsticks. I am haunted by the question of how to make my sticks more durable. I've got the whole "purty" part of my design down, now I've got to improve the functional/durability aspect. One change I will be making is switching from birch wood to oak. Oak is a much harder wood than birch and I immediately noticed it once I started sanding. Though I just have to say, there is nothing wrong with birch in the least. It is a nice light weight and light colored wood. But for now, I really enjoy working with oak. I am also trying out a more rounded stick design. Not sure if I like it. I'll see how it goes.
Second change I am making is throwing out my 20g headpins. They just don't stand up to the challenge. Literally. So I am switching to steel wire. Stainless steel would be preferred, but I haven't found a source with the gauge that I need. So steel it is for now. Let's hope this works. Fingers crossed!
***ETA:*** Just reread what I wrote here, and I think I need to make myself a bit more clear. While I am not changing my mind about 20g headpins, I think I do need to say that they are not as *bad* as I made them out to be in my statement above. I have quite a few hairsticks that I've made for myself using the 20g, and they are fine. I just have to be *careful* when I wear them. They are not quite as flimsy as some beaded hairsticks I've used, but, they are not as strong as I'd like either. Of course, indestructable would be ideal, however, I doubt I will ever achieve that. Bottom line, no matter what wire/pin I use, beaded hairsticks are jewelry and must be treated with care. I am sorry if I've confused anyone with my rambling thoughts. I guess I am a little anal about being honest. :P Please fee free to contact me if you have any questions about my sticks. :)
Well, hopefully I can have some creative time to make more beads soon. I feel like making fall inspired beads and such. Autumn is in the air ... well not yet, but the nights are getting cooler, which makes me look forward to bright colored foliage, hot apple cider and feeling my cool red cheeks and fingers warm up from the heated mug ... ahhhh ... I do *love* autumn. Cheers! ^-^
ETA: I may be moving this journal to a new location. If I do, I will post about it here. :)