The Importance of Being Distinct

To be outstanding, one needs to be different And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness Unfortunately, Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation, One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden And thus, stay in obscurity . . . The…

DIY Tutorial + FREE Pattern: Beaded and Embroidered Holly Headband

(You can find the list of materials I used to create this headband at the bottom of this page) Download the free pattern here and copy the pattern onto your beading foundation The techniques I used to create this headband is exactly the same with the techniques I used to create the Christmas Ornament (last…

Feathers, Couture Accessories, and Vacuum Cleaner,

Making feathers accessories is a messy and wasteful process. Especially when I’m making this type of feather flower. I can only use the upper part of the feathers because the thicker lower part of the feathers aren’t very bendable. As a result, I have to toss 2/3 of the feathers away. I also need to…

Improvisation

Some people might think that I am wearing 2 pieces of bracelets . . . But . . . These two parts of the bracelet are actually connected. The chunky strap of beads (the one with the toggle clap) functions as the bangle’s wrist harness. Its main function is to prevent the bangle from falling…

Sculptural Jewelry, Contemporary Beadwork, and Jewelry Making

I’ve been obsessed with learning to create sculptural beadwork jewelry. Ever since I received my copy of Kate McKinnon‘s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I’ve been spending most of my free time learning the basic principles taught in the book and adapting them so I can create my own designs. Here’s an example: I started by learning…

Hard Work, Perseverance, Collaborations, & Time Offs

How can we create or accomplish things that are much better than what we can ever imagine? By collaborating with other people who are great at things we aren’t so great at!!! Who’d ever thought that we can use my knotted chainmaille statement necklace to ornament a French Twist updo?! Denise Empey of Two Tone…

How to Make the Best of Out Skills & Maximizing Our Happiness

The seemingly simple (and trite, and unhelpful) answer is: We should spend the bulk of our times doing the things we love to do. I’m not saying that we should spend the bulk of our times doing some things that are related to the fields or activities we are interested in. Instead, we should take…

A Quick & Rather Brief Update

Hi guys, Sorry for the lack of updates/new blog posts~ I’ve been knee deep in work~ I’m planning to launch Angelica Brigade v.02 as soon as I possibly can, and it involves a lot of research & planning. I’ve also been racing with time as I’m learning to operate (the newest version of) several 3D…

Previews + Updates

I finally got a chance to photograph all the pieces I recently made. I’m gonna have to select & then edit the pictures (to make sure the colors seen in the pics are as similar to the real items as possible). Here are some more previews of the things I plan to list on my…

Angelica Brigade’s New Studio

It’s tiny: Only 130 square feet (12 square meter) in size & located a few footsteps away from my living room. To make the most of it, I asked a local carpenter to create ceiling-high cabinets (in glossy white) so I can make this home office to look clean & organized. I keep the decor…