AJE Component of the Month – August – Rebekah Payne

This month’s AJE Component of the Month challenge was from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  She makes awesome polymer clay beads, but recently she has been making hand painted leather feathers.  For this month’s challenge, we could choose either a single larger feather, or a pair of smaller ones.  I chose the smaller blue pair.

I wanted to make some bicone beads to match these feathers, but as soon as I got back from Bead Fest I started working my other job again, and quite honestly have not wanted to even look at my torch right now.  I had these pretty round swirl beads that matched perfectly, so I went with them!

I knew I was going to make earrings, and wanted to figure out a wire wrap, instead of punching a hole in the feather.  It took me a few tries, but this is what I came up with.  If this is a technique that’s already out there, please just bear with me!   Here’s what I came up with:

I folded over the tip of the feather, and made a wrapped loop.  Here’s how I did it.  First, I took about a 7″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire, and bent it in half.

 I formed a loop, and kept both ends of the wire horizontal.

 I then inserted the tip of the feather into the loop, and folded it over.  I held it in place with my chain nose pliers.

 I began wrapping one end of the wire around the front of the feather.  I wrapped it several times.

 When I was comfortable with the number of wraps, I cut the excess wire off in the back and used the chain nose pliers to push the end down so it would lie flat and out of the way.

 Then I took the other end and did the same thing – please excuse the gnarly wire – I had to unwrap at one point, and that’s why it looks this way!

 When I was done wrapping, I cut the wire in the back the same way and made sure the wire held tight by gently tugging on it.  After that, I just make my lampwork bead dangle by starting a wrapped loop, inserting the feather segment and finishing the wrapped loop.  Then I added a copper wavy chip bead (don’t know what to call these!) my lampwork bead, another chip bead and made a wrapped loop at the top. Add ear wire and you’re done!

Please check out what everyone else made with Rebekah’s feathers by following these links!

Guest Artists
Karin Grosset Grange – http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.com/
Ann Schroeder – http://beadlove.wordpress.com/
 
The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – http://francescawatson.com/
 

Post Bead Fest Shop Update!

Hi all!  I’ve been back from Bead Fest for 5 days now, and while I want to get you a post with photos of the fun we had, I wanted to let you know I’ve been making updates to my nearly empty SueBeads etsy shop all this week in between working my other job.  Here are some things you can find!

I have a college friend coming to stay with me for the night tonight, I’m very excited haven’t seen her forever.  Lots of yard work this weekend, too, but I will try and post my Bead Fest update this weekend and list more goodies!  Thanks for looking!

Bead Fest Update and Coupon

Thanks for bearing with me and my computer issues – I have a new computer, but lost my contacts, photos, etc. for the time being (after Bead Fest I will be visiting with Geek Squad!).  I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of the beads coming up at Bead Fest (booth #463 A) and a discount coupon for admission!

There are only four of this type of bead so far, and probably that will be all because I simply don’t have the time it takes to make them!

 I have lots of hand-formed hearts that I am really proud of!

 Lots of ammonite cabochons, plus some arty ones as well!

 I will have many focals like these, as well as small sets of three and singles of this new style of bead!  I really love these as well.

 More hearts!

 Round beads, in fabulous enameled colors that almost look like ceramic beads!

 Lots and lots of chicklets!

 Here are the sets of three of this new style of bead.

 Lots and lots of headpins – singles and pairs!  I really got into making these and hope you like them!  They are made on 20 gauge copper wire, and have been kiln annealed, so they are very flexible for your designs and are 4 inches long, so you can do lots with these!

 Here’s a printable coupon for Bead Fest – since they are charging admission again this year, this will save you $10 off your admission, making it only $5.  Please print it out to save yourself some money and buy more beads!

I hope you enjoy all my new designs for this year – I feel they are considerably different than my work last year and I hope you love them all!

See you at Bead Fest – in a week!!!!  Booth #463A – SueBeads

Issues

I finally go the blue screen of death with my old, unsupported windows xp computer.  I have a new computer I am setting up today.  I will not be able to do much until I learn this new stuff which is just too hard for someone who is almost 50.  Please bear with me – I lost all my contacts, photos, spreadsheets, etc.  Thanks!

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop!

The amazingly talented and incredibly kind Rita of Toltec Jewels (for Jewel School Friends) is hosting a blog hop today using none other than my flower chicklet beads!  I am very excited to see what you all made with the beads!  Here are some things I have made with them, some are repeats from yesterday and some are not.

I want to thank Rita for contacting me about this blog hop- she constantly surprises me with the variety and skill with which she makes jewelry, and her constant support and enthusiasm for bead artists and jewelry designers is amazing!  Please check out what everyone else made with their chicklet beads!

Just so you know, I will be visiting each and every one of your blogs, but I have two other blog hops to visit as well, so please be patient with me!  I appreciate all of you!

ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor
& Featured Artist:
  Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy’s
blogs:                               SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
                 
                                             Art Jewelry
Elements
Sue Kennedy’s
website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art
Beads                                SueBeads
Hostess:
Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Artists:

Linda Anderson                              
        http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno                                        
  http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                                        
 http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Kristen Stevens                                      
 http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Jael Thorp                                              
 http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick                                          
 http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith                                              
 http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com
Shai Williams                                          
 http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Rana Wilson                                          
  http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed                                            
 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury                                          
  http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kelly Rodgers                                        
 https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue
Jayne Capps                                          
 https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall
Linda Landig                                        
  http://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Crystal Thain                                        
  http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                                            
 http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                                        
 http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider                                      
  http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams              
                         http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Melinda Orr                                          
 http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog
Lennis Carrier                                      
  http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka                                        
 http://clay-space.com/blog/
Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Haberdashery Blog Hop

Melissa Trudinger, of Bead Recipes, is hosting a haberdashery blog hop today!  I had signed up, and that was in addition to the COM for AJE I had to do, and the Toltec Chicklets Blog Hop that’s tomorrow, and being in the midst of Bead Fest prep!  So needless to say, I had a hard time coming up with anything!  Luckily I already had some pieces I made that incorporated my love of buttons!  I can remember playing with the jars of buttons that my grandmother would keep – she was quite a seamstress!

 This is made with my chicklet beads, and a great flower button and indonesian glass.

 Another chicklet/flower button combo – with indonesian glass as well!

 Finally, a piece I made with a beautiful thistle button and glass pearls. 

Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Melissa for hosting a fun hop. 

Melissa
Trudinger (Our Host)                         
http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder   
                                            
http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams  
                                            
http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda
Wacasey                                          
http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml     
                                            
http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N
                                                           
http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle
McCarthy                                        
http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks   
                                            
http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed 
                                            
http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick      
                                            
http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset
Grange                                    
http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider      
                                            
http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas      
                                            
http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories 

Rosantia
Petkova                                          
http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy  
(you are here!)                 
http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn
Seodra                             
http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen
Breeding                                         
http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie      
                                            
http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg 
                                            
http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter
                                            
http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier    
                                            
http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca
Anderson                                        
http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach     
                                            
http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec
Jewels                                         
http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle
Fanucci                                          
http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell   
                                            
http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody       
                                            
http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan    
                                            
http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson
                                            
http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson    
                                            
http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp          
                                            
http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist
                                                           
http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/


Evelyn Shelby     
                                            
http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de
Guzman                                         
http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers        
                                            
http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki  
                                            
http://vasdea.wordpress.com