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!

AJE Team

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!

Guest bloggers

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!