Color Challenge Reveal

Today is the day of Erin Prais-Hintz‘ Color Challenge Reveal! Erin, of Tesori Trovati, assigned each participant a color palette from Design Seeds and we were to make a piece of jewelry incorporating some or all of the colors.I received the color palette Zinnia Tones. I chose pink because I had this unfinished piece for my mom, and knew this would force me to finish it for her!
It started with a gorgeous pink chain I custom ordered from Miss Fickle Media (Shannon does awesome work!) to match the heart pendant I made from washi paper and amazing glaze. My mom had requested a pink piece of jewelry.
I had fun making all my bronze balled-end head-pins – I got to use my Lenk torch again, and tumbled them all shiny! I used my own lampwork beads in coordinating colors – the ones that look somewhat blue (at least on my monitor) are actually made from evil purple and are actually purple! I made the wraps somewhat informal on purpose, to kind of offset the formality of the whole necklace. I want it to be wearable with many different things!
I used coordinating swarovski crystal colors in bicones and rounds. They were pink, purple and very light topaz. It is so hard to see the correct colors because I am taking the photos at night here in Pittsburgh where we get less sunny days than Seattle.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the piece I made and I hope you check out what these other fabulous designers made with their color palettes!

1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

Glass Headpin Challenge Reveal Day!

Today’s the day! I issued a challenge for blog readers to see what you would make with a pair of my glass headpins. 5 were chosen for the challenge and you can find their links below. Here is what I made from my pair!I used my snowflower headpins to make a cute wintry pair of earrings. The beads are my ice sparkle lampwork beads, set off by two filigree bead caps.
I used opal blue swarovski crystals to complete the earring dangles, wrapped up the steel wire, and made sterling ear wires to finish them off! All in all, I really really like them! To see what everyone else made, follow their links below:

Thanks for playing, ladies!

Remember to use the coupon code craftshow15 in my SueBeads etsy store for 15% off your order plus free ear wires with the purchase of earring pairs until the end of the Virtual Craft Show!

The Virtual Craft Show continues on Lori Anderson’s blog! Today you can see me and what I have contributed to the giveaway!

7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????

Here’s how you win:

For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don’t have to do all four)….
Commenting on her BLOG
Facebooking the page
Twittering the page
Blogging the page
***** Please note, the way you win is by doing all of this on Lori’s BLOG, not mine or the other artists. Lori is coordinating the giveaways and will give us the name of who won the prize we donated!******

During the craft show, starting tomorrow, you can use coupon code CRAFTSHOW15 in my etsy store to take 15% off your order, PLUS a free pair of copper or brass ear wires will be included with ALL earring pairs beads purchased!

Lori Anderson’s Virtual Craft Show – Find Me There!

Lori Anderson is at it again! She is hosting her first “Virtual Craft Show” on her blog! And I’m a part of it!
7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????

Here’s how you win:

For each of the 7 days of the show, you get a point for each of the following (you don’t have to do all four)….
Commenting on her BLOG
Facebooking the page
Twittering the page
Blogging the page
***** Please note, the way you win is by doing all of this on Lori’s BLOG, not mine or the other artists. Lori is coordinating the giveaways and will give us the name of who won the prize we donated!******

See her blog for details starting tomorrow (November 26th).

During the craft show, starting tomorrow, you can use coupon code CRAFTSHOW15 in my etsy store to take 15% off your order, PLUS a free pair of copper or brass ear wires will be included with ALL earring pairs beads purchased!

Ornament Hanger How-To

Some of you may have seen ornament hangers and said, I can do that! Some of you may have seen them and said, How do I do that? This tutorial is for you. This is for a simple ornament hanger you can make all by yourself with a few tools and wire!

Tools:

Ruler
Wire Cutter
Round Nose Pliers
Wrap-N-Tap pliers (large)

Supplies:

18 gauge silver-filled or silver-plated wire

1. Start by flush cutting a 3″ piece of wire with your wire cutters. Notice I used the ever-popular dinosaur ruler we got in a shoe-store many moons ago!

2. Using the round nose pliers, place your wire 1/3 of the way down the plier and make a loop. If you are making lots of hangers, you may want to use a sharpie to mark the place where you want to wrap the wire if you want them all uniform in size.

3. Finish the loop all the way.

4. Place the loop in the Wrap-N-Tap plier on the first round. If you want larger loops for your hanger, you should cut a larger piece of wire. Make sure the loop is secure in the plier and in the direction you want it to go!


5. Using your thumb, wrap the wire around the loop of the Wrap-N-Tap plier all the way. Remove it from the plier, and you will have a hook with a loop on one end at this point.

6. Using the bottom 1/3 of your round-nose pliers, make another loop, which will be bigger than the first loop.

7. Finish shaping if you need to. At this point, you can work harden with a mallet and bench block if you like. I prefer to tumble mine because in addition to hardening the silver, it makes it all nice and shiny!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

And now for a surprise! Use coupon code Turkey in my SueBeads etsy store today (Thanksgiving Day) and Black Friday all day for free shipping! And watch for a great happening with Lori Anderson’s blog on Saturday!!! Shopping and winning excitement for all!

More Customer Work

Adlinah, from Singapore, had purchased some of my enameled leaves and made these pretty earrings from them! I am jealous of her because she can travel to Tokyo and buy amazing Japanese beads! When I was there, I didn’t have time, nor did I know where to find them, to buy beads – now I’m kicking myself because I’ll probably never get there again! That’s a little lesson – live life to the fullest every day! Do what you want! Take detours! Have fun!