Echo Creative Club Reveal Day!

I was lucky enough to be picked by Jeannie Dukic of Jewelry By Jeannie for her Echo Creative Club Challenge for July!  She sent us some gorgeous polymer creations she made, and we were to make something from them!  I made three somethings!  I was excited about the pieces she sent me because I love the ocean and the beach and all things summer!

I made these earrings with her starfish charms. I made some lampwork beads in an ocean color to go with them, and used bead caps that look like urchins!

The second piece I made was this simple cotton cord bracelet – I used a button that mimics the sand dollar she sent me (below) and used her starfish charm and some other sea creature charms!

Finally, with the sand dollar, I made this necklace!  I used the same lampwork beads and urchin bead caps, along with gorgeous czech glass ovals to create this sea-worthy necklace! 

I hope you like what I made!  You can see everyone else’s creations by visiting their blogs, below!  And don’t forget to check out Jeannie’s web site – she has some wonderful polymer creations!

Cindy Cima Edwards
Erin Prais-Hintz
Jeannie K Dukic
Keri Lee Sereika
Kristen Stevens
Shannon Chomanczuk
Susan Kennedy

Beads of Clay Design Challenge!

Beads of Clay invited 10 wonderful Jewelry Designers into our Team in order to show you how you can use our Ceramic Beads and Pendants in your Jewelry Designs.  This is the first of many Design Challenges for them.

 Here are The Components:

This is an Eclectic Grouping of Components. They wanted to give the Designers a REAL challenge! Do you think they did?  I do!  It was a real challenge for me!  First we received the black and white photo and didn’t know the colors of the beads.  Then we received the beads!

And The Folks that Donated Components:

Raku Rectangles – Duane Collins-Elements Pottery
Beads – Marsha Neal Minutella- Marsha Neal Studio
Beads – Golem Studio
Pendant – Shaterra Clay Studio
Vintaj Chain and Bead Caps – Marla James

Here’s what I made; the initial challenge was a necklace, but I also used some components to create two bracelets.  Between getting ready for Bead Fest Philly, my vacation and my nasty monster migraine that I am still not over yet, while I was happy with the ideas in my head, the execution has left me wanting!  I hope to be able to make some changes in the next few weeks to make my ideas better, I’ll let you know!

 Necklace I made – I opened up the filigree bead caps to make connectors.

 The first bracelet – macrame using greek leather as the base, chinese knotting cord, and Marsha Neal’s beautiful beads!  Plus two little robin’s egg spacers of my own!

 The second bracelet – this was to be a triple wrap using Duane’s amazing raku beads!  There were two included.  I made this one and decided I also need to do some work to my idea!  The components (leather and large clasp) were from Melinda Orr.

Please Hop on down the road to our Designers blogs to view all the finished Pieces that they have created.
And then stop back at Beads of Clay and let us know what you think, cause you never know WHAT we have up our sleeves!

Linda Landig Blog:
Lesley Watt Blog
Katie Nelson FB
Susan Kennedy Blog
Staci Smith Blog

Beads on Vacation!

Nope, that title doesn’t mean what I’m sure you think it means – that I’ve been on vacation from making beads.  I have been on vacation, but the bead making has continued.  I have been trying to make inventory for Bead Fest Philly in August!  I will make a post with a free coupon for entry, and my booth number, and some shots of my inventory so far, but this is just a bead porn post about some beads I bought while on vacation!

I went to Hilton Head Island for 10 days (as I usually do in the summer) and there’s a bead shop there called High Tide Beads.  It’s a small store, but nice.  They go to Tucson every year and stock up on on some cool beads, and show some nice lampwork beads from various artists – I hope to make it into their shop as well.  

 I picked up these gorgeous faceted “angelite” beads – I never heard of this before, looks like a rutillated quartz to me – does anyone know?  Anyways, they are a gorgeous blue!

 Then these patty pan squash shaped turquoise beads – they called them squash blossoms – aren’t they just so awesome?  A bit pricey for me, but I splurged.  Have no idea what I’ll do with them, but I loved them too much to walk away!

And finally these carved bone beads.  They are very pretty and of course, I just had to have these as well.  There are 32 each on a strand – don’t know, but thinking I made have to offer some up for destash- I’ll let you know.

For the past three days I have been taken out by what can only be described as a monster, sickening migraine.  I hope to get back to normal tomorrow, because I have to be a bead-making machine for the next month, for Bead Fest.  I hope to get back to normal posting as well – for the past three months, my life has not been anywhere near normal, so I am hoping that changes a little bit!