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

October Art Elements Theme Challenge – Petroglyphs

I’m afraid I just didn’t have the time to participate in last months theme, which was faerie. This month the theme is petroglyphs hosted by Karen Totten. Since I’m spending 10 days in Iceland this month, I really didn’t get to spend any extended amount of time on the theme, but I did find these AWESOME petroglyph earring charms by Jill of Foxpaws on etsy! I highly recommend checking out her shop – every package you get is a gift in itself – TRUST ME!

SO here are the earrings I made!

I hope you also visit all the other participants! I’m sure there will be some awesome creations!

Art Elements Team:
Lesley Watt: http://www.lesleywatt.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor: https://jdaviesreazor.com
Cathy Spivey Mendola: http://cmendola.blogspot.com
Sue Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison: http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Laney Mead: https://laney-mead.blogspot.com/
Marsha Neal Minutella: http://blog.marshanealstudio.com
Claire Fabian: https://saraccino.blogspot.com

Art Elements Theme of the Month – January – Use Your Stash

Usually I’m so much better about the January Use Your Stash Challenge (hosted by Lindsay Starr this time), but this year, time is just not my friend. Between the holidays, going away on vacation, and getting back to work and trying to make new beads, there’s just not a lot left in me at the end of the day.  But I did manage to get this pair of earrings made using Inviciti heart charms, some new metal spacer beads I just got, and some titanium hematite beads picked up at a Bead Fest here and there!

I really like them, mostly because they are simple and hearts are my thing!  Check out what everyone else made! Thanks for stopping by!

Guests:
Art Elements:

The Tacky Earring Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski had a great idea, instead of a Tacky Christmas Sweater blog hop, a Tacky Holiday Earring blog hop! I was on it.  I had ideas right away.  I had so many I had to control myself.  You can buy these for $15 each, too!  Here we go!

I found these awesome wreaths in the miniature Christmas section in Michaels, and they go perfectly with silver and copper colored plastic beads!

These trees were found in Michaels, on an end-cap – I assume they are scrapbook or card making supplies, but make fantastic earrings.  The holes were a little small and far down, so I had to make LARGE loops.  Paired these with cute little gold colored jingle bells!

And, finally, the ones I had in my head the moment she announced the blog hop.  Dr. Seuss sparkly puff balls with ribbons.  The only thing that would have made these better for me is if I could have found the red ribbons I really wanted to pair these with – don’t get me wrong, the silver is cool and all, but in my head they were red.

To me what ended up being the most fun part of the challenge was the creativity involved to get some truly tacky creations! I hope you enjoyed my earrings and you should hop around and see what everyone else made.  Thanks Diana for having a fun little holiday blog hop!

Earrings Everyday We’re All Ears Challenge – Tidepools

I’m so excited that I finally was prepared enough to participate in the Earrings Everyday Challenge this quarter – Tidepools! These photos from the Earrings Everyday blog show some awesome inspiration for the challenge.


 Illustration by Hashime Murayama

Hashime Murayama was a Japanese illustrator, born in 1879. He used to work for National Geographic until 1941.


 

Illustration by Theo Carreras 

Theo Carreras was an illustrator of some well known books about insects, like
“Marvels of Insect Life,” and was known for his detailed still-life illustration

You may know the beach constantly changes over time – sometimes there are tidepools and sometimes there are not.  I have been going to Hilton Head Island since I was about 16 years old, and have been taking my children since they were 6 weeks old (they are now 20 and 17, so that’s a LONG time!).  One of my favorite memories ever is of my son, who was 3 at the time, looking in a tidepool and seeing little tiny fish caught there.  He plucked one out of the water like he was a little expert and then put it back in!  My daughter and I looked at him and said, Sean!  How did you do that?  because we were trying to do the same thing.  He looked at me and said, Like this!  And plucked the fish up again!  It was sooooo cute!

The tidepools at that beach also have jellyfish from time to time. That was my inspiration for these earrings. I had made these awesome colored disc beads, wrapped in pure silver wire, and was wondering what to do with them.  And then I saw that I had some leftover enameled headpins – they were just waiting to be paired up.

 These weren’t the easiest earrings to make.  I used my round nose pliers to twist the headpins to mimic the tentacles of the jellyfish.

 I had to spend a lot of time getting them just the way I wanted them, and then make a wrapped loop with three layers of copper wire, and each copper wire was a different length due to the number of twists on each of the tentacles.

 However, I’m really pleased with the way they turned out!  This glass is from GG Glass and she has the most wonderful vieled colors of glass – this glass is lemon with lavender highlights and was perfect for this design!
I have disc beads listed in my SueBeads etsy store if you’re interested and I will be making some enamel headpins today and will stock my store as soon as I can!

I will also be making a tutorial for this design and will be posting it on my other team blog, Art Jewelry Elements, on July 7th!  Thanks for checking out my earrings today!


 

AJE Component of the Month – August – Rebekah Payne

This month’s AJE Component of the Month challenge was from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  She makes awesome polymer clay beads, but recently she has been making hand painted leather feathers.  For this month’s challenge, we could choose either a single larger feather, or a pair of smaller ones.  I chose the smaller blue pair.

I wanted to make some bicone beads to match these feathers, but as soon as I got back from Bead Fest I started working my other job again, and quite honestly have not wanted to even look at my torch right now.  I had these pretty round swirl beads that matched perfectly, so I went with them!

I knew I was going to make earrings, and wanted to figure out a wire wrap, instead of punching a hole in the feather.  It took me a few tries, but this is what I came up with.  If this is a technique that’s already out there, please just bear with me!   Here’s what I came up with:

I folded over the tip of the feather, and made a wrapped loop.  Here’s how I did it.  First, I took about a 7″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire, and bent it in half.

 I formed a loop, and kept both ends of the wire horizontal.

 I then inserted the tip of the feather into the loop, and folded it over.  I held it in place with my chain nose pliers.

 I began wrapping one end of the wire around the front of the feather.  I wrapped it several times.

 When I was comfortable with the number of wraps, I cut the excess wire off in the back and used the chain nose pliers to push the end down so it would lie flat and out of the way.

 Then I took the other end and did the same thing – please excuse the gnarly wire – I had to unwrap at one point, and that’s why it looks this way!

 When I was done wrapping, I cut the wire in the back the same way and made sure the wire held tight by gently tugging on it.  After that, I just make my lampwork bead dangle by starting a wrapped loop, inserting the feather segment and finishing the wrapped loop.  Then I added a copper wavy chip bead (don’t know what to call these!) my lampwork bead, another chip bead and made a wrapped loop at the top. Add ear wire and you’re done!

Please check out what everyone else made with Rebekah’s feathers by following these links!

Guest Artists
Karin Grosset Grange – http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.com/
Ann Schroeder – http://beadlove.wordpress.com/
 
The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – http://francescawatson.com/
 

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!

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 #19, Weeks 39 & 40/52

Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we continue to have our twice monthly earring challenge reveal.  I have been a bit busy, under the weather, etc. to keep up, but this time I posted 4 pairs of earrings to our board!  Here they are!

These earrings are made with my own lampwork headpins, and pink quartz heishe.  I also made the niobium ear wires myself.  I was hoping they would solve my ear wire sensitivity issue, but they did not. I guess I’m just going to have to wear 14k gold.  Boo hoo!

These earrings were made form cute little charms by Mary Welsh Hubbard (White Clover Kiln – I love her beads!) and my own swirly lampwork beads.  Still not sure about the color combo – think I need to go with more pinky/purple than aqua.

More earrings with my own lampwork headpins and czech faceted rondelles!  I really like these!

Finally my own lampwork headpins with some beads that were called “titanium hematite” by the vendor from whom I purchased them at Bead Fest Philly.  I did not get their name and wish I would have bought more!  Does anyone know who they are or where you can get such beads?

Thanks for checking out my blog, please hop on over to the AJE Blog to check out the links for everyone else’s earrings!

Ears to You!

Amy Taylor Freeland is hosting a blog hop – linkup for a charity called Ears to You.   They are especially looking for earrings for tween/teen patients.  Here’s what I made!

If you wish to donate to this worthy cause, please see below!  And please check out Amy’s blog to see who all made what!!!

 This is from their web site:

Ears
To You® is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and our mission is to
provide hope and joy through the donation and distribution of beautiful
earrings to women and girls with cancer of any type. 

_________________________________________________________________
 

These earrings:

  • brighten a patient’s day with a little bling when she needs a little lift
  • create a distraction from the IV’s, worries and fears and allow her to do something fun  
  • help women and girls feel more “normal” and beautiful at a time when they are adjusting to hair loss
     
  • provide hope and help her think positively  
  • give encouragement from a survivor       
     
  • are provided at no cost to the patient