Friday, September 30, 2016

Beads of Courage Charm Swap!

UPDATED to add:  There's a small hitch with the eBay auction, new details will be posted as soon as available.

Today is the reveal for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction, once again hosted by Jennifer Stout Cameron.  This year the theme was Fairy Tales.  This was a bit of a challenge for me.  Until I got this in the mail:

I don't even think this is the one I ordered, but I wasn't going to send it back to the UK and exchange it, so I kept it.  I immediately thought "pot of gold" when I saw that one roller section.

So, I looked up the leprechaun and pot of gold legend and the rest, as they say, is history.

First, here are my charms:

And now, the story of the leprechaun and the “Pot O’ Gold”

Fairy Tale: Leprechaun

The Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.  They are depicted as tiny, solitary, bearded men who cause mischief.  According to legend, they spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  If captured by a human, they will grant them three wishes to obtain their freedom.

My charm is a pot of gold, with the gold being a gold bead on top of the pot, and then a Celtic charm hanging from it.

And these are the charms I received!

From top, left to right:  Melissa Trudinger, Caroline Dewison, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt, Cate Van Alphen

Second Row, left to right:  Terri DelSignore, Cassi Paslick, Patty Miller, Brooke Bock, Marianne Baxter

List of Participants:

And here's a link to the auctions!  Remember, bid early and often!!!!

Beads of Courage Charm Swap Auction on eBay

Thursday, September 29, 2016

AJE Theme Challenge - Trees

I really didn't have a lot of creative time this month as I had a bunch of concrete work done at my house and, I don't know about you, but I can't get a thing done when people are working at my house.  The noise and dust really precluded me from making beads as it wrecked my concentration.  So I wasn't going to have anything for this month's challenge until I remembered this morning I made a tree bead in the JC Herrell class I took two summers ago!  So here it is!

I do have ideas for making more tree beads but so far, haven't done it.  I'm late to the party!

Here are the other participants please take a look at what they created!  It was a fun challenge for many people!

AJE Team

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements August Headpin Design Challenge

It's the end of August, which means it's time for another Art Jewelry Elements challenge!  This month it was a headpin design challenge, and I am ALL OVER IT!  I have a few headpin tutorials over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog:

Flower Disc Bead Earrings

Flower Headpin Earrings

Earring Stacks with Headpins

And then I made all of these other earrings with my headpins!

These earrings used pretty filigree copper bead caps with czech beads and a size 8 seed bead.

These earrings used a gorgeous brass bead cap with a titanium hematite rondelle and a size 8 seed bead in a complementary color.

These beach inspired earrings used an ammonite headpin with titanium hematite spacers, and a gorgeous coppered aqua pumpkin bead, an indonesian bead, a wood bead, and a size 11 seed bead to capture all of the elements of the beach!

And these earrings, which are also beach themed, using an ammonite headpin, titanium hematite spacer beads, czech faceted rondelles and a titanium hematite round.

I was also inspired by these pretty enameled beads that I have been making to turn them into headpins as well!

And I made even more!

And yes, I was so excited by this topic I made beach headpins too! These headpins are not perfectly shaped, on purpose; I wanted a little character with these headpins!

So, as you can see, I really enjoyed the challenge this month!  Please check out what everyone else who participated made by visiting their links!  Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, and you can find my headpins in my SueBeads etsy store!


AJE Team Members: