Amethyst Aether Blog Hop

I’m getting this up really late because I’m just really over-extended right now, but I was part of a challenge with Andrew Thornton – he sold kids with gorgeous beads called Amethyst Aether.  He did send along a wonderful polymer clay super-secret pendant he made for everyone, but I didn’t get a chance to use it yet.  But here’s the beads, and what I made!

The beads are all so gorgeous, I wanted to use them all.  I do have plans for the rest, but here’s what I got accomplished. First, these earrings.  These beads all just wanted to be together, so I let them!

 Next, I knew I wanted to use these totally gorgeous stick beads in a necklace, and so I made a multi-strand necklace using all the beads I possibly could from the luxury mix.  I do like how it turned out!

Now, if I ever get around to making more things, I will let you know!  Thanks for sponsoring this challenge Andrew!  Sorry I’m late with the post!

January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash!

For the January Component of the Month Challenge at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to do a “use your stash” challenge.  Use pieces you have from other AJE Team Members.  The guests were each chosen and sent a piece from one of the AJE Team Members to make something with as well.

Here are my pieces for this month!

 I made these earrings from heart charms I had from Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  I put the copper floral charms together with gorgeous pearls and gold filled ear wires – the gold filled ear wires don’t seem to bother my ears like other metals do.

 These cute pink earrings were made from Diana Ptaszynski’s flower charms – I made these for my mom – her favorite color is pink.

 These earrings were made from charms by Linda Landig!  I got these at Bead Fest in August!

 And these earrings, which are my new favorites, are with silver metal clay beads by Melissa Meman.  The photo below shows the detail on the beads!

I made these with cute brass spacer beads I bought at Andrew Thornton’s store, and copper rounds.  Again, gold filled ear wires so I can wear them and not be bothered by the metal!


 This bead inspired the next piece!  Yes, this bead!  To me, it looks like porcelain.  I made it on a base of ivory glass and with some special reactive glass powder I have.  The blue and brown went perfectly with Jenny Davies-Reazor’s goddess focal.

 The gemstones are called khaki quartz I purchased from norah on etsy.  I used 26 gauge art wire in a brown color. The 26 gauge wire was hard to work with, but the holes in the gemstones were very small.

 And finally, I made this spiral rope to go with a gorgeous beach hut focal pendant from Lesley Watt.  The clasp is bronze from Saki Silver. 

Take a look at what all the other AJE Team Members and our guests made with month by visiting the links below!


Ligonier Ice Fest and Allegory Gallery

Last weekend was the Ligonier Ice Fest – I took this as a sign that I should go and visit Andrew Thornton at his new location for his bead store, Allegory Gallery.  He happened to be having a show called “Fathom” so it was perfect timing.

The hallmark of the Ice Fest is, of course, ice scupture. 

There were ice scuptures all along the diamond, and also in front of several businesses who sponsored them.

Many shops were open late to accommodate the crowds.

It was cold but it was a very nice afternoon for ice!

Here’s Andrew at his new location for his bead store.  It’s very nice and cheerful!

He had a gallery opening Saturday night, called “Fathom”.  Mermaids abounded!  If you click on the photo you’ll see works by his sister, Cynthia, Diane Hawkey, and Junker Jane, to name a few.

After we visited with Andrew, we went into Greensburg and had a great dinner at J Corks.  All in all an awesome day off!

Inspired by Reading Book Club Blog Hop

Andrew Thornton hosts a monthly book club called Inspired by Reading.  He picks books and we read the section and create based on our reading!  Although I’ve been able to read only one book (and it was good) so far, this time Andrew was nice and provided me with a selection from this month’s book, “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales”, edited by Kate Bernheimer – basically adult fairy tales!

 The story I chose was First Day of Snow by Naoko Awa, a Japanese fairy tale that borrows elements from folktales about disappearance. This story is about a girl who finds a mysterious round hopscotch trail and takes it for what seems like miles and miles.  She finally sees snow and hears a rhyme; it’s the bunny rabbits, appearing as snow to take her away from the world and turn her into a chunk of snow.  The only way she can get back is by chanting a rhyme about spring and a mugwort leaf.

My idea for the necklace was a white bunny bead I had from LeAnn Weih (Summers Studio) and a round handmade chain (engagement ring) taken from Cindy Wimmer’s new book, The Missing Link. The design calls for dead soft wire, which I did not have.  I used 18g copper wire, in a spool, and have no idea where I even got it.  It’s not even round, it’s sort of square.  Let me tell you, you need the dead soft wire.  The links just do not work right if you don’t use dead soft.  So while I didn’t finish the necklace, I did make 7 links to show you what the idea was!

Here’s the link chain I made; I used copper, patinaed it in LOS, and tumbled it for a while.

As I mentioned, the bunny bead is from LeAnn and fits perfectly with the story.

It will dangle from the middle of the chain.  I was thinking of adding white beads to the chain, to show the snow.  I also wanted to add one large green bead, to show spring.

I’ll probably make this necklace eventually!  But I did want to show you my process and that this time, I actually got farther in the process! 

Please visit Andrew’s blog for the complete list of participants and see what funky jewelry they made from these interesting fairy tales!