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

Click Here

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!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I participated in the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge this year for the first time!  I loved it!  It got me digging around in my beautiful stash, pulling supplies I had not used in a while.  It was a real lift, especially this time of year!   I think my necklace and earrings really captured the essence of the painting selected.  Have a look :))

 Field of Flowers
Egon Schiele
Chalk on Paper

About the Art
This early drawing by Schiele is a mixed media study in black chalk, gouache, gold bronze paint and white body color on paper. Egon Schiele studied under Gustav Klimt and was influenced by the early expressionism of Van Gogh and Edvard Munch.

I'm really excited about participating in February challenge!    

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I made these earrings especially for the Earrings Everyday annual color challenge:

Greenery, the Pantone color of the year, 2017!

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

This color just has me dreaming of Spring and that lovely shade of new grass!

I know this green has a hint of blue, but it's green and I love it!

Vintage AB beads in all their glory!
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