Sunday, January 31, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements January Component of the Month - Use Your Stash

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor is the host of the January AJE Component of the Month - the theme is use your stash.  I had high hopes of getting a lot done, but between work and other life stuff, I only was able to complete one piece.  Here it is!

It's actually not completed yet because I need to make a strap for it.  But it's almost done!  I used one of  Jenny's pendant pieces and bezeled it with pretty purple delicas and red seed beads.  Then I added the czech flowers, with a stop bead, and the row of 8s with a stop bead as well.  Finally, I finished the edge with a picot edging.  I like it a lot. I wish I had time to complete more pieces, but I'm glad I at least got one done!

Please visit with everyone else and see what they made!  Thanks for stopping by!

AJE team:
 
Guests: 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Big Hole Beads

For those of you who still read this blog occasionally (I am SOOOOO bad at posting anymore since I write for AJE) I have been selling some big hole beads on a Big Hole Bead group on facebook!  Here are some of the pretties you could pick up! 







Sunday, January 10, 2016

Rebirth of the Sun - December Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge

For December, Lesley Watt chose Rebirth of the Sun as the theme for our quarterly themed challenge over at AJE.

"The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. It's also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer solstice  when darkness becomes ascendant once more."
http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk


I can honestly tell you that I very rarely set out to "intentionally" make something - I feel that my creativity was killed in school with the "art teachers" who wanted you to do "art" their way, and no other way was right.  I have always dabbled in creative undertakings, thus my glass bead business today.  But I am always searching for things to do with my hands, that feeling you get when you accomplish something all your own, learning something new, something that challenges you.

I recently decided that I was going to attend a bead retreat in Delaware (Bead My Love, wonderful people!) with fellow members Jenny and Diana, because, darn it, I deserved it!  My kit was as follows:

I had no conscious intentions of having something ready for the sun themed challenge - I was basically trying to go with the flow and with what my kit provided!  Below, you can see some steps I went through to get where I ended up!






What was going through my mind as I made this?  I was thinking, as I looked at the polymer clay face and bugle beads, and the flower beads I had brought with me, hmmmm, this kind of looks egyptian to me?  Or Inca?  Or Aztec?

 Egyptian Sun

Aztec Sun Dial

Incan Sun Shield

So, yes, Incan it was.  While of course I had that in the back of my head, it wasn't with *true* intention that I set out to make an Incan Sun God or anything like that.  It was a whisper to me, something I had learned or seen a long time ago that came to my mind as I was able to sit uninterrupted and play with beads!


 So, thank you Lesley Watt, because with this challenge, I learned that although I do not consider myself to be a creative, and sometimes deeply struggle with the thought of giving this all up and just doing my day job, I can be creative!  I just need that time to sit, and to play, and to let things come to my conscious mind that have been locked away by over 50 years of stifling (for lack of a better word) systems.  Am I any kind of expert on Incan art?  NO!  In seed beading?  NO!  Heck, in making glass beads?  NO!!!!! But I actually had fun with this class, the people who were there, girl time, creative time, and maybe just maybe learned that there are things locked away that can influence my art! And maybe in some ways I do intentionally make something, I just don't know it!

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the links below!

  Guest Designers

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November AJE Component of the Month - Caroline Dewison

This month's component of the month is exciting - it's a lichen cabochon or pendant by Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads!  Here's what she made for us!


I chose a blue cabochon - I got the one on the bottom right!  As usual, I didn't take work in progress photos, which I really like to do on these projects, but here's what I made!


I was excited to receive this because I was attending the Bead My Love retreat in Delaware before this CoM was due, so I thought I'd get some great ideas there!  I really wanted to make this elaborate beaded cuff, but just don't possess the skills or patience or space to do it right now, but someday I will make one.  So for now, I made a beaded bezel, and used some of my new skills to add more rows to it.

I added a stop-bead row of purplish-gray size 8 beads to the outside of the peyote bezel, and then did a brick stitch row of beads in that pretty blue.  I also added a row of blue beads between the peyote bezel and the stop-bead row, to fill in the gap.

This is the back, not perfect but pretty darn good!

I added a picot row at the end, and three loops - I haven't decided how I'm going to do the strap yet, so it's still kind of a work in progress.  I ended up with an odd number of beads in the brick stitch row when I was putting the picot row on, and was momentarily stumped and upset.  But I figured out that I should do an odd number of loops for the strap, and all was well with the world again!


I'm really excited about this piece I made with Caroline's gorgeous cabochon, I'll let you know what I finish it with.  To see what everyone else made, please visit the blogs below!

Guests

Nicole Prince - http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html

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

AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski - http://vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/vintage_blue_studio/2015/11/november-com-reveal.html

Lesley Watt - http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/aje-component-of-month-november-reveal.html

Niky Sayers - http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Jenny Davies-Reazor - http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog/november_component_month_im_lichenit

Susan Kennedy - http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/november-aje-component-of-month.html

Lindsay Starr - http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html

Jennifer Stout Cameron - http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

Kristen Stevens - http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.co.uk

Linda Landig - https://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Caroline Dewison - http://blueberribeads.co.uk/archives/4604

Friday, October 9, 2015

Trunk Show This Weekend!

I have a trunk show this weekend on Facebook, at the International Glass Open Market page!  Please join me! If you're not a member, request to join!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rustic Flower Beads

I just wanted to let you in on the new beads I have been making - crusty rustic boho cut flower beads!  You can find them in my SueBeads etsy store and some are on my SueBeads FaceBook Business page!















Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AJE Component of the Month - Linda Landig

Not even gonna say it - here we go with Linda's Component of the Month!  Linda is really getting into the clay and she made these awesome fall pendants. You can find her shop here.

I chose the ochre one with the red leaf because I love those colors together!  I had many ideas but after I took Heather Powers' class at Allegory Gallery, I knew I had to make some small oak leaves!  You'll get to see an overview of the class on October 5 over at AJE.

Here are my leaves roughly cut out. Yep, rough!  But they do get better.  You can see their progression here!


This final photo is after they were filed, textured, filed, antiqued, and finally tumbled for a few hours.

How I'm going to use them.  But what beads?  I knew I had to wire wrap at least part of it, because of the leaves, so I went to my bin of beads and found these - they go perfectly!

I'm assuming they really meant they were ruby zoisite.  And I know they didn't cost that much either, so don't worry!


And here's my final necklace!  I'm pretty pleased.  It may look better with more varied beads, but for right now, I'm keeping it.  Unless you want it!

Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Linda, for the great fall pendant!!!!






Sunday, August 30, 2015

AJE Component of the Month - Diana Ptaszynski

August just flew by, didn't it?  In addition to moving my daughter into a new apartment for college and painting it and generally trying to make it not a slum anymore lol, I took an intensive class at the Glass Center with JC Herrell, took a trip to Scotland with my family, moved Jason's kids into their dorms at IUP and had a Facebook trunk show on Glass Melters Open Market!   AND it's time for the August Component of the Month with Diana Ptaszynski.

 As usual, I didn't take a photo of the component when I got it, but it was this awesome stoneware coin pendant.  My idea didn't some to fruition (I think I say that a lot); I was going to use one of the bails pictured below, that I found at  Lima Beads.  While they are lovely, the color just didn't go with the focal or my idea.
 Fast forward panic - what to do?  I really hate gluing bails on pieces of art, but decided in this case if I wanted to get anything done, I would need to go with the flow.  So I found one of these bails in my pile-o-stuff and glued it to Diana's gorgeous pendant.
 I was initially going to make a multi-strand necklace, but it just didn't work out that way.  I think if I redid this, I would use size 6 turquoise beads and size 8 bronze beads, just to get the sizing better.  But I do like the necklace!


The colors of seed beads go perfectly!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blogs in this list below!  Thank you to Diana for providing this months beautiful component! And thanks for stopping by!
Guests

AJE Team