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

Art Elements November Theme Challenge – Fossil

This month, Niky chose Fossil as the theme for the monthly challenge. I love this theme, as you may have noticed I already make some tidepool cabochons impressed with ammonite designs.

I made some new ones for this month’s theme, and was quite happy with them.

I also made some polymer cabochons and colored them using alcohol inks – they all have a gold metallic accent on them because at this time of year, I need happy shiny colors to make me feel better! Below you can see before and after color application! I love them! All of these polymer clay ammonite cabochons are available – if you are interested, please let me know!

Finally, I made a mosaic pendant using a real mini ammonite fossil I purchased from an etsy store called Cobble Creek Mining Co.  Below I have the ammonite fossil cleaned and secured.

Below I’m prepping all the tiny shards of glass to add to the bezel.

And finally the finished mosaic piece. This pieces represents the ammonite fossil found under layers of earth and water.

Thank you Niky for a great theme this month! This is a blog hop so I hope you go see what everyone else made this month!

AE Team

Jen

Lesley

Sue

Claire

Jenny

Niky

Guests

Cat

Tammy

Susan

Dawn

Michelle

Sarajo

Evie & Beth

Divya

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