Art Elements December Component of the Month Theme Challenge – Dragons!

It’s Niky Sayers turn to host the Art Elements Component of the Month, and this month the theme is Dragons.  It’s the December theme, but with the holidays and all, we’re having the reveal today!  I got my cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor, this awesome dragon!

I wanted to incorporate the dragon scale beads within the design, but I got sick and had issues with my brain doing what I wanted it to do, so I used the dragon scales as the picot edge. I still like it a lot!

Please check out what everyone else made with DRAGONS!

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Art Jewelry Elements August Headpin Design Challenge

It’s the end of August, which means it’s time for another Art Jewelry Elements challenge!  This month it was a headpin design challenge, and I am ALL OVER IT!  I have a few headpin tutorials over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog:

Flower Disc Bead Earrings

Flower Headpin Earrings

Earring Stacks with Headpins

And then I made all of these other earrings with my headpins!

These earrings used pretty filigree copper bead caps with czech beads and a size 8 seed bead.

These earrings used a gorgeous brass bead cap with a titanium hematite rondelle and a size 8 seed bead in a complementary color.

These beach inspired earrings used an ammonite headpin with titanium hematite spacers, and a gorgeous coppered aqua pumpkin bead, an indonesian bead, a wood bead, and a size 11 seed bead to capture all of the elements of the beach!

And these earrings, which are also beach themed, using an ammonite headpin, titanium hematite spacer beads, czech faceted rondelles and a titanium hematite round.

I was also inspired by these pretty enameled beads that I have been making to turn them into headpins as well!

And I made even more!

And yes, I was so excited by this topic I made beach headpins too! These headpins are not perfectly shaped, on purpose; I wanted a little character with these headpins!

So, as you can see, I really enjoyed the challenge this month!  Please check out what everyone else who participated made by visiting their links!  Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, and you can find my headpins in my SueBeads etsy store!

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June AJE Theme Challenge – Summer!

Well, it’s the end of June already, that must mean it’s time for another AJE Challenge – this month it was a theme challenge, and the theme is Summer!  Here’s what I made:

My favorite thing of all time really is the beach and the ocean.  On my bucket list is a trip to Fiji – hopefully one day this can happen! This cabochon by our own Diana of Suburban Girl Studio was perfect!

Please check out what everyone else made, and enjoy your summer!

AJE Component of the Month – EYE Theme – with Lindsay Starr

As another month rolls around, so does the AJE Component of the Month challenge – this month was a theme challenge and Lindsay Starr is our host – theme is EYE. 

I hope you go back and read Lindsay’s original post, as it is very interesting.  I won’t rehash what she already elegantly explained about the symbology of the eye.  I’ll just get on with my post!  Incidentally, Michael’s happened to have TONS of eye-themed components this month!  Lindsay must be right on trend!  Here are some photos I took!

I also wanted to show you the little tiny evil eye charm I picked up in Greece about 10 years ago – I was going to use it in this project, but just couldn’t bring myself to use it up!  Then I wouldn’t really be able to hold it and fondle it lol! I also meant to make some lampwork evil eyes, and may still, but didn’t really get the chance to do that!

For my project, Kristie Roeder, a ceramist, was offering some great evil eye cabochons in the Ceramic Art Bead Market group on Facebook.  I failed to win the auction, but she made me one to order!  Here is her photo, because as usual I forgot to take one!

I’m not finished with my design, because for some reason March is shorter than usual (not really, I just lost a week somewhere!).  But here’s where I am!

My plan is to make a strap to turn this into a necklace!  I was pleased at how my first-ever foray into fringe turned out – it’s harder to do than it looks!  Also, I have to apologize for these last two photos since I took them at 10pm in the evening with horrible light!  I hope you enjoyed my creation, and I do hope you re-read Lindsay’s original post – it’s really quite enlEYEtening!  Thanks for stopping by!  Please see what everyone else made!

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Rebirth of the Sun – December Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge

For December, Lesley Watt chose Rebirth of the Sun as the theme for our quarterly themed challenge over at AJE.

“The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning
point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at
their least. It’s also the start of the increase in the hours of
daylight, until the Summer solstice  when darkness becomes ascendant
once more.”

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk

I can honestly tell you that I very rarely set out to “intentionally” make something – I feel that my creativity was killed in school with the “art teachers” who wanted you to do “art” their way, and no other way was right.  I have always dabbled in creative undertakings, thus my glass bead business today.  But I am always searching for things to do with my hands, that feeling you get when you accomplish something all your own, learning something new, something that challenges you.

I recently decided that I was going to attend a bead retreat in Delaware (Bead My Love, wonderful people!) with fellow members Jenny and Diana, because, darn it, I deserved it!  My kit was as follows:

I had no conscious intentions of having something ready for the sun themed challenge – I was basically trying to go with the flow and with what my kit provided!  Below, you can see some steps I went through to get where I ended up!

What was going through my mind as I made this?  I was thinking, as I looked at the polymer clay face and bugle beads, and the flower beads I had brought with me, hmmmm, this kind of looks egyptian to me?  Or Inca?  Or Aztec?

 Egyptian Sun

Aztec Sun Dial

Incan Sun Shield

So, yes, Incan it was.  While of course I had that in the back of my head, it wasn’t with *true* intention that I set out to make an Incan Sun God or anything like that.  It was a whisper to me, something I had learned or seen a long time ago that came to my mind as I was able to sit uninterrupted and play with beads!

 So, thank you Lesley Watt, because with this challenge, I learned that although I do not consider myself to be a creative, and sometimes deeply struggle with the thought of giving this all up and just doing my day job, I can be creative!  I just need that time to sit, and to play, and to let things come to my conscious mind that have been locked away by over 50 years of stifling (for lack of a better word) systems.  Am I any kind of expert on Incan art?  NO!  In seed beading?  NO!  Heck, in making glass beads?  NO!!!!! But I actually had fun with this class, the people who were there, girl time, creative time, and maybe just maybe learned that there are things locked away that can influence my art! And maybe in some ways I do intentionally make something, I just don’t know it!

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the links below!

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