Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Component of the Month - Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Yep, gonna say it again...it's time for the AJE Component of the Month already!  The month of September's component was provided by Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  You can find her gorgeous copper and polymer creations here in her etsy store.  Since Linda was coming to Bead Fest again this year, she brought Kristi's components for many of us to choose, and I chose this one:

 The first thing that came to my mind was silk ribbon.  I checked on etsy and found Jamn Glass and purchased these exact silk ribbons. 
 Photo by Jamn Glass

Unfortunately, I haven't received the ribbons yet so I haven't been able to finish my CoM.  However, I thought I would do a work-in-progress post and you can at least see my process until the silks arrive.

The first idea I came up with is this one, and this is the one I am actually going with.  As you can see, I drew my design in a notebook that I received from Jenny Davies-Reazor - I love the notebook, and I love that she encouraged me to draw - I have been doing this with bead designs as well and it really helps!

 You can see I was going to use the silk ribbon, a lentil shaped bead of mine, two large-hole spacers and some knots. This is the bead I am going to use - I think it matches the colors of the silks well, but I will see when I actually get them if I am right!

When the silks didn't arrive, I decided to try and come up with some other ideas. This next idea was going to use wire wrapping, either in annealed steel or patinaed copper.  However, when I set out the beads I was going to use, I felt the colors were too dark and wouldn't bring out my focal. 

 These are the beads I was going to use; while they are awesome, I felt the beads needed to be brighter and I just don't have the right mix.
  My last design used a pendant that would hang from a bail on the silks.  I used annealed steel to make the pendant.  When I actally made it, I found that the pendant would not stay centered when wearing it, and it just wasn't pretty enough or did much for the focal.  I took it apart and decided to wait for the silks.
So, when I get finished, I'll be sure and post the final design.  In the meantime, please head over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what the team members and our guests made with Kristi's pretty pendants. 

Monthly Winners

AJE Team Members


Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Leaves are Back!

I haven't been making many enameled beads lately, but the leaves are back!  If you want some, you can find them in my SueBeads etsy store!







Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rustic Disc Bead Sets

I just posted some Rustic Disc Bead Sets on my SueBeads facebook page for sale - the price reflects a 15% discount from the normal price of $4 per bead.  You can get free shipping too if you purchase them from the facebook page or directly from here - I will leave the album up for a few days then list on etsy which will reflect a shipping charge and probably no discount since they take a listing and sales fee.  Thanks for looking and please let me know if you want any.  Paypal only please.






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cabochons Listed Too!

I also have a selection of cabochons left from my Bead Fest inventory - some ammonites and also some new arty ones I did.  You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store!






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Headpins and Orphan Shakeup!

I just listed 13 more pairs of glass headpins in my SueBeads etsy store!  Here are some photos!






Also, I had listed 20 sets of orphans in my etsy store a week ago.  Since there are 10 sets left, and they are getting bored sitting there, I'm going to shake things up.  I found more orphans, so I'm going to dump them all in a bowl and randomly select orphans to string for more mixed up sets!  I'll let you know when they are ready!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Orphan Bead Sets!

I'm listing about 20 orphan bead sets in my SueBeads etsy store - orphans simply means that they are beads that were either one-offs, beads that didn't match a set in size or color, or were extras from sets.  They are full quality beads, but since I have so many, I listing them at a considerable reduction in price.  Please check them out!









Sunday, August 31, 2014

AJE Component of the Month - August - Rebekah Payne

This month's AJE Component of the Month challenge was from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  She makes awesome polymer clay beads, but recently she has been making hand painted leather feathers.  For this month's challenge, we could choose either a single larger feather, or a pair of smaller ones.  I chose the smaller blue pair.


I wanted to make some bicone beads to match these feathers, but as soon as I got back from Bead Fest I started working my other job again, and quite honestly have not wanted to even look at my torch right now.  I had these pretty round swirl beads that matched perfectly, so I went with them!


I knew I was going to make earrings, and wanted to figure out a wire wrap, instead of punching a hole in the feather.  It took me a few tries, but this is what I came up with.  If this is a technique that's already out there, please just bear with me!   Here's what I came up with:


I folded over the tip of the feather, and made a wrapped loop.  Here's how I did it.  First, I took about a 7" piece of 20 gauge copper wire, and bent it in half.

 I formed a loop, and kept both ends of the wire horizontal.
 I then inserted the tip of the feather into the loop, and folded it over.  I held it in place with my chain nose pliers.

 I began wrapping one end of the wire around the front of the feather.  I wrapped it several times.
 When I was comfortable with the number of wraps, I cut the excess wire off in the back and used the chain nose pliers to push the end down so it would lie flat and out of the way.
 Then I took the other end and did the same thing - please excuse the gnarly wire - I had to unwrap at one point, and that's why it looks this way!
 When I was done wrapping, I cut the wire in the back the same way and made sure the wire held tight by gently tugging on it.  After that, I just make my lampwork bead dangle by starting a wrapped loop, inserting the feather segment and finishing the wrapped loop.  Then I added a copper wavy chip bead (don't know what to call these!) my lampwork bead, another chip bead and made a wrapped loop at the top. Add ear wire and you're done!

Please check out what everyone else made with Rebekah's feathers by following these links!

Guest Artists
 
The AJE Team
Jenny Davies-Reazor - http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson - http://francescawatson.com/
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Post Bead Fest Shop Update!

Hi all!  I've been back from Bead Fest for 5 days now, and while I want to get you a post with photos of the fun we had, I wanted to let you know I've been making updates to my nearly empty SueBeads etsy shop all this week in between working my other job.  Here are some things you can find!








I have a college friend coming to stay with me for the night tonight, I'm very excited haven't seen her forever.  Lots of yard work this weekend, too, but I will try and post my Bead Fest update this weekend and list more goodies!  Thanks for looking!