Art Elements Theme of the Month – Tidepools

It’s time for another challenge, and this month Lesley picked tidepools as the theme for May!  I was all over it! I’ve been spending time at the ocean practically my whole life! My grandparents moved to Florida when I was about 6 and purchased a motel in Clearwater! My brother and I spent our Augusts there for years. My parents had condos in Hilton Head until recently – my daughter’s first visit to Hilton Head was when she was 6 weeks old!

The first thing I made for the challenge was this cute little shimmery fish (personally, I think his shape might be better as a narwahl, so I think I’ll try that soon!). When my son was 3 years old, we were playing on the beach when he came over with a shimmery little fish he caught from a tidepool.  My daughter and I asked him, HOW DID YOU DO THAT??? because they are very hard to catch. He put it back in the tidepool and caught it again and said, Like this! with a big smile on his face! Priceless!

I made some initial cabochons in a swirly tidepool type design, with short pieces of pretty multicolor glass I had left from glass that is now discontinued. Then I tried one with a little murrini in the center.

 I also made some shimmery textured disc beads with the tidepool theme in mind – these are so pretty in person, the shimmery glass is a little hard to see in photos.

Then I made these ammonite chicklet beads and had so much fun with them, I kind of got obsessed. These are great because of their orientation – you can use them for earrings better because of the hole orientation, and they work well in bracelets and necklaces as well! Here’s a little collage of some of them – I even made some using recycled bottle glass!

Then I got to thinking more and more about tidepool cabochons and came up with these ones. These have been very popular! I kept one for myself, but haven’t had the time to do anything with it yet.

I also made this large focal bead, keeping for myself, to see how it would look in the same style. It worked, but I have no idea what I’ll ever make with it!

Finally, remember this project from a prior AE challenge? It was made with a cabochon by Lesley.

I decided to do something similar with a starfish cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski and finished it just in time!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you visit everyone else to see what they made with this great theme – thanks Lesley for a lot of inspiration!

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Art Elements April Theme – Horses

Sorry it’s been so long, I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since I posted! This month, the AE Theme Challenge is Horses, and I’m glad I had a little time to participate. I didn’t get to make anything last month because my boyfriend had a total hip replacement – he’s on the mend and doing great.

First, I made a pair of earrings for a friend’s birthday. If she reads this, she will know it’s her! I made them with gorgeous charms from Foxpaws Beads – I follow Jill on Instagram and went rooting around her store one day and found these delicious clay charms. She really does amazing work and getting her package is like opening a present!

Next, I made a beaded necklace using a great polymer clay cabochon by JoAnn St. James of Studio St. James. She makes awesome polymer beads and cabochons. I was attracted to this cabochon because it depicted a prehistoric drawing in the Caves of Lascaux in France. I actually went there when I was 20 – I spent a summer studying in Toulouse and this was one of our side trips.  Being a complete moron who never had a camera before this trip, I ruined my first roll of film and the photos of the drawings were on that roll.  You can no longer take photos in the caves so I’m extra sad.

 As you can see, the necklace is not finished. I ran out of the size 8 seed beads I am using for the spiral rope, so I have to wait until they arrive.

 I am using jump rings to attach the rope to the pendant, in case I ever change my mind and want to change the strap.

I’m glad I was able to complete something for the challenge this time! I hope you visit with everyone else and see what they made!

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Facet Jewelry Box!

So remember when I posted about the Facet Jewelry Box – a subscription where you can get a monthly project in the mail? Well, they’re out! I received mine! They come in a very pretty teal box that you can not mistake! However, I can’t show you a photo of my box because it has ended up in recycle. Oh well!  But here are some photos of the projects in my box!

You get two beginner projects and an instruction booklet.

In my box, I received an earring project, wrapped briolettes, and a necklace project, Pearl Cascade.  Your instruction booklet lists materials, tools, and clear instructions with photos!

The project baggies come with all materials needed to make the projects – you just need to supply your tools. They show you how to make everything.

Here are some up close photos of the projects from my box.

The back of your instruction book also provides you with a way to share your creations, and a coupon code to get 10% off a purchase at their web site!

Unfortunately, I haven’t make the projects yet. I just haven’t had the time between work and a few other life events that can’t be helped. I’ll let you know when I do.

All in all, I think these are great beginner projects that are easily made in a small amount of time (based on my first box). I don’t know if they will have intermediate or advanced project lines, but I think it would be a great idea. If you like getting a surprise in the mail each month, this is a great thing to do! I know I love getting my beady mail!

Art Elements Component of the Month – Runes – Niky Sayers!

Wow, time flies! And this is the last “Component” of the Month Challenge – if you didn’t see it, we’re switching over to themes for the rest of the year, to allow for a wider variety of interpretations and mediums. Niky made these awesome copper clay Runes for us for February.

A rune, in case you’re not familiar, is a symbol used in ancient Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. The runes Niky chose are “Elder Futhark” which is the oldest of the runic alphabets. As usual, I didn’t take a photo of my rune until after I was done making something with it, but the one I received is the bottom left in the photo above.

My rune is Uruz. The meaning is Auroch, or wild ox. The “esoteric” meaning of this rune is physical strength, speed, a time of great energy, action, courage, tenacity, wisdom.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my rune, but I used it as a cabochon. I didn’t want to put any holes in it – I didn’t want to permanently change it in case I changed my mind! So I bezeled it using some cute czech faceted beads and demi size 11s.

I didn’t get a change to finish it, but I will be making a nice beaded strap for it. Originally I thought I would make it into a necklace with labradorite, but decided against it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this last Component of the Month, and will visit everyone else’s blog! Next month the theme is Nests!

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Art Elements Theme of the Month – January – Use Your Stash

Usually I’m so much better about the January Use Your Stash Challenge (hosted by Lindsay Starr this time), but this year, time is just not my friend. Between the holidays, going away on vacation, and getting back to work and trying to make new beads, there’s just not a lot left in me at the end of the day.  But I did manage to get this pair of earrings made using Inviciti heart charms, some new metal spacer beads I just got, and some titanium hematite beads picked up at a Bead Fest here and there!

I really like them, mostly because they are simple and hearts are my thing!  Check out what everyone else made! Thanks for stopping by!

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Art Elements Theme of the Month – Ornaments!

Another month has passed us by, and another challenge will be in the books.  Appropriately, the theme for the Art Elements challenge this month is Ornaments. I had a lot of fun with this one – I had more than a few days I wasn’t working this month so making ornaments filled some of my time.

The first ones I want to show you are stitched by me – they were made with some little heart ceramic tiles my daughter found on a job site.  I love finding little treasures on job sites, so I decided these needed to be bezeled and hung on the tree!

I also had these snowflake forms hanging around for years, so I decided to make some with these blown hollow glass beads and czech fire polished beads, along with some seed beads.  They turned out pretty good – I may have gotten a little carried away.  I still have a little pile of hollow beads to make more ornaments with!

I had made some ornaments a few years ago with vintage chandelier parts – they never sold, so I took them apart and made new ones! I really like them, even if no one else does! They can also be used as suncatchers.

And finally, since I’ve been doing more fusing in my kiln lately than making beads, I made some fused cast glass ornaments that I really love. The first ones are from a tree casting mold.

This one above was made with little tiny bits of stringers, and some dichroic glass thrown in for good measure.

This one was made from a frit mix called Winterberry.  Very festive!

AND, my absolute favorite ornaments this year, were made with a star casting mold.

These are made from solid black glass and dichroic bits, and from clear glass and dichroic bits.  They are very sparkly and fun!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made for the Ornament Theme Challenge, and I hope you’ll visit everyone else to see what they made!  Very Happy Holidays to you all!

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The Tacky Earring Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski had a great idea, instead of a Tacky Christmas Sweater blog hop, a Tacky Holiday Earring blog hop! I was on it.  I had ideas right away.  I had so many I had to control myself.  You can buy these for $15 each, too!  Here we go!

I found these awesome wreaths in the miniature Christmas section in Michaels, and they go perfectly with silver and copper colored plastic beads!

These trees were found in Michaels, on an end-cap – I assume they are scrapbook or card making supplies, but make fantastic earrings.  The holes were a little small and far down, so I had to make LARGE loops.  Paired these with cute little gold colored jingle bells!

And, finally, the ones I had in my head the moment she announced the blog hop.  Dr. Seuss sparkly puff balls with ribbons.  The only thing that would have made these better for me is if I could have found the red ribbons I really wanted to pair these with – don’t get me wrong, the silver is cool and all, but in my head they were red.

To me what ended up being the most fun part of the challenge was the creativity involved to get some truly tacky creations! I hope you enjoyed my earrings and you should hop around and see what everyone else made.  Thanks Diana for having a fun little holiday blog hop!

Art Bead Scene Ornament Hop!

Better late than never! I participate every year and didn’t want to miss it this year – the Art Bead Scene Ornament Hop! 

I’m also doing ornaments for the Art Elements hop, but I’ll show you what I’ve made while exploring the fusing capacity of my kiln!  I love them!

The trees are typical Christmas holiday colors! The stars are sparkly dichroic and clear!  You can find them in my SueBeads etsy store if you need some!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Facet – The Bead Box

Not sure if you heard, but Facet (Stringing, formerly Bead Style) is launching The Bead Box – one stop kits for jewelry making! It’s a monthly subscription and you can choose one of two options!

“We are so pleased and proud to be launching the Facet Jewelry Box — a subscription-based service for beaders of all stripes! We’ll have two different boxes to choose from: The Quick & Easy Stringing Box, and The Bead Stitching Box. Sign
up today, and a new box will be delivered to your doorstep once per
month, with not one, but TWO surprise beading projects.
Everything
that you need to make two finished pieces of jewelry will be included:
all the beads, wire, clasps, and findings, plus complete how-to
instructions with photos and patterns — in full color. All you need to
supply are the tools!”

Not only that, but if you go to THIS LINK, you can also enter to win prizes!  The box subscriptions start in January, but you can sign up now! Please note that reserving a spot does not sign you up for the subscription service just yet, but does get you entered into the contest and allows you to receive information when the boxes come available!

“You can sign up today
during our special pre-launch period and be the first to get your hands
on our inaugural boxes. By reserving your spot early in this exciting
new subscription box offering, you’ll be automatically entered into a
drawing to win a full years’ subscription (that’s 12 free boxes
containing everything you need to make 24 projects!) — and if you refer a
friend, there will be even more perks and rewards!”



Once you sign up, you’ll receive a survey asking your opinion on what types of things you’d like to see in the boxes.  Then later, you’ll receive an opportunity to sign up for the subscription!  See – easy! And just signing up during the pre-launch places NO obligation on you to actually purchase a box, BUT you might win something!



October Component of the Month – Niky Sayers

This month, it was Niky’s turn to provide the Component of the Month – she sent us these awesome hare coin clasps! She makes such awesome things! And yes, as usual, I didn’t take a photo of it before I used it.  I do that, I admit it.

I wanted to learn a new stitch, and thought flat chenille stitch would go perfectly with the size of this clasp.  I chose size 11 and 15 Japanese seeds in coordinating colors, colors I thought would look good with the brushed silver of the coin.  And then I learned flat chenille stitch.

To be honest, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to actually figure it out.  It’s a pretty easy stitch,but for some reason, I was having trouble initially in turning over to the next row.  Once I got it, it went really quickly and it’s a pretty fun stitch, with quick results!

 Here’s the whole bracelet, very easy to wear as well!

I have another clasp of Niky’s from last years’ CoM, and I already have beads picked out to turn it into a flat chenille stitch bracelet!

Thanks so much to Niky for the awesome clasp, and check out what everyone else made!

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