Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bicone Shop Update!

I made a bunch of bicone beads last week, my new favorite shape - but didn't get to list them until now, cuz I've been working that paying job.  So tonight I had a major shop update and listed all of them - lots of bead pairs, and some bead sets.  Please take a look in the SueBeads etsy store to purchase!













Sunday, February 1, 2015

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop!

I'm part of a new group, Beading Back in Time, and today is the reveal for our blog hop challenge!  This quarter, our challenge was Pre-Human.  Make something from or with something that applies to the pre-human period in Earth's history!

Here's what I made.  I used one of my own Ammmonite Lampwork cabochons as the base.  I chose colors that I felt went well with the focal.

 I did a beading around a cabochon bezel and learned how to do a picot edge!  I was quite happy with myself!
 The spiral rope is made with matching beads, the clasp is bronze by Saki Silver.  I did a simple loop bail to attach the ammonite cab to the spiral rope.


Check out what the other members of Beading Back in Time made for this quarter's challenge!
Co-hostess:  Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame <-- are="" br="" here="" you=""> Kelly Rodgers of Beadin' Black & Blue 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Component of the Month - Use Your Stash!

For the January Component of the Month Challenge at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to do a "use your stash" challenge.  Use pieces you have from other AJE Team Members.  The guests were each chosen and sent a piece from one of the AJE Team Members to make something with as well.

Here are my pieces for this month!

 I made these earrings from heart charms I had from Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  I put the copper floral charms together with gorgeous pearls and gold filled ear wires - the gold filled ear wires don't seem to bother my ears like other metals do.
 These cute pink earrings were made from Diana Ptaszynski's flower charms - I made these for my mom - her favorite color is pink.
 These earrings were made from charms by Linda Landig!  I got these at Bead Fest in August!
 And these earrings, which are my new favorites, are with silver metal clay beads by Melissa Meman.  The photo below shows the detail on the beads!

I made these with cute brass spacer beads I bought at Andrew Thornton's store, and copper rounds.  Again, gold filled ear wires so I can wear them and not be bothered by the metal!

 This bead inspired the next piece!  Yes, this bead!  To me, it looks like porcelain.  I made it on a base of ivory glass and with some special reactive glass powder I have.  The blue and brown went perfectly with Jenny Davies-Reazor's goddess focal.
 The gemstones are called khaki quartz I purchased from norah on etsy.  I used 26 gauge art wire in a brown color. The 26 gauge wire was hard to work with, but the holes in the gemstones were very small.
 And finally, I made this spiral rope to go with a gorgeous beach hut focal pendant from Lesley Watt.  The clasp is bronze from Saki Silver. 
Take a look at what all the other AJE Team Members and our guests made with month by visiting the links below!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ligonier Ice Fest and Allegory Gallery

Last weekend was the Ligonier Ice Fest - I took this as a sign that I should go and visit Andrew Thornton at his new location for his bead store, Allegory Gallery.  He happened to be having a show called "Fathom" so it was perfect timing.

The hallmark of the Ice Fest is, of course, ice scupture. 
There were ice scuptures all along the diamond, and also in front of several businesses who sponsored them.
Many shops were open late to accommodate the crowds.
It was cold but it was a very nice afternoon for ice!
Here's Andrew at his new location for his bead store.  It's very nice and cheerful!
He had a gallery opening Saturday night, called "Fathom".  Mermaids abounded!  If you click on the photo you'll see works by his sister, Cynthia, Diane Hawkey, and Junker Jane, to name a few.
After we visited with Andrew, we went into Greensburg and had a great dinner at J Corks.  All in all an awesome day off!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hearts for SALE!

I love hearts.  I have so many hearts I don't even know what to do with them!  I collect them!  Ceramic, metal, my own glass ones... I love making them too!





I have these larger heart beads listed on my SueBeads Facebook business page album, Large Hearts for Sale.  I'm trying the facebook thing to see if I can get away from etsy.  My goal, too, is to revamp my web site.  I'm a bit limited because I am on a pappashop web site and I am not good at the whole computer programming thing, but I think I can make it a little better.  Hopefully this year!

I also have smaller hearts for sale on the album Small Hearts for Sale.








I'd "love it" if you'd take a look and see if there are any you want!

Thanks for checking in!




Sunday, January 18, 2015

Secret Santas at AJE!

Back in December, all of us at AJE got together and facilitated by Lesley Watt, did a Secret Santa exchange!  It was fun - we only knew who we were sending to (of course) but not who was sending to us!  My partner to send to was Jennifer Cameron!  Here's what I sent her:

 I knew she liked the beaded beads because she traded with me at Bead Fest for beaded beads! 
 I also knew she liked the ornaments I made this year because she commented on a photo I shared - this is my ornament of the year for the Sally Russick Ornament Swap.
 I also wanted to send her a surprise so I made these earrings from a tutorial that I got from Around The Beading Table.

And these amazing earrings were what I received from Francesca Watson.  Even before I knew her at AJE, my boyfriend had purchased earrings from her etsy store for me (at my hint lol).  AND I actually won an amazing prong set necklace she had as a giveaway on her blog.  So I am no stranger to Francesca's work.
I love the color of the stones and the bezel settings are perfect - of course!  You can find Francesca's work here.

Thanks for stopping by!