December Art Elements Theme Challenge – White

This month, the theme for the Art Elements Challenge was chosen by Claire and she chose “white”. Perfect for winter and the holiday season! I had all these ideas (I wanted to at least get to a white glass cabochon) but I did get one of the ideas done.

For a long time I have been pondering making a garland for my tree or mantle with my lampwork sugar beads – you may know what these are, but if not, photo is below. Pretty much every lampworker makes them, and at one point I had a pile of them. However, lucky for me I was able to sell them so no more inventory! I still think some type of garland with sugar beads would be a lot of fun, and maybe I’ll do that someday.

I remembered a free tutorial for superduo stars by Deb Roberti of Around the Beading Table. She has many free tutorials, and she also has some awesome tutorials for purchase! She’s actually having a sale right now, too! I hope you visit her link, she’s so generous for providing so many free tutorials!

Anyways, I made a pile of stars using three different combinations of white beads. This was fun, although I had to wait for some to arrive in the mail! I also got to use up some of the beads that I bought multiples of and wondered, why did I do that???? Do you do this too?

I made four of each color combination type, and then strung them up with size 8 beads in between! This was the fun part, seeing it come together!

I’m going to make this a year-long project, and see how far I can get with it. Right now, it’s slightly shorter than 5 feet in length. Below is a photo I took to see what it would look like on my tree.

So, that’s my project for December. Thanks Claire for the idea, it was a good one!

This is a blog hop, as usual, so I hope you visit and see what everyone else made! I also hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a Happy Healthy New Year!

Guest Artists
Art Elements Team

 

Art Jewelry Elements January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor is the host of the January AJE Component of the Month – the theme is use your stash.  I had high hopes of getting a lot done, but between work and other life stuff, I only was able to complete one piece.  Here it is!

It’s actually not completed yet because I need to make a strap for it.  But it’s almost done!  I used one of  Jenny’s pendant pieces and bezeled it with pretty purple delicas and red seed beads.  Then I added the czech flowers, with a stop bead, and the row of 8s with a stop bead as well.  Finally, I finished the edge with a picot edging.  I like it a lot. I wish I had time to complete more pieces, but I’m glad I at least got one done!

Please visit with everyone else and see what they made!  Thanks for stopping by!

AJE team:
 
Guests: 
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley  Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem

Rebirth of the Sun – December Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge

For December, Lesley Watt chose Rebirth of the Sun as the theme for our quarterly themed challenge over at AJE.

“The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning
point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at
their least. It’s also the start of the increase in the hours of
daylight, until the Summer solstice  when darkness becomes ascendant
once more.”

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk

I can honestly tell you that I very rarely set out to “intentionally” make something – I feel that my creativity was killed in school with the “art teachers” who wanted you to do “art” their way, and no other way was right.  I have always dabbled in creative undertakings, thus my glass bead business today.  But I am always searching for things to do with my hands, that feeling you get when you accomplish something all your own, learning something new, something that challenges you.

I recently decided that I was going to attend a bead retreat in Delaware (Bead My Love, wonderful people!) with fellow members Jenny and Diana, because, darn it, I deserved it!  My kit was as follows:

I had no conscious intentions of having something ready for the sun themed challenge – I was basically trying to go with the flow and with what my kit provided!  Below, you can see some steps I went through to get where I ended up!

What was going through my mind as I made this?  I was thinking, as I looked at the polymer clay face and bugle beads, and the flower beads I had brought with me, hmmmm, this kind of looks egyptian to me?  Or Inca?  Or Aztec?

 Egyptian Sun

Aztec Sun Dial

Incan Sun Shield

So, yes, Incan it was.  While of course I had that in the back of my head, it wasn’t with *true* intention that I set out to make an Incan Sun God or anything like that.  It was a whisper to me, something I had learned or seen a long time ago that came to my mind as I was able to sit uninterrupted and play with beads!

 So, thank you Lesley Watt, because with this challenge, I learned that although I do not consider myself to be a creative, and sometimes deeply struggle with the thought of giving this all up and just doing my day job, I can be creative!  I just need that time to sit, and to play, and to let things come to my conscious mind that have been locked away by over 50 years of stifling (for lack of a better word) systems.  Am I any kind of expert on Incan art?  NO!  In seed beading?  NO!  Heck, in making glass beads?  NO!!!!! But I actually had fun with this class, the people who were there, girl time, creative time, and maybe just maybe learned that there are things locked away that can influence my art! And maybe in some ways I do intentionally make something, I just don’t know it!

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the links below!

  Guest Designers

W(s)IP

Works in Progress…do you have them?  I rarely do.  I rarely make jewelry anymore, and when I do it’s usually one at a time, and there are no works in progress.  But lately (and I mean since before Bead Fest) I haven’t felt too creative on the bead-making front.  And now that I’ve had a little time over the holidays, I decided to get my creative juices flowing in a different way.  I have really become interested in all things bead weaving and seed beads, so I’m working on some little projects right now.  My CoM from December was this little spiral rope number:

I had tried to work on a Russian spiral, but with the white, it was too hard to learn.  So I did just a regular spiral rope.

I also made this spiral rope for this focal I made that I absolutely LOVE (it’s really hard to photograph the colors in these seed beads, but they are awesomely rainbow):

And this one is actually for reveal later, but I’m still showing it, cuz I loves it! I learned to do a picot edge here.  And I’m really into these brass toggles by Saki Silver.

Here are some other things I am working on right now, and I
always get stuck having to order more beads because unbelievably, my
seed bead stash is quite small compared to other people I know!
This one is going to be for my mom.  I will attempt Russian spiral
but will probably go back to simple spiral on this one, since I’m not
using three different color combos.  The sweet pendant is by Mary Welsh
Hubbard (White Clover Kiln).

And this great tree man cabochon is by Jenny Davies-Reazor.  I picked very autumnal, contrasting colors to use on this one. I still don’t have the design in my head right now, just the colors I want to use.

Another gorgeous cabochon by White Clover Kiln.  I love the colorway on this. I am waiting on size 8 beads to go around the outside.  And I may actually add some other things as well – it’s to be written!

 My grandfather passed away last week, and he lived in Florida.  It was a dismal time here for weather, so Florida and my grandfather got me thinking color, so I started working on this one.

I did a small picot edge on it, as well.  But now I wish I had added more beads and more color to the outer edge of the piece.  I’m going to make a spiral rope with all the colors of the beads used, so I made a sample piece (with different colors because yes, I’m waiting on beads for this too!) to see how it would look.  I think with the colors I’m going to use, it’s going to look awesome!

I also had this great idea for a polymer buddha pendant I have from Barbara Bechtel, and guess what?  I’m waiting on brass chain for it too.  Hopefully today is the lucky mail day for me! I’ll be wearing them together, and probably add a third necklace with just a plain charm on it. 

So how many W(s)IP do you have?  This is a record for me, I believe!  Thanks for stopping by!

Seed Beading with Cabochons

I’ve recently become enamored with all things seed bead – I love making beaded beads and have gotten into making beaded cabochons thanks to Sally Russick!  This is the latest one I have done!

 I used a cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Beads – it’s a rustic oval shaped cab with a matte finish.

 I made the bail using brick stitch (which I also learned from Sally on her video).  I just noticed the little bit of wispy thread I need to burn off!

 Finally, I used a brass toggle from Fusion Beads as the closure.  It goes really well with the blue seed beads I used.

All in all, I am really happy with this necklace. I’m starting on another using one of my smaller ammonite cabochons.  I’ll show you when I get started!

Seed Beading and Ammonite Cabochons

I wanted to show you all what you can do with my ammonite glass cabochons, so I decided to make myself a necklace!

I used one of my large cabochons (1.5 inches!) and made a beaded bezel from a tutorial from Sally Russick on her blog.  

 I made a spiral rope from directions from a magazine and a little help from fusion beads – their tutorials provide nice illustrations of what you are supposed to be doing.

 I made the bail from Sally’s tutorial.  She really did a fantastic job and if you are wanting to give it a try yourself, her tutorial is all videos and very easy to follow.  I’m waiting for a magnetic clasp to finish the necklace – the ones I ordered and received today are too small for my comfort!

So, this is one thing you can do with my cabochons.  You can also bezel set them (like Patti Vanderbloemen) or glue on a metal bail, or …. who knows what else!  What are you doing with cabochons?

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!

Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge – Sally Russick

Today is the reveal for the Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge hosted by Sally Russick!  She not only hosted the hop, but she provided video tutorials for us newbies!  She is so incredibly generous and I can’t thank her enough for doing this!  I make cabs, but never beaded one and I’m so excited to have finished it!  Here’s a link to the cabochon section in my etsy store!

I started out by using one of my own cabs that I really love – it’s made with pale aqua glass, silver foil and frit.  I have a lot of fun making cabs because you have to get them just right on the mandrel and it’s a very zen sort of thing for me to do.


I am really happy with my choice of beads, and how it turned out! I’m going to either use a blue suede cord to hang it on, or a chain – I can’t decide yet, I think the blue suede would be best.  I can’t bead a rope yet, but hopefully I’ll learn that someday!

I already started working on another for my mom!

Please check out everyone else’s blog to see what they made!  I know I can’t wait.  And thanks again, Sally!

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