Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Art Bead Scene Challenge



Finally, I managed to get my Art Bead Scene Challenge Piece in under the wire! I posted it today! I used a green connector from Nancy at Round Rabbit, and my own ribbed round lampwork beads. While it's not necessarily a most innovative piece, I am just happy with myself that I finished it and got it on the flickr group!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Goodies

I recently purchased and received some fantastic goodies in the mail from some fantastic people. Here's a look!This gorgeous resin pendant from Andrew Thornton! I totally love it. He has some really gorgeous things in his shop that he made - you should check it out!
Pendants from Jade Scott! I am participating in the Delmont Apple N Arts Festival this year (first weekend of October) and these will be adorning some bracelets that I will be making!

Birdies, flowers and hearts from LeAnn of Summers Studio! I have too many of her things, and I keep hoarding them. These will also find a home with some lovely customer! LeAnn's shop is currently on vacation mode as she is moving across the country, but it will be back open soon!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Challenge - What do I do with those?


I have wanted to have a challenge of my own for quite some time. I am smitten with these little charms that I have been enameling, and decided they would be great for a challenge. Therefore, I would like to offer you, my readers, a little opportunity. Leave a comment on this blog post if you'd like to receive a set of 10 of these little charms. I will choose three people randomly to participate. If you are chosen, I will mail you a set of charms, my color choice, and ask that you complete your design in a few weeks' time (how about by June 25th) and have a blog reveal on that date! I will publish the list of participants and link to their blogs. I'll pick names on June 1st! I will choose the participants the old fashioned way - I'll write your name on a piece of paper and fold it up and let my son pick! Therefore, you can get extra entries by blogging or sharing on facebook; just let me know you did that in a separate comment and give me the link.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Artisan Clay Design Team May Reveal

Kristi Roeder, of Artisan Clay, sent me these beads this month! As usual, I waited until almost the last minute to do my work, but I had excuses - kid birthday, end of school year stuff, flooded basement, pool opening, too much to do outside, etc. etc. Just like all of you! These are her pendants made from recycled glass. They are pretty cool! You can find them on her web site and in her etsy store, although she's on vacation right now! Whatever happened yesterday when I tried to link to Kristi's etsy shop is fixed now, so here it is! ArtisanClay on etsy.
I put the pendant with gunmetal chain I picked up from JoAnn's (Plaid) and some pretty czech rondelles, banded silver beads and swarovski crystals.
Here's the detail of the dangles. I like them, the all match very well! I used some balled antiqued headpins that I purchased from Rocki on etsy.
Here's the finished piece. Although there's a clasp, this is large enough to fit over my head. I may make it a little bit shorter, so it hangs a little bit better, but I really like it.
Kristi did send us two pendants, as you may have noticed. I just didn't have enough of the right supplies to finish the second necklace; they are on order and I promise to show the finished piece when it's done!

Check out what all the other members of the Artisan Clay Design Team made:

Marcie Abney

Shannon Chomanczuk

Carol Dean Sharpe

Staci Louise Smith

Jen Velasquez

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Web Site REDO - 10% Sale

Did you know I have a web site? I do - it's for all my made-to-order beads, while my etsy store is for my currently-in-inventory beads. I need to revamp it and will be doing so over the summer; I will be updating the photos, the prices, the shipping options and taking some beads away as they are either made of glass that is no longer in production or they just don't sell. Therefore, I am offering you a coupon that will last until the web site is all updated! Any order you place at


will receive 10% off using the coupon code

REDO

Please note that all bead sets will come with 6mm czech glass spacers and will no longer come with metal or crystal spacers. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To Etch Or Not To Etch...



I made these beads yesterday, I love the color of the aqua blue. I made one pair etched, and love how they turned out. But I love the un-etched ones too. Which do you like? These will show up in my etsy store later today!

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Chunky Discs Available!






I spent today making some beads in between picking up for dentist and taking to urgent care for stitch removal. I'm beat! But I wanted to let you know these are up and available at the SueBeads etsy store now! The green ones were made from grass green and are not as bright as the photo shows, but we have some weird light going on here right now!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sun = Photos!




I was able to photograph some of these darker color beads because we had SUN today! Woo Hoo! I just spent three hours in the yard (kids helped!) and now I'm in for a rest! And maybe a beer. And I took these photos, and you can find these beads at the SueBeads etsy store now!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chunky Discs are up!




I listed some chunky discs in the SueBeads etsy store! If they get sold and you want some, just let me know! I can make them in all kinds of colors! Please excuse the fact that, although it quit raining here in the 'burgh, there is a marked lack of sunlight, which makes it hard to take those gorgeous sunny photos of beads! These are still great beads though!

New Beads Listed


I listed some new beads in the SueBeads etsy store, and those chunky discs will be coming up soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Inspiration!



My friend Jenn Judd Velasquez, of Jen Judd Rocks!, took a little trip earlier in the week to Colonial Williamsburg with her honey. She took some photos of floxglove while she was there and posted some really cool effects that she did on picnik.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Customer Work

I always love when customers send me photos of what they make with the beads I make! Here are two recent customers and what they made!

The first is StevieBDesigns on etsy. He used my mini sparkle beads and coordinating leather cord to make these really cool earrings! Check out his shop - these earrings are currently available!


The next is Kristi Bowman of DreamSome on etsy! She used custom-made beads based on a set of inspiration beads I posted about earlier. She used her own enameled head pins and her own Sea Urchin textured squares to make the earrings! They are great, and are available in her etsy store as well!

If you have used beads that you purchased from me, please send me photos of your finished jewelry! I'll be glad to feature them and post a link to your shop!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beads 2011 and the Art Bead Scene Massive Giveaway!



If you head on over to the Art Bead Scene Blog, you will find a massive giveaway based on the Beads 2011 Issue! A lot of bead artists are participating in this giveaway, including me! I donated some copper enameled components that you will be able to find in the magazine! You need to leave a comment on the Art Bead Scene Blog, and you can get extra chances by sharing the news on social media sites!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chunky Discs!




I have had my chunky disc press for a while now, but just last week got it out and made some beads with it! I love them! I can't wait to make more today! They measure about 14mm. They will be in the etsy store later today - first I have to have breakfast with my friend Lorraine!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More Inspiration



My son's friend Amy went to Australia last summer, and brought him back this boomerang thingy. I love the colors and the dots, and thought it would be great for some inspiration for some beads. So here's a small interpretation of the design on the boomerang. Cool, huh? Look for some more beady inspiration next week!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Enamel Headpins!


Yay! I have 8 sets of enamel headpins going into the SueBeads etsy shop this morning! Come and get 'em!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank you!


Thanks for all the birthday wishes, both on the blog and on Facebook! It was wonderful getting all those messages yesterday! There's still one set of enamel headpins on etsy and I'll make more this week!

Monday, May 9, 2011

It's My Birthday...

and anyone who places an order at the SueBeads web site, or on SueBeads etsy, today, will receive a little surprise in their package!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day to all! I was actually born on Mother's Day! Can you imagine a more wonderful thing? Not that I'm all wonderful, but if you are a mom, you can relate! Here's what I made my wonderful mom for Mother's Day! Honeysuckle, the color of the year!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Round Bead Day

A - Purple and Coral; B - Ivory striped; C - Rainforest; D - SOLD; E - SOLD; F - Mango Dichro
A - Aqua stripe; B - Blue with coral stripe; C - SOLD; D - Cobalt Shimmer; E - Glacier; F - SOLD; G - SOLD

Edited to add: The beads measure 12mm! Thanks for asking Barb!

Yesterday was a round bead day - I had a lot of fun making them. They are for sale for $10 each, with $2 shipping no matter how many you buy! I can send you a paypal invoice or you can paypal me the money. Please, save a girl some etsy fees. This market is killing me!

New Goodies!

I got some new goodies in the mail this week! Some fantastic stones from Norah62 on etsy! I have Erin from Tesori Trovati to thank for trip to Norah's shop!Blue Oregon Opal
Watermelon Jade
Tiffany Agate
Got the cute little own and bird beads from Kylie - and as I was copying the link to her shop, of course I saw a bunch of other things I want now!!!!

Inuit

Forgot to add my Inuit piece to the keep your sanity post, here it is!