Thursday, May 31, 2018

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Tidepools

It's time for another challenge, and this month Lesley picked tidepools as the theme for May!  I was all over it! I've been spending time at the ocean practically my whole life! My grandparents moved to Florida when I was about 6 and purchased a motel in Clearwater! My brother and I spent our Augusts there for years. My parents had condos in Hilton Head until recently - my daughter's first visit to Hilton Head was when she was 6 weeks old!

The first thing I made for the challenge was this cute little shimmery fish (personally, I think his shape might be better as a narwahl, so I think I'll try that soon!). When my son was 3 years old, we were playing on the beach when he came over with a shimmery little fish he caught from a tidepool.  My daughter and I asked him, HOW DID YOU DO THAT??? because they are very hard to catch. He put it back in the tidepool and caught it again and said, Like this! with a big smile on his face! Priceless!

I made some initial cabochons in a swirly tidepool type design, with short pieces of pretty multicolor glass I had left from glass that is now discontinued. Then I tried one with a little murrini in the center.
 I also made some shimmery textured disc beads with the tidepool theme in mind - these are so pretty in person, the shimmery glass is a little hard to see in photos.
Then I made these ammonite chicklet beads and had so much fun with them, I kind of got obsessed. These are great because of their orientation - you can use them for earrings better because of the hole orientation, and they work well in bracelets and necklaces as well! Here's a little collage of some of them - I even made some using recycled bottle glass!
Then I got to thinking more and more about tidepool cabochons and came up with these ones. These have been very popular! I kept one for myself, but haven't had the time to do anything with it yet.

I also made this large focal bead, keeping for myself, to see how it would look in the same style. It worked, but I have no idea what I'll ever make with it!


Finally, remember this project from a prior AE challenge? It was made with a cabochon by Lesley.

I decided to do something similar with a starfish cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski and finished it just in time!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you visit everyone else to see what they made with this great theme - thanks Lesley for a lot of inspiration!


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Art Elements April Theme - Horses

Sorry it's been so long, I can't believe it's been 2 months since I posted! This month, the AE Theme Challenge is Horses, and I'm glad I had a little time to participate. I didn't get to make anything last month because my boyfriend had a total hip replacement - he's on the mend and doing great.

First, I made a pair of earrings for a friend's birthday. If she reads this, she will know it's her! I made them with gorgeous charms from Foxpaws Beads - I follow Jill on Instagram and went rooting around her store one day and found these delicious clay charms. She really does amazing work and getting her package is like opening a present!


Next, I made a beaded necklace using a great polymer clay cabochon by JoAnn St. James of Studio St. James. She makes awesome polymer beads and cabochons. I was attracted to this cabochon because it depicted a prehistoric drawing in the Caves of Lascaux in France. I actually went there when I was 20 - I spent a summer studying in Toulouse and this was one of our side trips.  Being a complete moron who never had a camera before this trip, I ruined my first roll of film and the photos of the drawings were on that roll.  You can no longer take photos in the caves so I'm extra sad.

 As you can see, the necklace is not finished. I ran out of the size 8 seed beads I am using for the spiral rope, so I have to wait until they arrive.
 I am using jump rings to attach the rope to the pendant, in case I ever change my mind and want to change the strap.
I'm glad I was able to complete something for the challenge this time! I hope you visit with everyone else and see what they made!


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Facet Jewelry Box!

So remember when I posted about the Facet Jewelry Box - a subscription where you can get a monthly project in the mail? Well, they're out! I received mine! They come in a very pretty teal box that you can not mistake! However, I can't show you a photo of my box because it has ended up in recycle. Oh well!  But here are some photos of the projects in my box!

You get two beginner projects and an instruction booklet.



In my box, I received an earring project, wrapped briolettes, and a necklace project, Pearl Cascade.  Your instruction booklet lists materials, tools, and clear instructions with photos!


The project baggies come with all materials needed to make the projects - you just need to supply your tools. They show you how to make everything.

Here are some up close photos of the projects from my box.


The back of your instruction book also provides you with a way to share your creations, and a coupon code to get 10% off a purchase at their web site!


Unfortunately, I haven't make the projects yet. I just haven't had the time between work and a few other life events that can't be helped. I'll let you know when I do.

All in all, I think these are great beginner projects that are easily made in a small amount of time (based on my first box). I don't know if they will have intermediate or advanced project lines, but I think it would be a great idea. If you like getting a surprise in the mail each month, this is a great thing to do! I know I love getting my beady mail!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Art Elements Component of the Month - Runes - Niky Sayers!

Wow, time flies! And this is the last "Component" of the Month Challenge - if you didn't see it, we're switching over to themes for the rest of the year, to allow for a wider variety of interpretations and mediums. Niky made these awesome copper clay Runes for us for February.

A rune, in case you're not familiar, is a symbol used in ancient Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. The runes Niky chose are "Elder Futhark" which is the oldest of the runic alphabets. As usual, I didn't take a photo of my rune until after I was done making something with it, but the one I received is the bottom left in the photo above.



My rune is Uruz. The meaning is Auroch, or wild ox. The "esoteric" meaning of this rune is physical strength, speed, a time of great energy, action, courage, tenacity, wisdom.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my rune, but I used it as a cabochon. I didn't want to put any holes in it - I didn't want to permanently change it in case I changed my mind! So I bezeled it using some cute czech faceted beads and demi size 11s.

I didn't get a change to finish it, but I will be making a nice beaded strap for it. Originally I thought I would make it into a necklace with labradorite, but decided against it.

I hope you've enjoyed this last Component of the Month, and will visit everyone else's blog! Next month the theme is Nests!




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Art Elements Theme of the Month - Tidepools

It's time for another challenge, and this month Lesley picked tidepools as the theme for May!  I was all over it! I've been spending...