Thursday, September 14, 2017

Earrings Everyday Sunflower Challenge Reveal!





I have to be honest here....I discovered I hardly have any floral beads in my stash -  let alone a specific flower!  So, not only was this a sunflower challenge, it was an, OMG, time to get creative with what you've got challenge, as well!

I did have one short string of sunflower beads inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Sunfowers painting made by Heather Powers .  I love working with these spacer beads because the shape is great and it's a way of adding color and pattern in a subtle way.  Being polymer, they keep earrings light weight when you want to make a taller stack of beads.  

I took a polymer bead making class with Heather one year where we made our own cane. Let me tell you, that was quite an education into the work and foresight needed to create such beads.  They are worth every penny and then some!

 This was about my third attempt at this earring pair before I felt the love.  I am really thrilled with the final outcome.  Adding the deep red flowers on top really made the sunflowers pop below.  Those yellowy pumpkins brought the shape I was looking for all together.






This lovely asymmetrical enamel pair was made by glass bead maker Patricia Larsen.   Patricia and I found each other at B&B a few years ago and we've been bead buddies ever since.  I've been waiting for just the right findings and these little ornate, vintage, jump-rings were the perfect size and color.






 One of the centers has a heart!




I have a new shopping mission....FLOWERS, for my stash! 


Thanks for having a look today!  Hope you hop back another time for a visit!

Loralee xo - meow!

Loralee Kolton Jewelry - artful in beads

Sunday, September 3, 2017


The September Art Bead Scene Challenge!


About the Art & Artist:
Eugene Seguy (1890-1985) had two careers. One as a dedicated entomologist and the other as a bold pattern designer. His in-depth study of insects were transformed into amazing designs during the art periods of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His later work is more influenced by Art Deco motifs with more abstract and linear patterns. He created 11 portfolios of his designs. His portfolios made using the pochoir technique, a unique type of hand-stenciling used to produce fine prints in limited editions. Some of the prints could have up to 100 stencils to produce each part of the design.



The Necklace~ 

I like BIG moths and I cannot lie...


Claire Lockwood of Something To Do Beads was back on my worktable with this mammoth size Regal Moth.  It is a gorgeous piece made of porcelain and sgraffito decoration.  

I adore moths, Claire and this color palette so this bad boy is staying with me!



I used natural stone tube beads and wired it, wanting that rustic pop of black.  An oxidized repurposed vintage tassel with a flower cap.  Lovely polymer beads with a jagged edge by Russian bead maker Juliya Laukhina.  





The Earrings~


Look at these headpins by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity ... just take a moment and look at 'em!  I love her technique of layering colors and texture.   The faceted polymer beads in the center are by Marina Rios of Fancifuldevices.  Both bead artists are true masters of original and organic non cookie cutter type beads and are a favorite of mine.  The top bead is a vintage faceted plastic with an AB finish,  The earrings are dramatic but super light weight because of the materials I've chosen.







Thank you so much for taking a look!  The challenges are something I now look forward to!  I'm excited to start the next!!  

Loralee :)  xo