AE Component of the Month – July – Scarabs by Me!

I provided the scarab beads for the Component of the Month Challenge over at Art Elements for July! And as usual, didn’t take a photo of my own bead before I started working with it.  But here is the one I used – unfortunately, you can’t see the lustrous oil slick colors of this black metallic glass because once again we have cloudy days here in Pittsburgh.

I made a choker length necklace using spiral stitch and these awesome seed beads that go so well with this black metallic glass!

I used hematite swarovski crystals to divide the bead stitching and the scarab focal bead; I actually ordered a pile of pairs of various black swarovski colors and decided that these match the best!

I finished off the necklace with the ball socket clasp – it’s a nice way to finish a spiral stitch – the size is just right and it’s fairly easy to sew into the design.

Please check out what our guests and team members made with their scarabs! And thanks to everyone who took part in designing with my scarabs!

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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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Massive Inventory Sale!

Hi Everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent of late – I’ve been working the real job again and it’s really hard to even think about other things after I get home and have to do all the house stuff!  But, just to let you know, I’m not vending at Bead Fest this year.  Yes, disappointing, but it just doesn’t make financial sense right now.  So, I am having a huge inventory sale on my Facebook Business page, SueBeads.  Here are some examples and links to the albums – all the details are in the album header!  Thanks for looking!

Please feel free to share as I could really use the sales right now and you will get some great prices on my beads!  Thanks so much!
 

AJE Component of the Month – My Turn – Beaded Beads!

It was my turn to provide the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements this month.  I chose to make beaded beads for everyone.

I got the tutorial from Datz Katz over on etsy – Debra Schwartz has many tutorials for beaded goodies if you want to visit her store!

Here’s what I made from several pairs of my beaded beads!

Of course, there are other things you can do with pairs of beaded beads besides making earraings, but I really love making earrings so….

Please check out what everyone else made with their beaded beads!

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April Component of the Month – Rebekah Payne

It’s yet the end of another month, and that means it’s the reveal day for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month. For April, Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio provided us with these cute little polymer hearts! If you love them, she has them available in her shop!

I asked Rebekah to send me a surprise, and I received a copper one!

As usual, I stared at the bead, stumped, for the better part of the month.  Feeling under the gun with many blog and personal and work deadlines, I was finally able to come up with what I wanted to make after looking at another piece I had made quite a long time ago!

These stone beads caught my eye on my dresser, and that was it.  I knew what I was going to make!  They match perfectly with the heart!  I added some pretty copper accent beads, and a copper clasp.

I’m really happy with the way this came out!  I will happily be wearing it!  Thank you so much Rebekah for another month of inspiration!

Check out what everyone else made with their little heart!

Free Lampwork Tutorial – Faux Aqua Terra Jasper

It’s hard when I write for another blog to keep up with this one.  I published this tutorial a couple days ago on the AJE blog and thought you might want to see it here!

Waaaay back in the beginning of 2009, I saw a photo of a jasper
called aqua terra!  I loved it.  I had to make it into lampwork beads! 
This is a photo of the first set of Silvered Aqua Terra beads I sold on
etsy in January 2009!

My first Aqua Terra beads on Etsy, Jan. 2009

I thought today I’d give you a tutorial of how to make your own, if you’re a lampworker!

Materials Needed:

Rod of Light Ivory (Effetre)
Rod of Light Teal (Effetre)
Sheet of Silver Foil
Marver of your choice
Bead Press of your choice

First, cut your silver foil.  I cut the sheet in eighths.  This gives a nice portion of silver foil for an 18mm size bead.

Cut your silver sheet into eighths.

Next, get your bead press ready.  In this example, I am using a Zoozii’s straight-sided lentil press, the middle 18mm size.

Get your bead press tool ready!

First,
wind your footprint onto your coated mandrel.  Wind it on and hold it
above your press, to make sure you are slightly smaller than the
diameter of the well you are using.

Gather your glass on your prepared mandrel.
Check the fit of the glass in the well.

I
usually roll the gather of glass in the well to make sure there’s
enough/not too much glass and to get the general shape of an olive. If
you need to, add or take away glass.

Add more glass if needed.

Once you have enough glass, leaving enough room to add a little bit
more, make your initial press.  Don’t do it so hard that you break your
bead release.

Check your glass in the well again.

You
do not have to press your glass into the lentil shape if you think you
have enough glass – if you aren’t sure you can press the shape.

Press into your shape to make sure you have enough/not too much glass.

At
this point, you can take your glass blob back to an olive shape, As you
can see, I have my silver foil all ready and waiting for me!  Next, you
want to slightly heat your glass and roll it in the silver foil, making
sure to go all the way around the glass.

 Wrap your glass with a piece of silver foil.

Next,
burnish in the foil.  Burnishing is rubbing the foil into the glass so
it sticks very well.  You can do this with a tile, a marver, or your
torch mounted marver.

Burnish the silver foil into the glass.

Then,
you want to put your blob back in the flame, and you slightly melt off
the silver foil.  This is what it looks like after you burnish and put
the glass back in the flame.

Melt the silver foil into the glass at the top end of the flame.

Now,
you want to add some squiggles of light teal.  As much or as little as
you want, keeping in mind you are going to have to press the glass again
and don’t want to have too much.  You can always add more teal, it’s
harder at this point to take it away!

Add teal glass to silvered glass.

Melt
in the teal and press the bead again in the bead press.  You can see
from the photo below that you will have some chill marks (chill marks
are the marks you get on your bead when you press it, and as the bead
cools very quickly in the press, you get marks from the press).

Press your bead, check for chill marks.

Flame
polish your bead to get rid of the chill marks.  If you flame polish
too heavily and lose definition on your bead, you may want to heat,
press again, and then flame polish again.

Flame polish bead, put in the kiln!

This is the finished bead!  Of course you can do these beads in many shapes, as I show below.

 Bicone-shaped aqua terra beads
 Lentil-shaped aqua terra beads
 Ribbed round-shaped aqua terra beads

You can visit my SueBeads etsy store to purchase these beads if you’re not a lampworker! 

AJE Component of the Month – Melissa Meman

It’s that time again – time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge. This time, it was Melissa Meman who provided us with some morsels to play with!  She makes awesome copper clay components.  This is the one I chose.

I knew I wanted to do bead weaving (again!!!) and I picked some awesome colors to go along with the copper – peacock blue and wisteria.

I did a spiral rope with size 8 peacock color beads and size 11 wisteria. I have to say, I don’t like this method of using 3 8s as the base and 4 11s as the spiral – it’s too loose for me.  I will write about this for my Tuesday post on AJE. 

I used some beautiful angelite faceted rounds I had as an accent to the necklace, with about an inch of spiral rope in between the trio of beads.  The color of this angelite is really amazing! 

As I was toggle clasp deficient, I decided to make some.  I punched 22 gauge copper sheet with my disc cutter, cut a hole in it, textured it, dapped it, filed the rough edges with sandpaper, antiqued it with LOS, and finally tumbled it for a couple of hours.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used some 12 gauge FREE electrical scrap wire for the toggle part!  I hammered the ends to make them flat, and they turned out awesome as well!

I made a connector with copper wire, copper heishes and an angelite faceted bead.  I don’t like the way it lays, so I ordered a bail.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but when it does, I’ll use the bail to hang the pendant. 

And this is the final product!  I like it, love the colors.  I hope you like it too!  Please check out what everyone else made, including our guests, by visiting their blogs!

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