Art Elements April Theme Challenge – Repurpose

The AE Theme Challenge this month is Repurpose chosen by Lesley. Great subject, and I wish I had more time to work on it. The day job kind of takes away my creative energy at times, and this month is no exception! However I did manage to do a few things!

The first thing I thought of for the theme was something I had been thinking about for a long time. I remembered I had this magazine that repurposed those desiccant containers you get in pill bottles into beaded beads. I set out to find that magazine in my stash.

I’m glad I found it, because it was actually driving me nuts as to where it was. Here are some photos of me in the process of making some of these beads.

So the first one I made, I liked ok. But noticed on the end that you could see the white container through the ends. So I got a sharpie out for the next one, and colored the ends so they didn’t look so white.

Then I made a few more of these beads, and quite honestly, I was done with it. If I get back to them, I’ll try some different shapes and sizes of beads. Here are the ones I made.

The next subject was wire. I get all kinds of wire scraps from my boyfriend when we work on electrical projects. I can’t throw it out so I keep it. I have given some away, and finally got to work annealing the wire that I already had stripped.

I learned how to anneal it in the kiln from Maria Richmond, and it’s a quick and easy way to anneal your thick copper wire. I decided to make some charm holders, but you could also use them as bead frames. Here’s the first one. The steps included shaping the wire, antiquing in liver of sulpher, buffing, and finally tumbling for strength. Which is ironic because I ran it in the kiln to make it softer and now I need it to be strong again!

I made two, and then I was pretty much done with that as well. I need way more practice on adding thinner wire to a frame.

Finally, I did what I enjoy doing with old glass bottles – making beads from them.

They go from whole bottles to shards to beads! I have so many bottles saved, waiting to be beads, I could never really get to the them all. But I hate tossing them, especially the gorgeous green and blue bottles. The Reyka bottle is a slight gray color, so I’m looking forward to doing that and seeing if the beads will stay gray or not. I also want to make a little glass bowl with the bottom of that bottle, but have to perfect my cutting skills!

My next post on Art Elements will be a little demo on how I go about making them. I know you can find tutorials out there and people do them differently, I’m just going to show you how I do it! I also make spoon rests with the bottles – beer bottles are great for that because they are a perfect size for standard serving spoons. Wine bottles make great cheese trays! I have tons if anyone is interested in purchasing any.

This is a blog hop so I hope you hop around to see what everyone else made! Thanks Lesley for the great inspriational subject.

AJE Component of the Month – My Turn – Beaded Beads!

It was my turn to provide the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements this month.  I chose to make beaded beads for everyone.

I got the tutorial from Datz Katz over on etsy – Debra Schwartz has many tutorials for beaded goodies if you want to visit her store!

Here’s what I made from several pairs of my beaded beads!

Of course, there are other things you can do with pairs of beaded beads besides making earraings, but I really love making earrings so….

Please check out what everyone else made with their beaded beads!

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AJE Component of the Month – Kristen Stevens

It’s that time again, hard to believe, it’s Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements.  This month, the sweet Kristen Stevens provided beaded beads to everyone to make something gorgeous with.  Here’s what I made!

This first pair was made with my own lampwork beads in a constrasting color to the pretty cinnamon colored beaded beads Kristen made.  The ear wires are hand-forged niobium since I’m allergic to just about everything anymore!  Sorry the photos aren’t the best, they were taken under artificial light since there’s no real light here in Pittsburgh until May…

For this second pair, I made bead caps!  I used some copper sheet that I had fold-formed and patinaed in the flame, then punched and dapped, sanded, and punched holes in (lots of steps!) along with some copper heishe and titanium hematite I picked up at Bead Fest.  It’s hard for you to see the pretty colors and texture on the bead caps, but they do look nice!  The ear wires are sterling.  

Please hop on over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what everyone else made with Kristen’s beaded beads!

Holiday Beaded Beads

I got in the holiday spirit and in addition to making a cute pair of earrings for one of my boyfriend’s customers, I made a little pile of beaded beads to offer to you!  I’ll offer them here first, $10 per pair, with $3.00 shipping.  Then in a few days they will go in the etsy store!  Also, if you want earrings, let me know!

And here’s some that could probably be used for Hanukkah or just winter in general!

Beaded Beads

I have recently become enamored with seed beading. I think it’s because I used to like cross-stitch so much and miss doing it.  I gave up cross-stitch when I started making glass beads, and right now don’t know of any patterns that would entice me to do it again – my favorite designer retired due to hand issues.  So I have become quite taken with seed beading, and making beaded beads.  I have made so many, in fact, that I decided I should offer them in my SueBeads etsy store!  You can find 6 pairs listed right now, with more to come later today!

I think you’ll really enjoy my unique color combinations in your jewelry designs.  These make perfect earrings!  Here are some examples of earrings that I have made!

If you need a pair of earrings, they are $20 each and I would be happy to sell them to you!

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal 21 – Weeks 43 & 44/52

Hard to believe we are well into November already!  I haven’t really been keeping up with my blog or jewelry making lately, or my etsy shop for that matter (although I am well stocked now!!!  Take a LOOK!) 

I’ve been on a tear making beaded beads right now, which I really love – I can make them when I am “relaxing” so to speak!  Here are some earrings I made with them!

Thanks for checking out our earring challenge – you can go to the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what everyone else made!

AJE Component of the Month – Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Today is also the reveal day for the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements!  This month, Kristi Bowman Gruel provided us with gorgeous copper components.  You can get one in her etsy store!

I made beaded beads to go with the bracelet bar – this is is my new obsession!  They work up quickly and can be made in any color combination!  Originally I was going to make a necklace with it, but my idea required the holes to be more toward the top of the bar.  So, I made a bracelet instead! 

 Here’s my finished bracelet!  I really like it.  I used the seed beads to match the beaded beads.  I covered the crimp beads by the bracelet bar with the copper heishe beads, but couldn’t figure out how to do it with the crimp beads by the toggle – if anyone has a good idea, let me know! 

The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the toggle.  I had another one by Shannon of MissFickleMedia but couldn’t find it anywhere…

Please check out the AJE blog to see what everyone else made and thanks for stopping by!

Beaded Beads Poll


I just thought I’d do a quick post and let you know about the beaded beads poll! Out of 31 votes, 3 people said they wanted singles; 7 people preferred doubles; 16 said an assortment of colors in the same family was what they would be after; and, 5 just don’t care for beaded beads! Thanks for all your help! There are several pairs listed in my etsy store right now. I did make a bracelet myself with coordinating lampwork beads and beaded beads, and I really like it. I am hoping a magazine likes it too; when I hear back, I’ll post a photo of it! I’ll leave you with a photo of a nice pair of beaded beads I like, in a pretty violet color!