Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we have a monthly challenge called Component of the Month. This month it was my turn to provide the component! You had your choice of either a trio of chicklet beads, or a pressed cabochon. Most took chicklets, but some picked cabs.
Here’s what I made with a trio I made for myself! I had to hold back showing it for Diana’s waxed linen cord blog hop!
I used a trio of pressed flower beads I made for myself, and indonesian glass seed beads in matching colors! I used a really pretty butterscotch waxed linen cord, thai silver bead caps and a pretty flower shank button as the closure! I love using waxed linen and will be making more designs, hopefully for sale at Bead Fest!
Please join in the hop to see what everyone else made with my beads!
My friend and fellow Art Jewelry Elements member, Diana Ptaszynski, is hosting today’s Waxed Linen Cord Blog Hop! A big thank you to Diana, as this is a really big job! I was excited to join in, I have been making some new chicklet beads recently and wanted to show off some ways you can use them!
I used a pretty spicy orange color of waxed linen cord, and a great button I got from someone on etsy who I will have to find again because I love his buttons! I used indonesian glass in between my flower chicklet beads. And finally, some silver accent beads I picked up at a bead show here last year!
To finish the bracelet off, I used two indonesian glass triangle beads!
And then, to be annoying and over-achieverish, I made these earrings. I used salmon cord, copper accent beads, my chicklet beads in a different orientation, and mustard colored seed beads! I also used the new shape feature on Picmonkey!
Please check out what everyone else made in the blog hop by visiting the links below!
Diana Ptaszynski OUR HOST
Susan Kennedy YOU ARE HERE
Johana Nunez Rivera
Lori Bowring Michaud
Cynthia Deis Enter to win a kit from Ornamentea!
Erin Siegel Enter to win even more goodies over here!
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Inge von Roos
It’s time again for the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson. I don’t really know how she does it, she has health issues but keeps plugging away. Thanks to Lori and to her husband and her helpers who made this work yet again this year!
My partner was Rochelle Brisson from Sea Chelles Design on etsy, and her blog is A Creative Chelle. I posted earlier about what she sent me for my soup:
Usually I stress about what beads or components I’m going to add to the soup to make bunches of things, and I decided I don’t really like that stress. I wanted to stress a different way – use only what she sent me, other than whatever I was going to use to string. I did a pretty good job, I think. I was inspired by a necklace I saw in a magazine some time ago, an assymetrical necklace that used the toggle clasp in the front for the focal.
The pretty ceramic focal hangs off the round part of the toggle clasp, in the front of the necklace.
I used a lot of the beads to make an assymetrical design, and used silver chain as well.
The patterns resemble each other as you can see.
I do have a few beads left, and was going to make a bracelet as well, but came down with bronchitis for two weeks and just couldn’t do it! Thank you to Rochelle for providing me with this pretty soup! You can hop today and see what everyone else made by visiting their blogs listed below! Don’t feel like you have to do it all in one day, there are a lot of blogs to visit!
I recently attended the InterGem Bead Show in Monroeville, and thought I’d show you the pretties I picked up while there!
The ones above are from Holy and Pure Gemstone – a different color palette than I normally am attracted to, but I don’t have any beads in these colors!
These ones are from Eagle – the main thing I wanted from them are all these pretty titanium hematite beads. I first saw them at Bead Fest Philly last year and am glad I found some more, so I don’t feel bad about using them!
BTW, I will be at Bead Fest Philly again this year in August. I’ll remind you when it’s coming up, but wanted you to know that since it’s work season now (with contractor boyfriend) and I have to start making inventory for Bead Fest, the bead updates might be less often. I will post here when I’m updating my etsy store.
ALSO! Please remember, I have a web site. I have beads listed in the catalog there that are different than the ones that appear on etsy. They are made to order and you can find them here: SueBeads.com
I also have to apologize for the few and far between blog posts and the less than immediate responses to your comment. For some reason, since the holidays, I have not been able to get into the swing of things. One reason may be that I had been constantly sick this past winter, with the sickness culminating in a very bad case of bronchitis with a 103.7 fever. I also see to be too busy to get anything accomplished, although I have no idea why. It will just get worst with summer, and work, and everything else. So THANK YOU for visiting my blog and for bearing with me!