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!

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Facet Jewelry Box Projects Completed

Well I’ve completed my Facet Jewelry Box projects. If you recall from my last post, I was asked to review a box and I gave you a coupon code if you order in November. I’ll repeat the info below. Here are the projects I completed.

This is the Embedded Peyote Bracelet. This was very easy to do, especially if you know peyote stitch. If you don’t, its a great stitch to have in your repetoire and you can use the instructions to make this bracelet in a variety of colors! I think it would look great in southwest colors, myself!

These are the Woven Fringe Earrings. This was a little bit harder for me, just to maintain the tension needed. You need a little bit more patience for these, but they are worth it. And again, make them in a variety of colors! I’ve posted these photos on my Instagram and copied them to my facebook page as well.

You can find previews of future boxes on the Facet Jewelry Box FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM
pages, just follow the links! AND in addition to all this, Facet has
given me a COUPON CODE for you to use, to receive HALF OFF your purchase
of your FIRST BOX when you use coupon code HALFOFF at checkout – Facet link here!

Art Elements Keep your Sanity Challenge – August

We’ve moved to a once monthly challenge, which falls in the middle of the month, and the Component of the Month is at the end of the month – this gives us more time to be creative! Works for me, because I was very much inspired by the August theme of Faces.  Here’s what I made!

This first one is called Mother Earth and features a face bead by Dana Swisher – I have a cat face cabochon from her too, but now I’ll need to become a collector and get more!  I so enjoyed making this! Hope it shows!

 
This next piece features a bone face cabochon, dichro dots by Cindy Bos, and it’s called The Four Cardinal Directions. I wanted it to have a buddhist, namaste feel.  I feel it!

I already have another one in the works, an Inuit inspired piece.  I’ll show it when I’m done! Thanks for stopping by!

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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June AJE Theme Challenge – Summer!

Well, it’s the end of June already, that must mean it’s time for another AJE Challenge – this month it was a theme challenge, and the theme is Summer!  Here’s what I made:

My favorite thing of all time really is the beach and the ocean.  On my bucket list is a trip to Fiji – hopefully one day this can happen! This cabochon by our own Diana of Suburban Girl Studio was perfect!

Please check out what everyone else made, and enjoy your summer!

AJE Component of the Month – Diana Ptaszynski

August just flew by, didn’t it?  In addition to moving my daughter into a new apartment for college and painting it and generally trying to make it not a slum anymore lol, I took an intensive class at the Glass Center with JC Herrell, took a trip to Scotland with my family, moved Jason’s kids into their dorms at IUP and had a Facebook trunk show on Glass Melters Open Market!   AND it’s time for the August Component of the Month with Diana Ptaszynski.

 As usual, I didn’t take a photo of the component when I got it, but it was this awesome stoneware coin pendant.  My idea didn’t some to fruition (I think I say that a lot); I was going to use one of the bails pictured below, that I found at  Lima Beads.  While they are lovely, the color just didn’t go with the focal or my idea.

 Fast forward panic – what to do?  I really hate gluing bails on pieces of art, but decided in this case if I wanted to get anything done, I would need to go with the flow.  So I found one of these bails in my pile-o-stuff and glued it to Diana’s gorgeous pendant.

 I was initially going to make a multi-strand necklace, but it just didn’t work out that way.  I think if I redid this, I would use size 6 turquoise beads and size 8 bronze beads, just to get the sizing better.  But I do like the necklace!

The colors of seed beads go perfectly!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blogs in this list below!  Thank you to Diana for providing this months beautiful component! And thanks for stopping by!

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AJE Component of the Month – Niky Sayers

This month, the Component of the Month for the Art Jewelry Elements team was by Niky Sayers – she sent us fun farthing clasps!  I love her work – you can find her jewelry etsy store hereand her coponent store here – and was thrilled with the clasp. As usual, I forgot to take a photo of it on it’s own before I started making something, so here’s Niky’s photo!

And here’s the one I received!

When I received it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make the clasp the centerpiece, and wanted to have a multi-strand bracelet.  I immediately thought of making many strands of seed beads and went to work looking on etsy for some beads that appealed to me.  I finally settled on the set here – they are called Olive Picasso Travertine and I purchased them from Beachartz on etsy.

 So, as I made the bracelet, I decided that three strands were probably enough, given the size of the beads and the size of the clasp, and the size of my time! So, in general, I like the bracelet and would wear it.  What I don’t like is seeing the crimp beads, which I’ll fix by adding crimp bead covers.  However, I really am not satisfied with the way I have attached the strands to the clasp.  I think there has to be a better way.  Here’s a photo of what I made:

I need to make a better “eye” for the hook, so if anyone has some ideas I’m all for them.  I don’t like how you can see it when the bracelet is closed.

I also have other ideas now, and may just take this apart and use some of my favorite gemstones instead of multi-strand seed beads.  But that will be for another day!  Please check out what everyone else made this month! And thanks for stopping by!

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Exploring Spiral Stitch and What’s New, a repost from AJE

I thought I’d share this post with you here on my personal blog, in case you didn’t get to see it on the AJE blog.

It’s just been too cold to make beads in my basement, so I have been
concentrating on making beaded ropes with spiral stitch.  In addition,
I’ve been exploring texture within the spiral stitch rope and using
different clasps.  I thought I’d show you some of my experimentation
today!

The very first spiral stitch rope I worked on is in the larger photo – I
used an awesome cab by Diana Ptaszynski, and the colors I used were
perfect!  I then made spiral stitch ropes to go with my own ammonite
cab, my own lampwork heart bead, and ceramic pendants by Diana and
Lesley Watt. I love how they all turned out. They were all made using
only size 11 beads in two colors, with the exception of the one I made
with my lampwork heart – I used one single color on that rope, and
although it’s hard to see, the beads have a really great rainbow effect.

In this photo above, you can see what pattern you get when you use only
size 11 seed beads.  This is pretty basic, easy to stitch up, and fun to
do.  You can get a lot done in a short period of time!

I decided I wanted some more texture in my spiral ropes, so for the next
two pendants (from White Clover Kiln) I used size 11s as the base row,
and used a pattern of a 15, a 15, an 8, a 15 and a 15 for the spiral
row.  I also used buttons for the closures this time, instead of toggle
clasps. The first button was a sort of flower pewter design that matched
the pendant, and the second button was an antiqued copper button that
matches the color in the pendant perfectly!

 In the photo above, you can see the texture that the different size beads lend to the design.

These two photos are closeups of the pattern of beads and the texture. 
You can achieve awesome looks with this pattern – imagine how many
combinations of bead colors you could use!

I think right now, this is my favorite pattern for spiral stitch!

Finally, I used a base row of 8s and a spiral row of 4 11s in this
example that was my CoM for February from Melissa Meman.  I love the
colors I used, and I love the angelite I used to accent Melissa’s
wonderful copper clay pendant.  However, the stitch of using 8s and 11s
is too loose for me; I maybe have a control issue, because I just can’t
stand the looseness of this pattern.

The spiral row just doesn’t lay nicely on the 8s based on the pattern of
three size 8 seed beads and four size 11 seed beads.  This pattern was
learned from Jill Wiseman’s Beaded Ropes book – I think it would be
better if I hadn’t followed the directions exactly and instead of going
through three size 8 beads whenever I was stitching a new row, I should
have gone through 4 size 8 beads.  I think that would have made the
stitch tighter.  I’ll try that if I ever do another rope in this pattern
of beads.

Finally, I made some clasps and bead caps the other day, so I thought
I’d show you a photo of them!  I was pretty happy with the way they
turned out! These are the bead caps – I made them out of the cutout
section of the clasps!  I textured them, punched the holes, dapped them,
antiqued with liver of sulpher, and then tumbled for a couple of hours.
I love the heft and richness!  I will be making more for sale in my
etsy store.

I was clasp deficient, so I made some copper clasps.  I punched them out
with my pepe disc cutter, punched the middles out, textured, dapped,
antiqued and tumbled.  The toggle bars are made from FREE 12 gauge
electrical wire I got from Jason from a job we were doing – I formed
them, hammered the ends, antiqued and tumbled these as well.  I love how
the hammered ends look.  Two sizes will also be available in my etsy
shop too!

And finally, my next project – this clasp held an envelope together on a
card Jason got me for Valentine’s Day!  It’s all the more special
because we were in Sint Maarten when he gave it to me (Dutch side).

And here’s the necklace I made with it! I used some of my favorite
beads, turquoise teardrops, turquoise tubes and freshwater pearls,
separated by silver beads.  I used two figure 8 connectors to connect it
to the heart. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by today and seeing what I’ve been up to since I
haven’t been making glass beads.  Are you learning anything new?

Susan Kennedy
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Beading Back in Time Blog Hop!

I’m part of a new group, Beading Back in Time, and today is the reveal for our blog hop challenge!  This quarter, our challenge was Pre-Human.  Make something from or with something that applies to the pre-human period in Earth’s history!

Here’s what I made.  I used one of my own Ammmonite Lampwork cabochons as the base.  I chose colors that I felt went well with the focal.

 I did a beading around a cabochon bezel and learned how to do a picot edge!  I was quite happy with myself!

 The spiral rope is made with matching beads, the clasp is bronze by Saki Silver.  I did a simple loop bail to attach the ammonite cab to the spiral rope.

Check out what the other members of Beading Back in Time made for this quarter’s challenge!