Tuesday, May 2, 2017

AE Component of the Month for April -- Jennifer Stout Cameron

The component of the month for April was provided by Jennifer Cameron.  She made these awesome textured dichroic silver glass sparkly focal beads for us!


Yes, as usual, I didn't take a photo of mine before I worked on it!  I made this great focal piece.

I used a silver clay headpin from Andrew Thornton, urchin style bead caps, and a great pinch bail.  I had purchased some hand-dyed ribbon from Amy Kuczewski which arrived Monday in the mail!


Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Jennifer for a great focal!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Art Elements Challenge

I've decided to leave off the Week designation on those posts because I haven't participated in all of them and some we have been given 2 weeks to accomplish.  This weekly challenge was brought to us by Lesley Watt, who chose an image as a prompt (below):


I was happy about this one! I had a tube of a bead mix called Aztec by a now-closed on-line bead shop called eebeads.  I loved the mix and hoarded it until now!


I made a plain, 2-drop flat peyote cuff with this awsome clasp!  It took me quite a while to find the perfect clasp, so I'm glad we had 2 weeks to complete the challenge!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week ???

Not sure what you would call this week for the weekly challenge, but I chose this time, and picked "cat" as the prompt.


Ever since I visited Japan over 10 years ago, I have been fascinated with their culture, in particular the juxtaposition of old world tradition vs. kawaii (cute). I saw businessmen with Hello Kitty cell phone charms and it intrigued me! So, I puchased this 2-drop peyote stitch pattern to make this cuff - unfortunately, I didn't purchase enough pink beads, so I have to wait to finish it until my Fusion Beads order gets here!

Friday, March 31, 2017

The ISGB Gathering Bead Swap

The ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) has a convention each year, called The Gathering.  I love the name - a gathering is the blob of glass you put on the mandrel before you spin your beads!  I have never had the chance to attend - I'm not sure if I could, given I feel intimidated as heck by all the glass talent out there!  But I've always wanted to.  This year, I stumbled upon the chance to do a bead swap with other members who aren't attending the gathering as well!  Sign me up! Here are the beads I received!

 Patsy Monk
 Janet Peterson
 Cindi Brunell
 Bertie Beattie
 Tracey Alfaro
 Rayren Hockett
 Lynn Hahn
 Natasha Lenaghan
 Chris Haussler
 Debi Dufrene


And if you know me, you know I forgot to take a photo of the beads I sent, but they were a selection of beads like these!

This was fun! I'm glad I got to do the exchange, hope I remember to sign up next year!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Art Elements Theme Challenge - Amulet Bags

I had all kinds of high hopes to get some amulet bags done for this post, but I scheduled a trip away and there's just not enough time.  Cathy chose Amulet Bags as the theme and I know that all my teammates are going to have some amazing things to show.

So here's mine.  It's a Native American pattern, not sewn up yet.  I had purchased a pattern and kit but as of the day I left for my trip, the beads and kit weren't even mailed so, so much for that.

 Starting the loom with size 11 beads is extremely hard, at least for me.

 I finally got it going.



 The last row is also very hard...but I got it done (after about 10 times relooming the last row because of missing the warps).
And here it is.  I will sew it up into a very small amulet bag, add fringe, and it will be an appropriate size to wear as a necklace.  I do like it, looming 11s is hard but satisfying.  Check out what everyone else made!


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 7

Stars is the theme of the week - I just happen to have some stars!  I made these little mini cabochons a while ago for a component of the month - I really like them!!!!  The top star is from glass that looks like agate, and the bottom two are turquoise glass that fumes metallic!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 6

Better late than never, right? I have such a hard time keeping up with EVERYTHING - however, I learned this cool collage technique on my Potomac retreat - more about that later when I steal everyone's photos - and made this.  The subject is JOY!

Not a great photo, but you get the idea!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 5

I had to miss last week, Spirals, because I just didn't have enough time.  But since I was chosen to pick the theme for this week, I made it!  The theme for this week was monochrome.  I had to check with art friends to make sure that just didn't mean black and white.  It doesn't! So my offering is this monochrome berry 2-drop peyote bracelet!


Tune in next week, for a new theme!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Art Elements Component of the Month - Jenny Davies-Reazor

Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month.


But not just any hearts - broken hearts, stitched up.  You may know that kintsugi is the japanese term for repairing broken things, in some cases pottery with gold.  That's what these hearts stand for! I chose one of the olive green hearts, mostly because that's my favorite color. And yes, as usual, I did not take a photo of mine before I started working on it!

Here's a close-up of my heart:


 I made a beaded bezel with some awesome metallic earth delicas I picked up on my trip to Houston in Fall, 2016.  Then I used some great old gold size 15s, and finally finished the bezel with bronze gold 8s and galvanized gold 15s that match the gold foil perfectly.

I used an awesome gold heart charm from Cathy Daly that I purchased in her etsy store to finish the bezel.

And here's a photo of it finished and hanging on a thin black cord.  I could also put it on a gold chain, as well.  I'll probably do that as I think it will look better.  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks to Jenny for the awesome hearts!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 3

This week's internal challenge over at Art Elements was beetle.  I had just the thing I wanted to try.  My kids brought me back this scarab bead from the British Museum, I am assuming it's supposed to be faience (I know not real, that would have cost a fortune!!!!).

I have wanted to replicate it for a while, and this was the perfect chance, as I was making headpins for a facebook trunk show!

Here are my beads - the first one is the museum scarab, mine are the second two.  I used opaque turquoise blue glass, and two colors of transparent enamel powder to mimic the faience look.  I think the second color looks the best.
Thanks for stopping by, and look for my post next week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 2

Our second weekly Art Elements challenge was Serenity.  I find my serenity at the beach - anywhere!

I created these two things:

This photo collage shows photos I've taken in St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands, Hilton Head Island, Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Oban, Scotland.  As you can see, I LOVE the beach!

These earrings were made with my own beachy lampwork headpins and roman glass heishe beads!


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenges::Week 1

And now, for a rare extra blog post, I bring you the Art Elements weekly challenge post! 

The group of us over at Art Elements have internal challenges from time to time, and this will be a weekly one to combat all of the political noise and chaos that's taking place.  The first prompt was red! 

This was awesome for me because I had just embarked on a quarterly challenge to myself, for the exact same reason as above.  My personal challenge will follow the seasons, so four pieces of beaded work.  Hearts are the theme.  This first, for Spring, is entitled "Take Your Broken Heart..." and will be finished with green beads and lucite flowers. I plan on stamping a piece of copper with the words, and attaching them to the frame at the bottom of each section.

The pieces measure about 3x3.5 inches.  Summer will be a rainbow in the heart, and the title will be "Somewhere...".  Fall is TBD, but will probably center around a candle (for the holidays that have festivals of light, like Eid or Diwali). And Winter, a snowflake of course, titled "Now Is The Winter..." from Shakespeare.  There will be lots of meaning, hidden and obvious, in the pieces.  I hope to mount them on foam core and then into a frame.  I may have to have a certain person make the frame for me, but I'm sure he'll be ok with it!  In the meantime, here are my other hearts waiting for me!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Art Elements Component of the Month with Lindsay Starr!

It's time for the January Component of the Month and this time, Lindsay Starr send us leather cabochons!  As usual I did not take a photo of mine before I started working, but this photo is from her post over at Art Elements!

In her post, she explains the elaborate process she went through to make these cabochons.  I chose one that, to me, evoked the sea and jellyfish!  Here's my finished project.

Lindsay had sent along some extra coordinating components, and one of them was this tassle.  While I was originally going to make the jellyfish tentacles with beads, I decided that this tassle was actually a really good choice!

 I stitched the bezel using a really pretty delica bead that picked up the colors of the cabochon, and used the small size 15 beads to pick up the most subtle shade on the cab.

I was going to add some beads to the tassle, but didn't do that yet.  I'm going to ponder it a bit first.  As for now, this is going to make a great ornament!  Check out what everyone else made, and thank you Lindsay for your imagination and providing this awesome CoM to work with!



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