Monday, February 20, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 3

This week's internal challenge over at Art Elements was beetle.  I had just the thing I wanted to try.  My kids brought me back this scarab bead from the British Museum, I am assuming it's supposed to be faience (I know not real, that would have cost a fortune!!!!).

I have wanted to replicate it for a while, and this was the perfect chance, as I was making headpins for a facebook trunk show!

Here are my beads - the first one is the museum scarab, mine are the second two.  I used opaque turquoise blue glass, and two colors of transparent enamel powder to mimic the faience look.  I think the second color looks the best.
Thanks for stopping by, and look for my post next week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 2

Our second weekly Art Elements challenge was Serenity.  I find my serenity at the beach - anywhere!

I created these two things:

This photo collage shows photos I've taken in St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands, Hilton Head Island, Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Oban, Scotland.  As you can see, I LOVE the beach!

These earrings were made with my own beachy lampwork headpins and roman glass heishe beads!


Visit next week for the week 3 installment!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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 3x3.5 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!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Art Elements Component of the Month with Lindsay Starr!

It's time for the January Component of the Month and this time, Lindsay Starr send us leather cabochons!  As usual I did not take a photo of mine before I started working, but this photo is from her post over at Art Elements!

In her post, she explains the elaborate process she went through to make these cabochons.  I chose one that, to me, evoked the sea and jellyfish!  Here's my finished project.

Lindsay had sent along some extra coordinating components, and one of them was this tassle.  While I was originally going to make the jellyfish tentacles with beads, I decided that this tassle was actually a really good choice!

 I stitched the bezel using a really pretty delica bead that picked up the colors of the cabochon, and used the small size 15 beads to pick up the most subtle shade on the cab.

I was going to add some beads to the tassle, but didn't do that yet.  I'm going to ponder it a bit first.  As for now, this is going to make a great ornament!  Check out what everyone else made, and thank you Lindsay for your imagination and providing this awesome CoM to work with!



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Art Elements December Component of the Month Theme Challenge - Dragons!

It's Niky Sayers turn to host the Art Elements Component of the Month, and this month the theme is Dragons.  It's the December theme, but with the holidays and all, we're having the reveal today!  I got my cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor, this awesome dragon!

I wanted to incorporate the dragon scale beads within the design, but I got sick and had issues with my brain doing what I wanted it to do, so I used the dragon scales as the picot edge. I still like it a lot!
Please check out what everyone else made with DRAGONS!



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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ornament Blog Hop

Heather Powers is once again hosting the Ornament Blog Hop through the Art Bead Scene Blog!  Since I love making ornaments, I participate every year she does this!  Here's what I made this year!

This first one is made with my lampwork beads and a heart by Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay.

 These next three are made with my lampwork beads and wood pendants by Ashley at Summer Wind Art!



Check out the post tomorrow for the links to all the participants at Art Bead Scene!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Art Elements November Component of the Month with Kristie Roeder

And it's time for another Component of the Month with Art Elements.  This month we had a guest contributor - Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay.  Even though I didn't get chosen to use one of the components she gave away, I had one in my stash that I had recently reclaimed from an unsold necklace, so I decided to play along!

As usual, I did not take a photo of the piece before I used it.  But really, did you expect me to?

I really enjoy the zen I get from bead weaving, so I decided that's what I was going to do with this ceramic ring.  However, the hole in the middle presented a dilemma to me.  I had seen Jennifer Cameron made a piece and filled in the hole with a perfectly sized czech bead; however, I didn't have any.  I did, however, have this lucite flower bead, and I used a small czech flower in the middle, and a size 15 cobalt bead to hold it all in place! 
I have these awesome black necklace blanks so I decided to make the loops to simply string on one of them.  I have to get better at my loops - not sure what happened to those skills, they must have left my brain!

Please check out what everyone else made with their Kristie Roeder creations!


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Art Elements Destash Store and Giveaways!

Art Elements has a new group on FaceBook!  Art Elements Extras!  Here we will destash some of our own beads and creations, and later, other components and beads as well!  Since it's opening weekend, we have some giveaways too!  So hop on over and ask to join the group!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Art Elements Component of the Month with Jennifer Cameron

You may have noticed that we changed our name and look over at Art Jewelry Elements - we are now Art Elements.  Read all about it!


Also it's time for the October Component of the Month - this month, Jennifer Cameron provided us with these cute sugar skulls! I managed to take a photo of mine this time, before I made my necklace!

I love the colors she used, and wanted to make a colorful necklace as well! Here's what I made, using seed beads and czech flowers!  I think it's fun!




I was so happy to be able to use these czech flowers, as I am currently obsessed with them. I went to Prague this summer but was not able to find any czech beads for purchase!

Thanks to Jen for the sugar skull inspiration!  Check out what everyone else made!

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