Friday, June 16, 2017

Earrings Everyday Firefly Inspired June Theme!  How could I resist!?

Growing up in the mid-west, fireflies or lightening bugs, have been apart of every summer in my life.  I can't think of a more beloved memory.  

I first saw these amazing hand painted firefly tube beads by Summer Wind Art and knew I had to have them.  I played around with a few ideas but unexpectedly a tribal feel came out. I had purchased some Lillypilly bone donuts in a destash but they needed some glow, so I used a gold leafing pen to jazz them up!  The pattern of swirls remind me of the dance they do in the air!

Thank you for stopping by!

Loralee ~ xoxo meow

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Art Bead Scene Challenge for May was a bit of a struggle at first.  Turned out to be a good creative workout though!  That's exactly why I do them!

Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle
Pablo Picasso
Oil On Canvas

About the Art
This painting is an example of the Cubist technique that was developed by Picasso and Braque in Paris before the First World War. Cubism moved away from the traditional realistic depiction of an object from a single viewpoint. Rather than attempt to create a three-dimensional likeness, objects were fragmented and seen from different angles, blurring the distinction between two- and three-dimensional representation. The two artists were influenced to some extent by C├ęzanne's method of breaking down all forms into basic geometric shapes.
Here, the fragmented forms of a table, a bowl of fruit, a bottle, a newspaper and a violin can be identified. The artist has used areas of strong flat color, painted dots, bare canvas and grains of sand to suggest the presence of these objects. 
This combination is characteristic of Picasso's Synthetic Cubism, in which he put together, or 'synthesised', areas of color and texture to evoke recognizable objects. The shapes and colors are skilfully balanced to maintain the appearance of flatness and they echo one another throughout to create a satisfying and harmonious whole.
—The National Gallery

I used handmade Indonesian resin pieces. These beads are not mass produced. They are made as a  small cottage industry, often family members, working in groups of 2-3.

Here I had a little fun with Cubism  - Kitty Kubism??  Ha ha  :)

I reached into my beloved stashed of Jade Scott to find this wonderful piece.  I knew I wanted to create very defined space so I used large squared hammered rings.  Then, by some miracle, my sweet beady friend, Cathleen Zaring of Blue Hare Art Wear, contacted me and said she was inspired by this month's ABS painting and had created a set of connectors for me!!  Woo-hooo!  When I first received them I was tempted to use them as earrings, because, that's my  go-to thang.  But, ahhhhhh  look how fabulous they worked in this necklace!!  How could I not?!!!

Thanks for popping in!  I really appreciate it!

Loralee  :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Art Bead Scene April Challenge 

April's challenge featured the work of Paul Gauguin.

I adored the colors of this brilliant painting, which made it easy for me to creatively fall into.  I decided on earrings this time around because I happened to have the perfect charms which I had purchased from Kiyoi Design on Etsy.  Each charm pair played on a different color focus.

Well,  May is upon us so I am looking forward to the next monthly challenge!  \Take care and thanks for stopping by -  Loralee

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I'm so late!  But Spring is not!  I made these pieces for the Art Bead Scene March challenge and I thought I had posted them already!!  I've had a lot of family issues going on, so my mind is not all on beads as usual!  lol . So here is quick recap, as it's already April and the next challenge will be posted soon.

I made two pieces, a necklace and a pair of earrings.

The necklace features beads by Diane Hawkey and Joan Miller!  I forged the bar and wire wrapped tiny seed beads to it.  The cubes are vintage glass that I got in a destash from Allegory Gallery.

Here are the earrings!    I used some lovely pairs of stone which I purchased at Bead & Button last year.  The birds are in a lovey rustic ceramic.  I messy wrapped the wire to form a nest and added bits of crystal to give it a little light.

Friday, March 24, 2017

I've participated in my first BEAD SOUP BLOG HOP!  ***Confetti ..woo-hoo*****

The object of the Hop, is to swap a hoarded bead/beads with a given partner and to use them in a design.  This is what I sent to my partner Lori Anderson....
All wrapped and ready to ship!
I sent a lovely Round Rabbit heart, some vintage Lucite and  black etched glass daggers.

And, this is what I received in exchange!  Beautiful ceramic pendants by Lisa Peters, a stunning set of lampwork glass by Jelveh Jaferian, limited edition Swarovski crystals and many other sweet little supplies!!  Lori was so generous!   She placed everything in little cupcake liners and wrapped it all in a beautiful kitchen tea towel!!  Squeeeee, I adore that vintage feel towel!!  :D


Okay, here is what I made! ... Soup is served!!

Lampwork by Jelveh Jaferian and the focal by Rama Raku, which I added to the soup mix!  I picked up this lovely piece at an Andrew Thornton destash event.  He has the coolest stuff!

And for the necklace.....

These are the two ceramic pendants by Lisa Peters I received! One of my favorite artists by the way ... how did my partner know?!

At first I was going to make a chunky choker, stringing the pieces side by side, but, I really felt that it was a better fit to be strung vertically in a long drop pendant. I'm a "rules of three" gal, most of the time, so I went hunting for a coordinating third pendant to finish off the necklace.  I was thrilled to dip into my retired  Jade Scott collection! I used a connector at the bottom and was able to utilize  the three holes in the copper bezel to attach the Swarovski crystals that Lori sent!  Ta-da!   

Here is another view!  Thank you for stopping by to have a look!!  I had a great time swapping and working on a necklace and bracelet for a change!  It's good to step out of your comfort zone and that's what I find these challenges do best!  

Here is the link to hop back to the blog list...  This is my first blog hop so I'm not sure I'm doing this

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My March contributor post as "The Earring Whisperer" at the Art Bead Scene Blog!

It was all about Spring and polymer headpins!  Check it out!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Art Bead Scene February Challenge!   Oh, had so much fun with this one!!

So I dug though my stash for something old and gold.  Then, got out my paint box to use on some unfinished polymer beads   I wanted just the right flower pattern to go with the tin, and I knew painting them myself was the best way.

 I think they turned out lovely!  I especially love the golden crowns atop the tin pieces!  Huzzah!

And another pair focusing more on the floral buntings.  These crescent charms were made by a French ceramic artist by the name of  Danielle Pereira-Segura.

Paintings come to life!   What a wonderful way to inspire!!