Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Art Elements Component of the Month - Jenny Davies-Reazor

Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month.


But not just any hearts - broken hearts, stitched up.  You may know that kintsugi is the japanese term for repairing broken things, in some cases pottery with gold.  That's what these hearts stand for! I chose one of the olive green hearts, mostly because that's my favorite color. And yes, as usual, I did not take a photo of mine before I started working on it!

Here's a close-up of my heart:


 I made a beaded bezel with some awesome metallic earth delicas I picked up on my trip to Houston in Fall, 2016.  Then I used some great old gold size 15s, and finally finished the bezel with bronze gold 8s and galvanized gold 15s that match the gold foil perfectly.

I used an awesome gold heart charm from Cathy Daly that I purchased in her etsy store to finish the bezel.

And here's a photo of it finished and hanging on a thin black cord.  I could also put it on a gold chain, as well.  I'll probably do that as I think it will look better.  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks to Jenny for the awesome hearts!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 3

This week's internal challenge over at Art Elements was beetle.  I had just the thing I wanted to try.  My kids brought me back this scarab bead from the British Museum, I am assuming it's supposed to be faience (I know not real, that would have cost a fortune!!!!).

I have wanted to replicate it for a while, and this was the perfect chance, as I was making headpins for a facebook trunk show!

Here are my beads - the first one is the museum scarab, mine are the second two.  I used opaque turquoise blue glass, and two colors of transparent enamel powder to mimic the faience look.  I think the second color looks the best.
Thanks for stopping by, and look for my post next week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 2

Our second weekly Art Elements challenge was Serenity.  I find my serenity at the beach - anywhere!

I created these two things:

This photo collage shows photos I've taken in St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands, Hilton Head Island, Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Oban, Scotland.  As you can see, I LOVE the beach!

These earrings were made with my own beachy lampwork headpins and roman glass heishe beads!


Visit next week for the week 3 installment!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenges::Week 1

And now, for a rare extra blog post, I bring you the Art Elements weekly challenge post! 

The group of us over at Art Elements have internal challenges from time to time, and this will be a weekly one to combat all of the political noise and chaos that's taking place.  The first prompt was red! 

This was awesome for me because I had just embarked on a quarterly challenge to myself, for the exact same reason as above.  My personal challenge will follow the seasons, so four pieces of beaded work.  Hearts are the theme.  This first, for Spring, is entitled "Take Your Broken Heart..." and will be finished with green beads and lucite flowers. I plan on stamping a piece of copper with the words, and attaching them to the frame at the bottom of each section.

The pieces measure about 3x3.5 inches.  Summer will be a rainbow in the heart, and the title will be "Somewhere...".  Fall is TBD, but will probably center around a candle (for the holidays that have festivals of light, like Eid or Diwali). And Winter, a snowflake of course, titled "Now Is The Winter..." from Shakespeare.  There will be lots of meaning, hidden and obvious, in the pieces.  I hope to mount them on foam core and then into a frame.  I may have to have a certain person make the frame for me, but I'm sure he'll be ok with it!  In the meantime, here are my other hearts waiting for me!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Art Elements Component of the Month with Lindsay Starr!

It's time for the January Component of the Month and this time, Lindsay Starr send us leather cabochons!  As usual I did not take a photo of mine before I started working, but this photo is from her post over at Art Elements!

In her post, she explains the elaborate process she went through to make these cabochons.  I chose one that, to me, evoked the sea and jellyfish!  Here's my finished project.

Lindsay had sent along some extra coordinating components, and one of them was this tassle.  While I was originally going to make the jellyfish tentacles with beads, I decided that this tassle was actually a really good choice!

 I stitched the bezel using a really pretty delica bead that picked up the colors of the cabochon, and used the small size 15 beads to pick up the most subtle shade on the cab.

I was going to add some beads to the tassle, but didn't do that yet.  I'm going to ponder it a bit first.  As for now, this is going to make a great ornament!  Check out what everyone else made, and thank you Lindsay for your imagination and providing this awesome CoM to work with!



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Art Elements December Component of the Month Theme Challenge - Dragons!

It's Niky Sayers turn to host the Art Elements Component of the Month, and this month the theme is Dragons.  It's the December theme, but with the holidays and all, we're having the reveal today!  I got my cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor, this awesome dragon!

I wanted to incorporate the dragon scale beads within the design, but I got sick and had issues with my brain doing what I wanted it to do, so I used the dragon scales as the picot edge. I still like it a lot!
Please check out what everyone else made with DRAGONS!



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