Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge - Sally Russick

Today is the reveal for the Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge hosted by Sally Russick!  She not only hosted the hop, but she provided video tutorials for us newbies!  She is so incredibly generous and I can't thank her enough for doing this!  I make cabs, but never beaded one and I'm so excited to have finished it!  Here's a link to the cabochon section in my etsy store!


I started out by using one of my own cabs that I really love - it's made with pale aqua glass, silver foil and frit.  I have a lot of fun making cabs because you have to get them just right on the mandrel and it's a very zen sort of thing for me to do.











I am really happy with my choice of beads, and how it turned out! I'm going to either use a blue suede cord to hang it on, or a chain - I can't decide yet, I think the blue suede would be best.  I can't bead a rope yet, but hopefully I'll learn that someday!

I already started working on another for my mom!

Please check out everyone else's blog to see what they made!  I know I can't wait.  And thanks again, Sally!


Your Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
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Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy         YOU ARE HERE!  
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.  

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Lynda  Carson

Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander

Monday, September 16, 2013

Wonky Bead Blog Hop - Kristi Bowman

Today is the reveal for Kristi Bowman's Wonky Bead Blog Hop.

We purchased sets of polymer clay beads at a discounted price, and were challenged to make something wonderful with them!  They are very cool beads, btw!  Below is the group shot of the color palette I chose - I actually received the set second from the left.


Initially I thought chunky bracelet would be the way to go.  And then I thought that maybe it would be too predictable, so I decided to go with a wire-wrapped looooooong necklace.  I started looking for beads that I had made that would work with the colors.  On hand, the only ones I could come up with are these red transparent ones, and they just really didn't go.


I went through my stash of gems and found these cappucino jasper beads that I thought might work.  I tried setting them up in an assymetrical pattern with Kristi's beads, but it just wasn't happening.


I did find these red vintage lucite beads in my stash and they went perfectly.  So I patinaed my copper wire with liver of sulpher because shiny wasn't going to work with these beads.  Then I got to wrapping.


I am just totally not feeling this look.  I actually decided to just stop, because I couldn't see wasting any more wire or time on something that totally wasn't going to work.  I now have a new idea in my head.

I think I'm going to try stringing multiple strands of seed beads with Kristi's beads, in matte shades of ivory, brown and turquoise. I'd really like to try and incorporate some of my own beads in the mix, but I'm not sure if they will work.  I'm very much interested in seeing what everyone else did with their beads!  Please visit Kristi's blog for links to everyone else.  A big sorry to Kristi for my big fail, and thanks as well for offering your beads at a discounted price for this hop.  When I do get the design finished, I will re-post.  Have to go order those beads now!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ears to You!

Amy Taylor Freeland is hosting a blog hop - linkup for a charity called Ears to You.   They are especially looking for earrings for tween/teen patients.  Here's what I made!





If you wish to donate to this worthy cause, please see below!  And please check out Amy's blog to see who all made what!!!


 This is from their web site:

Ears To You® is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and our mission is to provide hope and joy through the donation and distribution of beautiful earrings to women and girls with cancer of any type. 
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These earrings:
  • brighten a patient's day with a little bling when she needs a little lift
  • create a distraction from the IV's, worries and fears and allow her to do something fun  
  • help women and girls feel more "normal" and beautiful at a time when they are adjusting to hair loss
     
  • provide hope and help her think positively  
  • give encouragement from a survivor       
     
  • are provided at no cost to the patient  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's Done! AJE COM with Melissa Meman!

I promised I would post when my green indonesian beads came; here is the finished necklace using Melissa Meman's gorgeous copper component! 


Thanks for stopping back to see it!

September Component of the Month - Zombee with Laney Mead

This month it was Laney's turn to provide the Component of the Month, and she made these cute little Zombees!  I did not take a photo ...