Yay, I finally got my peanut beads! WhimBeads!
I guess I was feeling purple, because I have some purple beads to offer you in the SueBeads etsy store in a few!
I purchased the book Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, and I am so glad I did! I have a big show coming up in October (Delmont Apple N Arts Festival) and hopefully a smaller I Made It Market one at the end of August, and I am having so much fun making ear wires and clasps! Here’s a photo of a pile of copper and sterling ear wires I made, waiting for me to get them into the tumbler! Sometimes all you need is time!
A few weeks ago, I picked five people to participate in a challenge I had been wanting to do for a while! I made some enameled flower charms and I wanted to see how people would use them, and also give you some ideas for their use! I made earrings with mine – they were quick and easy and cute and fun! I sent each participant 10 charms in a single color at random. Take a look at what they made with the charms by following their links below!
As you know, I am part of Kristi Roeder’s Artisan Clay Design Team (check out her blog to see what everyone else on her design team made this month)! On the last Friday of every month, we reveal our creations made with a component that she sends us! This month, we got to pick from a variety of smoke-fired pendants she made. I chose a brown and ivory donut. I made myself a bail from some brass wire I got from Patina Queen – I’m pretty pleased with myself. I purchased that new book Handcrafted Wire Findings and am really happy I did – I am a visual learner and it’s really helped me think out the process of making earring wires and bails and what-have-you! I strung lots and lots of seed beads in neutral colors. I used brass chain from Fusion Beads. I would have added one more strand of small seed beads (like 11mm) in a muted ivory color if I would have had them – I did not. I would have had to run out to JoAnn’s or Michael’s and I doubt they would have had what I was looking for anyways, so I kept it as is. I do like it, but I think I may go on a search for those seed beads. Or maybe some muted ivory peanut beads would look good…
This month’s Art Bead Scene Challenge is the painting Ophelia by Odilon Redon. These are certainly some unusual, though beautiful, color pairings! I made these chunky disc beads with this painting in mind, and you can find them in my SueBeads etsy store. There’s still time to make your entry for the challenge!