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 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

 

 

Art Elements September Theme Challenge – Foliage

I’ve missed a couple of challenges this year, I’ve been busy working my other job and trying to fit in all those other things you have to do in life, not doing a great job of trying to do everything. But I did manage to get one thing done for the challenge, and start on another! Of course, it helps that we’re going into fall and this theme aligns with some business related things I do!

Caroline chose Foliage for this month, and one of the things I make is enameled leaves.  I used the torch fired method I learned from Barbara Lewis years ago. Here are some collages of leaves I have had available in the last month, and some that may show up in my next FaceBook show. They are all one of a kind.

These are made with brass leaf charms, and depending on the colors, 3-4 layers of enamel. Sometimes the enamel colors react with each other to create cool effects, like the spotty ones. I also stole a pair of leaves just for me, and made these earrings!

I really  really like them! I used some ethiopian brass beads, czech glass beads and small copper and gold rounds. Copper ear wires, which I have to switch out because I am allergic to them! 14k Gold plated for me!

I also started on this cute embroidery project I purchased months (maybe 6 months) ago at a cute store in Morningside called Firecracker Fabrics. They offer sewing classes, fabric, threads, buttons, etc. and also had these embroidery projects and many more. I just bought one to start, and you can see why – just can’t get around to having any alone time to do something like this.

Here it is in the hoop – I didn’t get  a photo of the whole package before I started working on it – it comes with everything you need except scissors. The floss, hoop, etc.

And as of this post, here’s how far I got with it. I had hoped to get the leaves accomplished for the theme (foliage!) but wasn’t able to get it done. I’ll keep plugging away!

I hope you visit everyone else’s blog and see what amazing things these talented people come up with for the theme – I know it’s going to be amazing!

AE Team

Lesley

Susan

Marsha

Claire

Cathy

Jenny

Niky

Caroline

Guests

Dawn

Hope

Alison

Beth & Evie

Laurie

Kathy

Sarajo

Michelle

Tammy

Divya

Karen

Alysen

Mary

Cat

Jill

Sarah

Anita