Saturday, August 1, 2015

Beading Back in Time - Early Civilization!

Today is the reveal for the Beading Back in Time Group - our time period this quarter was Early Civilization (3500 BC - 500 AD).  I had aspirations of getting more done, but being a single parent with lots going on, it just wasn't possible.  I did make my version of faux Roman Glass. I originally wanted to also make Cleopatra beads (as shown in the photo below) but just didn't have time.

Photo Credit - Siberian Times, 01 Feb 2013

I still will probably make some, just to see if I can get the same look and texture.  But on to the faux Roman Glass!

I decided to choose pale aqua and medium blue for the beads, as these colors seemed pretty prevalent in Roman Glass that I've seen. Treatments with baking soda and tumble etching with silicon carbide made the beads look "ancient" to me.

I like this pale aqua better - for whatever reason, this color took the treatments better and didn't leave a residue of baking soda.

The medium blue ones are still interesting but there are areas where you can still see baking soda residue - if I made these again, I'd probably use less baking soda on them. Please look for a tutorial on Art Jewelry Elements on August 7th to see how I made these beads!  Thanks for looking!  Please check out everyone else's creations!

Friday, July 31, 2015

AJE Component of the Month - Niky Sayers

This month, the Component of the Month for the Art Jewelry Elements team was by Niky Sayers - she sent us fun farthing clasps!  I love her work - you can find her jewelry etsy store here - and her coponent store here - and was thrilled with the clasp. As usual, I forgot to take a photo of it on it's own before I started making something, so here's Niky's photo!

And here's the one I received!


When I received it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make the clasp the centerpiece, and wanted to have a multi-strand bracelet.  I immediately thought of making many strands of seed beads and went to work looking on etsy for some beads that appealed to me.  I finally settled on the set here - they are called Olive Picasso Travertine and I purchased them from Beachartz on etsy.

 So, as I made the bracelet, I decided that three strands were probably enough, given the size of the beads and the size of the clasp, and the size of my time! So, in general, I like the bracelet and would wear it.  What I don't like is seeing the crimp beads, which I'll fix by adding crimp bead covers.  However, I really am not satisfied with the way I have attached the strands to the clasp.  I think there has to be a better way.  Here's a photo of what I made:

I need to make a better "eye" for the hook, so if anyone has some ideas I'm all for them.  I don't like how you can see it when the bracelet is closed.

I also have other ideas now, and may just take this apart and use some of my favorite gemstones instead of multi-strand seed beads.  But that will be for another day!  Please check out what everyone else made this month! And thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Massive Inventory Sale!

Hi Everyone! Sorry I've been absent of late - I've been working the real job again and it's really hard to even think about other things after I get home and have to do all the house stuff!  But, just to let you know, I'm not vending at Bead Fest this year.  Yes, disappointing, but it just doesn't make financial sense right now.  So, I am having a huge inventory sale on my Facebook Business page, SueBeads.  Here are some examples and links to the albums - all the details are in the album header!  Thanks for looking!










Please feel free to share as I could really use the sales right now and you will get some great prices on my beads!  Thanks so much!
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Earrings Everyday We're All Ears Challenge - Tidepools

I'm so excited that I finally was prepared enough to participate in the Earrings Everyday Challenge this quarter - Tidepools! These photos from the Earrings Everyday blog show some awesome inspiration for the challenge.


 Illustration by Hashime Murayama
Hashime Murayama was a Japanese illustrator, born in 1879. He used to work for National Geographic until 1941.


 

Illustration by Theo Carreras 

Theo Carreras was an illustrator of some well known books about insects, like "Marvels of Insect Life," and was known for his detailed still-life illustration


You may know the beach constantly changes over time - sometimes there are tidepools and sometimes there are not.  I have been going to Hilton Head Island since I was about 16 years old, and have been taking my children since they were 6 weeks old (they are now 20 and 17, so that's a LONG time!).  One of my favorite memories ever is of my son, who was 3 at the time, looking in a tidepool and seeing little tiny fish caught there.  He plucked one out of the water like he was a little expert and then put it back in!  My daughter and I looked at him and said, Sean!  How did you do that?  because we were trying to do the same thing.  He looked at me and said, Like this!  And plucked the fish up again!  It was sooooo cute!

The tidepools at that beach also have jellyfish from time to time. That was my inspiration for these earrings. I had made these awesome colored disc beads, wrapped in pure silver wire, and was wondering what to do with them.  And then I saw that I had some leftover enameled headpins - they were just waiting to be paired up.

 These weren't the easiest earrings to make.  I used my round nose pliers to twist the headpins to mimic the tentacles of the jellyfish.
 I had to spend a lot of time getting them just the way I wanted them, and then make a wrapped loop with three layers of copper wire, and each copper wire was a different length due to the number of twists on each of the tentacles.
 However, I'm really pleased with the way they turned out!  This glass is from GG Glass and she has the most wonderful vieled colors of glass - this glass is lemon with lavender highlights and was perfect for this design!


I have disc beads listed in my SueBeads etsy store if you're interested and I will be making some enamel headpins today and will stock my store as soon as I can!

I will also be making a tutorial for this design and will be posting it on my other team blog, Art Jewelry Elements, on July 7th!  Thanks for checking out my earrings today!



 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Large Hole Beads

I've also been really enjoying making these new large hole beads - the ammonites in particular.  But I am also having a lot of fun picking out colors of the 10 billion pieces of murrini I have and putting them on large hole beads too!  You can find these in my etsy store too!










Saturday, June 6, 2015

New Headpins!

I got a new toy, and made tons of new pretty flower headpins!  You can find them in my SueBeads etsy store right now! Here's some photos!












Sunday, May 31, 2015

AJE Component of the Month - My Turn - Beaded Beads!

It was my turn to provide the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements this month.  I chose to make beaded beads for everyone.

I got the tutorial from Datz Katz over on etsy - Debra Schwartz has many tutorials for beaded goodies if you want to visit her store!

Here's what I made from several pairs of my beaded beads!








Of course, there are other things you can do with pairs of beaded beads besides making earraings, but I really love making earrings so....

Please check out what everyone else made with their beaded beads!

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