Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Color Challenge Reveal

Today is the day of Erin Prais-Hintz' Color Challenge Reveal! Erin, of Tesori Trovati, assigned each participant a color palette from Design Seeds and we were to make a piece of jewelry incorporating some or all of the colors.I received the color palette Zinnia Tones. I chose pink because I had this unfinished piece for my mom, and knew this would force me to finish it for her!
It started with a gorgeous pink chain I custom ordered from Miss Fickle Media (Shannon does awesome work!) to match the heart pendant I made from washi paper and amazing glaze. My mom had requested a pink piece of jewelry.
I had fun making all my bronze balled-end head-pins - I got to use my Lenk torch again, and tumbled them all shiny! I used my own lampwork beads in coordinating colors - the ones that look somewhat blue (at least on my monitor) are actually made from evil purple and are actually purple! I made the wraps somewhat informal on purpose, to kind of offset the formality of the whole necklace. I want it to be wearable with many different things!
I used coordinating swarovski crystal colors in bicones and rounds. They were pink, purple and very light topaz. It is so hard to see the correct colors because I am taking the photos at night here in Pittsburgh where we get less sunny days than Seattle.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the piece I made and I hope you check out what these other fabulous designers made with their color palettes!


1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

Monday, November 28, 2011

Glass Headpin Challenge Reveal Day!

Today's the day! I issued a challenge for blog readers to see what you would make with a pair of my glass headpins. 5 were chosen for the challenge and you can find their links below. Here is what I made from my pair!I used my snowflower headpins to make a cute wintry pair of earrings. The beads are my ice sparkle lampwork beads, set off by two filigree bead caps.
I used opal blue swarovski crystals to complete the earring dangles, wrapped up the steel wire, and made sterling ear wires to finish them off! All in all, I really really like them! To see what everyone else made, follow their links below:


Thanks for playing, ladies!

Remember to use the coupon code craftshow15 in my SueBeads etsy store for 15% off your order plus free ear wires with the purchase of earring pairs until the end of the Virtual Craft Show!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Virtual Craft Show continues on Lori Anderson's blog! Today you can see me and what I have contributed to the giveaway!

7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????


Here's how you win:


For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don't have to do all four)....

Commenting on her BLOG

Facebooking the page

Twittering the page

Blogging the page

***** Please note, the way you win is by doing all of this on Lori's BLOG, not mine or the other artists. Lori is coordinating the giveaways and will give us the name of who won the prize we donated!******

During the craft show, starting tomorrow, you can use coupon code CRAFTSHOW15 in my etsy store to take 15% off your order, PLUS a free pair of copper or brass ear wires will be included with ALL earring pairs beads purchased!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lori Anderson's Virtual Craft Show - Find Me There!

Lori Anderson is at it again! She is hosting her first "Virtual Craft Show" on her blog! And I'm a part of it!

7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????


Here's how you win:


For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don't have to do all four)....

Commenting on her BLOG

Facebooking the page

Twittering the page

Blogging the page

***** Please note, the way you win is by doing all of this on Lori's BLOG, not mine or the other artists. Lori is coordinating the giveaways and will give us the name of who won the prize we donated!******

See her blog for details starting tomorrow (November 26th).

During the craft show, starting tomorrow, you can use coupon code CRAFTSHOW15 in my etsy store to take 15% off your order, PLUS a free pair of copper or brass ear wires will be included with ALL earring pairs beads purchased!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ornament Hanger How-To

Some of you may have seen ornament hangers and said, I can do that! Some of you may have seen them and said, How do I do that? This tutorial is for you. This is for a simple ornament hanger you can make all by yourself with a few tools and wire!

Tools:

Ruler
Wire Cutter
Round Nose Pliers
Wrap-N-Tap pliers (large)

Supplies:

18 gauge silver-filled or silver-plated wire

1. Start by flush cutting a 3" piece of wire with your wire cutters. Notice I used the ever-popular dinosaur ruler we got in a shoe-store many moons ago!

2. Using the round nose pliers, place your wire 1/3 of the way down the plier and make a loop. If you are making lots of hangers, you may want to use a sharpie to mark the place where you want to wrap the wire if you want them all uniform in size.

3. Finish the loop all the way.

4. Place the loop in the Wrap-N-Tap plier on the first round. If you want larger loops for your hanger, you should cut a larger piece of wire. Make sure the loop is secure in the plier and in the direction you want it to go!


5. Using your thumb, wrap the wire around the loop of the Wrap-N-Tap plier all the way. Remove it from the plier, and you will have a hook with a loop on one end at this point.

6. Using the bottom 1/3 of your round-nose pliers, make another loop, which will be bigger than the first loop.

7. Finish shaping if you need to. At this point, you can work harden with a mallet and bench block if you like. I prefer to tumble mine because in addition to hardening the silver, it makes it all nice and shiny!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

And now for a surprise! Use coupon code Turkey in my SueBeads etsy store today (Thanksgiving Day) and Black Friday all day for free shipping! And watch for a great happening with Lori Anderson's blog on Saturday!!! Shopping and winning excitement for all!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bead Update!




I have some new beads in my etsy store, and will have more listed later as well! I will also be directing you later to the really cool event Lori Anderson is holding on her blog over the weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coral Rocks


Just listed some coral type beads in my etsy store, made from coral glass and baking soda - they really look like coral! You can find them here!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cool Beads!


I am listing some cool beads in my etsy store tonight! The pixies are made from pixie dust and are much prettier in person! The rocks are actually glass and dipped in baking soda for a cool effect! Hope you like them - you can find them here!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Headpins




I made some new headpins the other day, I had a great time making them! You can find them in the SueBeads etsy store!

More Customer Work

Adlinah, from Singapore, had purchased some of my enameled leaves and made these pretty earrings from them! I am jealous of her because she can travel to Tokyo and buy amazing Japanese beads! When I was there, I didn't have time, nor did I know where to find them, to buy beads - now I'm kicking myself because I'll probably never get there again! That's a little lesson - live life to the fullest every day! Do what you want! Take detours! Have fun!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Customer Work!

This is a very long overdue post to highlight some of my wonderful customers and the work they do with my beads! Click on their names and you can visit their stores on etsy!


Kristin TurconeKristin made these very cute earrings from my lampwork beads - she has a great store on etsy called SushiKo!


Courtney BreulShe made this beautiful bracelet using one of my enameled filigree pieces as the connector; very creative!


Rosemarie Cowit
Rosemarie made these cute earrings with my lampwork beads; they are listed in her new etsy store!


Sally made these beautiful earrings with my lampwork beads. She's an amazing artist and a very sweet person - I have had the pleasure to meet her in person!


Karon used my lampwork beads to make these great earrings. She has the most colorful shop on etsy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lucky!

I was feeling the love a couple weeks ago when I won not one, but two, giveaways! They both made my week because I have been having some not so great experiences lately and this reminded me you just have to wait, sometimes, for something better to happen!

First, I won Cindi Lavin's (Beading Arts) giveaway of some beautiful vintage beads! There are pearls, crystals and lucite in there! Can't wait to use them soon! She is also having a giveaway going on right now, so you might just want to hop over there and sign up!Then, imagine my delight when I found out that I won one of Gaea's sets of beads! I love her sets, and I love the colors I received! I had to get myself over to her web site, as well, and order a few things while I was there! And I forgot to order some lantern beads of hers, so I will have to go back!!!!!
Thank you so much, ladies, for picking me!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Holiday Earrings


Do you like to wear holiday-themed items, but don't want to be waaaay obvious? I made these earrings and I think they fit the bill! I used two of my enameled filigrees in victorian red, and two of my ice sparkle mini beads. I made my own ear wires, too, and used two saucer beads on each one. I think they look pretty festive without being loud! If you happen to want a set of ice sparkle minis and red filigrees (4 beads total), let me know! I'll sell you a set for $10, and that includes shipping! What a deal!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Challenge Participants


Here's who was picked to be the glass headpin challenge participants! Send me your address via email so I can get them out to you! I have a show tomorrow so I should be able to mail them on Monday! Thanks to everyone who wanted a chance to play - I'll do another challenge soon!

Andrew's October Challenge

Andrew Thornton has a monthly challenge where you purchase a kit, with some special ingredients, and then on the appointed day reveal what you made with your kit! Today is the day! I have to say I am very happy to even have these done, because my head has been trying to get a full-on migraine for days...This is a necklace I made with his special skull bead and some really cool ball chain he sent with the kit! I decided the ball chain and skull needed to be kept separate and together; it's a great necklace and my daughter will be receiving it!
Then I made a bracelet with the three bigger beads he sent and the glass headpin that was in the kit! I used two types of chain and the gorgeous gorgeous little variety of seed beads he sent. I love them! I wish I could bead weave, they are such great little beads!
Then I made this pair of earrings with the pretty luxury beads he sent, and my own ear wires! These pieces came together easily for me, and I'm glad I got the pieces done!
Here are the other participants!

Rosemarie Cowit
Cilla Watkins
Christina Porter
Collette Collins
Mary Govaars
Cindy Cima Edwards
Jessica Nelson
Tara Linda
Alice Peterson
Lisa Lodge
Cece Cormier
Karin Slaton
Sandi Volpe-You are here
Kate Richbourg
Sue Kennedy
Michelle Mach
Shay Williams
Michelle Hardy
Andrew Thornton

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Spacer Day


A few days ago I wasn't having what I would call a highly successful bead day. And I had all these shorts laying around on my bench cluttering things up. So I decided to use my special Graceful Customs tool and make spacers, using up all the shorts. I made quite a few - 132 to be exact. They will be available in the SueBeads etsy store today because, well, sometimes you need spacers! The great thing about these spacers is, they will be available 12 for $10! A little bit of a break for you!

Facet - The Bead Box

Not sure if you heard, but Facet (Stringing, formerly Bead Style) is launching The Bead Box - one stop kits for jewelry making! It's a m...