Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Through Cyber Monday SALE!




From Thanksgiving Day, November 27 through Cyber Monday, December 1, please use coupon code TURKEY14 to take 25% OFF in my SueBeads etsy store!!!!!  And thank you for being a wonderful customer and reader!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Do I Do With Those?

In preparation for my big Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale I thought I'd show you what you can do with some of my beads!  Today, I'm showing necklaces!

 This first one was made with 35 of my new round beads made with enamel powders and raku frit!  There are little silver spacers in between each bead!  You can always request large numbers of beads from me to make something like this!
 The necklace above was made with one of my new free-formed focal beads, also with enamel powders and raku frit, with the addition of a swirl imprint, murrini and black dots on both sides.  I used a sandstone colored fossil bead and blue seed beads and bronze faceted beads and a gorgeous saki silver bronze clasp.
 This necklace uses one of my heart focals.  I pulled the green and purple colors of the bead and wire wrapped pretty faceted rondelles and rounds.
 This bead is one of my favorites right now, a long hand-shaped heart with enamel powders, 22k gold leaf and a swirl imprint on both sides.  I wanted to keep the focus on the focal, so I just used gold filled short and long chain from Fusion Beads.
Finally, this necklace was featured in Bead It Today! and features one of my round focal lentils (1 1/4 inches round) and an assymetrical design of various gemstones I have in my stash.  They are wrapped with copper wire, and a hand-forged simple copper clasp finishes the design. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can do with some of my beads!  I'll work on posts for earring and bracelets next!  In the meantime, please visit my etsy store SueBeads or my web site SueBeads to purchase any beads you might be in need of for the holidays or anytime!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Beads!

I've been working on some new beads using a black metallic glass that I really love.  First I made the hearts with the swirl imprint.  I loved the colors I got from the glass. Then had the inspiration to add gold leaf to the bead, to make it really awesome!  Hope you enjoy - you can get these in the SueBeads etsy store right now! 





And I made a few large (1 1/4") lentil shaped beads as well! 



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction


I am participating again this year in Jen Cameron's Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction!  Many of us signed up to create charms not only to swap with one another, but also to donate for an auction to be held on eBay, all to benefit Beads of Courage.  The auction will begin on November 24th, and we will have a fun reveal of the charm swap on November 25th!  For now, I leave you with a sneak peek at my charms, and please come back to find out where and how to bid on some great charms!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Heart Beads

I've been having fun making heart beads - hand-shaped, long, primitive looking!  You can find them in my etsy store! Some have pure gold leaf on them, as well!




Saturday, November 1, 2014

AJE Component of the Month with Karen Totten!

This month, it was Karen Totten's turn to provide the component of the month to the AJE Bloggers and their guests.  She makes amazingly meaningful ceramic components - you can find her shop here!  Here's what Karen made for us to enjoy.

As usual, I did not photograph the component I chose. It's the yellow and brown one in the lower left/center of the photo.

I knew what I wanted to make right when I got it.  So I asked team member Jenny Davies-Reazor if she had any face cabs left, and she did!

I used a tutorial I had purchased on etsy by Beverly Herman for "Queen Wanna Bead".  This challenge proved to be a little bit difficult for me. I think that, for this pattern, you really have to use what Beverly tells you to use for the base - I used ultrasuede because that's the only thing I've ever used when I bezel a cab.  But you really need stiffer material because this is a larger, busy piece.  I am going to try it again, and use the right materials, but I'm glad I did it. I'll be using this piece as an ornament on my tree this year. 

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting their blogs, or the AJE blog!  Thanks for stopping by!
Monthly Winners

AJE Blog Team

Friday, October 31, 2014

Focal Beads

I also just added some great tumble-etched focal beads to my SueBeads etsy store - please check them out!







AND some great headpin trios!






Thanks for looking!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest 2014!

Waaaay back in May, I signed up for Rita Avila's (Toltec Jewels) annual Octoberfest Blog Hop!  And I had forgotten about it until she sent the reminder and list of participants!  So, I don't really decorate for Halloween anymore because my kids are older, and I haven't exactly been burning it up on the creativity front, so I thought I'd share some of my recent fall inspired beads today!







Some of these are still available in my SueBeads etsy store.  And here's the list of participants for this year!  There are a lot but it would be great if you could visit some of these fine people and see what they are up to this autumn!

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                           http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/


Marybeth Rich                          http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/


Mary Govaars                           http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/


Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi     http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com


Karin Grosset Grange               http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr


Andrea Zenith Glick                  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/


Nan Smith                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com


Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co


Becky Pancake                        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com


Melissa Trudinger                     http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/


Lennis Carrier                          http://windbent.wordpress.com/
 

Sue Kennedy                           http://suebeads.blogspot.com/ <-------you are="" br="" here="">
Kim Dworak                            http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/


Jo-Ann Woolverton                  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca


Jennifer Reno                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/


Veralynne Malone                    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com 


Lori Schneider                          http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/


Shaiha Williams                        http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/


Alisa Siceloff                            http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com


Pam Traub                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/


Cryss Thain                              http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/


Maria Lourdes Rios                 http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com


Kathy Lindemer                       http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/


Carolyn Lawson                      http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com


Blanca Medina                        http://www.peru-medesigns.com/


Debbie Rasmussen                  www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca


Heather Richter                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/


Kathleen Breeding                   http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/


Carol Dillman                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/


Chris Eisenberg                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com


Rebecca Sirevaag                    www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com


Sam Waghorn                          http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk


Sherri Stokey                           www.KnotJustMacrame.com


Gina Hockett                           www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com


Michelle McCarthy                  http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com


Michelle Buettner                     http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com


Dana Hickey                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com


Claire Fabian                            http://saraccino.blogspot.com 


Cynthia Abner                          http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com


Renetha Stanziano                    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com


Jami Shipp                               http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com


Charlie                                     http://505indiechic.blogspot.com


Gloria Allen                             http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/


Lisa Johnson                             http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com


Marde Lowe                            http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com


Jill Bradley                                http://chat2jill.blogspot.com


Toni Gifford                              https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28


Shawnda D'Arcy                      https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda


RaMona Woolson                    http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com


Esterina Jagiella                        http://ekleijar.blogspot.com


Sandra McGriff                        http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com


Mary McGraw                         http://mkaymac.blogspot.com


Alenka Obid                            http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com


Marianne Baxter                      http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com


Ann Schroeder                        www.beadlove.wordpress.com


Inge von Roos                          http://ingetraud.wordpress.com


Robin Reed                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com


Suzanne Berk                           https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign


Mowse Doyle                          http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com


Diana Miglionico Shiraishi         http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com


RanaLea                                  http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com


Andrea Rivers                          http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com


Janine Lucas                            http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Tanya McGuire                        http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com

Anindita Basu                          http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                           http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                               http://studiok24.blogspot.ca

Cynthia Kent Machata             http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Cheri Reed                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Laurel Hanson                         http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog

Ingrid Anderson                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Karla Morgan                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                         www.PrettyThings.com

Louise Mccormick-Glazier       http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                          http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                            http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/

Lee Koopman                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Carol Briody                          http://cbriody.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Renetha Stanziano                http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Divya N                               http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/




Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn Discapalooza!

There are an abundance of autumn inspired disc sets in my etsy store right now!  And they are all priced less than normal - go get them!!!







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Component of the Month - Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Yep, gonna say it again...it's time for the AJE Component of the Month already!  The month of September's component was provided by Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  You can find her gorgeous copper and polymer creations here in her etsy store.  Since Linda was coming to Bead Fest again this year, she brought Kristi's components for many of us to choose, and I chose this one:

 The first thing that came to my mind was silk ribbon.  I checked on etsy and found Jamn Glass and purchased these exact silk ribbons. 
 Photo by Jamn Glass

Unfortunately, I haven't received the ribbons yet so I haven't been able to finish my CoM.  However, I thought I would do a work-in-progress post and you can at least see my process until the silks arrive.

The first idea I came up with is this one, and this is the one I am actually going with.  As you can see, I drew my design in a notebook that I received from Jenny Davies-Reazor - I love the notebook, and I love that she encouraged me to draw - I have been doing this with bead designs as well and it really helps!

 You can see I was going to use the silk ribbon, a lentil shaped bead of mine, two large-hole spacers and some knots. This is the bead I am going to use - I think it matches the colors of the silks well, but I will see when I actually get them if I am right!

When the silks didn't arrive, I decided to try and come up with some other ideas. This next idea was going to use wire wrapping, either in annealed steel or patinaed copper.  However, when I set out the beads I was going to use, I felt the colors were too dark and wouldn't bring out my focal. 

 These are the beads I was going to use; while they are awesome, I felt the beads needed to be brighter and I just don't have the right mix.
  My last design used a pendant that would hang from a bail on the silks.  I used annealed steel to make the pendant.  When I actally made it, I found that the pendant would not stay centered when wearing it, and it just wasn't pretty enough or did much for the focal.  I took it apart and decided to wait for the silks.
So, when I get finished, I'll be sure and post the final design.  In the meantime, please head over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what the team members and our guests made with Kristi's pretty pendants. 

Monthly Winners

AJE Team Members