Skip to main content

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Ornaments!

Another month has passed us by, and another challenge will be in the books.  Appropriately, the theme for the Art Elements challenge this month is Ornaments. I had a lot of fun with this one - I had more than a few days I wasn't working this month so making ornaments filled some of my time.

The first ones I want to show you are stitched by me - they were made with some little heart ceramic tiles my daughter found on a job site.  I love finding little treasures on job sites, so I decided these needed to be bezeled and hung on the tree!

I also had these snowflake forms hanging around for years, so I decided to make some with these blown hollow glass beads and czech fire polished beads, along with some seed beads.  They turned out pretty good - I may have gotten a little carried away.  I still have a little pile of hollow beads to make more ornaments with!

I had made some ornaments a few years ago with vintage chandelier parts - they never sold, so I took them apart and made new ones! I really like them, even if no one else does! They can also be used as suncatchers.

And finally, since I've been doing more fusing in my kiln lately than making beads, I made some fused cast glass ornaments that I really love. The first ones are from a tree casting mold.

This one above was made with little tiny bits of stringers, and some dichroic glass thrown in for good measure.
This one was made from a frit mix called Winterberry.  Very festive!

AND, my absolute favorite ornaments this year, were made with a star casting mold.

These are made from solid black glass and dichroic bits, and from clear glass and dichroic bits.  They are very sparkly and fun!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made for the Ornament Theme Challenge, and I hope you'll visit everyone else to see what they made!  Very Happy Holidays to you all!

Guest Designers
Art Elements Team


CraftyHope said…
So many ornaments!! So much gorgeous, Christmas awesome-ness! First off, what kind of job site has amazing little ceramic hearts on it? I think I might have/ have had some of those snowflake forms. Dang...where did I put those things? Of course, what I could do with them would never measure up to these ones you've created. I especially like that second picture of them with the more flat hollow beads and all that blue!! And the chandelier crystals...swoon! You completely blew me away with all you accomplished for this hop. Thank you for sharing it all.
OH wow! You produced a ton of beautiful ornaments. I love the beaded hearts, but the beaded snowflakes are just so wonderful!! The design lends itself to so many possibilities with the different beads/colors/sizes. LOVE them! Ant last but not least are the ones you fused...those stars are so perfect!!! Great job on all of them.
Caroline said…
All so lovely Sue but I do love those blown glass hearts. Merry Christmas!
Saraccino said…
The beaded snowflakes remind me of my childhood, we also made a lot of them (although not with such beautiful beads, rather the cheap toy ones... but they were fun to make... tempted to make them again!). Your collection of ornaments looks wonderful (and I sooooooo love dichronic glass!).
Jenny said…
Wow! You rocked this challenge! I love the pieces you have been fusing. But i am captivated by the heart tiles found on a job site?! And that pop pf red flower in there is perfect. Your first snowflakes are all fun and candy cane like,.... then I kept scrolling. Those hollow beads are gorgeous in those ornaments. Perfect!
Tammy Adams said…
Your ornaments are beadtastic! I love the diversity of colors and shapes in the snowflakes: each one truly is unique. And those fused glass pieces are spectacular.
Laney said…
Love those beaded stars :D
Divya N said…
Love the snowflakes. They look really chic and fun. It would be super cool to wear them later as pendants too
What a wealth of ornaments! Those snowflakes are SO cute. I've seen the bases for them before, but I never though of how pretty they would use with hollow blown glass. And those frit trees??? Stunning!
Chelle said…
Lots of Christmas here. I love the different types of ornaments you created. The star is my fav. Have a wonderful Christmas.
Denise McCabe said…
So many shimmery, sparkly ornaments. I really like the fused glass stars. They have a great shaoe to them. The hollow glass bead stars are very cool. I have some hollow beads and this would be an great idea for them.
bairozan said…
I love the snowflakes, have planned to make some myself for years :) How come no one liked those icicles, they are so pretty! And versatile as they can be used as a sun catcher, too!
Melissa said…
Great collection of ornaments Sue, I really really like those fused glass ones!

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Seed Pods

The theme for July was seed pods, chosen by Jen. I made a Pinterest board for seed pods - I seem to be using Pinterest a little bit more lately, although it's such a time suck! Not sure how to get the image to appear, though, so you'll have to follow the link I guess!

I have made many headpins that look like seed pods, and wanted to make more, but just didn't have time to do it in glass.  Here are some photos of ones I have made in the past.

I really really wanted to get some done, but I didn't get to. What I did get to do was experiment a bit in polymer clay.  These beads were made using the "salt method". You roll the polymer in salt (not the super fine salt but a little bit bigger grain) and then bake it. When they are done baking, you rinse them off and the salt melts, and you get this impression in the clay that makes them look like seed pods! The top bead is just a pretty orange/ochre color that I highlighted…

Art Elements Theme Challenge - August - Swirls

This month Marsha Neal chose swirls as the theme of the month! I'm enjoying the challenges as themes. I've been giving my wrist a break because of perceived carpal tunnel, so I've been doing a lot in polymer, and by a lot, I mean when I have a few half hours of time!

Here are the swirl themed polymer items I made for this month!

This first one reminds me of a fiddlehead fern, all closed up. I painted it with alcohol inks.

This next one is the before of the ammonite hearts I did. Two of my favorite things, ammonites and hearts! Colored with alcohol inks.

 I made two, the colors turned out very different!
More spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonite cabochons. I really love mixing the paints to color these! Plus you get a gratuitous flower shot!
 More ammonites colored with ranger patina inks and alcohol inks in that order.
 My fave, I think - I love the colors! Alcohol inks.
This next one was made with acrylic paint and I tried crackle on it, didn't work out too w…