May Art Elements Theme – Butterflies

It was my turn to pick the theme of the month for Art Elements and I chose Butterflies – seems appropriate for May! Even though we aren’t doing a blog hop anymore for the themes – you can see everyone’s work on Facebook group Art Elements Community or in Instagram with the hashtags #aethemechallenge or #aebutterflies – I decided to write a blog post anyways, because it’s been a while!

I had worked on this butterfly pendant with a cab by Jenny Davies-Reazor at an art gathering I attended several years ago but wanted to show it to you – I loved the cabochon’s colors!

Jenny gifted me with another butterfly cab so the first project I worked on was this! I love it!

I loved adding the flower embellishments – a little out of my comfort zone because I’m not a “fancy” person!

The next project was the butterfly bead mosaic. I’m not done, it’s not coming together the way I see in my head so I have to let it sit a bit. However, the one side of beads are glued down and ready for me to fill in the holes – that’s my issue, the 15s I’m using aren’t singing to me! (the first photo is the beads all arranged, the second photo is with the beads on one size glued down).

And finally, I attended one of Lisa Peters’ Art shows in Ceramic Art Bead Market on FaceBook and picked up two gorgeous butterfly cabs. This one was easy for me to finish!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations, and I hope you visit the facebook group Art Elements Community to check out what other people are making! Thanks for stopping by!

April Art Elements Theme Challenge – Bees

This month, Niky chose Bees as the theme for the Art Elements Challenge. I worked on two projects and like everyone, wondered if I would finished since beads stores are all closed or operating on low staff, etc. And THEN there’s the post office – I’ll just leave that here.

The Garden Goddess Tries To Save The Bees

This first piece is done – I used a cab from Jenny Davies-Reazor and a bee charm from Voda Beads on etsy.

I used some gorgeous lucite flowers, cup chain, and the painted leaf by JBugsBeads on etsy. This was a fun project!

The Bees Need The Sun

This second piece is not finished, because I thought I might make it a pin but waited forever for the pin backs to be delivered.

I used the cutest pendant from Summer Wind Art on etsy. I also used two tiny pewter bee buttons from Green Girl Studio –  picked these up at BeadLady on etsy. And finally I used some very cute lucite flowers.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations. And I hope you’ll visit everyone else and see what they made! Thanks for stopping by!

AE team:

Niky

Sue

Jenny

Jen

Cathy

Marsha

 

Guests:

Tammy

Cat

Alysen

Kathy

Sarajo

Kelly

Evie and Beth

Hope

December AE Theme Challenge – Handmade Christmas

How is it the end of 2019 already? It’s time for another challenge reveal. I usually make a few handmade gifts for the holidays, as well as candy. This year we only made peanut brittle – which is addicting btw – as there was one less week in between the turkey holiday and this one. Here’s a quick photo I managed to take before we broke it up and ate it and gave it away!

I also made some ornaments from some pendant style charms I purchased from Amy Mealey of Xaz. I LOVE her raku – I used some of the other beads I had from her that I was hoarding!

The photos don’t really do the raku justice.

I also made two bracelets – bead weaving pattern by Beadesirejewelry on etsy. I love the bracelets and the weave is really supple and it feels so nice, however using all these different kinds of czech beads that are fairly difficult to find all in one shop was a little irritating…I spent lots of money on shipping.

The purple one is for my mom, the other one is for Hope (Jason’s daughter). I finished them with two different clasps. For my mom, a magnectic clasp for easy0n/off.

And for Hope, I used an adjustable application because I’m not sure of her wrist size.

I also made my friend Jill a pair of bead woven earrings using this pattern by Beth Clark. I really like her patterns.

And finally, I started making my ornament from Jean Power’s Secret Beadalong. I always have issues with making the rope so as of now, it’s not finished. But I’ll get it done!

Thanks for stopping by! This is a blog hop, so I hope you visit everyone else – I’m sure there are amazingly wonderful creations by each and every one.

AE team: 

Lindsay

Jenny

Sue

Karen

Claire

Niky

Cathy

Guests: 

Sarajo

Kathy

Mary

Hope

Tammy

Evie and Beth

Divya

Merja

Sarah

Art Elements Theme Challenge October – Eye

Aaaaand another month has rolled around! Laney chose Eye as the theme for October’s challenge! I was on it  – the first thing I thought of was the evil eye (or nazar)! The nazar reflects a malevolent gaze back at the person who gave the evil glare. These are widely seen in many countries, you may have seen them in Turkish or Greek restaurants. They are very prevalent and available for purchase in Greece (in my experience!).

Lindsay requested evil eye cabochons, which was a lot of fun – I made small, medium and large round and oval ones as well.

Then I decided I should make evil eye headpins! These were fun to make too!

I wanted to make an ornament like I had seen in a Turkish restaurant, using bead weaving and one of the cabs. They seem to be highly ornamental, so I did it up! I even ordered the little evil eye charms from a shop on Etsy from Greece! I do wish I make the hanger strap a little bit longer, though. There are a few other things I wish I would have done differently, like using blue or smoke thread instead of white.

I had a couple ideas in my head for my new little micro-mosaic passion, and of course had to order a few supplies. The bezels come from a shop on Etsy from Turkey – how appropos! I also came upon these vintage glass eye beads and had to have them. My original idea didn’t work but I do like how they look as a simple design in the square bezel.

That’s it for my eye designs! I hope you enjoyed them! Since this is a blog hop, please check out what everyone else made – I know I’m excited to see!

AE Team

Susan

Marsha

Claire

Cathy

Jenny

Niky

Jennifer

Laney

Guests

Dawn

Hope

Beth & Evie

Kathy

Michelle

Tammy

Cat

Elaine