AJE Earring Challenge Reveal – Weeks 27 & 28/52

I’m finally caught up on my earrings for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge and this week, I was the one who picked some earrings to be featured on our blog!  Here’s what I made!

 These earrings are made with some brass keys that I patinaed with Ranger patinas.  I love how the blues turned out!

And these are some earrings made with my new abstract bird beads.  Not a lot of detail on the birds, just a nuanced design!  You can find these at Bead Fest Philly in August, I’ll be in Booth 463!  I’ll also start listing some in my etsy store soon!

Check out of the AJE Blog to see what earrings were featured this week!

Earring Swap Blog Hop

Jessica Murray of Whimsical Monkey hosted an Earring Swap and today is the reveal!  My partner was Alenka Obid of Pepita Handmade!  She makes WONDERFUL polymer clay beads and creations!  Here’s a link to her flickr page where you can see more of her work! 

Here’s what she sent me!  These earrings are made with her own polymer clay beads, aren’t they fantastic?


She also sent me this very pretty little treat:

And here’s what I sent her:

And I sent her this little treat:

And unfortunately, what I mailed her did not arrive in Slovenia yet.  Or, it’s being held up in customs.  I have no idea… I feel pretty bad though.  I will be sending her a new set of earrings if they don’t arrive today.  Please take a look at Jessica’s blog to see who else made earrings!

Art Jewelry Elements 13,14/52 Earring Challenge

It’s hard to believe another two weeks have gone by, and it’s time for another Art Jewelry Elements earring challenge.  Here are my entries for this two weeks.  The first is a pair of aqua blue beads I make, that happen to be some of my personal favorite beads.  The second set is from my new embossed bead series, made with disc beads from Michaels to compliment the design.  Head on over to AJE to see what everyone else made this past two weeks!

Another Week!

I can’t believe it’s been another week, and I’m just getting to listing a few sets of beads.  I guess this will be how it will be for a while, I’m certainly gaining more working with boyfriend than on this bead business right now!  I did list these beads in my SueBeads etsy store and hope you’ll take a look.  I haven’t been doing my weekly photography with Sally Russick, and I believe it’s another posting for the AJE Earring Challenge on Sunday, I think I’ll be able to get to that!  I may end up going to once a week listing for my beads, if I can make any during the week after the workday is over!  I’ll think about that and let you know the dates so you can be ready!

New Beads

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately – I have been working a lot with my boyfriend and there is just not enough time, as I’m sure you all know, to have a somewhat-full-time job, a business, two kids, college looming, graduation looming, sports, etc. and try to keep up with the social media as well!  I feel bad because I do read all of your comments – I just literally have no time right now to do everything.  I hope to figure out some sort of schedule for myself to accomplish my goals more readily!  Now, for the bead porn!

I’ve been making a few new styles of beads lately, actually I’ve been somewhat obsessed with these styles – the flowers, the ruffles, the ruffled discs, and now the embossed beads!  You can see a lot of these beads in my SueBeads etsy store!  I hope you take a look!  While I need to work to make some money for all of the above, I sure do love making beads and hope to be able to continue doing so! 

Process – Flowers II

If you read my post from Sunday, you saw the process that took place to come up with these little flower beadies (originally posted on Art Jewelry Elements)! I used the plant poke flowers for inspiration to create these little flowers, in some of the color combos I really really liked!  You can find the little flower bead pairs in my SueBeads etsy store!

Featured Beads of the Week – Olive Chunky Discs!

This week, from March 4-10, 2013, the Featured Beads of the Week are the Olive Chunky Discs.  They were $6 each, or $30 for the set – this week only they are $5 each, or $25 for the set.  You can buy single beads or extra beads too!  Just head to the SueBeads web site!

Challenge of Music

Today is the reveal for Erin Prais-Hintz‘ Challenge of Music.  The challenge this year was music with no words, or instrumental.  I chose Holst “The Planets”.

I have always loved music, mostly contemporary, although my dad and I would play a game in the car where I would have to name the music that was playing and of course, he wasn’t playing Led Zeppelin!  But I did gain an appreciation for all sorts of music.  TV shows of the 70’s like Lawrence Welk (we watched this with my grandmother all the time!!!) or Hee Haw (yep, even Hee Haw had music!) allowed me to learn about different music.  It wasn’t until I took a college course in Classical Music (we called it Clap for Credit) that I gained a real appreciation for instrumental, classical music.

In this class we learned about Gustav Holst and “The Planets.”  This 7-movement piece was written between 1914-1916 and each movement is about one of the planets in the solar system – not including Earth, and not including Pluto, which wasn’t discovered at the time he wrote the piece.  This suite was written about Astrology, though, and not Astronomy.  Each movement conveys the meaning according to Holst of the astrological influence of the planets on the psyche.  If you listen to the suite, you can clearly understand the meanings he tries to convey!  You can hear “The Planets” here.  (Warning, it’s long but very good).  My necklace is based on the whole of the suite.

I created these beads to mimic the solar system.  I learned the technique from Michael Barley via Corina Tettinger.  I stink at encasing beads, so the first set I made did not work out!  I actually had to quickly make this second set to get this necklace done in time!!!!  Also, I had the flu all week so that didn’t help at all.  I thought of making it more complicated, but the music is complicated enough on it’s own as are the lampwork beads.  I felt that adding more would clutter up the necklace and wanted you to just hear the music!  I used gunmetal chain, to represent the dark, vast sky.  I used gorgeous metallic blue swarovski crystals to offset the beads I made. 

Here’s a list of everyone who is participating in the hop today – please stop by and see what they made!

Erin
Prais-Hintz

Alenka
Obid

Ali
McCarthy

Alicia
Marinache

Amy
Severino

Amy
Grass

Carolyn
Lawson

Cece
Cormier

Cynthia
Riggs

Ema
Kilroy

Emanda
Johnson

Emma
Todd

Erin
Kenny

Evelyn
Shelby

Evie
and Beth McCord

Gerd
Andersson

Holly
Westfall

Jennifer
Justman

Jenny
Davies-Reazor

Jess
Green

Judy
Campbell

Karla
Morgan

Kay
Thomerson

Kristina
Johansson

Lola
Surwillo

Lynn
White

Malin
de Koning

Mallory
Hoffman

Mary
K McGraw

Melissa
Meman

Melissa
Trudinger

Michelle
Escano

Michelle
Bourbonniere

Michelle
Heim

Michelle Mach
Molly
Alexander

Molly
Schaller

Monique
Urquhart

Niky
Sayers

Pam
Farren

Rebecca
Anderson

Sally
Russick

Sharon
Palac

Sharon
Driscoll

Susan
Kennedy

Tari
Kahrs

Tracy
Stillman

Veralynne
Malone