Art Elements Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month.

But not just any hearts – broken hearts, stitched up.  You may know that kintsugi is the japanese term for repairing broken things, in some cases pottery with gold.  That’s what these hearts stand for! I chose one of the olive green hearts, mostly because that’s my favorite color. And yes, as usual, I did not take a photo of mine before I started working on it!

Here’s a close-up of my heart:

 I made a beaded bezel with some awesome metallic earth delicas I picked up on my trip to Houston in Fall, 2016.  Then I used some great old gold size 15s, and finally finished the bezel with bronze gold 8s and galvanized gold 15s that match the gold foil perfectly.

I used an awesome gold heart charm from Cathy Daly that I purchased in her etsy store to finish the bezel.

And here’s a photo of it finished and hanging on a thin black cord.  I could also put it on a gold chain, as well.  I’ll probably do that as I think it will look better.  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks to Jenny for the awesome hearts!

Check out what everyone else made with Jenny’s hearts:

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Art Elements Weekly Challenges::Week 1

And now, for a rare extra blog post, I bring you the Art Elements weekly challenge post! 

The group of us over at Art Elements have internal challenges from time to time, and this will be a weekly one to combat all of the political noise and chaos that’s taking place.  The first prompt was red! 

This was awesome for me because I had just embarked on a quarterly challenge to myself, for the exact same reason as above.  My personal challenge will follow the seasons, so four pieces of beaded work.  Hearts are the theme.  This first, for Spring, is entitled “Take Your Broken Heart…” and will be finished with green beads and lucite flowers. I plan on stamping a piece of copper with the words, and attaching them to the frame at the bottom of each section.

The pieces measure about 3×3.5 inches.  Summer will be a rainbow in the heart, and the title will be “Somewhere…”.  Fall is TBD, but will probably center around a candle (for the holidays that have festivals of light, like Eid or Diwali). And Winter, a snowflake of course, titled “Now Is The Winter…” from Shakespeare.  There will be lots of meaning, hidden and obvious, in the pieces.  I hope to mount them on foam core and then into a frame.  I may have to have a certain person make the frame for me, but I’m sure he’ll be ok with it!  In the meantime, here are my other hearts waiting for me!

Hearts for SALE!

I love hearts.  I have so many hearts I don’t even know what to do with them!  I collect them!  Ceramic, metal, my own glass ones… I love making them too!

I have these larger heart beads listed on my SueBeads Facebook business page album, Large Hearts for Sale.  I’m trying the facebook thing to see if I can get away from etsy.  My goal, too, is to revamp my web site.  I’m a bit limited because I am on a pappashop web site and I am not good at the whole computer programming thing, but I think I can make it a little better.  Hopefully this year!

I also have smaller hearts for sale on the album Small Hearts for Sale.

I’d “love it” if you’d take a look and see if there are any you want!

Thanks for checking in!

Tuscan Sun Earrings

I just listed these beautiful “Tuscan Sun” earrings in the BellaHannahJane etsy store. The hearts were made by Lynn Davis (of whom I blogged previously) and the ear wires were made by Rocki (blogged about her, as well!). Check them out! I really love them! The accent beads are rondellese of owyhee jasper I got from Lima Beads – I think they are my new favorite stone!